The Most Drool-Worthy Homes Of The Week, 12/31/14
Another glorious week, another opportunity to ogle and obsess over some of the greatest interiors and exteriors around the world. This time around we've dug up bunker bungalows, clover-shaped country homes, and a Croatian masterpiece.
This spectacular stone-constructed island home by the Croatian architecture firm Log-urbis is perched on a slope with sweeping views of the nearby Stara Novalja bay. And in addition to a sex-appeal aesthetic, it boasts a bountiful wine cellar, private gym, and covered terrace.
Putting good use to an outdated rural bunker, the folks at design firm B-lid have transformed this tiny subterranean stone space into a modest holiday home, complete with kitchen, dining, living, and bedrooms. Though because it's a little cramped down there, there's also a counterpart pavilion off to the side to relax with a little more freedom.
Set high with clear views of the country's highest peak, and built to endure the extreme weather conditions native to the Andes range, the reinforced concrete Clover House gets its name from its shape. The living space is divided up into three distinct, clover leaf-shaped sections: a living room, bedroom, and kitchen, which clock in at a total of around 1,500 square feet.
A spectacular example of an indoor/outdoor living situation, this home is able to blend even its most private areas with the communal ones thanks to a series of strategically arranged elevated pathways, recessed balconies, raised walls, and courtyards. It truly maximizes the ability to live almost entirely in fresh air, though there are also plenty of safeguards (sliding doors, walls, etc) to keep you safe when things outside aren't so pretty.
Reflections Of The Land
Johannesburg, South Africa
Designed to be nearly invisible to passersby to the nearby river and road, this large modern compound is cleverly camouflaged with lots of integrated fauna, including tall grass growing on its roof. Those accents along with floor-to-ceiling windows throughout and a moat-like shallow pool surrounding the structure seamlessly blend the man-made elements with nature. You'll want to keep your eye out for the true nature there, though, since it's full of crocodiles, apparently.
Joe McGauley is a senior editor at Supercompressor, and as much as he's thrown by the doomsday prepper lifestyle, thinks bunker houses are pretty damn cool.