From the bones of a neglected farmstead in rural Scotland emerged a low-impact, solar-powered home that’s all about working with what was already there. Architect Andrew McAvoy clad the new structure in Cor-Ten steel, which connects via a glass “bridge” to the renovated stone farmhouse containing the bedrooms. McAvoy worked with builder Stephen Campbell on structural elements such as the glass floor and walls.
A couple in northern Italy traded a cramped flat for a renovated farmhouse in the country, in which architect Filippo Caprioglio paired the indigenous sandstone of the existing structure with teak mounted on two-foot-wide panels. Rising to a glass catwalk above, a huge glass-and-steel central stair spans four floors of the newly expanded house.
Mechanical engineer Jan Moolsintong and industrial designer Peter Russell-Clarke get epic views of San Francisco from their 1,800-square-foot house thanks to residential architect Craig Steely. A 606 Universal Shelving System by Dieter Rams for Vitsoe hangs tough on the only opaque wall of the living room and a strip of glass flooring floating above the stairs.
In a former fishermen’s cottage built in 1860 outside Copenhagen, a young family has carved out a cozy, light-filled home. The residents bought the place in 2005 and immediately enlisted their friend, Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, the head of Norm.Architects, to help renovate it. A transparent glass-and-iron door was embedded in the floor to access the subterranean wine cellar. At night, the lit-up cellar glows, lending the compact living room an increased sense of verticality.
This 1790s Parisian flat, which American-born architect Michael Herrman shares with his wife and daughter, had been nearly untouched since it was built. Herrman embarked on a redesign to "reveal some of its age in a new context." He demolished the sagging seventh floor and walls, then added a clear glass floor above a living-dining area to brighten both levels and “to pull the view of the courtyard and the sky deeper into the apartment,” he says.
Looking at the traditional Victorian facade of Kylie Brammy and George Kyprianou’s 1880 bungalow in Adelaide, Australia, you would never imagine it hid such a voluptuous and modern derrière. Inspired by a local winery, Kyprianou wanted a glass top on his subterranean wine cellar. The interior is lit, casting soft light into the living space at night and revealing the 132-year-old stone foundation.