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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SAOTA turns Spanish-style house into Stradella villa in Bel Air

South African firm SAOTA has completed its first project in Los Angeles, which involved converting a 1970s Spanish-style residence into a more minimal dwelling. The Stradella house is situated on a promontory in Bel Air, an affluent LA neighbourhood in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains. Wrapped in stone, stucco and glass, the residence

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Delson or Sherman Architects upgrades Fire Island House to withstand hurricanes

This house on New York’s Fire Island escaped Hurricane Sandy unscathed, despite its exposed beachfront location, thanks to an overhaul from Delson or Sherman Architects. Updates to the Fire Island House were completed just before the Category 3 storm struck the US Eastern Seaboard in 2012. The barrier islands along the south of New York’s

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OJT creates compact “starter home” for skinny site in New Orleans

Architecture firm Office of Jonathan Tate has designed a tall, narrow dwelling in Louisiana that offers a new approach towards entry-level homes in America. The project – Starter Home No 1, 3106 St Thomas – is located in New Orleans’ Irish Channel neighbourhood, which runs alongside the Mississippi River. It is the first completed dwelling in a

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Craig Steely positions Pam and Paul’s House on hillside in Silicon Valley

US studio Craig Steely Architecture has created a two-level home for a sloped site in northern California, with vast stretches of glass that overlook the treetops. Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, the residence – called Pam and Paul’s House – is located in Cupertino – the city where Apple has its vast headquarters.

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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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Miró Rivera Architects designs Hill Country House as sustainable prototype in rural Texas

Texas firm Miró Rivera Architects has built a partially off-grid house with a jagged roofline, as a prototype for a sustainable community in the countryside. Miro Rivera Architects designed the Hill Country House for a very rural setting. It is independent of the municipal water supply, and provides its own heating and cooling via a geothermal

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Cascading boxes with green roofs form coastal Washington home by Prentiss Balance Wickline

American firm Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects has created a dwelling in the Pacific Northwest that consists of timber-clad volumes that step down a rocky hillside. The Bailer Hill house is anchored to a boulder-strewn slope on San Juan Island, which is part of an archipelago just off the coast of Washington state. The clients – a

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Robert Young’s East Lake House in Montauk is designed to weather over time

American studio Robert Young Architects has created a weekend home in a coastal hamlet on Long Island, clad in rough-sawn cedar planks that were left untreated so they can age naturally. The East Lake House is located in Montauk, a village at the eastern tip of New York’s Long Island. Robert Young Architects, which has offices

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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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Bernheimer Architecture creates “highly textural but quiet” Atlantic Beach Residence

A gabled wooden volume sits atop a brick garage at the front of this bayside home on New York’s Long Beach Island, by Brooklyn studio Bernheimer Architecture. The waterfront Atlantic Beach Residence is located on a barrier island in Nassau County – one of several slithers of land that run along the southern edge of

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Geoffrey von Oeyen designs jagged-roof office addition for Malibu home

American designer Geoffrey von Oeyen has created a home office in southern California that features wooden exterior walls and a highly abstracted sawtooth roof. The project, called Case Room, entailed creating a home office for a pair of attorneys living in a two-storey, late-1980s dwelling in the beach city of Malibu. The couple wanted a

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Bates Masi’s Georgica Cove residence in East Hampton is modelled after historic farmsteads

American firm Bates Masi Architects took cues from vernacular architecture for this Hamptons home, which consists of sharply gabled forms wrapped in oversized shingles. Georgica Cove is located on a waterfront property in East Hampton, an affluent village on the southern side of New York’s Long Island. It was designed for a couple who wanted

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Antony Gibbon builds stilted wooden treehouse in Upstate New York forest

This elevated, cedar-clad treehouse in New York’s Ulster County features a huge window that offers views of woodland and mountains, and a path to a lake and a hot tub. Designer Antony Gibbon, who is currently based in Bali, completed the Inhabit structure for a forested parcel located outside the town of Woodstock, which is

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Skylights and voids bring daylight into extended Brooklyn row house

Netted balustrades, a tiled studio-cum-playroom and roof lights all feature in this renovated and extended Brooklyn home, designed by VonDalwig Architecture. The local firm overhauled the three-storey family residence in the borough’s Park Slope neighbourhood. The Extended Townhouse is long and slender, measuring 19.5 feet wide and 42 foot long (5.9 metres wide by 12.80 metres

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Matthew Baird’s Somes Sound House in Maine “sits lightly on the ground”

Cedar-clad volumes connected by a breezeway form this residence in Maine by American studio Matthew Baird Architects, which was designed to respect its forested surroundings. The Somes Sound House is located on the edge of Acadia National Park, on a remote site blanketed with evergreen trees. Situated at the end of a peninsula, the dwelling

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Butler Armsden’s Valley of the Moon house in California has no front door

American firm Butler Armsden has designed this residence in northern California as a series of cedar-clad volumes, which are each accessed from a large outdoor area at the centre. The project is named Valley of the Moon as a reference to the ancient name given by Native American tribes to Sonoma Valley, which the residence overlooks. The

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Little House by MW Works sits on bluff overlooking Washington’s Puget Sound

American studio MW Works has designed a compact cabin in a Washington forest with exterior walls clad in weathered cedar and blackened cement. The cabin called Little House is located in Seabeck, a waterfront village and former mill town in Washington. It sits within a forest on a bluff overlooking Hood Canal, a natural waterway

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John Ronan’s charred wood Courtyard House frames views of Lake Michigan

American firm John Ronan Architects has completed a square-shaped, waterfront home in Michigan that features a wooden exterior and rooms organised around open-air courtyards. The Courtyard House sits on the sandy shores of Lake Michigan, within the quaint beach town of Saint Joseph. Square in plan and totalling 5,000 square feet (465 square metres), the

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In Situ Studio revitalises dilapidated brick Nolintha Residence in North Carolina

Architecture firm In Situ Studio needed to overcome rotting trim and crumbling brick mortar to renovate and slightly enlarge an American foursquare-style dwelling that had fallen into shambles. The Nolintha Residence is located in Raleigh, the state capital of North Carolina. The clients – a brother and sister who are successful restaurateurs – hired local

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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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Jeff Svitak builds blackened Redwood House with private studio for himself in Southern California

American architect Jeff Svitak has designed a house for himself nestled into a hillside in San Diego, complete with various outdoor spaces and an office for his practice. Spanning three storeys and clad in blackened wood, Redwood House has a varied construction comprising cuboid volumes and outdoor walkways.   The house measures 2,000 square feet (186

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Matt Fajkus creates office addition for mid-century Austin home

Texas studio Matt Fajkus Architecture used wood, stucco and glass to form an extension to a 1960s dwelling on a sloped site overlooking a creek. The project, called Creekbluff Studio, entailed adding a spacious office to a mid-century-modern home that is owned by clients who work in the financial sector. The 1966 house, which is

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AIA awards North America’s best new housing of 2018

The American Institute of Architects has announced its top 11 residential projects for 2018, including a house in New York that takes design cues from its past as a Quaker settlement and a remote residence with expansive light wood and glass in rural Ontario. The AIA 2018 Housing Awards recognises the most notable residential projects built in the

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BIG designs prototype tiny cabin in Upstate New York

Architecture firm BIG has created a small black cabin with an angular roofline in the Hudson Valley, as the first model for prefab-housing startup Klein. BIG’s prototype, named A45, is the first in a series of tiny homes by well-known architects that Klein plans to offer customers. Constructed in Upstate New York, the one-storey building

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In Situ Studio creates low-lying Trull Residence for wooded site in North Carolina

Architecture firm In Situ Studio used concrete blocks and warm-toned wood to form the exterior walls of this family residence, which occupies a sloped site dotted with trees. The Trull Residence is located in Cary, a suburban town just outside North Carolina’s state capital Raleigh. Situated on a wooded property with an adjacent pond, the

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Edmonds + Lee overhauls slender Victorian home in San Francisco

California studio Edmonds + Lee has refurbished and expanded a gabled-roof dwelling in San Francisco, transforming rooms into light-filled spaces with wood flooring and minimalist decor. Encompassing 3,000 square feet (279 square metres), the Gable House occupies a long, narrow parcel in the city’s Noe Valley neighbourhood. The residence, built in 1908, is owned by

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Glass study extends from hilltop home in Wyoming by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

A glazed box containing a study cantilevers from the contemporary rural Jackson Residence by architecture firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, which overlooks a river valley in the American West. The house is located in the scenic town of Jackson, Wyoming, a favoured spot for holiday homes and retirement dwellings. The residence is situated on the edge

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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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Five of the best houses in Indiana on Dezeen

Indiana, home to some of America’s best mid-century-modern architecture, is the next stop in our series of roundups highlighting impressive houses from each US state. Frost House by Emil Tessin, renovated by Karen Valentine and Bob Coscarelli This 1960s prefabricated dwelling in northern Indiana was modernised by Karen Valentine and Bob Coscarelli, who purchased the home

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Deborah Berke Partners channels modernism with long and low Indiana house

A low-lying slender form, an overhanging roof and sliding glass doors are among the modernist-influenced features at this Indianapolis residence by architecture studio Deborah Berke Partners. When designing North Penn House for a family, the New York-based firm form drew on elements found in modernist dwellings built in the surrounding area during the 1950s and

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Feldman Architecture places art and yoga studios on lush California hillside

American studio Feldman Architecture has created a pair of wooden structures that are perched on a steep, forested site in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Mill Valley Cabins take their name from the northern California town where they are located. The forested site is a short distance from Muir Woods National Monument and the

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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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Joel Sanders updates mid-century-modern home on verdant site in Connecticut

A new bedroom wing and an opened-up entertaining area are among the modifications that US studio Joel Sanders Architect has made to a 1950s house in New England. The New Canaan Residence, which takes its name from the Connecticut town where it is located, sits on a leafy property encompassing just under three acres (1.2

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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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Caterpillar House by Feldman Architecture winds across central California terrain

Rammed earth and glass form the walls of this house by US studio Feldman Architecture, which was designed for a hilly property in an eco-friendly residential development near the ocean. The Caterpillar House is located in the Santa Lucia Preserve, a private development near Carmel – a town situated along the Pacific Coast. Only 10

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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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Seattle garden studio by Wittman Estes provides model for “courtyard urbanism”

US firm Wittman Estes has added a studio building and a Chinese-inspired courtyard to an existing residence in a dense neighbourhood, aiming to show how to maximise an urban lot. The project, called Grasshopper Studio and Courtyard, is located on a rectangular parcel that contains a modest home dating to the 1940s. The project entailed

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New owners preserve mid-century modern Indiana home

A 1960s prefabricated dwelling in northern Indiana has been preserved by Karen Valentine and Bob Coscarelli, who purchased the home without ever seeing it in person. The Frost House is located in Michigan City, a town along Lake Michigan where many Chicago residents have summer homes. Other notable architecture in the area includes several “Century of

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Foraged materials form artist’s home and studio in Washington woodland

Architect Les Eerkes rescued plywood cladding, kitchen cabinets and a tiny porthole window from houses set to be bulldozed for this rural cabin near the Puget Sound. Eerkes sourced the free materials and appliances to keep within the tight budget for the two-storey studio and residence, created for film director and artist Anna Hoover. The kitchen cabinets,

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T W Ryan renovates and extends black Surf House in Montauk

New York studio T W Ryan Architecture has renovated a black house in the Long Island beach town of Montauk, using pale finishes inside to contrast the dark exterior of the gabled forms. Surf House comprises a couple of connected pitched-roof volumes on a sandy lot in Ditch Plains – a famous surf spot in

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Renée del Gaudio creates pair of rustic cabins for rocky perch in Colorado

American studio Renée del Gaudio Architecture has created a nature retreat for a remote site with spectacular views, composed of two buildings clad in cedar and topped with gabled roofs. Located near the rural town of Fairplay, Colorado, the project called Big Cabin Little Cabin is set on a rocky perch at 10,000-foot elevation. The

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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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Field Architecture designs gabled house overlooking California vineyard

Gabled buildings wrapped in aged wood form this vineyard home, which Field Architecture designed to make the most of its setting above Napa Valley. The project, Sentinel Ridge, is located on Howell Mountain, which rises above the famed California wine valley. The residence was designed for a couple wanting a serene refuge from their home

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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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Five of the best houses in Minnesota on Dezeen

As we pass the halfway point in our series of roundups of houses from each US state, we’re visiting Minnesota to spotlight projects, including a trio of woodland cabins and a house with a mirrored shed. Larson Bergquist Residence by Salmela Architect This cabin by American studio Salmela Architect has a courtyard, framed by a

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William Kaven designs sturdy house on Lake Michigan for bracing weather

American architecture firm William Kaven has designed a concrete, blackened timber and glass residence on the shore of Lake Michigan to withstand the area’s extreme winter weather. Camp Minoh is located near the town of Charlevoix, in northern Michigan, on a sandy waterfront site that experiences frequent storms and gales during the colder part of

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Hawaiian house by LifeEdited harvests more energy and water than it consumes

Design consultancy LifeEdited has built a family home on Hawaiian island Maui, as a model for sustainable, off-grid living. The LifeEdited: Maui residence was completed last year to showcase methods of constructing, furnishing and running a house with as little environmental impact as possible. The black building is entirely self-sufficient, boasting a combination of design and technology

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Altus designs Minnesota home and accompanying “shiny shed” to blend with the forest

US studio Altus Architecture + Design has created a low-lying residence for a wooded site in Minnesota with glazed and cedar walls, along with a detached shed wrapped in polished and mirrored stainless steel. The Woodland House is located in a small village just outside of Minneapolis. Sited on a forested plateau, the single-family home

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Austin residence by Arbib Hughey merges modern living with farmhouse aesthetic

American studio Arbib Hughey Design has made use of economic materials to create this all-white dwelling in Austin for a church pastor and his family, who wanted a home that felt welcoming to visitors. The Ridgemont Residence is located in Windsor Park, a neighbourhood north of downtown that is characterised by modest, ranch-style homes. The

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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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Pale cedar beach house by Raad Studio perches atop a sand dune

New York firm Raad Studio has situated this beach house clad in light-coloured timber high above the sea level in New Jersey. Simply known as Beach House, the building comprises two rectangular units stacked atop each other. This elevated set of volumes appears to sit on top of a sandy ridge. The house is located

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Five of the best houses in Virginia on Dezeen

Waterfront properties and woodland retreats in Virginia feature in the latest instalment of our series profiling enviable residences in each US state. James River House by Architecturefirm This modern vacation dwelling by US studio Architecturefirm consists of three rectilinear volumes arranged on a bluff “like a scattered group of stones around a campfire”. Situated on

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Fougeron Architecture overhauls Victorian townhouse in San Francisco

A vivid orange stairwell and a canted glass facade are among the modifications that US studio Fougeron Architecture has made to a century-old house in San Francisco. Encompassing 2,500 square feet (232 square metres), the Cut Out House is situated in Noe Valley, an affluent neighbourhood of the city. The project entailed the complete remodel

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Richard Meier’s 1960s Smith House captured in new photographs

One of American architect Richard Meier’s earliest projects, the Smith House, is portrayed in a fresh set of images by photographer Mike Schwartz to commemorate the influential project’s 50th anniversary. Located in the town of Darien, Connecticut, the house is situated on a wooded site that overlooks the Long Island Sound. Completed in 1967, the

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William F Cody designed Abernathy House for poolside parties in Palm Springs

Our series profiling the mid-century marvels of Palm Springs during the city’s Modernism Week concludes with the Abernathy House by American architect William F Cody, which was designed to maximise outdoor living. Cody designed the house in 1962 for James Logan Abernathy, a wealthy socialite in Palm Springs and the son of a pioneering furniture

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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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A-frame roofs form Charles DuBois’ Swiss Miss houses in Palm Springs

As we near the end of our series celebrating Palm Springs’ mid-century architecture, coinciding with the city’s Modernism Week, here’s a look at the chalet-esque houses that Charles DuBois designed to stand out from their neighbours. The Swiss Miss Houses were built in the Vista Las Palmas neighbourhood of Palm Springs, which was undergoing development in

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Donald Wexler pioneered prefab living in Palm Springs with Steel Houses

The seven experimental steel-framed houses that architect Donald Wexler built in Palm Springs are early examples of customisable prefab homes, and are next in our series celebrating the city’s mid-century architecture for this year’s Modernism Week. Palm Springs-based Wexler and his partner Richard Harrison designed the seven Steel Development Houses to provide a housing model

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John Lautner’s concrete domed Elrod House overlooks Coachella Valley

We’re continuing our series on modernist buildings in Palm Springs with American architect John Lautner’s Arthur Elrod House, which has a dome-shaped concrete roof and a half-moon swimming pool that featured in the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever. The residence sits on an elevated site in Palm Springs’ Araby Cove neighbourhood, facing north to

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Oak trees inform design of northern California home by Field Architecture

American studio Field Architecture has created a spacious house for a wooded site near San Francisco, where preserving conditions for local flora and fauna was a guiding concern for the architects. Called Forty-One Oaks, the residence is named after the precise number of oak trees found on the property – a hilly site in Portola

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Twin Palms by E Stewart Williams provided a private retreat for Frank Sinatra

Our series covering the best mid-century architecture in Palm Springs, to coincide with the California city’s Modernism Week, continues with the sprawling estate created for music and film legend Frank Sinatra. Twin Palms was designed by E Stewart Williams, one of several architects that have become synonymous with Palm Springs’ unique brand of “desert modernism”.

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Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann House epitomises desert modernism in Palm Springs

The second in our series highlighting the best buildings in Palm Springs during the city’s Modernism Week is Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann House, one of the most revered examples of residential architecture in the style. Built in 1946, the boxy two-storey residence has many defining elements of modern architecture – a flat roof, pale exterior and

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Nick Deaver enlarges 1930s cottage in Austin with glass and metal additions

Nick Deaver Architects has added a corrugated metal extension to the rear of a bungalow in Texas, along with a new dining area with floor-to-ceiling windows. The project, titled LeanToo, entailed the addition of a structure that resembles a rusty shipping container alongside a traditional white gabled house in Austin, which was built in 1936.

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Black stairwell cuts across front of North Carolina home by In Situ Studio

American firm In Situ Studio has completed a compact, L-shaped family dwelling that makes the most of a challenging suburban site. The Medlin Residence is situated on a suburban property in Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina. The clients requested a four-bedroom home with generous public spaces and a connection to the outdoors. The relatively

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Wernerfield elevates Treebox guest house on wooded site in Texas

Architecture studio Wernerfield has raised this dwelling in Texas several metres off the ground, to provide guests with a sensation of “floating in the forest”. The PH2 Treebox was built on a wooded property in Dallas with an existing split-level home. Wernerfield, a local design firm, with charged with creating an “artful office and guest

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Haus overhauls midcentury modern home in the Indiana woods

New exterior cladding, a moss garden and a multipurpose room are among the updates to a 1950s residence in the American Midwest revamped by design studio Haus. The project, called Midcentury Renovation, is situated on a wooded property in Indianapolis encompassing just under an acre. The surrounding area is known for the presence of several exemplary

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I-Kanda places angular cabin atop granite rock in New England

American studio I-Kanda Architects has created a prefabricated cabin in the woods of New Hampshire, to provide a family getaway surrounded by evergreens. Measuring 900 square feet (84 square metres), the one-bedroom home Cabin on a Rock was designed as a weekend residence for a couple and their two young children by Boston-based firm I-Kanda

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Five of the best houses in Hawaii on Dezeen

The volcanic archipelago of Hawaii is next in our series spotlighting residential architecture from each US state. The tropical islands are home to clifftop dwellings, beachside abodes and palm-fringed villas. Hut House by Johnston Marklee Traditional Hawaiian hut geometry informed this courtyard house by Johnston Marklee, which comprises four separate volumes grouped beneath a single

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