Decades after they met as teenagers on a Montauk beach, Manhattanites Victoria and Greg Pryor returned to Long Island to build a sustainable second home together. Two layers of aluminum woven-coil drapes hang outside the large, south-facing windows above the living area.
This 1940s lake house was given new life and an open-plan update thanks to architect Alain Carle. He revived the home’s exterior by recladding it in fresh cedar planks, local stone, and black anodized aluminum. He also replaced the original windows — all damaged — and changed the sizes of some to respond better to the outdoors.
An architect immersed in the history of California modernism restored a nondescript Los Angeles ranch house bordering a celebrated midcentury neighborhood. The second-story addition has a view of the Santa Monica Bay. Electronically controlled aluminum slats by LouverTech filter street noise and sunlight.
Composed of 220 aluminum "light shelves," the solar reflector screen is the focal point of this Toronto home. The house takes advantage of its Southern exposure, using the reflector screen to funnel sunlight and warmth deep into the interior space.
Seeking to harmoniously integrate a modern aesthetic into the varied architectural vernaculars of Mumbai, India, the Brooklyn-based firm Khanna Schultz (made up of the wife-and-husband team of Vrinda Khanna and Robert Schultz) conceptualized a stacked, seven-unit apartment building for a developer, one that incorporates traditional elements with contemporary approaches.
The building's aluminum cladding was left its original silver color; Khanna and Schultz note that it reflects the surrounding colors and can read anywhere in the spectrum from blue to white.