The exterior of Zamel House designed by Kontrast Arquitectura is cool in every sense of the word. With a contemporary, two story structure that includes outdoor living with a pool as well as the beach and ocean only steps away, the layout here is bright and breezy. The glass and cool neutral colors on the home’s exterior add to the stylish airiness of the block structure complete with wire balconies.
The black framing on the the window panels continues the cool, dramatic appeal of the building. The coldness of concrete works on the lower outdoor modern living space of Zamel House as it extends from the pool surround, stepping stones and stair.
Inside, the airy beach theme is carried through with accents such as the large driftwood branch hung on the wall in the living room. The wall is painted in a dark neutral to better showcase the light wood piece. White-covered sofas with lots of throw pillows look fresh and inviting.
A glass topped coffee table in front of the white sofa keep things feeling spacious despite the dark wall color. Two open-back, wooden arm chairs in a warmer wood tone liven up the coolness of the space without detracting from it. Just off of the living room is a small sleeping alcove divided from the main section only by a very short wall in keeping with the theme of an open design layout.
Even the bathroom in the Zamel House is a view room! An unusual approach of fencing off the toilet with short, opaque glass walls joined with metal clips is used here to leave the beach view from the large corner windows open. The white double vessel sinks are rectangular with rounded edges and coordinate with the toilet’s design. Two rectangular windows plus a square one trimmed in black are located on an otherwise plain white wall behind the toilet.
Another black-trimmed square window appears on the white wall of the shower to create a cohesive look to the bathroom design. A fabulous square shower head carries the shape through with the help of two squarish recesses for storing soap and the like on the shower head wall. An opaque glass wall separates the shower from the toilet.
The only really warm tones in the house come from the continuous use of grainy zebrano wood. The cool neutral, glass and metal materials provide a great background to allow the interesting color and texture of the wood to shine in the home. It’s used in the bathroom vanity, for kitchen cabinetry and as interior doors.
For example, one hallway area has a floor to ceiling glass wall with a sand, sea and sky view. The walls are a dark, cool neutral, while the orange-toned zebrano door stands out from them beautifully. Inside a bedroom, the walls change to light and they are accented with a pattern of recessed rectangles.