From the street, this 18th-century stone residence blends in inconspicuously with its neighbors in the old city of Safed in the north of Israel. Architects Henkin Irit and Shavit Zohar preserved the historic shell, while introducing contemporary elements to the interior including concrete, wood, steel, and glass.
With mountains as its backdrop, this modern Mexico home was built on the only area of its site without trees. Rough, natural basaltic stone makes up the home’s exterior, and the surrounding vegetation grows around and within the built structure.
The renovation of this old stone structure by Wespi de Meuron Romeo architects was, at times, as much archeology as architecture. The small square in front of the home, the only in the village of Scaiano, dates the building, a former brandy distillery fortified with both spiritis and stone walls. After reinforcing the roof and replacing the wood beam floors with concrete, the team started to dig in.
A couple in northern Italy traded a cramped flat for this renovated farmhouse in the country. Architect Filippo Caprioglio paired the indigenous sandstone of the existing structure with teak mounted on two-foot-wide panels.
Architect Matali Crasset turned this stone farmhouse into a flexible, open environment for a Parisian jewelry designer and her many houseguests.