Sitting on the 9th and 10th floors of an oceanfront building the two-story penthouse epitomizes the glitz glam and affluence of life in Miami as its expansive interior rooftop deck and infinity pool offer a hangout that is simply irresistible.
The traditional image of a ski chalet is being quickly revamped in modern times with designers moving away from the mundane. This beautiful little weekend chalet on the snow-covered slopes of Quebec is draped in dark stained white cedar siding and sits on cedar columns giving it a breezy contemporary appeal. Built for a family with kids the weekend escape was designed by and of Studio robitaille.curtis keeping in mind the landscape on which it sits and the view on offer.
A home in ecological paradise does sound like an enticing option that offers a rare window into the amazing sights and sounds of the natural world. But building a home on the edge of Niagara escarpment – a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve – is not the easiest of tasks because of the many restrictions that come with such a sensitive site rich in flora and fauna.
Inside the living area is split into two half-levels with one containing the Scandinavian-style living area and the other filled with a modern kitchen and dining room with a view.
A living area with floor-to-ceiling glass windows on three sides not only offers unabated ocean views but also a charming glimpse of the bustling city skyline in the opposite direction.
The exterior of this bold and striking residence is clad in dark brick with large glass windows and doors providing an air of modernity. Once the sun sets the house disappears into the scenic backdrop with only the gorgeous lighting around it giving you any indication of its conspicuous presence. A hint of wood further elevates the unique style of this Canadian home with the high R-value glass windows letting in natural light even as they keep out the heat.
A central touchscreen in the living area is the hub of this ‘smart’ automation system which can also be operated from your smartphone or laptop over a LAN network. Add to this a clever waste recovery system solar panels that provide clean energy and passive heating and cooling techniques that cut power consumption drastically and you have a sustainable and ‘connected’ residence that would delight both the eco-conscious and the tech-savvy!