Clad in a rich wood palette, architect Charles Gane's summer cottage on the Georgian Bay draws all its energy needs from a mighty solar array. The home maintains remarkable material consistency, with Douglas fir cladding the beams, kitchen countertop, and interior walls. The open-plan kitchen absorbs views of the lake through an expansive glass wall.
It seems impossible to be a minimalist and maximalist at the same time, but that's what Sven Matt achieved last year, when he designed a 1,600-square-foot home in the hilly west Austrian town of Bregenzerwald. The lattice shell was hewn from silver fir sourced from a nearby forest, seen from the expansive windows in the kitchen and dining area.
To make the most of the woodsy setting for this Cape Cod home, architect Mark Hammer raised the living and dining spaces to the second level, creating an "upside down" cabin that lets the residents take in seaside views over the tree tops. In the open-plan living and dining space upstairs, one has nearly a panoramic view of the surrounding area.
A couple of avid outdoors enthusiasts were looking to build a modest year-round retreat in Washington’s Cascade Mountains in order to make the most of the region’s vast network of hiking and cross-country skiing trails. Balance Associates worked to create an 850-square-foot cabin with commanding views that's well-adapted to the region. The neutral palette of the kitchen and living room allows the balcony’s vista to take center stage.
Cincopatasalgato designed this breezy home as a gathering place for an extended family in Santa Ana, El Salvador. "The house plan is composed of a grid with alternating interior and exterior spaces, so that every interior space is adjacent to at least two exterior ones," architect Roberto Javier Dumont says. The kitchen, the heart of the house, has a direct view of the adjacent lake.
Teeming with animal life, the snowy forests of Eastern Quebec make an ideal site for a winter fortress, which architects Stéphane Rasselet and David Dworkind delivered with a strikingly simple concept. The architects stuck to a gray-scale color palette for the cantilevered home, installing slate tile floors that softly contrast with the white walls and Eames dining chairs. “It lets the views out the windows become the focus,” Dworkind explains.
Originally built in the 1970s, the kitchen of this cliff-side house in North Vancouver was in need of an improvement and update. The residents collaborated with the architects to achieve the sharp graphic sensibility they desired. Part way through the project, they realized the space would be more compelling in muted tones.
A wildfire cleared a property in the Colorado mountains near Boulder, giving an architect and her family a blank slate on which to build their green dream home. By decimating the trees, the fire had created expansive new views from the property. Resident and architect, Renee Del Gaudio decided to orient the house in a way that takes advantage of the views and the south-facing sun. To increase the effect, Del Gaudio felt strongly about using lots of glass to preserve views and allow solar gain.
Designer Kim Nadel created a new interior in a renovated and expanded ranch-style house in Cardiff by the Sea, California, that reflects the resident's love of yoga and its seaside setting. The overarching goal, she says, was to craft a space where the resident could relax, practice meditation and yoga, read by the fire, or gaze out at the Pacific Ocean.
A couple years ago, two elderly doctors approached Abendroth Architects to design a country bungalow, just outside Althöflein in Austria’s wine country, in which they could enjoy their old age. Their south-facing plot sat next to a small stream with bucolic views of rolling hills. The architect selected rustic parquet and slate stone flooring for the combination living-cooking area that continues the idea of connecting old and new.
This inventive Tasmanian abode maximizes views of the landscape. “The clients were interested in consolidating the considerable potential of the site, specifically its spectacular scenery,” architect Nathan Crump says. The firm achieved this by installing floor-to-ceiling windows across the entire eastern length of the dwelling, offering a dreamy panorama of the Australian coast from the kitchen, living room and master bedroom.
This 600-square-foot retreat, designed for an Austin couple, is located deep within a 30,000-acre ranch in West Texas. The house is tucked into a hillside and uses extensive floor-to-ceiling windows and outdoor patio areas to immerse its residents into the landscape. The living and kitchen areas offer almost panoramic views.
In central Spain, a pair of architects crafted a modern vacation home attuned to its pastoral setting. The top floor of the two-story, 1,614-square-foot abode barely pokes above the rocky hillside it’s built into. Sliding glass walls on two sides of the living and kitchen spaces open to expansive cantilevered decks showcasing the bucolic landscape.