Glass corridors connect hemlock-clad cubes at New York artist residence by Gluck+

Taking cues from farmland in Upstate New York, Manhattan architecture studio Gluck+ organised simple volumes of this home in a grid-like array, orienting the residence and detached studio towards a nearby pond. Gluck+ designed the Artist Retreat for a photographer who wanted an isolated home to focus on work. The residence is made up of

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Stern McCafferty Architects converts entrance of old Massachusetts house into a gallery

Boston-based Stern McCafferty Architects has overhauled a country home in Massachusetts, transforming the layout to showcase a collection of art work and expand the living areas into a bright annex. The residence was first built in 1905 as a mock-English riding house in Cambridge, Massachusetts – the seat of Harvard University. Owned by the president

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Andrew Berman Architects adds timber-framed extension to old Staten Island library

Tasked with renovating and extending the Stapleton branch of the New York Library, Andrew Berman Architects overhauled the interior and connected it to an annex clad with zinc and glass. The facility is situated in northeast Staten Island – one of the five boroughs that make up New York City – and was first constructed in

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Brickwork facade modelled on “abstract menorah” fronts Jewish community centre by Natoma Architects

Stanley Saitowitz’s firm Natoma Architects has created a Hillel House for Philadelphia’s Drexel University, with a red brick facade designed to reference the branched lampstands used in Jewish homes and temples, as well as the striated garments worn during prayer. The Center for Jewish Life – also referred to as a Hillel House – is located

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Brooks + Scarpa completes The Six housing for LA’s homeless and disabled veterans

California architecture firm Brooks + Scarpa has designed a low-cost housing development in Los Angeles to accommodate displaced service members. Commissioned by Skid Row Housing Trust, a local homeless-advocacy group, The Six offers low-cost, permanent housing for homeless and/or disabled veterans in the region. Veterans make up three per cent of LA’s population, but account

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Architecture Microclimat builds minimal terrace house in traditional Montreal neighbourhood

This Montreal residence by local architecture firm Architecture Microclimat has a front designed to fit in with the area’s style, while a more sculptural rear facade features an overhanging upper storey. Architecture Microclimat built the First Avenue Residence for a young family, who had purchased the abandoned property in Rosemont – an old Montreal neighbourhood

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Farm buildings inform design of Canadian lakeside home by Trevor Horne Architects

London-based Trevor Horne Architects has completed a waterfront house in Ontario, referencing local barn structures through expansive spaces and a zinc-clad pitched roof. The Corbourg residence is situated on the Canadian shore of Lake Ontario, one of the Great Lakes that define the country’s southeastern border with the United States. As the clients had previously resided on a farm, the architects sought to

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Glazing in jagged roof brightens Los Angeles home by Studio William Hefner

Los Angeles-based Studio William Hefner has built a local home that features abundant clerestory windows and an overhanging upper floor that shades terraces below. Situated in a residential neighbourhood in west Los Angeles, the Toulon Drive House was commissioned by a couple who wanted “an emphasis on natural light and the surrounding landscape”. A path

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Grove of trees shades hillside Costa Rican house by Carazo Arquitectura

Costa Rica studio Carazo Arquitectura has completed a concrete residence that sprawls across the summit of a hill and steps down the slope into a canopy of vegetation. The Murray Music House is situated in the small Costa Rican city of Heredia, which forms part of the capital San Jose’s greater metropolitan area. The clients

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Glazing surrounds white house by Evelop Arquitectura to provide vistas of Mexican dale

Evelop Arquitectura has created a white hillside house where glazing fully opens onto lavender bushes and a verdant garden, against the backdrop of central Mexico’s rolling terrain. House S1 is situated in the hills of Zibatá, a small city in the central Mexican province of Querétaro. Recessing the two-storey residence into an incline, the Mexican

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West Virginia home by GriD Architects perches above Potomac River

Maryland-based GriD Architects has taken cues from vernacular Appalachian houses and local rock formations to create this West Virginia home on a forested hillside. Having lost their original West Virginia home to a fire, a couple commissioned GriD architects to build a new residence on the rural site. The clients asked for a house that

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Messana O’Rorke Architects extends New York homestead with weathering-steel annex

During the renovation of an 18th-century home in Upstate New York, Manhattan-based Messana O’Rorke Architects has revitalised its original appearance and added modern conveniences in an extension clad in Corten steel. Situated on an apple orchard in Columbia County, the renovated Ten Broeck Cottage – which dates back to 1734 – still bears signs of

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Angled louvres shade glass skyscraper in Guadalajara by Sordo Madelano Arquitectos

Mexican firm Sordo Madelano Arquitectos has stacked offset volumes that contain a hotel and office spaces to form a tower in Guadalajara. Torre Américas 1500 is the first building to complete as part of a complex off Américas Avenue, one of the principle highways in Guadalajara – which is emerging as Mexico’s architecture hotspot. Tasked

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Gable wall conceals double-height atrium in Austin home by Design Hound

Austin studio Design Hound has completed a local home with light-toned facades, designed to help to create a “soft transition” into the residence’s bright interior. The Laurelwood House sits in a residential neighbourhood outside downtown Austin, Texas. A low-slung garage abuts a gabled, rectangular house, creating a long facade that reduces sight lines into the

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Philip Johnson’s first residential project hits the market for $1 million

The first house designed by American architect Philip Johnson has been put up for sale by its owners, after 55 years living in the Upstate New York residence. On the market for $1 million (£775,000), the Booth House was built in 1946 in Bedford, New York – close to the modernist haven of New Canaan,

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Northern California home by Arcanum Architecture sprawls along verdant lot

San Francisco firm Arcanum Architecture has organised the massing of this large home around trees overhanging a broad lawn. The residence is situated in the Northern California town of Atherton, where the site takes up the corner of a broad avenue and a side street. The long home, named Atherton Avenue, bisects the two-acre (0.8-hectare) property

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Abundant glazing and wrap-around terraces feature in Vermont home by J Roc Design

Boston-based J Roc Design has built a Vermont home with three wings around a central hub, creating a wheelchair-accessible upper level that spreads across a hillside. The Glass Trefoil House is situated outside Stowe, Vermont. Recessed into a slope, the upper storey sits elevated to offer a panorama of rolling hills surrounding the valley town.

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White finishes and oak panelling warm winter light in Minnesota home by D/O Studio

Minneapolis firm D/O Studio has taken cues from Minnesota’s Scandinavian climate and heritage when designing a home that “warms the blue light to pure white”, while cultivating vegetation native to the site. Named Nordic Light, the house is situated in a residential neighbourhood of St Paul, Minnesota. Geographically, the city marks the border between the

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Steel and glass Costa Rican home by Cañas Arquitectos projects towards views of San Jose

Extensive glazing across this house in Costa Rica by local firm Cañas Arquitectos provides vistas of the verdant landscape by day and the twinkling city below at night. The property, named Estancia y Ficus, is situated on the crest of a hill overlooking Costa Rican capital San Jose. The site features a tropical, cultivated tree

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Staggered volumes of house by KSW Architects frame views of Vermont meadow

This off-grid home by Kyu Sung Woo Architects features a minimal interior that opens out onto a forest clearing in the mountains. The principle of Kyu Sung Woo (KSW) Architects wanted to build a home in southern Vermont, where his family could gather on weekends and holidays. The Putney Mountain House sits perched at the edge

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Concrete volume appears to rest on glass in Brazilian house by FGMF Arquitetos

Brazilian firm FGMF Arquitetos has built a São Paulo home around a steel frame embedded into a concrete wall, allowing the use of extensive glazing that offers views down a verdant hillside. The narrow Mattos House sits on a slope within the hilly city. A series of three platforms step down from the home’s entrance to

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Glass facade invites participation at New Jersey community centre by Ikon.5 Architects

To revitalise a residential district in Newark, New Jersey, local firm Ikon.5 Architects has created a neighbourhood facility featuring basketball courts and classrooms for professional development. Once a thriving industrial centre, the city has faced economic decline and worsening living conditions since factories there closed down in the 1950s. Though several attempts had been made

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Retro+Fit Design stacks cyprus-clad volumes to form home overlooking North Carolina valley  

This large residence by Asheville-based Retrofit Design reaches away from its hillside perch to frame vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Privé is situated in the outskirts of Asheville, the seat of a University of North Carolina campus. Its vantage point offers views of the small city and the mountain ridge beyond. Retro+Fit Design

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Buro Koray Duman adds barn-like gallery to artist’s residence in Upstate New York

New York firm Buro Koray Duman has taken cues from vernacular agricultural structures for the first-phase expansion of an artist’s foundation. A home, studio and exhibition space for a prominent American artist and photographer form the small compound on a 250-acre (101-hectare) plot in the Catskills region of New York state. Buro Koray Duman Architects, winners

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Specht Architects orients recessed New Mexico house towards desert vistas

Glazing at this concrete Santa Fe home by American studio Specht Architects offers expansive views of distant mountains, while casting shadow patterns across interior walls. The Sundial House is situated on landscape characteristic of northern New Mexico towns – undulating, arid terrain reaching toward nearby mountains. To comply with the region’s height restrictions for buildings, the architects built

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Jorge Bolio Arquitectura inserts restaurant into old Mexican textile factory

Building around a metal frame placed into ruins of a former engine room, Jorge Bolio Arquitectura has created a contemporary dining lounge in the tropics of Mexico. The Ixi’im Restaurant is situated in an old textile factory in Chocholá, 70 kilometres inland from the Yucatan peninsula’s Gulf Coast. The facility was once a flourishing producer of agave-derived

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L McComber Architects gives contemporary update to Tudor-style home in Montreal

During the renovation of this Montreal home, local firm L McComber Architects reinterpreted its mock-Tudor facades with an expansion that echoes the architectural style. The 1950s La Cardinale residence is situated in Montreal’s Ville-Saint-Laurent neighbourhood. Several old annexes without proper foundations mushroomed from the rear facade of the home. L McComber Architects opted to remove them

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ODA completes “pixelated” luxury condo building in Queens

New York architecture firm ODA has constructed a residential complex in Long Island City that features protruding boxes across its street-facing facades. Located close to the MoMA PS1 museum, ODA’s project at 2222 Jackson Avenue rises 11 storeys and accommodates 147 apartments. The L-shaped building’s skeleton comprises a poured concrete grid, of which sections are

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Design Hound hides second storey of Austin home behind faceted roof

Austin architecture firm Design Hound has concealed a spa-like interior behind the understated facade of this local residence. The two-storey Indian Trail House sits in an old neighbourhood of Austin, Texas. Approaching the size limit set by community restrictions, the clients wanted the minimise the home’s appearance on a street of predominately low residences. “At

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SAW inserts variation of old San Francisco home into its roof

San Francisco architecture firm Spiegel Aihara Workshop has extended a 1930s hillside residence by duplicating its layout and stacking it over the original structure, raising the home so it looks over the city’s landmarks. The A-to-Z House sits against an incline that slopes down towards the bay. Despite its ideal location, the residence was previously

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Studio Cáceres Lazo nestles home into Chilean valley to offer sweeping views

Chilean firm Studio Cáceres Lazo (SCL) has balanced a glass and concrete residence on a hillside outside Santiago, facing out towards the rolling countryside. The GZ House stands on a hill overlooking the Chicureo valley just outside the Chilean capital. Initially, the site was inaccessible. So the firm set about planning and constructing a road

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1540 Arquitectura adds cosy cellar and events terrace to tequila distillery

Tequila-fuelled parties can be held at this social venue, created by Mexican firm Quince Cuarenta Arquitectura for a distillery in Jalisco, while quieter sampling sessions take place underneath. The Terraza Destilería is tucked away within a distillery complex in the town of Tequila, from which the popular alcoholic drink made from the local agave plant

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Plant-filled courtyards create natural enclaves in Brazilian home by AZM Arquitetos

São Paulo firm AZM Arquitetos has built a home in the city that expands onto a verdant lawn, while a series of planted spaces open to the sky continue the greenery through the property. The home is situated in Alto de Pinheiros, a residential district of the large Brazilian city. The architects organised the floor

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Verdant garden with white marble paths tops renovated Mexican home by Zeller & Moye

Architecture firm Zeller & Moye has outfitted an old residence with a sprawling rooftop garden, serving as a getaway within a crowded neighbourhood in the Mexican capital. Previously a dilapidated Art Deco townhouse, Case Verne stands in the centre of the Mexican capital and was overhauled by the firm – which has offices locally and

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Protruding roof offers skyward views at renovated Chilean home by Felipe Alarcón Carreño

Chilean architect Felipe Alarcón Carreño has added an angled volume to the top of this small house in the city of Linares to raise the ceiling and create a brighter, more spacious interior. Casa Lautaro stands within a compact neighbourhood, where surrounding homes block out much of the natural light accessible to the one-storey house.

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NADAAA overhauls brick Virginia house with ample glazing and a plywood interior

Boston architecture firm NADAAA has remodelled a 1920s Virginia residence by extending the attic, adding large windows, and using plywood sheets to arrange the internal layout. While renovating the detached Rock Creek House property, the architects removed ornamentation from the brick facades and extended the walls upward to create a larger attic space. The north

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Greek island home by Lydia Xynogala fans out to maximise sea views

Staggering a series of parallel spaces, architect and Columbia University professor Lydia Xynogala has created a hillside home on Skiathos where rooms have secluded terraces facing the ocean. Xynogala built the House in Achladies on a slope along the Greek island’s Aegean coast, using retaining walls to compose the backbone of the home’s three sections.

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Mexico City house by JJRR/Arquitectura features sliding glass walls and verdant terraces

Floor-to-ceiling glazing retracts to open up the interiors of this concrete home in Mexico City, designed by local firm JJRR/Arquitectura. The 600-square-metre property is located in a residential zone, on a site the architects described as a privileged point from which the horizon can be seen to the west. JJRR/Arquitectura elevated Casa Caucaso 1.3 metres

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