Designed by Marina Vella Arquitectos sustainability and an ability to integrate with the natural backdrop were the key aspects that shaped Casa Chontay. A curved stone wall broken up by the presence of sleek tall windows greets you here even as the outdoor dining area and pergola leave a big impression.
Everything inside this multi-level vertical house overlooking the Saigon River veers away from the mundane to blend a healthy dose of rustic finishes with modern comfort in an elegant manner.
The exterior of this cool cottage also paints a picture of textural beauty as white cedar is combined with a dash of raw exposed steel to shape a façade that would age beautifully as it wears on.
Flowing wooden decks extend the living space outside with a vivacious pool area and outdoor Jacuzzi elevating the opulence of this Aussie home. On the inside a neutral color scheme coupled with varying finishes in straw terracotta timber and mud brick create a low-maintenance inviting and elegant atmosphere that marries countryside beauty with a dose of modernity.
The new kitchen and dining room are housed in the contemporary two-level addition that flows into the garden. A glazed walkway and beautiful green spaces further enhance the striking indoor-outdoor interplay that is completely altered after the nifty makeover.
The is filled with ample textural beauty and exudes a relaxed modern ambiance that relies largely on the use of a neutral color scheme and wonderful natural ventilation. While the framing of the entire house was completed in no more than two weeks the off-site development was complemented by parallel foundation work on the lot ensuring that the building time was kept down to an absolute minimum.
It is not very often that the same architect is brought in to revamp and renovate a home even though it has been more than 2 decades since the first redesign. But of W3 Architects found himself in this unique spot as he was asked to expand and revitalize a Santa Monica home from the 1950s that he first upgraded in 1989 himself.