With extensive views of the ocean and the floating temples of Wat Plai Laem in Thailand, Villa Michaela is a modern holiday retreat in a picturesque setting. The villa’s entrance is marked by an ancient wooden gate. strongly contrasting the contemporary courtyard, majestically landscaped with tiled walkways and ponds. Palm trees, over-sized ceramic pots and stone statues contribute to the elegance and sophistication of the villa’s immediate surroundings. According to the official description, this “This Koh Samui luxury villa boasts a number of outstanding facilities including 5 master bedrooms, each with double beds and air conditioning. All the bedrooms have cable TV with over 70 channels, a DVD player, iPod docks and a state of the art surround sound system. If all this isn’t good enough, the Samui luxury villa also has an indoor cinema which seats 12 people. All in all, this luxury villa is the perfect property for a group of friends or a large family that are looking for an amazing holiday“. We are curious to find out what interior design details caught your attention, so please leave your comments below and get the conversation started.
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests
An example of a huge success is Heneghan Peng Architects’ Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Using the large difference in level across the site, the architects created two folds in the landscape. Bold, but not conflicting with the rather bleak natural environment, these folds draw all the man-made areas together and create one fitting man-made break in the natural landscape. In the words of the architects themselves, There is no longer a building and a landscape, but building becomes landscape and the landscape itself remains spectacular and iconic