The steel-framed house designed by architect William Massie is easily recognizable for its roof line that parabolically plunges at one point to form a curving dimple. The inner dimple, not far from the front door, separates the entrance from the living space. Up close the dimple forms a voluptuous hallway. Inside the dimple is a podlike shower and bath.
After purchasing an overgrown lot in Houston while they were still students, couple Mark Schatz and Anne Eamon cleared underbrush off the lot and planted a beautiful shade garden. In 1998, Schatz and Eamon grabbed shovels and got to work by digging the footings for a 700-square-foot house that they would design. They chose a site on the lot directly underneath a lush hardwood canopy. By including a curved roof, they were able to save the trees’ upper branches while echoing their gentle angle.
Architect Christoph Kaiser turned a dismantled grain silo, purchased online from a Kansas farmer, into a cozy studio in Phoenix, Arizona. The 190-square-foot space is outfitted with a highly customized interior that serves as a comfortable home for him and his wife. Inside, Kaiser crafted a curved interior that matches the silo's circular footprint. "I didn’t want to cheat and do a box inside a curved shell," he says.
Port X is a buoyant dwelling for modular, modern living. Prague’s Atelier SAD executed the concept, collaborating with a company that develops sailing boats to fabricate its curved exterior. The curved roof, a play off the hull of a ship, was inspired by a previous Atelier SAD home project in the Czech town of Liberec.
For their latest project, Naf Architecture and Design out of Tokyo combined two very different houses—one with a flat roof, the other with a gabled one—to create a single, 859-square-foot family dwelling. Far from feeling disjointed, the Half & Half House, as it's called, is pleasingly uniform but playful. In the kitchen and dining area, a bespoke, curved bookshelf wraps around the wall beneath a panoramic window.
Santiago Suarez tripped over an ad in his local newspaper—“Church for Sale!”—went to the open house “out of curiosity,” and bought the 19th-century structure, once home to a Baptist congregation, the next day. With the help of Gray Organschi Architecture, the church was renovated into a home. With the free-floating, curving birch pod defining the space, and the massive Venetian chandelier accentuating the volume, the great room is, indeed, great.
When building a second home, most people don’t consider traveling farther than upstate. But the Taits built their home on the coast of Tasmania, 30 hours away from their primary residence. With its bold, upswept profile, the roof gives this otherwise simple house its distinctive character. But those curves are not merely for show. The concave forms are integral to the dwelling’s self-sufficiency because they act as water collectors and sun protection.
Atelier Oslo overcame nature’s challenges when they designed Cabin Norderhov, a seasonal, eco-friendly retreat on a steep hillside overlooking Lake Steinsfjorden in Norway. The layout revolves around a central “campfire” that burns beneath a suspended mantel. The cabin’s undulating curves are fixed by a prefabricated, laminated wood structure with a subdivision of Kerto CNC-milled plywood.
With no space to waste, London-based designers Kim Colin and Sam Hecht turned a 1924 garage into the perfect home product. Original elements such as the curved glass windows, added in the 1930s, remain, as does the original parquet floor.
Architect Paul Hinkin and his partner, Chrissy Pearce, bought and restored a 538-square-foot Deckhouse at Emsworth Yacht Harbour in Hampshire, England. With the help of builder Peter Watts, the couple returned the house to its original early-1970s glory. The master bedroom echoes the house’s black-and-white exterior. The curving wall opposite the bed is topped by a vintage mirror by Robert Welch.
For the firm Atherton Keener, the harsh, ever-changing light of Phoenix, Arizona, served as inspiration for a minimal and malleable home. One architect explained that the curved walls are intended to capture the light conditions from the windows. The curving white wall in the bedroom is optimally sited to capture shadows from the redbud tree outside his window.
Located near the Petite Côte of Senegal an hour-and-a-half south of Dakar, the Khamsa house, doesn't just blend in with the environment. In many ways, the earthen retreat is the environment, formed from concrete-reinforced bricks made from the soil on which the home was built. The machine that made the clay bricks even utilized earth dug out to make the curving basement, building walls for the roughly 3,800-square-feet home out of the readily available raw material.