Designed and brought to life by MAPA this fabulous prefab sits 125 miles away from Uruguayan capital of Montevideo and fits in seamlessly with the stunning mountainous backdrop at its splendid best! Nestled on an isolated lot in this fascinating retreat is all about ease elegance and eco-friendly panache.
There comes a point in everyone’s life when the rush of urban life starts to wear you down and all those miles over the years start to take a toll on both your body and mind. Designed as a second home for an elderly couple that lives in offers a secluded and comfortable retreat that blends a rustic exterior with polished modern interior.
A summer house on Long Island is undoubtedly one of the best ways to escape the constant rush of New York City’s fast paced lifestyle even while basking in endless comfort. The is one such home that makes most of the constraints imposed upon it by the landscape around the structure.
At this point the roof seems even more captivating as the olive groves and giant gum trees outside fill the backdrop with constantly changing sights and sounds. The living area and the open deck are gently cantilevered above the landscape with the bedrooms connected directly with the central courtyard.
The entire house is divided into four different layered units with each layer having a thickness and finishing texture of its own. Since the home was crafted to meet the needs of an elderly couple all the units are at the same level and transition between one section to the next is seamless.
The open living area with kitchen and dining extends into the modest private courtyard which ends up becoming the gathering spot for friends and family. Interesting wall art pieces pops of orange in the dining area and a hint of greenery outside provide pops of color with tall wall shelves offering ample storage space. A clever transformation that preserves the historic past of the revitalized garage!
Despite being constrained by the narrowness of the lot Sam Crawford Architects managed to etch out a cheerful and seemingly spacious modern home by tapping into the vertical room on offer. Original industrial elements of the home were kept intact and enhance while the street façade was left untouched because of the heritage rules. Exposed brick walls define the living area even as dark steel elements industrial-style windows and wooden ceiling beams are intertwined with comfortable modern décor and polished finishes.