Adding to the intrigue and the visual splendor of this modern home is the Brise soleil that keeps away hot tropical sun and creates beautiful walkways that are still lit ever so beautifully by natural light.
This is Northern Norway and it is in this secluded backdrop that the fabulous designed by Vladimir Konovalov sits. A monochromatic masterpiece that keeps the focus on the mountainous landscape and endless tranquility outside the glass-walled home ensures you are never miss out on the sights and sounds outside.
This effect is even more profound in case of natural light and the in is a perfect example of how creative design can usher in sunlight into the most improbable places! Designed by Ben Callery Architects the rear extension of this narrow brick house in Melbourne relies on a roof that curves towards the sky to fill its living area with sunlight.
A series of folding glass doors with dark frame delineate the interior from the outdoor hangout even while allowing light to flow through unhindered. The innovative roof does the rest as it brings the northern sunlight while giving the open plan living kitchen and dining a more spacious and breezy ambiance.
Once you take in the view from an altitude of your attention immediately turns to the warped out tubular roof and the dynamic curved ceiling that it creates. This wavy wooden ceiling comes alive after sunset as recessed lighting and those faint lights of Oakland in the backdrop shape a stunning ambiance!
The courtyard sits at the heart of the house and a ventilation duct on the second floor brings in light and natural breeze. While hitting the house is gently drawn into the courtyard it is the slightly curved outward roof of the south side that directs the air outside. This also helps in cooling the house naturally on less boisterous days!
Contemporary homes are increasingly combining the idea of a lovely vacation and a relaxing ambiance with a functional modern home that does it all. Instead of flying several hundred miles during each holiday season or frantically trying to beat traffic and congestion a staycation makes things a lot simpler far more economic and also helps in bringing families together.