The traditional boundaries between inside and outside are very cleverly blurred in the spaces we are featuring today. Each of them enables us to experience the great outdoors from the relative comfort of being at home - something that has a strong appeal for us today! (Maybe it's the changing seasons, we are moving through indecisive Autumn - one minute it thinks it is still summer, the next we have cold blasts of the forthcoming winter).
Of course it does help to have a stunning landscape to look out on like this award winning Island Retreat in Waiheke Island, New Zealand designed by Fearon Hay Architects.
However, a double height room with requisite floor to ceiling windows will also help to invite the outdoors in - especially when a couple of significant potted 'plants' (or trees?!) are used to frame the view.
Both the next couple of projects use dual-aspect glass to really connect the interior with outside space beyond very successfully.
There is something rather decadent and luxurious about an outdoor bathroom (we can only dream of this in Melbourne) and this one, with it's ferny canopy is rather special. Not surprising as it is designed by Dutch studio Piet Boon. We would love to bring the outside into our bathroom and may just have to think about sky-lights over the bath and adding some more plants!
This fireplace took our breath away when we first saw it, and can only imagine how stunning it is in-situ. Designed as a dual aspect fireplace it anchors the space between the entrance and the living area with the landscape beyond. The Eagle Ridge Residence on the Orcas Island in the U.S.A was designed by Gary Gladwish Architects.
Believe it or not, the bedroom below is a pre-fabricated 'shed' part of the Kekkila range by Avanto Architects in Finland. Here the front portion is used as a sleeping retreat on a private lake with the back portion (the more traditional 'shed' area) focused on storage.
We finish with a project that just seamlessly brings all the elements required to have an indoor/outdoor home. We love it so much we have covered it in more detail on this blog before - see here for full post. Designed by Brazilian Architect Fernanda Marques it is hard to see where the interior begins and the exterior ends. Truly inspiring architecture!
Where-ever you are this weekend - may these blurred lines inspire you to bring a little bit of the outdoors in!