I'm absolutely in love with this house designed by Paris-based Agence Jouin Manku. It was his first large-scale project that was initially commissioned in 2003 by YTL Design Group from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The compound includes nine bedrooms, two family rooms, a family kitchen and private dining area, a family library, a game room, a study, a public reception area, a formal dining room, a ballroom, chapel, 21 bathrooms, a swimming pool, two guest suites plus indoor private and guest parking. The house, built for a Malaysian family, was completed in 2008. The residence truly embodies exquisite imagination and modern influence. It's industrial physique,accentuated by the wooden paneling and large windows make this 3,000 square-meter residence a perfect place to reside or have a function. In fact, three generation of the family inhabit the place. The house sits on the skyline of the beautiful and posh Kuala Lumpur residential area. Unlike the houses that it surrounds, which are more boxy in nature, the magnificent piece of art stands out because of its circular softness, a detail prominent both in and outside of the house. The inside of the residence is truly magnificent with its high ceilings, large windows and abundance of light. The color white and natural wood are the dominant elements which together are aesthetically appeasing.
"There's a new planet in the solar system and it's called Luxury. Actually, it is here on earth, on a little-known island called Nurai, located northeast of Abu Dhabi city." Nurai is a new development off of the coast of Abu Dhabi and without a doubt is one of the most luxury real estate opportunities to have popped up this year. Developed by Zaya, a new Abu Dhabi-based real estate joint venture, Nurai is a natural island located northeast of Abu Dhabi’s city center that is currently in the process of being transformed into a boutique luxury hotel resort with 60 suites, 31 beachfront estates and 36 water villas.Each of Nurai’s three residential model types, designed by New York based architects Studio Dror, comes with a range of unique luxury amenities like private beaches and gardens, infinity swimming pools, concealed service quarters, and outdoor showers. The most unique of the three residence types is the three and four-bedroom, 5,540-square-foot Water Villas, which sit on pillars just off of the protected side of Nurai. The five to seven-bedroom Shoreline and Seaside Estates, 12,275 and 12,270 square feet respectively, are loaded with even more amenities than the Water Villas and are distinguished by their own private beaches. Entertainment and recreation facilities on the island of Nurai will include three restaurants, multiple lounges, a private helipad and marina with arrivals lounge, and an ESPA spa and fitness center. Commute time to Abu Dhabi from the island is 25 minutes by boat and 5 minutes by helicopter. Pre-sales for the development are going on now with prices ranging from about $3 million to over $22 million. (Ballerhouse)