The growing trend in modern design and architecture is to create homes that are one with their surroundings. Draped in a hood of green that offers plenty of seclusion the Southlands Residence in Vancouver is all about the perfect synergy between interiors and the exterior. Smartly placed concrete walls wooden partitions and sliding glass doors combine privacy with unabated views of the many sights and sounds outside.
Defined with sophistication and flair by Hyla Architects the residence wows you with interiors that are as good as any. A lavish pool on the inside and a dramatic spiral staircase steal the show with their impressive design. Luxurious and exclusive the structure brings together ergonomics with elegant semi-minimalist design.
The long way to becoming the dream home for Sarah and Kimo Bertram started on in Sausalito where the house-boat has been envisioned by the creative minds from Robert Nebolon Architects together with general contractor Bart Elmer. The duo came up with the idea of nesting the structure in a boxlike concrete barge that not only protects it from the marine climate but also provides keel-like stability — a much needed feature on water.
Large overhangs are also in place to ensure there is sufficient protection on a really damp Seattle day. An open floor plan sees lines between the living area and the outdoors blurred even as an ergonomic kitchen and dining area anchor the lower level of the house.
Big bright spaces exposed to a heavy amount of daylight catch on a feeling of luxury while double-height spaces have this larger-than-life feel to them. When a double-height glass room contains colors they are subdued by the scale and openness. Carefully chosen furniture and design details cushions and even flower can brighten up a cold space and offer an elegance reminding you of the simple joys of life – like colors.
The interiors are kept largely neutral in white and gray with a bright red accent couch in the living space stealing the show. Stylish use of skylights make sure there is appropriate natural light even in the private areas while an expansive deck to the north allows the residents to be at one with the bamboo and Japanese maple backdrop. A beautiful wooden staircase connects the lower level with the top floors and a concrete path above the water surface in the backyard makes for a cool walkway.
The deck is accessible through the master suite of the house. It provides a large and furnished area where the owners of the residence can enjoy countless beautiful sunsets. Next to the sleek pool is a series of ottomans that give you an opportunity to catch your breath in between all the fun! Beautiful woven all-weather armchairs grace the remainder of the deck with a lovely dining set placed in one of the corners.