It's a cool cabana with a contemporary twist - Cabanne is every lounger's dream! An exploration between container and content, this modern architectural feature is the collaboration between Paola Lenti and Bestetti Associati, rolling simple style, high-tech materials and...
4 Oct 2011 | Architectural Elements
Summer is around the corner and this French style courtyard awakens dreams of outdoor gatherings. This amazing building, formerly a mill in the 16th century, was converted into a residence by Gerard Faivre. The beauty of the building itself...
11 Apr 2011 | Architectural Elements
Here is a creative idea for a small backyard design with a pool by Bestor Architecture. Notice how the pool and the house are positioned at an angle. This formation effectively splits a small and very private backyard into two separate areas. One side for after-pool lounging and bonfires by night and the other for friendly gatherings and meals. What’s also great is that the roof hangs off the house significantly, providing shelter to both sides. At night this cozy backyard turns into an illuminated delight. The large full-length doors and windows allow the warm interior light to shine out while the pool lights and the flames from the fire provide attractive kinetic lighting and set an inviting, relaxing mood. The layout and design elements of this outdoor space are exemplary of thoughtful planning and creative thinking when constrained by the lot shape. For more information, visit Bestor Architecture.
via At Casa.
24 Mar 2011 | Architectural Elements
Extend the indoors out with this modern glass veranda by OpenSun. This modern circular addition to your home encloses any area in contemporary floor-to-ceiling glass panels that slide open. It’s available in any size, so your only boundaries are your imagination, and your budget! Open up your home to a hot tub or swimming pool and deck, create a walk-through kitchen, or add nature into the living room where you’ll enjoy unobstructed vistas of city, forest, desert – wherever you call “home.” Regardless if you live in a warm or cool climate, you’ll enjoy this glass veranda all year round. For more information visit OpenSun.
15 Sep 2010 | Architectural Elements
Montreal-based design firm SWON does wonderful work with glass and light, blurring the boundary between art and outdoor design. Check them out, they're definitely work a look!
A fabulous al fresco feature, Cascade is a waterfall-inspired glass wall overlooking a landscaped garden in Toronto, Canada, on the shores of Lake Ontario. This 10-ft. long, seven-ft. high glass installation was meticulously crafted of 77 ladle-poured glass blocks, shimmering in various tones of blue and green. Even the texture of water is echoed in the piece. And fittingly, the glass wall was incorporated into a real waterfall, which lets the muse flow freely over the glass.
Another really cool, contemporary design is the Glass Rock Garden – if you like unusual, modern art in unexpected places, you'll love this! Located on a rooftop, Glass Rock Garden is a 14-by-4-ft. stainless steel "pond," filled with small stones and three large "rocks" made of a series of 1/2-inch thick sculpted glass plates.
For more information visit SWON Design.
12 Aug 2010 | Architectural Elements
The egg – nature’s most perfect form – is the stimulus behind this modern refuge designed for public and private spaces. Japan’s Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio designed the Concrete pod as a modern haven in which to momentarily escape the stresses of the world. “In the dome, because of its minimal scale, it makes us more sensitive and relaxed, like when we are in our traditional tea-house Cha-sitsu.” Exhibited at Concrete Art Museum 2005 in Nagoya, Japan, this contemporary cocoon is constructed of reinforced concrete, with a height of 1700mm and the shell just 15mm thick. According to the architects, “A minor axis of a hen's egg is about 40mm and thickness is 400 microns, so it means this concrete shell is just like an expansion of a hen's eggshell.” And although this modern structure is “hen's-egg thin,” Concrete pod has the enough strength to support a grown man sitting on top. Speckled with holes, the shell offers a sheltered environment while maintain a connection with the exterior environment. Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio
24 Jan 2009 | Architectural Elements
Weinor offers the award-winning VertiTex Vertical Awning. The high-quality fabric shades from the Soltis collection provide protection from the sun and wind elements, without blocking out the view of the surroundings. With over 47 standard colors, eight WiGa trend colors and 150 RAL colors, you’re sure to find a color to suit your style and the ambiance you’re after, as well as to match other awnings that may already exist. The awnings come up to six metres wide and 2.4 metres high, in robust, durable fabric with a stainless steel rope guide. The awnings are safely fitted almost anywhere with sturdy awning brackets that can be bolted into a ceiling or wall. They can be equipped with electronic systems that can be controlled remotely. The VertiTex Vertical Awning was a 2008 winner of the Red Dot Design Awards.
2 Sep 2008 | Architectural Elements
X-Stone, the super strong, outdoor tile launched by Italian Ceramiche Refin is finally on the U.S. market. With its milled stone-look but performance and durability of porcelain tile, it’s no wonder it’s such a hit. Concrete, iron, sand and wood are the nature-inspired color choices. Grooved tiles are ultra chic, adding texture and accent to any area they are placed. The resilient tiles are an ideal surrounding for a pool area, since they are water resistant and would live up to the harsh beating a pool area may take. If you’re looking for the ultimate in an outdoor sitting area, the X-Stone tiles can create a carpet-like look, making your lounge area truly unique.
14 Aug 2008 | Architectural Elements
Landscape Forms is now carrying Santa & Cole’s urban elements like its decorative Robert landscape edging. This minimal and elegant pattern creates a classic edging look that will transform any garden or park area into a polished-looking landscape. The stainless steel posts support a curved horizontal alignment strap that interlocks to fashion an edging of any desired length, either in a straight or curved line. Simply purchase the number of poles with a strap that are needed, and then finish off with the end pole. Robert landscape edging is both made from recycled materials and is 100 per cent recyclable. Landscape Forms
31 Jul 2008 | Architectural Elements
Set your eyes on the alluring, wooden Modern Fence. I don’t think I’ve ever thought twice about a fence…until now. The Modern Fence is built with Ipe (pronounced eepay) wood, informally known as Brazilian Walnut. The illustrious wood is first-class in durability and hardness. It’s a tropical hardwood tree that grows abundantly in Central and South America. Because of its resilience against decay from bugs and moisture, it is the perfect material for outdoor furnishings. This is one sexy wooden fence. Your eyes are drawn along the sleek horizontal lines. The luxe red tones will accent any landscaping, or be a focal point all on its own. You no longer need to put up fences for privacy’s sake, the Modern Fence is all about design and decor for your pleasure.
via Apartment Therapy
19 Jul 2008 | Architectural Elements