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.
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As usual, Nico Ven Der Meulen have just delivered a beautiful residence in South Africa, I had to share it with you.
From the Architects:
Designed by the highly acclaimed Werner van der Meulen, House Sar encapsulates luxury, comfort and functionality in a minimalist architectural setting. The clients approached Nico van der Meulen Architects with a modest single storey pitched roof house.
Limited views and access to the garden resulted in the rooms beings dark, and thus the clients main request was to transform this house into a light-filled open plan contemporary home. Ensuring that every room was naturally lit became the challenge for Werner van der Meulen, but one he proved could be done.
A framework of steel columns and beams surround the entrance while louvered planes conceal the four garages and floating roofs (if you are interested on learning more about the garage doors, try here). It’s as if each plane whether wall, roof or floor has been intentionally treated differently either in material, texture or colour creating a unique entrance design.
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This beautiful project was completed back in 2006 by Brazilian architects Guilherme Torres for a Brazilian family. The whole concept was based on 4 cubes, creating a beautiful volume, and the use of natural and warm textures and materials that would constitute a beautiful part of the area where the house is situated.
Materials the architects focused on were stone and wood, and that’s what gave the house the charm it has.
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