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14 Jan ’16

Movie Director Michael Bay Bel Air Breathtaking Villa| Residential Design



Director Michael Bay  (Transformers, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor) commissioned this stunning 30,000 SF  three-story Los Angeles residence, which was originally conceived by architect Chad Oppenheim and realized by the architecture firm Rios Clementi Hale Studios and interior designer Lorraine Letendre, with additional work by decorator Lynda Murray.



29 Jun ’15

Calvin Klein Buys $25 Million designed by Minotti | Celebrity Homes



Fashion designer Calvin Klein just bought a beautiful house in Los Angeles for $25 Million. The residence was designed by architect Paul Mclean, and the interior was designed by Mary Ta from Minotti Los Angeles. Which is why you will notice that all the furniture proposed is from Minotti, the brand.


13 Nov ’14

ML Residence by Gantous Architects | Residential Design


Located in Mexico City, this modern 1000 sq. m residence was designed by Gantous Architects.The secret to having a rich volume is to know how to incorporate several finishes yet still look polished and pulled together. This is exactly how the design was tackled here. My favorite part, however, was the indoor garden. scroll below to check the remaining photos.

On another note, do you think the architects could have Lebanese origins?


1 Feb ’14

The Black Desert House by Marc Atlan | Residential Design

The Black Desert House

The Black Desert House was created by Marc Atlan Design and Oller & Pejic Architects for the main purpose of renting  out, whether for photo shoots, videos, or filming yet being totally livable with 3 bedrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen, laundry room and carport. The space also provides privacy for those filming in the area. The house enjoys breathtaking views and is only a 30 minute drive from Palm Springs.


18 Dec ’13

Felbald House in Zurich, Switzerland | Residential Design

Another minimalistic marvel, this time a project from 2008 by Gus Wüstemann Architects in Zurich, Switzerland. I don’t think I have come across a project so fully making use of the lovely scenery. The cantilever and overlapping planes are softened by the water features within and surrounding the house, plus the fact that there are chocolate factories in switzerland that can be found within minutes from the house just makes things even better.


12 Mar ’12

Magnificent House By SAOTA In South Africa| Residential design



I tend to prefer modern architecture and interiors over the more classic ones, mainly because of the spaciousness and cleanliness when well designed. This beautiful house is designed by SAOTA and is located in the most exclusive street in Cape Town, South Africa.

In addition to breathtaking architecture, this residence boasts  a stylish garden with outdoor living area set into the mountain face behind. The openness of the main living area to the terrace makes the seascape a major part of the interior.



17 Dec ’11

A-Cero Designs Residence In Adma, Lebanon | Architecture

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Finally one of my favorite architecture firms, A-cero,  makes it to Lebanon with this magnificent residence in Adma. This is a 3-level detached house situated in a unique environment on the side of a mountain overlooking the sea.

The basement is around of 546 m2,including a garage for 10 vehicles, 3 halls  multipurpose room, sauna,  3 bedrooms,and a kitchen.

The ground floor level is of 486m2 includes an office, a living room, a dining room, a  kitchen,a family living room in addition to porches and large terraces . There is also an outdoor pool and Jacuzzi.

The first floor is around 475m2 and includes the private areas such as the master bedroom suit , guest bedroom, and 3  bedrooms. Also there is a small garden on this level.




The materials used for the facade are the white and beige travertine stone with black glass. What is prominent is broken facade forms, coherent with the topography of the land’s stony steep slopes.The architecture highlights the cantilevered master bedroom with spectacular sea views and overlooking the hillside.

The pool is designed with a structural glass in the front to take the advantage of views and the surrounding.

Both the lounge and the dining room windows are retractable, creating a fusion of the exterior with the interior, enjoying the good weather of this region throughout the year

The overhangs favor the visual effect on surrounding vegetation. One of the formal characteristics of this single family house is the blind spot (the wall without windows), oriented toward the street, in contrast to the large windows of the house, facing the valley and the sea.

In the beach area you can enjoy unbeatable views, so A-cero designed a large porch area partially covered by folding arm awnings.






16 Sep ’11

The Hollywood Hills Dream Home | Architecture


In a very exclusive area known to house properties for the rich and famous, lies this breathtaking residence. This 4,000 square foot property is located in the famous Hollywood hills and is worth almost $10,000,000. I actually think it is totally worth it. Not only does it overlook amazing views, the finishes, the furniture, and the landscaping is of the highest quality.

This residence has 4 bedrooms, five bathrooms, home theater, and a beautiful garden with an infinity pool overlooking a beautiful cityscape. Brands used were B&B Italia, Poliform (kitchen and cabinets), Gaggenau, Sub Zero, Crestron, Dornbracht faucets and Caesar stone countertops in the kitchen, Boffi accessories and fixtures, Antonio Lupi and Paola Lenti outdoor furnishings. Finishes include American Walnut floors, terrazzo, and Macassar Ebony.In addition to that, there are i-pod docks in all rooms, integrated CCTV, exterior speakers and the home theatre professional 3DLP HD projector. A beautiful art installation – “Sprout” by Nancy Braver – dominates the back yard landscape.

All extra information is listed on the property’s website. Check 9010 Hopen for more info.







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