Living Luxury at the “Resort in House”

Living Luxury at the “Resort in House”

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Living Luxury at the “Resort in House”

Posted: 24 Oct 2016 07:00 AM PDT

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Designed by ALPES Green Design & Build and built in 2016, this state of the art luxury townhouse is like having your very own resort at home. Located in Đà Nẵng, Vietnam, a city with a sunny and hot climate, preserving energy and cool air became essential. The designers wanted to create something different from the cramped and heated interiors that are springing up in the rapidly growing urban centers of Vietnam.

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Clever uses of skylights, vents, and open spaces create a bright environment throughout the rest of the home. The split level house is linked together by a central green space, complete with living plants. This provides additional airflow and light.

The first floor is occupied by a private pool, which has two uses: the family has a place to swim and relax in their own home, and the space cools the rest of the home.

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The concrete louver curtains on the roof of the building create a checkerboard of sun and shade, allowing natural light without heating the rest of the home. Heat absorption is further reduced by the rooftop garden, which also provides a luxury entertaining space.

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House for Retired Couple in Texas Extended for Family Fun

Posted: 24 Oct 2016 06:00 AM PDT

architecture original homeLaman Residence in Texas was recently updated by A Gruppo Architects for a retired couple. After 40 years of teaching Fibre-Arts and Interior Design at Texas State University, the Lamans desired a gallery and studio to compliment their modest 1970's era modern home.

The owners sited the initial house within a dense canopy of live oak and cedar elm trees on a hill country lot in San Marcos, Texas. Over the past 30 years, they have carved out a series of outdoor rooms, a secret garden and sculpture courts around their home leaving only one logical area for an addition – the front yard.

The new addition is located in a bowl-like depression at the head of a dry creek bed and so must be accessed via a series of bridges. This allows water to flow around and between the existing and new structures.
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The program called for an exhibition gallery, a painting studio, a library and a new master suite. Its shape is defined by paired towers (gallery and studio) flanking a foyer and upper level library.

The atmosphere in the towers is animated through two distinct lighting strategies. Ambient light is filtered by the North facing translucent walls while skylights project light through a series of ceiling baffles throughout the day.

The owners' appreciation for outdoor living is realized with the addition of a new sculpture garden and a sports field for fun  family gatherings. While in a more intimate setting, the master bedroom and bathroom open directly into a private Zen garden. [Information provided by A Gruppo Architects; photography; Dror Baldinger, Mark Menjivar]
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32 Uniquely Beautiful Concrete Planters: Interior Design Ideas

32 Uniquely Beautiful Concrete Planters: Interior Design Ideas

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32 Uniquely Beautiful Concrete Planters

Posted: 23 Oct 2016 07:15 AM PDT

Concrete planters are especially well suited to industrial, modern, and minimalist interior gardens – and let’s not forget about the outdoors! Unsealed, concrete takes on tremendous character from the elements, and sealed options will last a lifetime with proper care. Even better, avid DIY enthusiasts can easily paint or stain those beloved concrete planters to match their favorite styles of the season. Even the smallest concrete planters are unlikely to blow away or fall prey to the bump of a tail or paw of a cat. This post covers 32 of our favorite designs with links to snap them up for yourself.

Buy It: $15   

Building Shaped Succulent Planter: Too cool! Three separate compartments serve as tiny rooftop gardens, appealing to anyone who feels love or nostalgia for the city.

Buy It: $15   

Concrete Architectural Themed Planter: Here’s another planter that includes sleek stairs, a great gift for a minimalist design fan or somebody who collects surrealist artwork.

Buy It: $10   

Cup Shaped Concrete Planter: Everyday forms make for exceptionally whimsical planters. It’s easy to see this piece in a kitchen or near a dining table, but it’s suitable for charming outdoor gardens as well.

Buy It: $27   

Desktop Concrete Planter: Desk ambiance is crucial to anyone who spends long hours behind a keyboard, and this planter can definitely liven things up a bit. It includes plenty of space to customize your own tiny garden but also leaves room for pens and paperclips beneath. The penholder has a projecting lip that might even be able to double as a phone or tablet holder if you use a case that can stand up to concrete.

Buy It: $34   

Concrete Wine Bottle Planter: Are you looking for a gift for a wine enthusiast that isn’t just another corkscrew or novelty glass? This piece would look lovely in any kitchen.

Buy It: $19   

Concrete Head Planter: Oh, these are a little bit surreal aren’t they? These creative planters can take on different personalities depending on context – they might look like elegant vintage statuettes in a classic garden, or spooky alongside Halloween decorations or gothic decor.

Buy It: $12   

Concrete Owl Planters: These little concrete owls are definitely adorable enough to capture attention even when they’re empty between plantings. Each one includes a drainage hole to accommodate a variety of small and medium plants.

Buy It: $103 for set of 3   

Bowl Shaped Concrete Planters: While concrete planters are usually easy to coordinate, this set of three makes it effortless. These planters are especially easy to handle thanks to the lightweight blended concrete and fiber construction.

Buy It: $164   

Concrete Gladstone Bag Plant Holder: Shaped like a classic Gladstone bag, this planter may appeal to vintage suitcase collectors and avid travelers alike. Incredibly detailed casting combines art and function in a way that is sure to turn heads.

Buy It: $16   

Concrete Motorcycle Planter: Delivery motorcycles have never looked so cute! If you’ve moved away from a location where these are common, this piece might help cure some of that nostalgia. This adorable planter is also available in a vivid blue.

Buy It: $540   

Large Concrete Planter: Are you looking for the perfect accent for your futurist or industrial themed interior? This extra-large planter looks like a nuclear power station’s steam stack, large enough to support bamboo or even a small tree.

Buy It: $213   

Large Contemporary Concrete Planter: Fans of the Brutalist architecture movement might find this planter especially interesting. It stands at a little more than 16 inches high, 23 inches wide, and 12 inches deep – yet its construction includes fiberglass, bringing the weight to a manageable 37 pounds.

Buy It: From $15   

Star Wars Themed Concrete Planters: There’s no wrong way to incorporate Star Wars home decor. These succulent planters are just fantastic, and the small planter holes ensure that your greenery won’t cover up too much of the incredible detail.

Buy It: $20   

Concrete Pot with Bark-like Detailing: At first glance, the outside of this planter really does look just like natural bark. But unlike real bark covering that can crumble and peel over time, this one will continue looking good as new for years to come.

Buy It: $28   

Concrete Mandala Planter: Each of these planters are hand-painted by the artist. Choose from natural or charcoal-dyed concrete and select your favorite from a huge range of flat and metallic colors to complement your decor theme.

Buy It: $28 for 3   

Cylindrical Concrete Planters: A dash of color can make even the most rugged material look chic as can be. These small planters combine undyed concrete with beautiful sky blue stain. The planter cavities – on all sizes – are only 2 inches wide and 2 inches deep, suitable for small to medium sized succulents.

Buy It: $28 for 3   

Cylindrical Concrete Planters With Gold Accents: Here’s the same style of planter, this time with luxurious gold accents. It’s definitely an interesting contrast!

Buy It: $28 for 3   

Square Faced Concrete Planters: Don’t you just love the deep dappled surface of these substantial square planters? Like the previous two designs, these planters are only suitable for small succulents or flower buds due to the small inner cavity.

Buy It: $28 for 3   

Square Faced Concrete Planters With Gold Accents: And again, here’s the same style of planter but this time with accents in gold.

Buy It: $33   

Triangular Concrete Planter: Cute! While this triangular planter looks very stylish on its own, it would also make a perfect candidate for a modular arrangement if you have the budget to invest in multiples. These are rated for indoors or out, and come with cork pads on the bottom for placement on even the most delicate furniture.

Buy It: $34   

Concrete Cube Succulent Planter: It’s hard to find a planter more minimalistic than this textural concrete cube. It measures six inches in every direction, and is made from a concrete and fiber mix for a total weight of only 4 pounds.

Buy It: $53   

Rectangular Concrete Planter: Anyone with a faulty green thumb knows that there is no such thing as an “indestructible” houseplant – but these artificial succulents are different! This planter would be perfect for an office or vacation home that ends up empty for long periods.

Buy It: $54   

Concrete Windowsill Planter: Planters that offer enough space to organize a landscape are so much fun. This one sits at only 3 inches deep to ensure it fits on thinner windowsills, great for cactuses and succulents that require direct sunlight.

Buy It: $18   

Grey Cement Rectangular Planter: Rustic and charming, this textured concrete planter offers a little more warmth than many of the ultra-urban options listed in this guide. The exterior almost looks like stone pavers. It’s 9 inches long and a little over 3 inches wide and deep, great for a desk or windowsill.

Buy It: $21   

Desktop Bookend Planter: Multipurpose planters are so cool! This one has an extra compart to hold small objects like pens or business cards – but consider opting for something less prickly than a cactus if you plan to use it as anything other than a decoration or bookend.

Buy It: $40   

Hanging Concrete Planter: Now it’s time to move into geometric planter territory. These hanging cone-shaped planters are available in a dazzling array of color themes, sometimes including other materials like wrapped twine as an embellishment.

Buy It: $28 for 3   

Concrete Orb Succulent Planters: Simple, organic, and irresistible – these handmade spherical planters have tremendous character despite their streamlined forms. They’re available as a set of three, and each one will show off the slight differences that make handmade items so special.

Buy It: $28 for 3   

Gold Accent Orb Succulent Planters: Here’s a similar set but this time with a band of glamorous gold paint.

Buy It: $30   

Polygonal Concrete Planter: The polygon trend remains strong. This planter is a great compromise between minimalism and deco. Each one is handcrafted in Seattle.

Buy It: $35   

Trio Of Geometric Concrete Planters: Here’s a great set of three planters for anyone who doesn’t have time to seek out coordinated pots for a cohesive yet varied arrangement. This set is available in a variety of tints to match your interior or exterior theme.

Buy It: $30   

Patterned Concrete Planter: Although this list has included a few good examples, it remains a little difficult to track down concrete planters with decorative patterns. These are engraved for lasting beauty. The drainage hole makes them appropriate for outdoor use, where the engraved surface is sure to pick up rich character from the elements.

Buy It: $1145   

Concrete Bench Planter: So cool! This bench planter would look incredible outside of a business or inside a lobby, or even in the entryway of your home.

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