What was previously the driveway and garage was turned into the new courtyard and a series of stepped terraces and an open central space now welcome you in style. Clad in Pennsylvania bluestone the entrance presents a mere preview into the greater grandeur that lies within the home.
Designed by SO Architecture it is two large boxes that make up the overall design of the residence with the one on the ground providing partial support for the second box above. A steel frame also provides additional support creating an open living area that contains the kitchen and dining room.
The house almost floats above water and the rocks with the new structures and additions being connected with the existing holiday home in a seamless fashion. Walkways and bridges turn this cabin into an even more fascinating setting as life comes to a tranquil halt at this magical Norwegian home. The two new volumes are connected with each other seamlessly with one housing the kitchen dining area and living room and the other containing the bedroom and bathrooms.
Translucent glass partitions act as separators between the different zones in the lower-level living area with the double-height living space itself captivating you with its sophistication and understated class. Even here it is wooden panels that draw your attention instantly as they shape a stunning feature wall that holds the giant flat screen.
It is hard to imagine that a home as splendid and extravagant as the in Texas was a dark and dingy structure from the 1980s until recently. It was only after its new owners turned to Miró Rivera Architects that the true potential of this fabulous Texas home and the lot on which it sits were fully realized.
With a neutral color scheme and fabulous décor that adds color and pattern there is a great balance here between native decorative elements and clean contemporary design. Seemingly both dramatic and understated it is the hardwood battens that give the top level of the house its distinct identity regulate ventilation and provide an additional layer of privacy.
A cool staircase with a glass balustrade and floating steps brings light from the top level to the ground floor even as the clever placement of skylights further enhances the charming and refreshing vibe. A three-sided fireplace delineates the kitchen dining and living areas while the deck outside becomes an extension of the spacious interior.