With a solar chimney reducing the use of both heating and cooling systems energy bills of this ingenious house are a lot less when compared to other conventional homes. A large living room modern kitchen and dining space are housed alongside a private bedroom that offers direct access to the courtyard.
My favorite piece is the custom 14′ long chandelier over the dining table which I designed and had fabricated specifically for this project. It was hand-cast to resemble a large tree branch with clusters of quartz crystals and tiny LED lights.
The crystals make the fixture look like it was left out in the snow and is as if the grand pine trees living outside the windows had begun to grow indoors. The fixture was designed to visually bring the outside into the interior and can be seen for miles away on the snowy mountaintop.
One of my all-time favorite design books is written in 1986 and packed with amazing photos showcasing the latest in urban design from the ’80s. The book was given to my husband and me when we moved to our new place and I’ve returned to it time and time again when brainstorming design ideas for our home. Even though the book is now decades old there are some timeless images that speak to popular loft style: the chic modern vibe the industrial look and the artist’s dwelling.
The design studio built four houses – which was out of the request of the client – strategically using every corner on the plot of land. That way they revealed the true magnificence of the surrounding landscape and atmosphere.
The lower level is clad in chic pristine white with a living room dining area and a fabulous kitchen connected in an open floor plan. Hand-scraped oak floors and pops of color here and there perfectly complement this glossy white lacquered look.
Elegantly positioned in São Sebastião Brazil the effortlessly serves as a model for Zen-inspired architecture. Wouldn’t it be amazing to live in an environment where the only sounds you hear are those of trickling waters and song ballads from blissful birds? Heaven on earth is not just a myth.