Stella Blinova. Outdoor. November 25th , 2017.
Sitting next to an infinity edge pool, the spacious pool house contains an informal dining space along with a full-fledged kitchen and other private spaces. The dining area flows into the terraced garden and pool deck outside thanks the use of large, sliding glass doors that seamlessly connect the interior with the outdoors. As far as the green roof itself, architects had to request the city for special permissions as existing construction and water drainage norms simply did not permit for the lovely addition. A curved wooden roof also plays into the overall schematic and cleverly hides the project’s equipment and additional support even as it allows natural light to flood indoors. Additional rainwater simply drains away from the green roof and flows to a natural creek nearby while a large fireplace provides a warm and striking focal point as the sun sets and dark Texas nights take over.
There is something so familiar about a white picket fence that it immediately draws us in. It is compelling to look at, urging us to get closer to it and the breathtaking garden that’s lying behind it. We can stare at the fence in fascination, wondering if the interior of the house does the marvelous exterior justice. A home with a conservative style and patriotic appeal is ideal for a white picket fence! It’s the classic model for an American dream – a simple suburban family lifestyle. Red brick houses are so captivating! They have a raw look that radiates a strong character which makes them very noticeable. Soften their look with a charming white picket fence.
Openness and spaciousness are two of the greatest features a modern driveway can have. They create a deluxe appearance, clearly showing off plenty of room for more than just one vehicle. A house with an elegant exterior needs a driveway that matches that style and contributes its own charm! Adding greenery to the driveway doesn’t tamper with its modern look, but it does bring an organic twist to it. Neutral shades are a clear indication of contemporary decor and concrete is the best choice when we’re seeking to bring neutrals into the outdoors. This driveway is as vast as it is gray, beautifully balanced by concrete and stone.
Another Norwegian lookout, Seljord Watchtower was designed by Oslo and Bodø-based Rintala Eggertsson Architects. The watchtower was partly conceived and installed as a tribute to ‘Selma’, a legendary sea serpent living in the adjacent lake. The Seljord municipality is often visited by tourists, locals and avid bird-watchers. The twelve-metre-high tower has a periscope-like appearance and three lookout points: one at the tower’s apex, looking across Seljord lake, and two en route to the top. Also designed by Saunders Architecture, Stokke Forest Stair in Øye Sculpture Park, Norway, was completed in 2012. A clever woodland installation, the stairway provides the visitor with an elevated vantage point above the forest’s floor. The Stokke Forest Stair was transported by helicopter, and a careful analysis of the site meant no trees were felled in order to accommodate the structure.
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