Waters Edge - Contemporary Lakeside Homes

The Waters Edge Development is set at the heart of the Cotswold water park not far from the former Roman settlement of Cirencester. Each of the homes offer completely unobstructed views from the large decks built directly over the lake.

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 "The properties have been designed to offer unrivalled breadth, light and wide open spaces. However, the most distinctive feature of any Waters edge property is its frontage. Unobstructed views from the interior complement decking that runs directly along the edge of the 28 acre lake. The relationship between a Waters edge home and its environment is integral to making this development so special."

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 The houses take cues from continental modernism, something still rare in the UK, with its stringent planning regulations (which somehow stop innovation under the pretext of making things in-keeping with the area, but allow the larger developers to fill the country with horrific mock Tudor and Georgian pastiche, built from plans that have probably been lying around since the late 70's)

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The Cotswold Water Park is Britain's largest wetland nature reserve (It is man-made however, the lakes being former quarries)

The homes come with the restriction that you can only be in residence a maximum of 11 months of the year. Making these most suitable to those in the market for a second home in the Cotswolds. 

While I personally think it is slightly disheartening that these are "second" homes, it's great to see contemporary house design being deployed on a slightly larger scale in the UK.  One would hope this will help the case for individuals, architects and developers looking to build contemporary homes for family residence throughout the nation.

P38 Chair By Owen Edwards

Shaped around the honourable concept of escapism, the P38 chair by Owen Edwards pays divine attention to its indulgent purpose. The glossy outer shell gives a sense of protection, whilst the soft black leather encased within pays promotion to the notion of sheer relaxation. Beautifully contrasting materials and curvaceous lines make this design an ideal monochromatic focal point for a contemporary interior.

Handmade to order, pricing runs accordingly.

See here for Owen Edwards' contact details.

Via: Bornrich

Glide By Kedar Naik

Kedar Naik is a designer based in Mumbai, India, specialising in industrial, exhibition and interior design. 'Glide' forms part of his furniture offshoot, and is realised by a combination of aluminium and laquered fibreglass. Available in black or white (a well-placed pair could make a smart addition to monochrome decor,) the simplicity of the continuous, smooth lines make this an effortlessly chic recliner.

View info on and designs by Kedar Naik at www.coroflot.com

Via: Yanko Design

Leon City Morgue By BAAS Architects

Relative newcomers BAAS Architects, formed in 1994 by Jordi Badia, work to develop architectural, urban planning and interior design projects for both the private and public sectors. The work seen here by this Spain-based studio is the Leon City Morgue, an award-winning project spearheaded by Badia himself alongside Josep Val.

Taking the morbid out of the morgue, Badia has worked with both an eye to the environment and also respect for the nearby residential area by incorporating an expansive lawn and lake. This coupled with the tranquil ambience and respectful privacy of the interior make this a place ideal for the promotion of contemplation.

Leon City Morgue By BAAS Architects

View more images at Arch Daily

Via: Cool Boom

WowBow Mija

WowBow Mija

WOWBOW’s 'Mija' (Mee-Haa) is a range of stylish contemporary pet accessories. The beds are crafted from 10mm thick acrylic plus furnished with luxury faux suede cushions.

Created London-based designer plus dog owner Kim Bull got her design idea when she got sick of pooch beds emblazoned in predictable plaids otherwise tacky paw prints.

You can visit WowBow online at www.wowbow.co.uk and you can purchase the Mija range from the excellent www.pid.se

Landmark Houses, Gloucestershire, UK

Typically when we come across examples of contemporary residential architecture, it generally does not call the UK it’s homeland. So imagine our surprise when we came across a whole development of such, not just on UK soil, but in the prestigious and much revered Cotswolds, home of winding lanes, rickety yet charming stone cottages and plenty of antiques. Then add the exact location to that element of shock, the Cotswold Water Park, a nature reserve and outdoor pursuits treasure buried deep in the heart of the conservative countryside, a place where I myself spent much of my youth dabbling around in a canoe.

So you see, Landmark Houses, are not even just mere landmarks they are something quite historically groundbreaking too. Billed as the UK’s first residential nature reserve, the development although unquestionably modern is sensitive to the surroundings, a place where families can embrace both the countryside and the contemporary existing in harmony together.

The sponsor and land owner Jeremy Paxton, has brought together over 30 of the worlds leading architects including, Will Alsop, Eva Jiricna, Sutherland Hussey, Richard Meier and Partners, Roger Sherman, Sarah Featherstone, Alison Brooks, Piers Gough and Greg Lynnto complete this impressive project.

Designs include the Orchid House, inspired by the camouflage of the Bee Orchid and the Sundance Villa, of which the main floor rotates 360 degrees for panoramic views of the landscape.

For more information and images visit www.lmearchitecture.com

Boat House

Sundance Villa

Voido From Magis

Designed by Ron Arad, this rocking chair, available through Magis, is one curvaceous beauty. Available as painted or non-painted, this rational-moulded polyethylene is indoor or outdoor-friendly and puts a youthful exhuberance back into rocking. Available in orange or light grey matt, or black glossy (painted).

Visit Magis online at www.magisdesign.com


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