We received some photos and information from landscape architect Ben Morris about an impressive holiday home, which we would like to share forward. Casa Big Sur is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece nestled in the lush tropical rain-forest, located in Dominical and the Southern Zone of Costa Rica where the lush verdant mountains meet the Pacific Ocean. This 6,500 square foot Balinese-style home is designed to optimize the views from every angle and includes all the amenities you are accustomed to from a 5-Star Resort. The home resides in an exclusive gated enclave of only two homes, providing total privacy and security. Designed and built with native hardwoods, natural travertine, and custom tile work, this home offers an extraordinary indoor/outdoor living experience with a centrally positioned great room that boasts 30-foot ceilings and a spacious balcony to enjoy with family and friends, a fully equipped gourmet kitchen, and outdoor living room with wet bar that extends to the pool deck. The infinity-edge pool is large enough for swimming laps. Relax in the hot tub and enjoy the spectacular ocean and mountain views!
When it’s time for a siesta or you are winding down from another day in paradise, choose among several lovely bedrooms. On the main floor there are two master bedrooms located at opposite sides of the home. Each has a luxurious bathroom including whirlpool tub, walk-in closet, and spacious private covered balcony. A third guest bedroom has a desk and a cozy balcony which can be enjoyed privately or joined to the main patio. On the lower level, a fourth guest bedroom opens to the pool deck and has an amazing outdoor shower. A fifth guest bedroom is adjacent to the large game room and gym with access to the patio and pool and can be utilized as a movie room. The mesmerizing views include 60 miles of coastline, which take in the Cano and Three Sister Islands, the entire Ballena National Marine Park including the Whale’s Tail, winding rivers, and undulating mountains that stretch as far as the eye can see and taper down to converge with the ocean.
These days, a building doesnt just have to look good, it should ideally be good for the environment too. A great example of sustainability spliced with style from the past few years is the M&S store at Cheshire Oaks Retail Park in Ellesmere Port, designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson.
A good building should make you want to look at it. Even if not always liked by passers-by, it should always make them feel something. Manchester Metropolitan’s University’s business school is a building that effortlessly fits this criteria. Indeed for many, the building by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is their first taste of the architecture of Manchester as they travel along the arterial road, Mancunian Way. With its distinct ski-slope roof, and glittering mirrored appearance, it provides a flash of silver, and a dazzling break from the dull greys of the motorway, greeting motorists in a slightly space-age way as they enter the city