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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Gabled home in Austin by Dick Clark + Associates references surrounding properties

Texas architecture firm Dick Clarke + Associates has completed a home in the state’s capital Austin, modifying a half-built spec house to suit the new owners’ needs. The Palma Plaza Spec residence is located in the Clarksville neighbourhood, west of the city’s downtown area. The surrounding homes are mostly pre-war bungalows built in the American

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Studio Bergtraun perches black cabin on steep slope in the Sierra Nevada mountains

California-based Studio Bergtraun has completed a holiday home in Tahoe, nestling a simple black volume clad in corrugated metal into the steep landscape. Alpine Meadows Cabin was completed for a family of outdoor sports enthusiasts in California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range. “The clients desired to create a fun-filled, cozy and informal cabin for family and

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CCY Architects uses weathering steel and locally quarried stones for Colorado ranch

US firm CCY Architects has divided this low-slung Colorado home into private and public zones, encasing the former within weathering-steel boxes that define the property’s layout. Gambel Oaks Ranch is a three-bedroom residence that encompasses 5,687 square feet (528 square metres), nestled within the mountainous topography of Eagle County, Colorado. “The property is a working ranch with horses, chickens,

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Superkül reserves upstairs just for kids at renovated modernist Toronto home

Toronto firm Superkül has renovated a mid-century modern home in a residential area of the city, adding a second level dedicated to spaces for children. The Valley House is located in Hoggs Hollow, a neighbourhood in the north area of Toronto. The renovation and extension was intended to provide more space for a family of

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Mesquite tree serves as focal point for Mexican home by BAG Arquitectura

This monochrome dwelling in central Mexico was organised around a mesquite tree by BAG Arquitectura. The two-storey Casa Mezquite residence encompasses four bedrooms, and was completed in 2015 in the town of Aguascalientes. “The entire layout of the house gravitates around the mesquite tree, thus making it the foremost element within this architectural project,” said

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Two white volumes frame central courtyard of Vermont home by Birdseye Design

A pair of buildings with pitched roofs and white-washed exteriors form this home in rural Vermont by design-build studio Birdseye Design. The project, aptly named Two Shed, is located in the village of Waterbury in the northern US state. Design and construction were taken on by the same team, ensuring a streamlined process. The two

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IwamotoScott organises San Francisco home around light-filled stairwell

This house in San Francisco by local firm IwamotoScott has an angular facade made up of wooden elements, and a layout organised around a central staircase illuminated by a light well. The project is located in Noe Valley, a well-to-do area of the city. The architects were able to develop the property after a dilapidated dwelling on

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Steel beams support dramatic roof overhangs at Washington state retreat by Coates Design

Seattle firm Coates Design has completed a home in Washington’s Cascade mountain range that serves as a hub for members of a large extended family. Tumble Creek Cabin is a vacation home designed to provide generous communal spaces for family gatherings, as well as more intimate spaces for members to be alone. “The retreat provides ample

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Intersticial Arquitectura emphasises local materials in Mexican home

Mexican firm Intersticial Arquitectura has built a home on the outskirts of Querétaro, using local materials such as light-coloured bricks, rough masonry blocks, and an exposed concrete frame. Casa Zirahuen is a 350-square-metre residence built on a deep, narrow plot. The two-storey building encompasses four bedrooms, and is named after the street it is built

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Estúdio Casa G overhauls open-sided concrete villa in the Amazon

Estúdio Casa G has completed a residence in the Brazilian rainforest, creating a home within the concrete shell of an existing structure and building a new pavilion for social spaces. The project is located in the vicinity of Belém, in the north of Brazil. It was built as a natural retreat for its owners to escape

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Gonzalo Claro hides rooftop extension of Chilean house behind dark waterproof membrane

Chilean architect Gonzalo Claro has renovated a family home in Santiago, reducing the ground floor footprint but adding a level for bedrooms. The Las Quilas house was completed in 2015 for a young family that wanted a home that would integrate seamlessly into the neighbourhood. Claro described the project as “a house shaped as a house”.

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JJRR/Arquitectura sets modernist-influenced Mexico City home within verdant garden

This home surrounded by lush greenery in Mexico City pays homage to the aesthetics of modernism, and includes raw materials such as volcanic stone, exposed concrete and steel columns. Casa Sierra Fría is a four-bedroom residence located in the western portion of the Mexican capital, in a neighbourhood known as Lomas de Chapultepec. It was

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Limestone walls define sequence of courtyards at Arizona desert home by MASAstudio

This stone villa in Arizona by Los Angeles architect Marwan Al-Sayed was conceived as a succession of interior and exterior spaces that are organised around a central courtyard. Stone Court Villa is a four-bedroom residence located in the rugged landscape of Paradise Valley. Al-Sayed described the sequence of spaces that make up the home as “a rhythm

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Bohlin Cywinski Jackson adds ski-in, ski-out homes to California mountain resort

A set of piste-side residences by US firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson step down a portion of the Northstar mountain resort in California, allowing residents to ski in and out of their homes. The development, dubbed Stellar Residences and Townhomes, was designed to provide residents full access to the resort’s slopes. “Conceived to be efficient and

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Cutler Anderson Architects tucks Canadian home between rocky outcrops

The site for this residence in the Canadian Rocky Mountains was chosen by Cutler Anderson Architects for its craggy topography, which the designers used to frame the house. The home, dubbed Rock House, is an 800-square-foot (75-square-metre) cabin that includes a single bedroom. It was designed as a prototype unit for a larger development in Western

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Seattle waterfront home enjoys carefully chosen views through lush vegetation

Water views from this long narrow home in West Seattle by Suyama Peterson Deguchi are strategically framed using existing trees on site. Junsei House – which roughly translates from Japanese as “purity” – was built for clients seeking to simplify their lifestyle and live in a minimalist home. “Simple, efficient and quiet in design, the house

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1100 Architect extends historic residence to create new University of Pennsylvania student centre

The University of Pennsylvania has added a new centre for international affairs to its campus in Philadelphia, extending a small cottage built in 1851 with an angular stone-clad form. The Perry World House is a mixed-use building destined to aggregate the university’s international activities. The project was completed in September 2016 by 1100 Architect. “The

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Bourgeois/Lechasseur designs geometric Quebec home to withstand blustery weather

The windswept sand dunes of Quebec’s Magdalen Islands informed the outline of this second home for a retired couple, designed by Canadian firm Bourgeois/Lechasseur Architects. The geometric outline of West Dune House draws inspiration in part from the area’s vernacular construction styles, but also responds to the extremely windy conditions typical of the coastal region.

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Gros Ventre house by Dynia sits among rugged Wyoming terrain

Wyoming firm Dynia Architects has completed a holiday home in Jackson, nestling its L-shaped form into the region’s mountainous landscape. Gros Ventre is a single-family home comprised of two perpendicular wings that form a courtyard. “Extensive valley and mountain views to the South and East inspired this simple L-shaped house that is anchored into the

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Salmela builds Wisconsin residence in four separate phases over time

This home in the woods of Wisconsin was originally built as a single, open-plan volume by Salmela Architect, and subsequently extended on three occasions to fit its occupants needs. Overall, the Chrismer project encompasses four separate phases of varying scope. “The first was an open living space for sleeping, working, and visiting, with a separate sauna

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Two families share wooded Mexican retreat by AE Arquitectos and Taller Arquitectónica

Mexican studios André Escobar Arquitectos and Taller Arquitectónica have completed a pitched-roof home that sits atop a stone plinth in the woods of Tapalpa, a small town in the western state of Jalisco. Two families share the three-storey Casa PE, and an annex pavilion can accommodate extra guests. “Each family has their own private areas,

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Four volumes join at the centre of black Quebec home by Alain Carle

Alain Carle Architecte has completed a home in rural Quebec made up of a cluster of blackened-wood volumes that step down the sloping site. The MG2 residence is a three-bedroom home that encompasses 300 square metres. Rather than combining various programme elements into a single volume, Montreal-based firm Alain Carle Architecte opted to separate them,

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Superkül nestles all-white vacation home into Canadian landscape

This vacation home in Ontario was built for a family transitioning back to Canada after a prolonged stay in the UK, and features an all-white exterior designed to contrast and complement its surroundings in different seasons. The 4,300-square-foot (400-square-metre) residence is contained in two volumes that open onto a central courtyard. “Compass House takes its name

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Dark cedar boards shroud Quebec visitors centre by Anne Carrier

Quebec architecture firm Anne Carrier Architecture has completed a visitors centre in the Mont Orford National Park, built using a wooden structure that nestles into the landscape. The Bonnallie amenities centre is part of a larger commission the firm earned to design three new public pavilions for the national park. “These projects will give Mount Orford

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AJ-A gives Palo Alto home extension an all-white exterior

Californian firm AJ-A has extended an adobe brick residence from the 1940s, contrasting the rustic material with pared-down finishes and minimalist geometry. The 1,150-square-foot (107-square-metre) addition includes a master suite for the residents, a guest bedroom, and a new dining room that is adjacent to the existing kitchen. “A series of simple solids and voids

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Bridge connects two sides of lakeside home by Pierre Thibault

A pair of separate volumes connected by a covered bridge form Atelier Pierre Thibault’s latest project, a lakeside residence in rural Quebec. The long, elevated corridor gives the project its name: La Grande Passerelle. It was recently completed for a young family, and is set on a sloping site by Canada’s Lac des Piles. The

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WOJR designs forest cabin for a grieving man

This conceptual cabin in upstate New York was designed as a space of refuge and contemplation for a man who lost his brother, and is sheltered by a large slatted wall that covers the front of the home. The yet-to-be-built Mask House by WOJR was designed to be “a place of separation and protection that

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McInturff Architects renovates home without furniture in Maryland

The overhaul of this modest residence in Maryland involved the addition of a cylindrical stair tower, but its minimalist owners insisted against the inclusion of furniture. The project was dubbed 21st Century Home and comprised the renovation of – and extension to – a small black cabin. McInturff Architects completed the light intervention, which centred

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Self-built Austin home by Sean Guess is clad in hide-like cement panels

Cement-fibre panels that appear to have the same texture as an elephant’s skin clad the exterior of this home that architect Sean Guess built for himself in Austin, Texas. The texture gives the home its name, Elephant House. Local architect Guess was immediately attracted to the material for its simplicity, durability and ease of installation.

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Intersticial Arquitectura renovates 1980s industrial building to create home and studio in Mexico

Mexican studio Intersticial Arquitectura has renovated a dilapidated structure in a formerly industrial part of Queretaro, exposing structural elements and using simple construction techniques. Now housing a combined residence and workspace, the building was originally erected in the 1980s and was in need of repairs. Rather than tearing down the 160-square-metre building, the architects opted to renovate it. “The building

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Prefabricated weathering-steel boxes form California retreat by Alchemy Architects

Minnesota-based firm Alchemy Architects has completed a home in California’s Sonoma Valley, which comprises two separate modules that were almost entirely prefabricated before being brought to site. The two modules that make up the home were the result of a cross-country collaboration between the architects and client, who is also a designer. “The home was

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D’Arcy Jones Architecture excavates new living spaces from under Vancouver home

D’Arcy Jones Architecture has renovated a 100-year-old structure in Vancouver, excavating the basement to create new living spaces with direct access the home’s yard. The 480 House is located in East Vancouver, an up-and-coming part of town with a growing cultural scene. The original structure, built in 1901, was in severe need of renovation, and

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Black beachfront cabin in Canada contains expansive white interior

Living spaces are enclosed in a plywood box nested inside an expansive gabled volume in this Canadian lakeside property by La Shed Architecture. The Chalet de la Plage – or Beach Chalet – is located on the shores of a lake in the Laurentians region of Quebec. The natural retreat was built for a couple

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Charred wood boards clad New York pool house by General Assembly

New York design studio General Assembly has added a pool house to a property on Shelter Island, cladding the exterior of the small structure with blackened timber siding. The project involved the addition of a pool house to an existing residence on the island, which is located at the eastern end of Long Island and

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Atelier l’Abri designs Canadian cabin for carpenter to build himself

A young carpenter who wished to build his own residence was the client for this modest project by Atelier l’Abri, located in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. The owner dubbed the cabin Wood Duck for its ubiquitous material. Timber makes up the structure of the home, as well as the exterior cladding and interior finishes. The project

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MW Works transforms century-old Washington barn into rural family retreat

Seattle-based MW Works has overhauled an early-20th-century barn to create a family holiday home that celebrates rustic materials and fittings. MW Works was tasked with completely modernising the old working barn, which is located in Washington state, and transforming it into a three-bedroom residence that it calls Canyon Barn. The architects sought to retain as much of the original structure as

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Minneapolis office building by Salmela Architect features a chequerboard facade

Salmela Architect has completed an office building for a Minneapolis advertising agency featuring a gridded monochrome facade and a monumental fire escape. Called Fast Horse, after its new occupant, the building was formerly an automotive repair shop in an underused area of Minnesota’s largest city. Local firm Salmela Architect added two storeys to the structure, so the building

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Appareil Architecture merges two Montreal flats to create house with a sunken living room

Montreal firm Appareil Architecture has combined two dwellings in the city, which involved removing walls to bring in more natural light and creating a new sunken lounge space. Because the renovation merges the two formerly separate units, fewer walls were required to divide the space. This meant that Appareil Architecture could create more generously sized living spaces. The

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Flat-packed cabin concept allows tiny houses to be assembled like IKEA furniture

A Vancouver-based startup’s conceptual design for flat-packed recreational cabins would allow users to build for themselves, making the wilderness more readily accessible. The Backcountry Hut Company is an offshoot of interdisciplinary design firm Leckie Studio. Its goal is to facilitate the process of building cabins for a variety of uses. “The hut prototype was created for the benefit

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Weathering-steel volumes wrap courtyard at Washington holiday home

This vacation home in Washington state by Prentiss Balance Wickline encloses a courtyard within interlocking volumes clad in weathering steel. The Wolf Creek View Cabin is a 1,810-square-foot (168-square-metre) property located in a natural setting typical of the American state’s wilderness. “The cabin is sited within a lightly treed meadow, surrounded by foothills and mountains,”

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White masonry sauna defines courtyard in Minnesota retreat

Minnesota firm Salmela Architect has completed a cabin with a courtyard framed by a whitewashed sauna adjacent to the main house (+ slideshow). The Larson Bergquist residence is located near a defunct iron mining settlement called Taconite Harbour. The remote location of the property provides it with enviable views of Lake Superior, which straddles the

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Monolithic concrete and steel wall fronts Nashville residence by Hastings

The front facade of this family home in Tennessee by Hastings Architectural Associates comprises a monolithic concrete wall and weathering steel panels. The house is dubbed Mask House for its imposing northern facade, which is designed to protect the client’s privacy. “The clients requested an exterior that would veil the true nature of the home

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Arshia Architects completes angular white residence in Hollywood Hills

Los Angeles firm Arshia Architects has created a sculptural white hillside residence to comply with the stringent zoning requirements of its exclusive neighbourhood. The project – named MU77 – is perched on a hillside off Mulholland Drive, in affluent Hollywood Hills. The architects faced several zoning restrictions that informed the design of the four-bedroom property.

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Atelier Pierre Thibault reorganises Quebec home around central plywood stairs

Quebec firm Atelier Pierre Thibault has overhauled a home built in the 1970s, removing interior partitions and locating a sculptural plywood staircase at its core. The Belcourt Residence is a single-family home located in Quebec City, Canada. The original property was built in the vernacular Canadian style, with thick walls and deep overhanging roofs. “The clients

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El Dorado wraps Missouri home around sunken courtyard

American studio El Dorado has completed a residence in Kansas City that is organised around a sunken central courtyard. The Shelton Marshall Residence is a 2,000-square-foot (185-square-metre) residence located in the city on the western edge of Missouri. The architects used the natural slope of the site to nest the main volume into the terrain.

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Dynia pairs wood with weathering steel for Colorado mountain residence

US firm Dynia Architects has completed a home in the mountain town of Boulder, Colorado, where the main living spaces are separated with thick partitions of Corten steel. Boulder Cabin is a longitudinal, single-storey volume perched upon a natural precipice. “The house has views to the metropolitan Denver valley to the east and the iconic Flatiron

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Rural Montana cabin is built on a granite cliff over Flathead Lake

Texas firm Andersson-Wise has completed a rustic wooden cabin in the state of Montana that is raised on stilts to provide views of a nearby lake. The single-storey cabin is entirely made of wood, and is capped with a butterfly roof – its eaves are pitched towards the centre of the house rather than towards

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New York home swaps dated plywood siding for charred timber and cement panels

Brooklyn studio AlexAllen has entirely revamped a family home in New York State, trading its outdated plywood siding for a modern finish composed of cement panels and blackened timber. For the New Paltz Renovation, the architects renovated an existing property that was built in the 1970s and is roughly 80 miles (100 kilometres) north of

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Gracia Studio lifts steel-box house in Tijuana on a concrete base

Mexican-American firm Gracia Studio has completed a single-family home in the city of Tijuana that comprises a weathering-steel volume perched atop a monolithic concrete ground floor. The four-bedroom Casa GS is located only a few kilometres from the US border. The ground floor of the 290-square-foot (30-square-metre) home was built using board-formed concrete. The material

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Struere builds Hollywood home to help revive mid-century modernism

This house in the Hollywood Hills, by Los Angeles firm Struere, promises to “renew the modern living promise” by extending the indoor spaces to the exterior. The single-bedroom residence was built on the same site as an existing house by modernist architect Milton Caughey. Its two volumes are connected by a central void in which

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Filmmaker’s first architectural project is modernism-influenced Miami villa

Colombian-Ecuadorian filmmaker Alejandro Landes has completed his first built project: a tropical-modernist mansion in Miami that is currently among the city’s most expensive residential properties (+ slideshow). The 20,000-square-foot (1,858-square-metre) Casa Bahia estate on the shore of Miami’s Biscayne Bay includes seven bedrooms distributed across three storeys. Completed in late 2015, the luxury property is currently More

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Waterfront home near Seattle is lifted on bridge-like structural supports

Design-and-construction firm First Lamp Architects has raised this family home near Seattle above a nearby body of water, drawing references from bridge structures (+ slideshow). The two-bedroom dwelling, dubbed Herron Island Cabin, is a compact structure designed to feel “physically disconnected from the site and metaphorically connected to the nature around the cabin”. The structure More

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RZLBD divides black and grey Toronto residence with central staircase

Toronto firm RZLBD has completed a three-storey house comprising two volumes split by a staircase in the middle (+ slideshow). Instar House is located on the outskirts of Toronto, within the neighbourhood of Allenby. Another residence previously occupied the site, and the new home was built above its foundations. Two main volumes make up the More

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