On the site of what was once a commercial garage, architect and sculptor Mark Merer conceptualized a home that would blend in seamlessly with the unique landscape. Sitting happily between a Georgian Grade II listed structure, and a residential building that saw past lives as both a silk mill and a bacon factory, the home boldly innovates while respecting history.
With input from her clients, architect Mary Barensfeld used a computer to generate the circular patterns that were carved into a pair of Cor-Ten steel screens with a water-jet cutter. The perforations allow light and the green of the surrounding Koi bamboo to filter into the garden while preserving privacy.
From the bones of a neglected farmstead in rural Scotland emerges a low-impact, solar-powered home that’s all about working with what was already there. After studying mid-19th-century maps of the old steading buildings, architect Andrew McAvoy convinced the couple to follow the original U-shaped arrangement around an entrance courtyard by creating two new energy-efficient houses that would share the courtyard but have private aspects and gardens.
Challenged with the constraint of building a home in the existing natural landscape and keeping all vegetation and trees intact, the architects at Brazilian firm Atria cleverly crafted a new home that was a custom fit to its environment.
A couple gets their hands dirty in Brooklyn by rehabilitating a 19th-century tenement to reveal decades of layers and scores of possibilities. The wall separating the two railroad apartments would be torn down, creating a 1,250-square-foot space, with a bathroom and a combined bedroom and dressing room set off from an open area for cooking, eating, and entertaining.
The fence designed by landscape architect and artist Mikyoung Kim for Bob Davoli and Eileen McDonagh winds its way through the woods of Lincoln, Massachusetts, like a serpent skeleton fished out of the adjacent Farrar Pond.