As noted on the Brooks + Scarpa website this home seamlessly blends with the hillside merging the natural and the artificial in the most intriguing of ways. Luis Vasquez is the project’s engineer and he worked his magic with the architects to create a property that has won the AIA Los Angeles NextLA Award as well as the honor of being exhibited at the National Building Museum’s “Liquid Stone Exhibit” in Washington D.C.
Gorgeous modern homes are constantly taking shape all across the planet and Faro Portugal is a location where one would expect to find quite a few of them. One of the more popular holiday destinations of Europe the region’s mild weather and lovely beaches make it an absolute dream. The designed by Groupo Dunaplana not only charms with its spacious interiors and the luxurious lifestyle it also promises all the delights of Portugal’s most visited province — the Faro District.
The house grabs attention with its interesting contrasts crisp lines and an emphasized breezy feeling. It was built by Belzberg Architects in 2012 and a year later — this year — it managed to grab the 2013 Ontario Association of Architects Design Excellence award. The images will speak for themselves …
The dwelling’s bathroom continues the wood and tile motif adding decadent elements such as his-and-hers sinks. Even though it’s in the middle of a silo this powder room features signature hotel room flourishes such as an abundance of plush washcloths and towels:
But the real showstopper of this cool home lies beneath the vast pool that reflects the surrounding area and enhances the existing ambiance. The residential volume that houses the living area kitchen bedroom and the bathrooms is found below.
Next we see the opposite view of the home which reveals the remainder of the staircase as it sweeps across the orb-like structure at a diagonal. This self-supporting housing solution is designed for the post-oil world. Sturdy and waterproof the home boasts a carbon-positive design that can actually give energy back!
If we were the woman in the next image we would be gazing at the beautiful green lawn outside thanking our lucky stars for the expansive windows that allow for such a wonderful view. And planning a little picnic in the slatted structure outside which is called Pergola. This shade building can rest beside a home or it can be a welcome addition to the garden. Optional features (such as a glass roof) allow you to customize the item to best suit your needs.