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Alexander Calzadilla is a Cuban male originally from Philadelphia, who has happily called Miami his home since moving here at the age of 15. He attended Southwest Sr. High School and Florida International University, ultimately receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. While in college, he began working as a paralegal for the Law Offices of Jeffrey E. Reichenbacher, a position he kept for seven years after graduation. He subsequently worked at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius Associates before landing at Costa Nursery. After distinguishing himself with many accomplishments, he was promoted to the position of Director of Specialty Products, which included the orchid, bonsai and lucky bamboo departments. When Alex was first put in charge of the three departments, they ranked near the bottom. By the time he left Costa after seven years, Alex had transformed the floundering departments into unqualified successes, posting record earnings, sales and profitability. In 2008 Alex was named the Costa Employee of the Year. Alex now puts his formidable prowess as a businessman into his newest venture, Avant-Garde Home Furnishings, LLC, serving as Managing Partner.

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Modern trends in homes

Avant-Garde Presents

I would like all of you to share and enjoy all the beautiful modern contemporary homes found below.....

Gorgeous Treetop Dwellings in the Mexican Rainforest

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Alejandro Sánchez García Arquitectos designed the Chipicas Town Houses, four independent single buildings inside a private garden in downtown Valle de Bravo, Mexico.
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The architects have devised a an unpretentious floating lantern design that is timeless and transcendent.
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In a treetop bedroom, glass from ceiling to floor completely exposes the surrounding rainforest.
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The result is a gorgeous place to sleep that appears suspended high up in the rainforest canopy.
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The design is simple and unpretentious, opening a full wall of glass in even the childrens’ bunk rooms overlooking the surrounding jungle.
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Because of the tiny garden setting, an extremely vertical design is devised for each building to protect most of the vegetation.
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The Chipicas Houses were designed with two sides of the façade made of floor to ceiling windows and two sides with a skin made of wooden lattice to gain a sense of privacy.
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The backs of each of the buildings are entirely covered in a wooden rain screen that offsets the textural complexity of the growing wood nearby.
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From the outside, these rain screens seem impenetrable and solid – but from inside, they simply filter the light.
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A completely novel view is created down under the overhangs.
(Because these screens are not connected all the way down.)

Floating Roof Graces Beach House for Coastal New South Wales

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Here’s an Australian beach house from TKD Architects, in the traditions of the best modern beach house vernacular with its extensive glazing.
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Like all the most-loved beach houses, it offers the see-through peek at the ocean through the living room upon arrival.
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Its transparent floating roof suggests suggests a sail on the ocean beyond.
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Steel and glass best weathers a harsh coastal climate.
Muted greys and silvers mimic the natural colours of the beach and coastal vegetation.
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Offering a straight shot to the beach, the house is perfectly sited for multiple summers of fun.

A Sleek and Sophisticated Singapore Shop House Renovation

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A traditional facade of colonial architecture in Singapore masks a surprising twist within.
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The dark warren of former rooms have been scraped out and replaced with a huge elegant space that connects across its center by stairwells, with a master bedroom suite and the children’s two bedrooms above the kitchen and the living room.
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A Koi pond anchors the unusual plan, offering a visual feast for those traversing the stairwells.
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At one extreme of the long narrow site, a kitchen and dining room is behind the Koi pond.

For South Africa’s Hot Climate, the Cool and Elegant House Abo

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This beauty represents a thorough overhaul of a dingy existing structure in hot suburban Limpopo, South Africa.
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Known for their sophistication and bold design, South Africa’s Nico van der Meulen Architects completely transformed the frumpy former brick house.
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The outdated single story brick home, hot and cramped, is now the open and glorious, double height glass House Abo.
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Outside, wooden slats take the brunt of the brutal sun.
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New double height spaces are now pleasantly chilled by wonderful cool stone floors.
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For the climate, on the Tropic of Capricorn, cooling is the main consideration…

Hope you enjoyed the above post and pics... 

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