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Layers Of Landscaping Soften This Modern Californian House

Layers Of Landscaping Soften This Modern Californian House

Photography by Matthew Millman

 

Studio VARA has designed a new modern residence in Palo Alto, California, that uses board formed concrete for the basement, cedar and larch siding for the main level, and dark zinc panels for the top floor.

In the front yard, multiple layers of low fencing, together with plants of various heights, textures, and colors, have been added to the front facade, creating a buffer from the sidewalk.

 

In the front yard of this modern house, multiple layers of low fencing together with plants of various heights, textures, and colors, have been added to the front facade, creating a buffer from the sidewalk.  #ModernLandscaping #LandscapeDesign #LandscapeIdeas #CurbAppeal
Photography by Matthew Millman

A series of metal and wood sunshades, like in the living room, provide the interiors with protection from the sun, without giving up the views.


A series of metal and wood sunshades, like in this modern living room, provide the interiors with protection from the sun, without giving up the views. #WoodScreens #LivingRoom #ModernInterior
Photography by Matthew Millman

Carefully considered cabinetry and built-ins in the kitchen and entertaining areas on the main level ensure that the open plan does not feel loft-like, while the clerestory windows provide additional natural light to the kitchen.


This modern kitchen with wood cabinets, has clerestory windows that provide additional natural light to the kitchen. #Windows #ModernKitchen #KitchenDesign
Photography by Matthew Millman

Sliding glass doors in the dining room open to the yard and entertaining area, that’s been furnished with a lounge and freestanding fireplace, as well as an outdoor dining area.


This modern house has sliding glass doors that open the interiors to the yard and entertaining area, that's been furnished with a lounge and freestanding fireplace, as well as an outdoor dining area. #OutdoorSpace #LandscapeDesign #Yard #Backyard #OutdoorLounge #OutdoorDining
Photography by Matthew Millman

Back inside, there’s also a guest suite, powder room, and piano room on the ground floor.


This modern house has a guest suite that's tucked away on the ground floor. #GuestSuite #Bedroom
Photography by Matthew Millman

A three-story staircase connects the various levels of the house, and showcases a muted material palette, consisting of soft tan Haisa marble, European white oak, and blackened steel.


A three-story staircase connects the various levels of this modern house, and showcases a muted material palette, consisting of soft tan Haisa marble, European white oak, and blackened steel. #ModernStairs #Staircase #SteelStairs
Photography by Matthew Millman

Upstairs, soft neutral colors have been used in one of the bedrooms, while floor-to-ceiling windows add an abundance of natural light, and a curtain track has been built-into the ceiling.


Soft neutral colors have been used in the design of this contemporary bedroom, while floor-to-ceiling windows add an abundance of natural light, and a curtain track has been built-into the ceiling. #BedroomDesign #NeutralBedroom #BedroomDesignIdeas
Photography by Matthew Millman

In the bathroom, a wood vanity with plenty of storage runs along the wall, while in the shower, a shelf has been built into the wall.


In this modern bathroom, a wood vanity with plenty of storage runs along the wall, while in the shower, a shelf has been built into the wall. #ModernBathroom #BathroomDesign #BathroomIdeas
Photography by Matthew Millman | Design: Studio VARA | Contractor: Von Clemm Construction | Structural Engineer: FTF Engineering | Lighting Designer: Tucci Lighting | Audio / Visual: Adaptive System

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This modern house has sliding glass doors that open the interiors to the yard and entertaining area, that's been furnished with a lounge and freestanding fireplace, as well as an outdoor dining area. #OutdoorSpace #LandscapeDesign #Yard #Backyard #OutdoorLounge #OutdoorDining
This modern house utilizes board formed concrete for the basement, cedar and larch siding for the main level, and dark panelized zinc for the top floor. #ModernHouse #HouseDesign #Architecture
This modern house utilizes board formed concrete for the basement, cedar and larch siding for the main level, and dark panelized zinc for the top floor. #ModernHouse #HouseDesign #Architecture
This modern house has sliding glass doors that open the interiors to the yard and entertaining area, that's been furnished with a lounge and freestanding fireplace, as well as an outdoor dining area. #OutdoorSpace #LandscapeDesign #Yard #Backyard #OutdoorLounge #OutdoorDining
This modern house utilizes board formed concrete for the basement, cedar and larch siding for the main level, and dark panelized zinc for the top floor. #ModernHouse #HouseDesign #Architecture
A series of metal and wood sunshades, like on this modern house, provide the interiors with protection from the sun, without giving up the views. #WoodScreens #LivingRoom #ModernInterior
A three-story staircase connects the various levels of this modern house, and showcases a muted material palette, consisting of soft tan Haisa marble, European white oak, and blackened steel. #ModernStairs #Staircase #SteelStairs
A three-story staircase connects the various levels of this modern house, and showcases a muted material palette, consisting of soft tan Haisa marble, European white oak, and blackened steel. #ModernStairs #Staircase #SteelStairs
A three-story staircase connects the various levels of this modern house, and showcases a muted material palette, consisting of soft tan Haisa marble, European white oak, and blackened steel. #ModernStairs #Staircase #SteelStairs
A three-story staircase connects the various levels of this modern house, and showcases a muted material palette, consisting of soft tan Haisa marble, European white oak, and blackened steel. #ModernStairs #Staircase #SteelStairs
This modern house has sliding glass doors that open the interiors to the yard and entertaining area, that's been furnished with a lounge and freestanding fireplace, as well as an outdoor dining area. #OutdoorSpace #LandscapeDesign #Yard #Backyard #OutdoorLounge #OutdoorDining

Extensive Hanging Plants Soften The Use Of Concrete In This Homes Design

Extensive Hanging Plants Soften The Use Of Concrete In This Homes Design

MIA Design Studio has completed a home in Vietnam, for their client who wanted not only a comfortable but also convenient living space situated in the center of a hectic city.

The home, which has a concrete structure, is softened by the use of lianas (or climbing vines).

A modern house with vines that hang over the facade.

The vines hide the concrete, creating a tropical paradise, and a fresh green filter.

A modern house with overhanging plants.

Living spaces, which hover above the mini-garden, provide the feeling of walking on bridges.

A modern mutli-storey house with overhanging plants.
A modern house with a patio that's surrounded by overhanging plants.

A roller shutter system has been included to create the separation between outside and inside, providing protection on rainy days.

A modern house with overhanging plants.

Natural light filters through the plants into the interior of the home.

A modern concrete house with overhanging plants.

The interior, which showcases the concrete form, also includes wood elements like the stairs and minimalist furnishings.

A modern house with wood shelves.
Modern wood stairs with shelves.

In the bedroom, the custom bed frame has been designed with a desk on the back of the headboard.

A minimalist bedroom with concrete walls, and a bed frame that incorporates a desk behind the headboard.
Photography by Oki Hiroyuki | Architecture firm: MIA Design Studio | Principal Architect: Nguyen Hoang Manh | Concept Design: Truong Nguyen Quoc Trung, Pham Thi Phuong Nhung | Interior Design: Bui Thi Hong Phuong | Technical Design: Bui Hoang Bao, Nguyen Ngoc Thien Phuong, Nguyen Thi Hao | General Contractor: Thanh Phat | M&E Contractor: Khai Minh | Lighting supplier: Unios