Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs Beirut by Zaha Hadid Architects | Architecture

 

 

I posted about this project back in 2011,  I remember how thrilled I was that Lebanon would have its own Zaha Hadid designed building. Finally it has come to life. Below details from her website.

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Fall House by Fougeron Architects | Residential Design

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One of my favorite projects for 2014 so far has been the Fall House in California by Fougeron Architects. It is crucial for a house with a view to make use of every part of that beauty. This is exactly what the architects did. Simple interiors, yet fully open spaces to an extraordinary setting.

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Wirra Willa Pavilion in Australia| Architecture

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Wirra Willa is a tiny, tranquil pavilion located in Somersby, NSW, Australia, on an 80-acre property that formerly operated as a citrus fruit orchard. Architect Matthew Woodward designed a 72 sq.m pavilion for his father surrounded by a 36 square meter courtyard. This purpose of this pavilion is to provide the father with a place to reflect and relax.

The beautiful pavilion can be used as a private guest house, floating over a lovely pond. The materials used and sleek lines go perfectly with the surrounding, complementing it exquisitely.

‘To gain the approvals of the local council, the building had to be raised twice during the building process.The area is flood-prone and the finished floor level had to be half-a-meter above the “1 in 100 year” flood level although there is a dam with two overflow spill ways. In spite of the two forced raises, the structure has retained its feel of floating and the residents can still enjoy the sensation of walking on water.’

I feel I can live there forever… just kidding, but a couple of hours would be great 😉

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Jesolo Lido Pool Villa, Italy by JM Architecture | Residential Villas

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The Jesolo Lido Pool Villa is the first of a development for 9 single-family residences in the beach town of Jesolo Lido, Italy. The villa is a custom designed prefabricated wood structure, and it was built and furnished in only 6 months. Energy-saving high standards have been applied to the shell to guarantee maximum comfort and almost zero costs throughout the four seasons. The building features wood structures as a flexible and anti-seismic system which also avoids thermal bridges. The 31 cm of perimeter insulation, argon-gas insulated glass facades, 10 kw of photovoltaic panels installed on the roof and the interior / exterior led light fixtures co-operate in making a technologically contemporary building. Because of the small dimensions of the plot, the design goal has been directed in leaving as much open space as possible. The indoor living area has transparent sides which opens towards two different-sized patios. The largest one, to the west, features a long swimming pool, which takes the entire length of the space, and two planted square inserts. An olive tree is the main three-dimensional element in the patio and it’s placed next to the staircase which leads to the underground level, where the storage and technical rooms are located.

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The Tresarca Residence in Las Vegas | Villa Design

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This beautiful villa in Las Vegas is designed by Assemblage Studio and is referred to as the Tresarca Residence. Every area is well designed, the combination of grey stone with wood,  my favorite combination for modern villas, the infinity pool, amazing terrace, and beautiful bathrooms. Check out the photos below.

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Ellen DeGeneres Buys The Brody Home for $39.8 Million | Celebrity Homes

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Located on the Holmby Hills adjacent to Hugh Hefner’s celebrated Playboy Mansion, the Brody House was sold for $39.8 Million a couple of months ago to Hollywood celebrity talk show host and entertainer, Ellen DeGeneres. DeGeneres paid what is arguably the highest price per square foot the city has ever seen.

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