When Copper Beech Farm first surfaced on the market last May it was at a record breaking $190 million price tag. Now nearly a year later, the property has sold at $120 million, 61 percent of the initial ask price. Read More »
If you’re looking for a refreshing take on waterfront luxury, this houseboat might just be the solution. Currently docked in Sausalito, California, Temple of Light presents a bright, somewhat religious-styled design for $1.095 million. Read More »
This faux-Italian villa was recently snatched up by Modern Family actress Sofia Vergara. Found in Beverly Hill, California, the estate offers rooms and decor boasting old-world appeal. Read More »
Richard Landry, noted architect to the stars recently finished up working on a megamanse, for Mark Wahlberg. Read More »
Another lavish Richard Landry estate, Le Grand Reve is found on the North Shore of Winnetka, Illinois, is the most expensive home to be built in the area. As expected with any Richard Landry home, the details and features are over-the-top. Read More »
A brand new estate on the celebrity populated Oriole Way, this Contemporary Architectural in the “Bird Streets” above Sunset Strip is truly remarkable. Boasting panoramic views of the L.A. basin, clean lines, open spaces and glass walls, the breathtaking home takes full advantage of natural lighting, careful detailing and quality materials. Read More »
This SoHo loft once belonged to Roffredo Gaetani di Laurenzana dell’Aquila d’Aragona Lovatelli, perhaps one of New York’s playboys and frequently gossiped about bachelors. Read More »
The Library House by Khosla Associates is a stunning home created to satisfy the diverse lifestyle needs of a family in Bangalore, India. Designing the home required careful consideration of each member of the family: an entrepreneur industrialist, a bohemian writer and their teenage daughter. The architects were faced with the challenge of creating a home that met the needs of each individual in the family as well as their overall vision to create a “peaceful oasis” (Contemporist).
The clients requested that the home would be environmentally friendly and take full advantage of natural lighting and ventilation. At the same time they recalled “memories of growing up in an ‘old’ Bangalore, a city of sleepy colonial bungalows” (Contemporist). They were tied to the idea of a home that used the same modern lines found in contemporary architecture, while reminiscing on the image of the past.
An unusual project, the architects had a relatively large plot of land to work with (13,000 square feet), to create a comfortable 3 bedroom home. The goal was to create something intimate which interpreted Bangalore’s colonial past into a modern design that carefully balanced private and public spaces. Energy efficiency and accommodating the family’s growing book collection where two other primary concerns.
From the road, the view of “a modest colannaded mangalore tiled coverve walkway with wooden columns traverses a tropical courtyard replete with a fishpond, yellow ochre walls and an ancestral swing” (Contemporist). Inside dramatically lit foyer space has a cathedral feel to it and then moves into the dining, kitchen and staff areas on one side and a double height Library on the opposite side.
The Library space is central to the home, anchoring lounging, studying, musical and entertaining space into its open design. Large sliding doors connect the Library space to a large garden along with a 1,500 square foot verandah and pool deck. According to the architects “there are 2 primary axis that penetrate the plan : one leading east to west from entrance court to foyer through the library and terminating at the ground floor guest bedroom . The other is south to north flowing from the library to the verandah and then to the garden and pool” (Contemporist). The first floor hovering above the garden and pool deck consists of two private bedrooms.
Materials chosen for the home are local and hand crafted, they include Yellow jaiselmer stone, a custom floral patterned tile created in terrazzo, white painted mangalore and kerala tiles for the roofs, and pattered colonial tile and teakwood for the door and window frames. Furniture was a mixed selection chosen in order to contribute to the greater architectural design while telling an independent tale. Pieces were a selection from larger Italian brands like Moroso, Emu and B&B Italia, custom designs and colonial pieces.
The landscape surrounding the home includes garden and courtyard spaces featuring both sculptures and tropical plants. The western gabled roof includes photovoltaic solar panels and there is a large underground sump used to store rainwater. Overall, the home combines old and new, a desire to complete a sustainable, contemporary, and architecturally distinctive presence through every aspect of its design.
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L.A.’s megamansion, Fleur de Lys, broke records when it hit the market in 2007 at $125 million. The megamanse lingered on the market for a while without selling before it dropped off in October 2009, only to be re-listed at the original ask price in July 2011. Now a few more years later it has finally sold… Read More »
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