The rugged coast of Big Sur is renowned across the planet for its stunning beauty and enthralling panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. Nestled in and overlooking the beautiful coastline the is a lovely weekend retreat that combines a rich past with natural beauty and a modern ambiance.
It is a careful balance between nostalgia and the present as the woodsy cabin look is never lost throughout the ski retreat even as practicality and contemporary décor additions add playful elegance and a sense of refinement. The central living zone features a floor-to-ceiling cold-rolled steel fireplace that becomes the focal point of the area.
Designed by Archinauten the steel folding elements were placed to regulate temperature and the amount of sunlight that seeps indoors even as they provide ample privacy to an otherwise distantly ‘open’ home design.
Located on a lush green lot just outside the city of this Austrian home adopts a similar approach as its instantly turns a glassy and classy façade into a modern metallic masterpiece.
Various shades of gray also add to the modern color palette that is embraced by the cozy bedrooms and relaxing bathrooms as well. Bringing the best of past and present together this is indeed the perfect home for a cosmopolitan hub like Rome (and still evokes memories of its celebrated past)!
The central garden of the house is its main social area and it’s flanked by the main living zone on one side and a home office and recreational wing on the other. Fold-away doors on both sides turn the living space into a passage between the front yard and the central garden!
Even though the color palette veers away from using any bright hues and largely employs white pleasant wooden elements in the dining room kitchen and at the entrance provide all the textural and visual contrast necessary. This also creates a bridge between the existing home and the modern extension aesthetically and allows for a blend of contrasting eras.