Sustainability is the key factor that drives every little aspect of the The Cave with 90 percent of all materials used in the construction of the house being derived from ranches and sandbanks around it. Old metal sheets and hardwood were sourced from an abandoned railway track nearby while earth and stone from the site were cleverly used to create a perfectly insulated yet airy living space.
For some aesthetics are all important when it comes to home design and it is all about creating a pristine picture-perfect image. But for those more adventurous at heart and with a far more active lifestyle form tends to follow function as ergonomics become the priority.
Bring an air of freshness and openness the box-like design of the contemporary addition drew inspiration from shipping container homes and contains the new living area four bedrooms and a lovely study.
The modern kitchen is well and truly the heart and soul of the house and often ends up being the social zone where family members come together to catch up after a long hard day. While that is hardly surprising the owners of by KUBE Architecture in take it a step further by making their new ‘cook’s kitchen’ the focal point of their existing rowhouse makeover.
It is precisely this crazy conundrum that the ingenious House at by Envelope Architects aims to overcome with a smart use of a central courtyard and an ingenious ‘light well’. In fact this vertical column at the heart of the house ends up becoming the defining feature of the eclectic modern home.
A wonderful outdoor sitting area and barbecue zone are sheltered by a simple pergola while the smart and restrained use of windows creates that elusive balance between privacy and connectivity with the outdoors. Décor in the living area kitchen and bedrooms is kept minimal and understated to ensure that the neutral color palette is left undisturbed.
The lowest level of the house contains the living space with the second and third floor featuring the master suite additional bedrooms and workspaces. The top floor with Jacuzzi the roof terrace and a fun toy room complete this remarkably creative dwelling.