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Rock Walls On This Modern Home Help Maintain Its Connection To The Natural Setting

Rock Walls On This Modern Home Help Maintain Its Connection To The Natural Setting

Vetter Architects has designed a modern guest house on the shores of Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin, that showcases rough-cut fieldstone and large windows overlooking the lake.

Surrounded by a forest of oaks and white pines, the home is perched on a bluff overlooking a pristine lake the family has been visiting for generations.

Let’s take a look around…

The Exterior

Glass, wood, and stone are seamlessly woven together from inside to out, as they reference the primary building materials found in Wisconsin’s scenic Northwoods. Rough-cut fieldstone set in thick, hand-troweled mortar stretches across the exterior’s south facade and connects with the interior two-story central fireplace.

The lakefront side of the home has large windows that span the entire exterior, filling the interior with natural light, and allowing the views of the lake and the boathouse below to be enjoyed.

Rough-cut fieldstone set in thick, hand-troweled mortar stretches across this modern homes exterior’s south facade and connects with the interior two-story central fireplace.
Rough-cut fieldstone set in thick, hand-troweled mortar stretches across this modern homes exterior’s south facade and connects with the interior two-story central fireplace.
The lakefront side of the home has large windows that span the entire exterior, filling the interior with natural light, and allowing the views of the lake and the boathouse below to be enjoyed.
The lakefront side of the home has large windows that span the entire exterior, filling the interior with natural light, and allowing the views of the lake and the boathouse below to be enjoyed.

The Entryway

A covered entryway off the driveway leads to the custom-designed pivoting wood front door and foyer.

A covered entryway off the driveway leads to the custom designed pivoting wood front door and foyer.
A covered entryway off the driveway leads to the custom designed pivoting wood front door and foyer.

The Living Room

The living room, furnished with an L-shaped gray couch, has a wall of windows and glass doors, with the doors providing access to the patio and outdoor kitchen. There’s also a view of the loft which opens up to a balcony.

This living room, furnished with an L-shaped gray couch, has a wall of windows and glass doors, with the doors providing access to the patio and outdoor kitchen. There's also a view of the loft which opens up to a balcony.

The Dining Area

A custom wood dining table by Michael Dreeben and a sculptural David Weeks chandelier separate the living room from the kitchen. The dining area also provides a view of the fireplace that showcases hand-troweled masonry and fieldstone.

A custom wood dining table by Michael Dreeben and a sculptural David Weeks chandelier separate the living room from the kitchen. The dining area also provides a view of the fireplace that showcases hand-troweled masonry and field stone.
A custom wood dining table by Michael Dreeben and a sculptural David Weeks chandelier separate the living room from the kitchen. The dining area also provides a view of the fireplace that showcases hand-troweled masonry and field stone.

The Kitchen

The design of the kitchen includes rift-sawn white oak cabinetry, a custom black metal hood, stone backsplash, and an island that’s long enough to seat five.

The design of the kitchen includes rift-sawn white oak cabinetry, a custom black metal hood, stone backsplash, and an island that's long enough to seat five.

The Stairs

Metal railings with white oak treads match the wood used in the kitchen and lead to the loft and the lower level of the home.

Metal railings with white oak treads match the wood used in the kitchen, and lead to the loft and the lower level of the home.

The Hallway

Views of the trees can be seen through the black-framed windows that line the hallway to the bedrooms.

Views of the trees can bee seen through the black-framed windows that line the hallway to the bedrooms.

Bedrooms

In one of the bedrooms, a floor-to-ceiling wood accent wall adorned with woven baskets provides a backdrop for an upholstered gray bed.

This modern bedroom has a floor-to-ceiling wood accent wall adorned with woven baskets, provides a backdrop for an upholstered gray bed.

Game Areas

The lower level of the home has a bowling alley, bar, arcade, and sauna for family and guests to enjoy, while outside there’s a bocce court.

A modern home with a bowling alley.
A modern house with a bocce court.
A modern home with stone walls and a bocce court.

The Boat House

The home also includes steps that lead down to a boathouse with a rooftop deck, as well as a dock.

This modern home includes steps that lead down to a boathouse with a rooftop deck, as well as a dock.
This modern home includes steps that lead down to a boathouse with a rooftop deck, as well as a dock.
Architect: Vetter Architects | Principal Architect: John Vetter | Project Architect: Erik Walsh | Interior Design: Amy Carman | Construction: Ruvin Brothers | Custom Cabinetry, Millwork: ADK Design

Materials And Colors Were Chosen To Reflect The Coastal And Mountainside Setting Of This Fast Casual Restaurant

Materials And Colors Were Chosen To Reflect The Coastal And Mountainside Setting Of This Fast Casual Restaurant

Photography by Janis Nicolay Photography

Evoke International Design Inc. has completed the interiors of Heirloom Ambleside, a modern fast casual restaurant that’s located steps from the beach in Vancouver, Canada.

The objective of the interior was to create a versatile space that would accommodate a dawn-till-late casual dining concept, complete with a full-size kitchen, café, and juice bar.

Restaurant Ideas - The objective of the interior of this modern fast-casual restaurant was to create a versatile space that would accommodate a dawn-till-late casual dining concept, complete with a full-size kitchen, café, and juice bar.  #RestaurantDesign #RestaurantIdeas #ModernRestaurant
Photography by Janis Nicolay Photography

The corner location allowed the designers to make use of the tall street front windows, by adding bar seating along them, providing patrons with views of the street while enjoying their drinks and food.


Restaurant Ideas - The corner location of this modern fast-casual restaurant allowed the designers to make use of the tall street front windows, by adding bar seating along  them, providing patrons with views of the street while enjoying their drinks and food. #Restaurant #ModernRestaurant #RestaurantIdeas #RestaurantDesign
Photography by Janis Nicolay Photography

To reflect the coastal and mountainside setting, tones of marine blue and forest green were incorporated across the space, from the millwork and tile finishes through to the upholstery and loose furniture.


Restaurant Ideas - To reflect the coastal and mountainside setting of this modern fast-casual restaurant, tones of marine blue and forest green were incorporated across the space, from the millwork and tile finishes through to the upholstery and loose furniture. #RestaurantIdeas #RestaurantDesign #ModernRestaurant
Photography by Janis Nicolay Photography

Other design elements include natural and handmade finishes such as white oak, woven wool upholstery and hand-made glazed tiles.


Restaurant Design - This modern fast-casual restaurant includes natural and handmade finishes such as white oak, woven wool upholstery and hand-made glazed tiles. #ModernRestaurant #RestaurantIdeas #RestaurantDesign
Photography by Janis Nicolay Photography

Black, tubular metalwork was used throughout the space as layering and framing elements to define seating areas whilst allowing the bright, open atmosphere to remain.

A refined selection of bold decorative light fixtures, many from local designers, was used to define service zones and provide warmth and intimacy to dining areas.


Restaurant Ideas - Black, tubular metalwork was used throughout the space as layering and framing elements to define seating areas whilst allowing the bright, open atmosphere to remain.  #RestaurantIdeas #RestaurantDesign #RestaurantSeating #Booths
Photography by Janis Nicolay Photography

Throughout the interior, dining areas were arranged into zones that provided a mix of seating options to suit the varying dining needs of patrons, from bar counters that engage with the street and preparation areas, to flexible soft seating banquettes and booths that offer a more private experience.


Restaurant Ideas - Black, tubular metalwork was used throughout the space as layering and framing elements to define seating areas whilst allowing the bright, open atmosphere to remain.  #RestaurantIdeas #RestaurantDesign #RestaurantSeating #Booths
Photography by Janis Nicolay Photography

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Restaurant Ideas - This modern fast-casual restaurant has booth seating with curved banquettes, creating a more private dining experience for the patrons. #RestaurantIdeas #BanquetteSeating #CurvedSeating

SAOTA Completes A Modern House In An Alpine Setting In Switzerland

SAOTA Completes A Modern House In An Alpine Setting In Switzerland

Architecture firm SAOTA has designed Villa Courbe, a modern house on a slope that overlooks Lac Léman in Switzerland.

The exterior of the house features Zinc cladding, while lighting at night shows off the lines of the house, and guide visitors to the front door.

The exterior of this modern house features Zinc cladding, while lighting at night shows off the lines of the house, and guide visitors to the front door. #ZincCladding #ModernHouse #ModernArchitecture

The large pivoting front door clad in copper, has angles that create a sense of interest the moment you step through the doorway.

This modern and large pivoting front door clad in copper, has angles that create a sense of interest the moment you step through the doorway. #CopperFrontDoor #FrontDoor #DoorIdeas

The double height living room has a wood ceiling with accent lighting, while a black and white stone wall adds to the feeling of height with its vertical lines.

This modern double height living room has a wood ceiling with accent lighting, while a black and white stone wall adds to the feeling of height with its vertical lines. #LivingRoom #StoneWall #WoodCeiling #ModernInterior

Walls of glass open up to an expansive outdoor space with a curved concrete cabana sitting next to the swimming pool.

From this angle, you’re able to see the laser-cut aluminum shading screen that follows the curves of the roof.

Walls of glass open this modern house to an expansive outdoor space with a curved concrete cabana sitting next to the swimming pool. From this angle, you are able to see the laser-cut aluminium shading screen that follows the curves of the roof. #Architecture #PoolCabana #SwimmingPool #ShadeScreen #ModernHouse

Floor-to-ceiling glass walls wrap around the house, creating unobstructed views of the lake, while inside, the wood ceiling in the kitchen adds warmth.

The wood ceiling in this modern kitchen adds warmth, while the kitchen island cabinetry has a mirrored finish. #KitchenDesign #MirroredCabinets

On the other side of the kitchen, sliding glass doors open up to an internal open-air courtyard.

Sliding glass doors open up this modern kitchen to an internal open-air courtyard. #Courtyard #GlassWalls

Back inside, and at the bottom of a set of wide stairs is a secondary living room. A small interior garden surrounded by glass has a tree that’s grown up through a circular opening.

This modern house has a secondary living room and a small interior garden surrounded by glass, has a tree that's grown up through a circular opening. #InteriorGarden #LivingRoom #Stairs

A black metal spiral staircase connects the various levels of the house and leads to areas, like the gallery space.

At the top of the stairs, a window with views of the garden follows the line of the curved ceiling.

At the top of the stairs in this modern house is a window with views of the garden, and whose shape follows the line of the curved ceiling. #CurvedWindow #Windows #ModernHouse

A home office takes advantage of the spectacular views, and enjoys the shade from the trees and the perforated screen on the exterior of the house.

This modern home office takes advantage of the spectacular views, and enjoys the shade from the trees and the perforated screen on the exterior of the house. #ModernHomeOffice #GlassWalls

The bathrooms are dramatic, with this one featuring black and white stone and a rich wood ceiling.

This modern bathroom features black and white stone and a rich wood ceiling. #ModernBathroom #Stone #WoodCeiling

In another bathroom, tall wood closets line the wall, while a stone bathtub is centrally located.

In this modern bathroom, tall wood closets line the wall, while a stone bathtub is centrally located. #ModernBathroom #BathroomDesign #StoneBathtub

In the basement, there’s a second pool that’s long and narrow and is positioned beside a wall of windows.

In the basement of this modern house, there's a second pool that's long and narrow, and is positioned beside a wall of windows. #Basement #SwimmingPool
Photographer: Adam Letch | Lead Designer: SAOTA | Project Team: Phillippe Fouché, Stefan Antoni, Greg Truen, Mias Claassens & Ayanda Ntsingana | Architect of Record: SRA – KÖssler & Morel Architects | Interior Designer: Thierry Lemaire | Civil Engineer: T. Ingénierie | HACV Engineer: E.G.C. Chuard Ingénieurs Conseils SA | Facade Engineer: BIFF SA – Bureau d’Ingénieur Fenêtres et Façades | Landscaping: Martin Paysage

Large Window Shutters Give This Barn Inspired House The Appropriate Look For Its Rural Setting

Large Window Shutters Give This Barn Inspired House The Appropriate Look For Its Rural Setting

Architecture firm Studio Koster has completed a modern country farmhouse in the Piacenza Hills region of Italy.

The exterior of this single-level modern farmhouse is clad with natural larch wood and shutters.

The house design is a contemporary interpretation of the stable and is inspired by the agricultural area that surrounds it.

The exterior of this modern farmhouse is clad with natural larch wood and shutters.

The exterior of the house is clad with natural larch wood, which is traditionally used for mountain cabins, giving the building extra insulation.

The exterior of this modern farmhouse is clad with natural larch wood.

The wood siding is also maintenance-free and gives the house a beautiful gray color as it ages, allowing it to blend in with its natural surroundings over time.

The exterior of this modern farmhouse is clad with natural larch wood and shutters.
The exterior of this modern farmhouse is clad with natural larch wood and shutters.

Large wood shutters have been installed on the home to protect it from the external elements, while the window fixtures are made of varnished fir laminate with high performance structured glass.

Shutters have been installed on the home to protected it from the external elements, while the window fixtures are made of varnished fir laminate with high performance structured glass.
A modern farmhouse with wood shutters to protect the windows and doors.

On each side of the home is outdoor space that can be used for relaxing.

A modern farmhouse with an outdoor patio that has a pergola for the vines to grow over.
A modern country house with outdoor dining and sliding windows that act as a pass-through to the kitchen.
A modern country house with outdoor dining and sliding windows that act as a pass-through to the kitchen.

The interior finishes use natural materials to create a minimalist space, similar to that of an art gallery.

The interior finishes of this modern country house use natural materials to create a minimalist space, similar to that of an art gallery.

The internal walls and ceilings have been finished with a white lime tempera.

The internal walls and ceilings of this modern farmhouse have been finished with a white lime tempera.

The custom made kitchen design has been achieved by using reclaimed wood, adding to the farmhouse aesthetic.

The custom made kitchen in this modern home has been achieved by using reclaimed wood, adding to the farmhouse aesthetic.

The floors throughout the home are concrete with a surface finish of quartz-cement creating large stone-like slabs. The floors are also heated with radiant panel heating.

A modern farmhouse living room with white lime tempera walls and concrete floors.

High ceilings in the hallways make the interior feel open and lofty.

A modern farmhouse hallway with white lime tempera walls and concrete floors.
A modern farmhouse hallway with white lime tempera walls and concrete floors.

In the bedrooms, simple furnishes allow the nature outside to be the focal point.

A modern farmhouse that's minimally furnished.
A bedroom in a modern farmhouse that has sliding doors open to a small patio.
A modern black wood bedroom door.
An ensuite bathroom with a black sliding door.
A minimally furnished room in a modern country farmhouse.

Other areas of the home, like the bathrooms, feature darker elements, like painted walls and wood doors.

A contemporary bathroom with a partial black accent wall.
A powder room with matte black painted wood doors.

Here’s a look at the floor plan that shows the layout of the home, with the bedrooms at one end, and the social areas that open to the outdoor spaces.

A modern farmhouse with the social areas of the home that open to the outdoors.
Photographer: Andrea Martiradonna | Project architect: Studio Koster, Geert Koster | Landscape architect: Studio Antonio Perazzi