Wooden slats and a cantilevered top level create a striking street façade that sets this family home designed by GITC Arquitectura apart from its more modest neighbors! And on the inside it is the division of private and public spaces across two different levels and a double-height living space that define its modern aesthetics.
Interesting decorative elements from the likes of and décor designed by George Nakashima and Peter Lane give the living space a timeless appeal. Connected with the garden that features a fabulous living wall the open living area and dining space on the mezzanine level seem both relaxing and refined.
Replacing the original cabin that was built in the 1950s the latest structure seamlessly integrates with the pool and a recent annex that sit next to it. It was a conscious effort on the part of the architects to create an exterior that complemented the slanted roof of the annex covered with wooden shingles.
The lavish home was specifically crafted to meet the demands of a modern family with two kids and it is the lower level that contains the open sunken living area along with other social zones the kitchen and the dining area. But it is the top floor that draws your attention with its 24-meter-long corridor that connects the parents’ wing on the east side of the house with the kids’ wing on the west along with the balconies on both ends and the social zone in between.
The open plan living area is filled with a bright yellow couch that provides an otherwise neutral space with plenty of color while Darth Vader masks throw pillows and other action figures from the Star Wars universe instantly reveal the theme of the room. The two central pieces of this dramatic home grace the dining space that sits next to the living area with a TIE Fighter-inspired dining table and the bright red Darth Maul double-bladed lightsaber.
But that is where the similarities end as the new house was crafted using revolutionary developed by ETH Zurich which can be filled with different materials to change the level of insulation! The hollow wooden blocks are not the only planet-friendly feature here and you can also see reclaimed wood and other materials from the old house being reused to cut down on both wastage and construction costs.
On the lower level of the house one finds the living area along with the kitchen dining space and a Zen-style nook next to the staircase that also holds an indoor tree. Additional bedrooms and storage spaces make up the rear part of the ground floor with the first floor holding the master bedroom and study. Skylights that usher in a flood of natural light and smart artificial lighting complete an exquisite home where ergonomics and frugality take precedence over outlandish style and aesthetics!