This home is characterized by it’s exterior stone walls, creating an exterior decorative vein that is slightly unusual for this type of sharp edged contemporary architectural silhouette. Designed by the Ando Studio team, the structure forms a sprawling L-shaped layout with walls that retract to allow the homeowner to wander freely from the modern interior to the picturesque gardens beyond.
A home like this is clearly designed to suit warm, low wind climates–lets face it, there would be newspapers, scatter cushions and possibly even small children scuttling along in the choppy wind of many chillier places on the globe–but the idyllic still calm of these peaceful surroundings offer a perfect sanctuary to a wide open dwelling.
The obligatory outdoor infinity pool disappears into the edge of the lawn, and shimmers against the side of a sun patio, just outside of the generous lounge and dining room perimeter. Outdoor dining opportunities are also present in the form of laid-back wicker furniture, softened with plush pillows.
The huge floor to ceiling moveable glazed doors flood the sweeping home with bright sunlight whether they are open or closed. A mature tree provides some shade, whilst shutters block off other areas completely.
The roof of the building extends over some of the exterior living areas to blur the boundaries between house and garden further.
A patio fire pit provides a place to linger over conversation and drinks in the cooler evenings.
A path is formed by elongated stepping stones, cut at irregular lengths to create interest and opportunity for planting at the border..
The lush landscaping leads to a driveway which reflects the look of the structures ‘shattered’ stone surface, emphasized here by margins of greenery. Delicate lavender and established fruit trees provide an abundance of color and sweet scents to the buildings approach.