Using a limited material palette helped architect Jesse Garlick save on the bottom line when building his off-the-grid vacation home in Washington state. The entire facade is sheathed in Cor-Ten steel, which will patina into a hue that mimics the local bedrock.
Eucalyptus wood clads the interior of this modern, Australian house. “We didn’t want any distractions, so that’s why there’s this one material,” the architect says of the design choice. “There’s no second thing happening, no bright colors."
The Casa Cuatro sits above a 180-foot cliff that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. The locally quarried stone makes the house blend in with the landscape and acts as a thermal-mass wall, absorbing heat during the day and releasing it through the evening.
A series of charred modern boxes, the home Petra Sattler-Smith and Klaus Mayer designed for Martin Buser and Kathy Chapoton, is organized around views of the Alaskan landscape.
Exposed pine dominates the downstairs reception area of this Swedish house.
Inspired by a never-performed symphony he discovered in a book by avant-garde composer John Cage, architect Steven Holl has designed a masterful home and gallery in Seoul that fuses architecture and music. He covered the facade in copper panels.
A French home that expresses a reverence for wood sports the same material treatment on the roof as the upper story.