A minimalist approach to design can make spaces feel thoughtful, bright, and more spacious than they really are—qualities that become apparent upon entry into a recent project by Polish architecture firm mode:lina. Following modernist tenets, they combined clean lines, natural materials, and plenty of built-in storage to create a 1,500-square-foot home in Poznań with a creative, industrial feeling.
Concrete and granite fill a refreshingly minimal update in Coconut Grove, Florida. A tumbled granite feature wall greets guests as they enter through the front of the house. The only enclosed area in the building lies behind the wall, separating the front entryway from the living areas.
Inspiration often comes from observation. In this case, it came from a lookout tower in Blue Mound State Park, the highest point in southern Wisconsin. Crowned with a glass observatory, this scenic home commands panoramic views of the surrounding grasslands. On the ground floor, a custom pivot door by Archispec opens onto a foyer with a poured-concrete floor.
In a historic area of Baton Rouge, a growing family sought to expand their home and reconnect it to its beautiful natural surroundings. The original house, built in a traditional style, offered poor visual and physical access to the property’s numerous amenities. In the entry foyer, the architects removed a fully enclosed stair to open up the interior. An operable sunlight just above the stairwell allows hot air to escape, inducing a cooling airflow below and naturally ventilating the space.
In Portland, Oregon, a designer created an open, environmentally sensitive house for a client on a 5,000-square-foot lot. The resident, Betty Rahman, has decorated the interior with items she has picked up on her travels around the world, seen here in the entry foyer.
Surrounded on all sides by a sweeping Canadian hayfield, the 23.2 House is an angular ode to rural life. Out of “respect for the beams and their history,” Designer Omer Arbel insisted that not a single reclaimed plank be cut nor altered during construction, which gave the home its striking geometric motif. Walnut doors come together to form a corner in the entry foyer.
A pair of photographers employed a pair of architect-friends to transform an aging schoolhouse into a modern marvel. Combining old and new, residents Renaldi and Boyd placed the latter’s family piano and a painted metal Jean Prouvé bench in the entryway, each a fine counterpoint to the filigree screen.
To maximize every square inch in this Manhattan apartment, firm LOT-EK knocked down walls, added dozens of recycled doors, and built in a bevy of secret compartments. Moving the kitchen out of the hallway and rotating the front door 90 degrees and into the tunnel created a much-needed foyer. “Before, when someone entered, they walked straight into the living room,” resident Maurice Russell says. The new entrance now opens into the narrower of the two corridors.