Cube-shaped skylights illuminate Deloia Residence by Salmela Architect

US firm Salmela Architect has completed its second commission for a family in Duluth, Minnesota: a single-storey residence overlooking Lake Superior that is dotted with geometric skylights. The studio, also based in Duluth, was tapped by clients for whom they had previously designed a rural residence. “Deciding to move into the city of Duluth, our

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Two brothers share La Fraternelle retreat by Atelier Pierre Thibault

The brothers that commissioned Quebec City-based Atelier Pierre Thibault to create them a shared weekend house each have a separate black block to accommodate their family. Completed last year, La Fraternelle – or The Brotherly – is located in Charlevoix, a popular ski destination outside Quebec City. The clients tasked Atelier Pierre Thibault with completing

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Neumann Monson turns Iowa farmhouse from “dog’s dinner” into liveable home

Neumann Monson Architects has restored a 1850s farmhouse in Iowa, stripping away a series of poorly coordinated additions before updating it for the owners’ “modern” lifestyle. Located outside Iowa City, the Foster Road Retreat is a single-bedroom residence that overlooks the Iowa River. The original building dates back over 150 years, but had been updated

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Ignacio Corre elevates Casa Mujeres in Chile to provide ocean views

Santiago-based architect Ignacio Correa has built this stilted wooden holiday home on the Chilean coastline and added long expanses of glazing to offer its residents views of the Pacific Ocean. Casa Mujeres provides a retreat for a family in the rural area of Maitencillo, which is roughly a one-hour drive north of the of city Valparaiso.

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JBAD builds farmhouse-style Sullivan House in Ohio

The traditional gabled roofs of nearby farm structures influenced this single-family residence outside Columbus, Ohio, by Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design. Located on a three-acre (1.2-hectare) lot overlooking a ravine in Worthington, the Sullivan House nods to the area’s typical barn structures. “The project formally references the farm structures common to the area at the

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JBAD repurposes shipping container as MicroTower parking attendant booth

This bright red tower in Columbus, Ohio, is constructed from a shipping container turned vertically and serves as a booth for a parking attendant. Designed by local firm Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design (JBAD), the 40-foot-tall (12-metre) tower is intended to act as a landmark for an overlooked part of the city’s downtown area. “This

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Minimal photography studio in Montreal has plenty of children’s play spaces

A padded playroom for children features in this photography studio in Montreal, designed by local practice Alain Carle Architecte to look more like a minimal home than a workplace. Studio Bluecerigo is located on the first floor of a mixed-use building in the Mile End neighbourhood, an area of the city known for its art scene,

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Alain Carle Architecte renovates rundown Résidence Maribou chalet in Canada

This rural Quebec chalet from the 1960s faced demolition, but was salvaged and given a new life by Montreal-based studio Alain Carle Architecte, which sought to restore the home’s original charm. Located outside the town of St-Sauveur, in the Laurentians region, Résidence Maribou was in need of more than a facelift, as its structure, insulation,

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Green steel accents define MMS House in São Paulo by Pascali Semerdjian

Colourful steel windows punctuate the brick facade of this home in São Paulo, recently completed by local firm Pascali Semerdjian Arquitetos. The four-bedroom MMS House was built on a longitudinal lot in São Paulo. It encompasses 411 square metres, built over three storeys and a basement. From the streetfront, the home is protected by an

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Lakeside cottage extension by ACDF takes cues from traditional neighbour

This extension to a Canadian cottage by Montreal studio ACDF Architecture echoes the traditional language of the original home, but executed with contemporary geometry and finishes. The new addition is dubbed La Petite Soeur – or The Little Sister – based on the references it takes from the pitched-roof home to adjoins. “The extension preserves

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Trout Lake Residence by Olson Kundig opens onto Washington landscape

Massive bi-folding doors allow this artist’s retreat in Washington by architecture firm Olson Kundig to open to the outdoors and accommodate large pieces of art. Situated in the rural area of Trout Lake, the compound is made up of four buildings arranged in two clusters. The clients, an artist couple, wanted studio spaces that would

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Minimalist art and horse stables influence rural Gauthier Residence by Atelier Barda

Massive brick walls and simple geometric forms define this home in a Canadian forest by Montreal-based studio Atelier Barda, which overlooks the client’s horse stables. The home is located near Mont Tremblant, a popular holiday location known for its natural landscapes. The clients own a horse farm on the remote site, and wanted to add

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Connecticut Residence by Cutler Anderson straddles a woodland pond

US studio Cutler Anderson Architects has wrapped this house in Connecticut around a large pond so its residents can watch birds, fish and insects at play. The firm designed Connecticut Residence for a family of five with the aim of causing “minimal disturbance” to its rural setting among 4.3 acres (1.74 hectares) of woodland. Among

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Martin Fenlon completes expansion of his own Los Angeles home and studio

Expanding a remodelled bungalow in Los Angeles and connecting it to an adjacent commercial building has allowed architect Martin Fenlon to create more living spaces for his family and offices for his studio. Completed over the course of almost five years, the architect conceived the Fenlon House in three phases, and built it with a

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A+I designs New York City school with colourful panels and tiered seating

New York studio Architecture + Information has completed a school in Manhattan, using colour to differentiate between public and private spaces, and create an environment that is “playful, not childish”. AltSchool is an educational startup that was founded in 2014 with locations in New York and San Francisco. Its teaching methodology is intended to respond

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BDFO adds extensions and skylights to Brooklyn townhouse

Barker Freeman Design Office has completed the renovation of a townhouse in Brooklyn, demolishing some sections and adding others to make better use of the space. The 20th Street House occupies a corner lot, and previously had front and rear extensions added to it. Barker Freeman Design Office (BDFO) decided to reconfigure these add-ons for

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All-white home by Bloco Arquitetos sits on compact plot in Brasília

A sloped roof tops this white house in Brazil’s capital, which architecture studio Bloco Arquitetos built within the initial masterplan for the city. The local firm designed 711H house for a couple with a child and two dogs. Built on the foundations of a single-storey home that had been demolished, it is located in a part of

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Hufft Architects’ Kansas City residence is influenced by Marcel Breuer

The mid-century-modern architecture of a nearby Marcel Breuer residence provided cues for a family home by Hufft Architects in Missouri. Encompassing 6,500 square feet (604 square metres), Baulinder House is located in Mission Hills – a residential neighbourhood of Kansas City. The home was built near a project by well-known Bauhaus architect Breuer, who was

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Kaplan Thompson Architects completes angular extension to rural Maine residence

The contemporary extension that Kaplan Thompson Architects has added to a traditional home in Maine is linked to the original structure by a bright yellow volume. Originally built in the 1980s, the farmhouse-style New England home was in need of repairs. “The renovation needed to add vibrant character, more spaces that could take advantage of

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Alain Carle Architecte completes minimalist home in Ontario

Board-formed concrete and black metal cladding characterise this house in rural Ontario by Alain Carle Architecte, which was designed to complement its man-made landscape. Named True North, the project is located near the Canadian city of Cornwall – next to the US border. Although the landscape appears to be natural, it is in fact formed

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Heritage building in Uruguay houses new bakery and cafe by Pedro Livni Arquitecto

Extending this historic home in the capital of Uruguay has allowed architect Pedro Livni to reconfigure living spaces into a cafe, and place a bakery in the courtyard. La Linda is an artisanal cafe and bakery built within a 1927 garden house in the country’s capital Montevideo. The bakery spaces required did not fit into

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Triangular house by Skylab provides sweeping Rocky Mountain views

Portland studio Skylab Architecture designed the triangular floor plan of this Colorado retreat to allow optimum views of the region’s mountainous landscape. Owl Creek Residence is located near the town of Snowmass, a popular destination for winter sports. The 4,200-square-foot (390-square-metre) home was built as a place for the client’s family and friends to gather.

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Williamson Williamson designs Canadian home to adapt as its residents age

Toronto firm Williamson Williamson has completed a multigenerational home in the town of Ancaster, designed to allow ageing parents to live with their adult children. The home takes its name from a nearby stream it overlooks, Ancaster Creek, in Ontario. It is the firm’s third project that addresses the design challenge of creating a home

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Black Quebec chalet by Atelier Boom-Town overlooks forest and lake

Two volumes are stacked at irregular angles to form this Canadian forest retreat, which Montreal-based architecture firm Atelier Boom-Town designed for siblings. Completed last year in the Laurentians region, the two-storey De La Canardière Residence encompasses four bedrooms. Its location on a slope was a key factor in the studio’s development of the design. “This

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Wide steps lead to lake from Quebec chalet by Bourgeois/Lechasseur

Broad wooden steps lead from the living space of this Quebec residence, by local architects Bourgeois Lechasseur, down to the shores of Lac St-François. The L’Accostée home was built above the foundations of an existing chalet that the owners had been using for a long time, but had outgrown. “They decided to rebuild while preserving

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Red wall cuts through New Mexico house by Archaeo

New Mexico-based firm Archaeo has completed a low-slung home traversed by a bright red wall in the desert close to Santa Fe. The contemporary home is designed to embrace its desert landscape and natural terrain of the Galisteo Basin Preserve, a residential development that focuses on sustainability and responsible land stewardship. “There is a low

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Pitched-roof structure revitalises public space at Veracruz port

An underused public space in Veracruz, Mexico, has been given new life by Rozana Montiel and Alvin V Wallach, who built a canopy over the plaza to protect it from the elements. The Court project sought to accommodate a range of activities on an existing plaza at the port of Veracruz, which lies east of

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Creek House by Faulkner Architects preserves boulders on steep site in California

“Don’t hurt the boulders” was the request from the client who asked Faulkner Architects to design this remote getaway on a rocky site in California. The AIDS research scientist lives in New York City but desired a place to escape to. After finding a site on rough terrain leading down to a ravine in Truckee, near

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Rozana Montiel pairs wood and stone for lush garden home outside Mexico City

Mexico City-based architect Rozana Montiel has completed a four-bedroom home in Tepoztlán, using local materials as a way to integrate the home into its natural setting. The Albino Ortega House sits on a 460-square-metre plot full of vegetation in the town, which lies to the south of the capital within a valley of the same

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Concrete roof matches steep gradient of Chilean home by Max Núñez Arquitectos

A continuous flight of steps covers the roof of this home in Chile by Max Núñez Arquitectos, which runs parallel to the site’s steep slope down to the Pacific Ocean. Casa Ghat is located in the region of Cachagua, roughly two hours north of Santiago. It is sited on a dramatic incline overlooking the ocean,

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Japanese details influence Hudson Valley getaway by Tsao & McKown

Japanese architectural principles informed the design of this house in Upstate New York by Tsao & McKown, which uses heavy timber construction to eliminate the need for bearing walls and create an open layout. Manhattan-based studio Tsao & McKown took on the task of designing a vacation home for two long-time clients on a secluded

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Virginia cabin by 3north features fully glazed corner with river views

Glass panels on the corner of this residence pivot aside, opening the double-height living space to its waterfront site in Virginia. Located in Matthews County, the simple Contemporary River House encompasses 800 square feet (75 square metres) and is positioned on sloping terrain leading down to the water. “The objective was to create a streamlined,

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Atelier Pierre Thibault builds geometric white house in Quebec woods

This white residence hidden amongst the trees in rural Quebec is shrouded by a grid of white slats, which filters light coming into the home. The two-storey Le Lupin residence was completed in 2016 by Canadian studio Atelier Pierre Thibault, and serves as a vacation home for a young family. Located in Rivière-du-Loup, it is

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Quebec ski chalet by YH2 features V-shaped roof modelled on bird’s wings

The overhanging roof of this lakeside residence in Quebec’s Laurentian mountain range was designed by architecture studio YH2 to match the profile of a bird’s wings. Called the Wooden Wing, the house is located beside Lac Supérieur. Its main feature is its V-shaped butterfly roof, which the Montreal-based architects modelled on a bird in flight. This ensured a streamlined

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Sawtooth roof tops lakefront home in Canada by Julia Jamrozik and Coryn Kempster

The zigzag profile of this Canadian lake house allows natural light to enter deep into living spaces from skylights, while helping orient solar panels to maximise their efficiency. Located beside Ontario’s Stoney Lake, the 3,100 square-foot (290 square metres) Sky House nests into a steep site leading down to the water. To respond to this

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Worrell Yeung adds minimalist black barn to traditional property in Upstate New York

US architecture firm Worrell Yeung has pared back the rural vernacular of the Hudson River Valley to create a contemporary black barn next to a countryside home. The minimalist structure is an addition to a traditional property sited on a 30-acre (12-hectare) plot in the town of Ancram, New York. “This modern barn adopts an

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Massive angular roof spans four parts of Hawaiian home by Johnston Marklee

Traditional Hawaiian hut geometry informed this courtyard house by Johnston Marklee, which comprises four separate volumes grouped beneath a single roof. Although the site on Hawaii’s Big Island is in a tropical setting that allows for outdoor living, it is also prone to extreme rainfall at times. Los Angeles architecture firm Johnston Marklee therefore sought

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RISD students use standard greenhouse parts to build outdoor performance venue

Standardised parts from a greenhouse catalogue were repurposed to create this outdoor public space and performance venue in Providence, as the result of a design-build collaboration at RISD. The Southlight pavilion is the centrepiece of a larger scheme to provide a new public amenity for the city. It was completed by a team of students

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Deborah Richards creates retreat for her family beside Massachusetts lake

American architect Deborah Richards has designed a home for her extended family in Lakeville, Massachusetts, choosing wooden shingles to clad the exterior, and bright yellow accents for the windows and doors. Located on a steep slope facing a lake known as Long Pond, the home serves as a summertime meeting point for her extended family.

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North Carolina home by Buildsense reuses materials from previous building on site

Dismantling an existing property allowed design-and-construction firm Buildsense to reuse materials for this ranch-style home in North Carolina. Built upon a wooded lot near the city of Raleigh, the three-storey Spring home was designed for a family eager to maximise their living space, with a limited environmental impact. A vertical volume clad in aluminium mesh

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Californian ski chalet by Strawn+Sierralta draws inspiration from the slopes

Dramatic cantilevers form ski-on terraces in this slope-side retreat in Squaw Valley, California, that was recently completed by Chicago-based architects Strawn+Sierralta. The three-storey property is nestled into the terrain so that every level is accessible directly from Squaw Valley’s main run. “The home is utilized by a large extended family and a constellation of friends

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Huge rolling shutters shade Pennsylvania farmhouse by Cutler Anderson Architects

Double-height rolling shutters can open up or enclose this farmhouse in Pennsylvania that Cutler Anderson Architects designed for a rural property. Situated outside the town of Lakewood, the compact white house was designed to echo the style of surrounding farm buildings, and to make the most of the client’s restricted budget. “We designed the 3,000-square-foot

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Burlesque act informs Welcome Projects and Boyd Design’s design for Shed House

A pair of long volumes with pitched roofs form a T-shaped plan in this Malibu home by Welcome Projects, which combines two different characters in one building. The low-slung Shed House was built and designed collaboratively by Laurel Consuelo Broughton of Welcome Projects and Michael Boyd of Boyd Design, for a client seeking to store

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North Carolina farmhouse by Buildsense combines rustic and modern features

Reclaimed materials form simple geometries in this farmhouse in North Carolina by design-build firm Buildsense, which sought to balance the modern appeal of a contemporary home with the cosiness of a rustic farm. Horseshoe Farm is located in the small town of Creedmoor. The clients wished for a home to retire in that would allow

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Living spaces extend into the desert at Arizona home by The Construction Zone

Phoenix architecture firm The Construction Zone has completed a house in Arizona’s Sonoran desert, taking full advantage of the arid climate with living spaces both inside and out. The Alber Residence measures 3,500 square feet (325 square metres), laid out on a single level, and includes four bedrooms. Sited on a roughly triangular lot, the

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Stacked volumes form Los Angeles hilltop home by Aaron Neubert Architects

Three black boxes stacked on a steep lot in Los Angeles form this residence by Aaron Neubert Architects, and create outdoor living spaces without needing to use any additional land. The Tilt-Shift House has a floor area of 2,100 square feet (195 square metres) and includes three bedrooms. It sits on a dramatic incline and

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Hawaiian summer camps influence tropical island estate by Walker Warner Architects

This complex at the foot of a volcano in Hawaii was modelled on a summer camp, where Walker Warner Architects has spread out living spaces across a series of cabins on the site. The Kahua Kuili home is sited on a former ranch on Hawaii’s Big Island and faces expansive views of the Pacific Ocean

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Hawaiian cabins by Erin Moore are designed for life outdoors

Oregon-based architect Erin Moore has completed a tropical getaway in Hawaii that consists of two pavilions sited on either edge of a 300-year-old solidified lava formation. Situated at a high altitude on the island of Maui, with a cooler climate than the city below, Outside House is used by the client as a retreat for

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Craig McMahon renovates concrete bungalow in San Antonio for his family

American architect Craig McMahon has renovated and expanded a residence on a compact lot in San Antonio, Texas, to comfortably accommodate his family of three. The 2,200-square-foot (204-square-metre) House 334 is situated in the residential area of Alamo Heights, within the limits of the Texan city. It sits on a lot that is only 50

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Quebec residence for ice hockey player includes indoor practice rink

Simple black and white volumes form this home in Quebec City, which was built by local firm PARKA Architecture for a professional ice hockey player and his family. Located in the residential area of Cap-Rouge, the property sits on a deep, narrow lot that slopes to offer views of a nearby national park. It was

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Angular roof covers clifftop home in Maui by Dekleva Gregorič Arhitekti

The owners of this Hawaiian home by Ljubljana firm Dekleva Gregorič Arhitekti can clamber onto its faceted roof to enjoy a lofty view of the Pacific Ocean. Located in the region of the West Maui Mountains on the Hawaiian island’s north coast, the three-bedroom home encompasses 450 square metres. The clients, also from Slovenia, needed

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Christian Wassmann uses sun’s path to shape Miami bungalow extension

This plant-covered extension to a bungalow in Miami is supported by a spiral concrete core that was precisely calibrated to match the sun’s path at the height of summer. Completed for renowned chef Frank Prisinzano, the standalone Sun Path House comprises an exterior kitchen on the ground floor, a master bedroom on the first storey,

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Parking garage extension forms home for architects Ensamble

To build their own home in the Massachusetts town of Brookline, the principals of Spanish firm Ensamble Studio prefabricated individual parts of the structure in Madrid and sailed them across the Atlantic to be assembled on site. Although usually based in the Spanish capital, Ensamble founders Débora Mesa and Antón García-Abril conduct research at Massachusetts

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Atelier Pierre Thibault expands historic Montreal home to create writer’s studio

Atelier Pierre Thibault has restored and enlarged an early 19th-century home in Montreal, creating two separate libraries and a writing studio overlooking a river. The owners wanted to convert the heritage building into their main residence, in addition to accommodating a large book collection. “The programme includes two libraries; one for ancient books, and the

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A-I-R creates oasis around central living spaces at Arizona desert house

Patterned brick walls define this Arizona home by A-I-R Architects, providing residents with a variety of indoor and outdoor living spaces amongst the desert landscape. Located in Paradise Valley, an affluent town near Phoenix, Ghost Wash House encompasses 8,500 square feet (790 square metres) and contains three bedrooms. A detached pool house also has its

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Artist’s retreat in West Virginia sits above a limestone quarry

This steel-and-glass box perched above an abandoned limestone quarry in West Virginia is designed by Wiedemann Architects to provide a living space and workshop for a Parisian sculptor. Completed in 2015, the Hawk’s Nest home and studio encompasses 2,100 square feet (195 square metres). “Our goal was to create a simple form that was simultaneously

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Cuboid extension by EL Studio sits atop a Maryland bungalow

New York firm EL Studio has placed a contemporary box-shaped extension on top of this suburban home in Maryland to more than double its size. The Lincoln Street Residence was recently completed by EL Studio founders Elizabeth Emerson and Mark Lawrence for a young family with two small children. The clients wanted to expand their

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Canadian lake house by Paul Bernier features dark wood and rusted metal cladding

Montreal architect Paul Bernier has completed a home clad in blackened timber and weathering steel on the shores of a lake in rural Quebec. The two-storey residence overlooks Lac Charlebois, one of many bodies of water in the Laurentien mountain range, a popular vacation destination just north of Montreal. “Our clients wanted to build a contemporary house, luminous and

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Higgins Lake House by Jeff Jordan Architects sleeps up to 20 guests

Sited by Michigan’s Higgins Lake, this long wooden residence by Jeff Jordan Architects can accommodate up to 20 people despite its restricted footprint. A couple with grown children commissioned the firm to design a lake house for their extended family and friends. “Many families in Michigan share a tradition of spending weekends and vacations in

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Monochrome Canadian ski lodge by Atelier Kastelic Buffey echoes traditional farmhouses

Toronto firm Atelier Kastelic Buffey has completed a black-and-white ski chalet in Ontario’s Blue Mountains, echoing the forms of the area’s traditional barns and farmhouses. The residence, dubbed Alta Chalet, encompasses 3,000 square feet (278 square metres) and was designed for a family of five. “Located near the end of a cul-de-sac in a private

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Sea Bright House by Jeff Jordan Architects overlooks the Jersey Shore

This beachfront house designed by Jeff Jordan Architects for a Manhattan-based couple comprises boxy, cedar-clad volumes that create expansive outdoor spaces overlooking the New Jersey coastline. Located within walking distance from the beach, the entire structure of Sea Bright House is lifted on stilts and incorporates storage areas beneath. From the street, a stone walkway leads

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Houston contractor builds her own charred-timber residence designed by Suyama Peterson Deguchi

The owner of a construction company in Houston has collaborated with Seattle architects Suyama Peterson Deguchi to create a Japanese-influenced home that she built for herself. The design and construction of the Shou Sugi Ban House was joint effort between the architects and Erin Stetzer. Because the client, the proprietor of Stetzer Builders, was also

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Leroy Street Studio lifts Hamptons house above the water on stilts

This cedar-clad villa in the Hamptons designed by New York City architects Leroy Street Studio is raised on timber pilotis to anticipate flooding. Named Bay House, the six-bedroom residence is comprised of two angled wings that open out towards the ocean. The two halves of the home join at its centre, above a ground-level breezeway

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Single-room cabin by JacobsChang is set among trees in upstate New York

Manhattan studio JacobsChang designed this tiny blackened timber cabin on a shoestring budget for clients who built it in a forest in upstate New York with the help of their friends. The structure called Half-Tree House, is located in the woods in Barryville, roughly 100 kilometres north of New York City. It encompasses a single 360-square-foot

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Schwartz and Architecture overhauls San Francisco home with three-level extension

San Francisco firm Schwartz and Architecture has overhauled a single-family home on a steep and narrow site, lifting the existing building to add a storey beneath it, and creating an extension at the back over three levels. The lots that form the Californian city’s urban fabric are defined by a 25-foot (7.6-metre) grid that is “conducive

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ACDF Architecture completes home for two sisters beside Canada’s Lake Memphremagog

This wood-clad home in Canada was designed as a secondary residence for sisters that split their time between Montreal and the Eastern Townships, and nestles into the landscape overlooking Lake Memphremagog. Completed in 2016, the two-storey Maison sur le Lac encompasses three bedrooms. Montreal studio ACDF Architecture based its design on the surrounding landscape, which

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Five separate houses form Mexican estate by Vieyra Arquitectos

Vieyra Arquitectos has completed a compound in Mexico’s Valle de Bravo, building a quartet of houses for each member of a growing family around a central villa. The project is located in the centre of Mexico, roughly one hundred kilometres east of the capital. A couple with four children occupied an existing home on the property,

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Pitched roofs and wooden slats characterise Audain Art Museum by Patkau Architects

This angular museum in the forest was completed by Canadian firm Patkau Architects to house a private collector’s artwork, and creates an elevated promenade through the trees that leads to various gallery spaces. The Audain Art Museum is located in the town of Whistler, one of British Columbia’s most popular ski resorts. Covering 56,000 square

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Waterfront home by Atelier Pierre Thibault overlooks Quebec’s Lac Masson

Atelier Pierre Thibault split this lakeside home in Canada into two volumes that face on to a small courtyard in between. The Lac Masson residence was named for the body of water it sits next to: a lake in Quebec’s mountainous Laurentians region. The area is known for its many lakes that serve as an

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Atelier Pierre Thibault completes long narrow home in Quebec forest

Two outdoor spaces bookend this longitudinal Canadian home by Atelier Pierre Thibault, which nestles into the ground at one end and is raised up on pilotis at the other. La Louve, or the Wolf, is a small cabin that was recently completed for a family in Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains. The slender structure encompasses four bedrooms

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