With life today marked by busy schedules and the constant need to stay connected via smartphone, home, now more than ever, should be a sanctuary where you can relax and recharge. With indoor-outdoor living space, time spent at home needn’t add up to more hours clocked indoors as if in the office.
When Princess Ira von Fürstenberg is not busy creating objets d’art in Rome, she heads to her summer house in the Spanish town of Ronda, where she and her guests revel in the Mediterranean sun on various patios and terraces. Similarly, Visionnaire’s creative director, Eleonore Cavalli, delights in dining with her family under a majestic elm tree in the 4,300sqft garden of their idyllic home in northern Italy.
On the other side of the world, Alila Hotels and Resorts’ Sean Brennan unwinds in a modern villa nestled among mango trees in Bali, where floor-toceiling glass walls and multiple sliding doors blur the line between the indoors and the outdoors. And such layouts are not confined to standalone houses. The luxury Four Seasons Private Residences in Bangkok, once built, will feature large glass windows and doors that open onto spacious terraces to take advantage of the building’s enviable position on the Chao Phraya River.
Penthouses, too, are making the most of the outdoors. Our cover story highlights the latest high-level properties available around the world—where vast areas of glass and open-plan living bring natural light and stunning views deep into the living space.
It’s natural to focus on a property’s interior, but don’t forget to consider its outdoor space and how well it manages to bring the outside in. With the right design, you can enjoy fresh air, greenery and sunshine without leaving the comfort of your home.