A system of sliding glass windows and doors underscore the indoor/outdoor nature of this Sydney house. Photo by Roger D'Souza.
In an unlikely mountaintop locale, Anderson Anderson Architecture crafted a home out of a complex composition of off-the-shelf components, paving new paths for the prefabricated construction industry. Looking like a jewel box at dusk, Scott Stafne’s Cantilever House rests easy in the middle of the Washington woods. With miles of hiking trails, lakes, and waterfalls to explore, Stafne’s property provides almost unlimited opportunity for outdoor adventures. The strong and sturdy house acts as a warm respite from the elements when the weather won’t cooperate, which is often—horizontal rain and whipping winds can be the norm. Photo by John Clark.
What do you get when you give a couple of designers unlimited creative license on a very limited budget? For Andrew Dunbar and Zoee Astrakhan, the possibilities were limitless. For their San Francisco house, their low-cost, high-impact tour de force was a storefront facade constructed from salvaged double-insulated window glass panels arranged in a shingle pattern. Photo by Justin Fantl.
The rear of the Chistopher Polly-designed Elliott Ripper house shows the most impactful design moves: Windows that allow light and air to enter the house. Breezway Altair louvers, Viridian Comfort Plus low-e glass, and Western Red Cedar–framed sliding glass doors on the ground floor and pivot stay windows on the second story allow residents to control how open or closed the house is. Photo by Brett Boardman.