The villa is the all-year-round base in Finland for a four-person family currently living abroad. The site between cliffs and a fairly steep lakeside beach was chosen during the family’s forest walks. The place overlooks a narrow strait and far out to an open expanse of the lake. In accordance with the site conditions, the building is relatively closed off towards the forest while opening up generously in the direction of the lake.
The house is split by an atrium yard and a covered terrace, on one side of which are small bedrooms and the other more generous living spaces. During the summer the floor layout allows for “complete circulation”. Instead of a separate shoreline sauna building, a sauna was built in connection with the house itself. A covered veranda for cooling off after the sauna separates the sauna from the rest of the building.
Photography: Tuomas Uusheimo
A captive bred baby panda sits in a basket as it is moved from a building at the breeding center of Bifengxia Panda Base in Ya’an, Sichuan, China.
© Ami Vitale.
Bao Bao at the National Zoo in Washington D.C. on April 12, 2014.
Can you appreciate that this is an animated drawing of someone drawing and it’s fucking perfect.
Sky Penthouse in Israel
Stretching over the top three floors of the W Tower in Park Tzameret, a state of the art penthouse boasts incredible views over Tel Aviv and the Mediterranean Sea. The fully automatic smart home has it’s own private elevator atop the 45 floor building below, as well as a private pool and even a maids room.
The stunning space features a cavernous dual story living area, enabling the installation of a towering water feature that cascades down over a six meter drop.
An open plan design allows the awesome city views to be enjoyed throughout each area of the home, whether relaxing, dining or cooking. Floating above the sweeping city offers complete privacy up near the clouds, making this home the perfect place for both relaxing away from the world and for entertaining guests.
To take advantage of the massive ceiling heights, a mezzanine level cuts through the space, offering up a novel extra seating area where the homeowner can hang out or read from the home library shelves situated there. The mezzanine has been constructed with glass floors and balustrades that give the area a feeling that it is floating above the dwelling below.
Source: Pretty Architecture!