Interior Designer, Len Cotsovolos, unveils his latest contemporary architectural design at the Yellowstone Club- a private residential ski resort community in Big Sky, Montana, where he designed a custom 11,000 square foot vacation retreat that epitomizes comfort. “To understand this home, you must start from the inside,” explains Cotsovolos, “the home was designed from the inside out, while trying to bring the outside in”.
Although this property shares the mountainside with classic American vernacular log cabin estates, Cotsovolos, with LC² Design Services has styled this dream home to express modern mountain luxury…with just the right amount of Vegas “bling”. Nestled among the tall pines of the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 10,500 feet, this custom home reflects characteristics of Modernist architecture, which typically features glass walls, post-and-beam construction, exposed steel, and open floor plans; however, Cotsovolos also introduced unique finishes, opulent furnishings, and other details, which he sourced worldwide to create a warm, dark and mysterious home that is internationally inspired.
The design for the Caterpillar House, sited on the softly rolling hills of the Santa Lucia Preserve, sought to accentuate a connection to the land. Having lived in a Cliff May home, the client came to the project with a love of modern ranch houses and looking for an environmentally-conscious response to a beautiful site.
I hate the videos that start with a 30-second commercial, but this is the gambler’s house on Carlsbad Blvd., asking $29,000,000. Doug had this listed over the last couple of years, but now an Orange County realtor has it, and you can tell. He says the private beach access is “absolutely unheard of”:
Perched on the shores of beautiful Lake Okanagan, this Naramata vacation home is a family’s “dream-come-true.”
Inspired by client sketches and the surrounding geography, the project was designed from the ground up. The result is a modern home that remains true to the idea of “cabin,” being humble and unpretentious.
We used French oak on the ceiling and floors, the pre-distressed, fumed planking provided relaxed yet durable surfaces. Forgiving, not precious, it is the strongest design material in the home. Our goal for the furnishings was to achieve a sense of simple luxurious comfort, that feels curated rather and designed.
Blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor living, the home is relaxing, durable, and rugged, with a defined purpose of summertime pleasure.
Those familar with the mid-century modern homes have probably heard of the Case Study houses, which wiki calls ‘experiments in American residential architecture’. Unfortunately this video is of the corner house which is two doors down, and then only drives by the Case Study House #23A:
Case Study “Triad” House A - standing
2342 Rue de Anne, 1960
One of three related houses where the earlier Arts & Architecture puritanical vocabulary of post, beam and glass are now played off against water (reflecting pond). One of only three (hence “Triad”) San Diego examples of the 36 building Case Study program sponsored by Arts & Architecture magazine editor John Entenza and USC’s School of Architecture (1945 -’66) to promote modernism as a stylish, livable architectural form. Situated three feet below street level, House A’s 10-foot front door is reached via a pre-cast concrete path floated over a shallow reflecting pool. This 6-room modified U-plan is the most complex of the three resawn tongue and groove redwood boarding houses decoratively enhanced by the (wood and steel) post and beam (laminated wood) motif.
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