World Architecture Day

For World Architecture Day on October 4, take a look at this roundup of four examples that shine a light on recent projects. This list is a group of history making architectural pieces ranging from female LGBT architects who have built the tallest high-rise towers to homes that have broken records as the highest priced sales of that city.

*Photo courtesy of Unvarnished.

The Emerald

 The Emerald is Seattle’s newest luxury condo tower that recently reached completion. Designed by a female-led team, the waterfront building is the second tallest building on the West Coast to be designed by a female architect. Leading visionary and proud LGBTQ architect, Julia Nagele, Principal, Director of Design – Architecture of Seattle-based Hewitt Architects, along with Susan Marinello of Susan Marinello Interiors, teamed up to break ceilings with The Emerald. Built 440 feet in the air with unobstructed views, 262 signature studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom residences and penthouses for $539,000 to nearly $10.9 million, making it home to the most expensive listing on Seattle’s waterfront. The 40-story faceted-glass waterfront tower was thoughtfully designed inside and out with modern aesthetics to maximize its unparalleled views and capture Seattle’s natural landscape and grit.

Vegas Modern 001 – SOLD $25M (*Highest Priced Sale in Las Vegas History)

The residence and multisensory experience center home, built by award-winning design-led development firm Blue Heron, sold in June for $25 million, shattering the previous sale record. VM001 features stunning city skyline views and the brand’s biophilic design, allowing the surrounding natural beauty of Nevada into the living space. As grand as the city it’s in, the estate is 15,000 square feet, three-levels and is equipped with revolutionary technology to meet evolutionary needs. In a special arrangement with the buyer, VM001 is available to select individuals to showcase Blue Heron’s design philosophy.

Unvarnished, “The Case”

Price: $75,000,000

The Case is a five-home private enclave that is a central part of visionary Scott Gillen’s 15-home package of architecturally significant properties, called The Malibu Series, representing more than $500 million in real estate.  Curated by Gillen and Unvarnished, the five Mid-Century Modern estates sit on 24 acres of California’s most coveted land. Each home is its own bluff top sanctuary set on a massive lot ranging between 2.45-5.78 acres, featuring round the clock security, unrivaled views and private concierge service. Just minutes from Nobu and Soho House, The Case is the most exclusive residential development in the country.

The first completed home of the series, The Edge, will debut this Fall as the newest architectural masterpiece in Malibu. Virtually all living areas of this 1-story home open up into the 98 ft. infinity edge pool, including the Great Room, Bulthaup kitchen, home office and wine cellar. The en-suite bedrooms also open to the pool and appear to cascade into the ocean. Every box is checked with a gym, spa, cabana, and screening room.  The floor-to-ceiling windows on the ocean-facing side of the house to highlight them. The home is made with only the finest natural materials, and Gillen designed the home to let in plenty of natural light through the use of sliding glass doors and large windows. The home is a work of art, and the experience starts when you first walk in through the teak entrance. There are great spinal walls that run through the inside and outside of the home. To really give it a mid-century modern feel, the exterior has white, fronted brick.

Kohanaiki, Ala Kohanaiki 21

Price: $22,500,000

A signature floor plan by the famed Hawaiian architect, Shay Zak, this 5 bedroom, 5.5 bathroom estate is located on Kohanaiki’s esteemed front row and has been thoughtfully designed to embrace its surroundings. If there is one consistent theme throughout Shay’s work, it is a steadfast dedication simplicity. Every residence reflects a focus on elegant, timeless materials, as well as natural palettes. “As an architect, I consider myself an editor. We like to keep the house as low-key and neutral as possible,” explains Shay. “What we like to emphasize is the life living within it– the people, their particular artifacts, their life.”

Conveniently located within walking distance to the Kohanaiki Clubhouse is Ala Kohanaiki 21- an expansive property on just over an acre of land with panoramic ocean views.Enter through the privacy gates to a beautifully landscaped courtyard and pathways to the popular pod-style bedrooms. Dual master suites on the view, outdoor lava rock showers, infinity pool & spa, and over 8,251 total SQFT make this home the idyllic island retreat. A 315 SQFT lānai extends the living space from the great room through floor-to-ceiling mahogany pocket doors and embraces the celebrated indoor/outdoor lifestyle that Hawai’i is so well known for. SubZero, Wolf, and Bosch appliances round out the gourmet chef’s kitchen and a wine fridge and full outdoor BBQ complete all your essentials for in-home entertaining. Overlooking the 17th tee box of the Rees Jones golf course and ancient landmarks, you’ll marvel at year-round sunset views and the daily serenade of the waves crashing on the shore. A landscaped path next to the home gets you to the beach and numerous walking paths in less than two minutes. This home comes fully furnished with a custom interior package by Nicole Hollis.

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