Smooth Curves Ahead: Modern Vineyard Home With a Twist

weinberg-houseArchitects draw their inspiration from all kinds of different sources, but the shape of this home in Stuttgart was influenced by the site on which it sits. The Haus am Weinberg, designed by Dutch firm UNStudio, shares a border with a vineyard. The steps of that vineyard inspired the architects to repeat their shape in the home.

The house boasts three levels, each of which is a different shape. The top level is the largest, featuring a visually stunning bit that overhangs the second-story dining room.

The home’s interior is full of curves and light, with double-height windows letting in vast amounts of sunshine. From the huge column-free windows, one can enjoy the sights of the vineyard to one side and the city to the other.

According to the architects, the design of the home is based on a simple "twist" motion. The offset rooms, gently spiraling staircase and overall flow of the entire interior draw their inspiration from the idea of this gesture.

There is, however, a single room which eschews the bright, curving femininity of the rest of the home: the owner’s hunting lounge. Being a fan of music and hunting, the owner has one room which is all about masculinity and the thrill of the hunt.

A Light Touch: Sunlight-Filled Stockholm Artist’s Penthouse

living-roomLocated in the heart of busy Stockholm, this penthouse is eye candy for bibliophiles and lovers of great design alike. It is perched at the top of an historic building and offers an artful refuge from the bustling streets below.

The home’s interior was designed by its owner, Swedish artist Carouschka Streijffert, and featured in the magazine Skönahem. Two sunken reading areas form the focal point of the luxurious space, although they have stiff competition from a stunning spiral staircase leading up to a luxurious second floor bathroom.

Make no mistake about it – this is not a kid-friendly, soft-cornered, baby-proofed home. This penthouse is all grown up, as evidenced by the open stairs and stunning open fireplace.

The abode is shaped like a “U” with one elongated side, allowing the resident to look into her own windows from an entirely different part of the home.

In addition to all of the fabulous features here, the abundance of natural light is one of the most compelling things about this penthouse home. Windows of all shapes and sizes adorn every wall, allowing sunlight to permeate the artist’s residence all day long.

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Stunning Hillside Forest Retreat Welcomes Nature Indoors

Living in the midst of nature is one thing. Inviting nature into your home as a part of the living space is something entirely different. In the case of the Corallo House by PAZ Arquitectura, it is also something completely wonderful.


Residing in a heavily forested area of Guatemala City, the Corallo House incorporates the surrounding forest into its overall design. The home is in the forest, but the forest is also in the home.

One of the main goals of the project was to preserve the existing trees on the site and incorporate them into the home’s overall design.

The result is a home that uses both natural materials and nature itself – in the form of living, growing trees – to honor the beautiful piece of earth on which it sits.

The interior changes in level correspond with the natural topography changes of the site itself. The home hugs the natural contours of the landscape, connecting it even more firmly to the forest in which it resides.

Inside and out, the home’s materials reflect nature at every turn. Rich oiled wood, weathered timber, expansive glass, smooth pebbles and rough stones, shiny steel and exposed concrete – and, of course, the living trees – all combine to form a gentle conversation with the forest.

While the entire house is amazing and truly an unforgettable architectural treat, it seems likely that the residents would have a hard time enjoying the whole building. When you have a bedroom this spectacular, why would you ever want to leave it?

Curved Cliff House: Metal & Glass Bend in Waterfront Breeze

Its exterior shape is more than just an affection, though at first glance it almost looks to have been formed by natural elements – waterfront wind and waves.

However, these contortions translate into a series of spaces where convex and concave moments of glass inform remarkable views back out of this Lake Tahoe retreat by Mark Dziewulski Architect.

A stunning tapered oval glass staircase wraps up a central tower, dynamically depositing residence on different floors facing different ways back out onto the natural landscape.

Strategic overhangs in individual spaces provide daunting experiences in places like the bedroom, but a corresponding feeling of connection with the outdoors (as well as shade from the high and hot summer sun).



Las Palmeras is a breathtaking project by Greg Wright Architects. These 2 holiday houses on the coastline of Peru which sit prominently at the top of a rock cliff overlooking the beach and ocean, are anchored into the rock with a stone sculptural plinth rising up to the living levels, concealing a basement floor below.





Warm Fusion: Country Home Combines Urban & Rural Style

With strong International Style elements, it could be something straight out of Mies’s or Corbu’s mind, but for one of the most prominent distinguishing features: organic local-stone cladding prominently wrapping all the exterior walls, and a likewise rough-masonry rocks forming the fireplace within.

So how did this home for a New York City couple end up stitching such different design threads together? Enrique Saulle grew up in Uruguay, where it is located, but he and Pilar Acevedo brought to this project Brooklyn design sensibilities (inspiring, for instance, the thick-metal, large-panel fenestration).

Other pieces and parts came together in various ways, including trading their professional translation skills for an antique bathtub, and bringing with them stainless steel appliances from NYC to their new remote three-bedroom home and work-space retreat.

The result is a lovely medley that somehow manages to work as a hole – an International Style home on stilts (mixed with locally-quarried stones) and large urban loft windows all over, reminding one of multiple global homes … and all working together afford amazing views of the surrounding landscapes from every room in the house. (via The New York Times with images by Cristobal Palma).

Exotic Curves: Modern Hilltop House

Mixing regional vernacular, local climate needs and a curved contemporary look, this award-winning residence addresses its client desires architectural mandates with an amazing dynamism but strong sense of balance.

Master bedroom and family rooms occupy the third floor to engage views of the valley and ocean below, while resort-style cabana guest rooms sit poolside on the more-private ground level.

On the outside, folding roof forms wrap and overhang breezeways, terraces, verandahs, porches, decks and roof gardens, blending outside with insight and incorporating passive cooling and structural shading strategies throughout.

Inside, community, entertainment and dining rooms connect to these external spaces, while the most-enclosed areas are used for service and secondary functions (showers, toilets, pantries and the like).

Back and forth, curves shape everything from spatial forms to funnel-like entryways and overhead, ceiling-suspended, recessed-lighting panels, creating a sense of movement and a series of lovely transitions reflected even in the ground-shape forms of patios and pools.

On all sides, Aamer Architects added operable windows, large doors and swinging partitions to take maximum advantage of interior-to-exterior connections and natural ventilation opportunities.