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November 3, 2015
If topography permits, why wouldn't you capitalize on an incredible vista? These seven homes maximize their perspective of their surroundings.
Living room in the Yucca Valley house

After sundown, this Yucca Valley home seems to dematerialize into a dark starry expanse. For that reason, the homeowners have likened the living room to a campsite.

 

 

 

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Originally appeared in A Sculptural Desert Escape Inspired by a Shadow
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Roof deck with views of the Michigan landscape

This modernist retreat in rural Michigan reimagines the style of the great architect, Mies van der Rohe, in a cube form. A roof deck provides views of the verdant, southwest Michigan landscape.

 

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Originally appeared in Modern Box Home by the Grandson of Mies van der Rohe
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Modern see-through living room with sliding glass doors

These two linked 1,000-square-foot pavilions are greater than a sum of their parts; “Creating efficient space is valuable, but for us, rooms that offer visual and spatial continuity with nature are also important,” architect Julie Dowling explains. “When the sliding doors are open, the living room and kitchen double in size.”

 

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Originally appeared in This Couple Achieves Their Glass House Goals
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Modern living room with a Canadian hayfield view

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—still marked by nailheads and chipped paint—be cut nor altered during ­construction, which gave the home its striking geometric motif. It’s what he refers to as the “alchemy between ­material and process,” which also inspired the textured ­concrete walls and crisply milled walnut furniture. 

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Originally appeared in Modern Angular Rural Family Home in Canada
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ontario vacation home dining area with custom dining table and carl hansen & søn pendant lamp

Two Washington, D.C.–based writers balanced life in the city with this low-key vacation spot on Lake Ontairo. Thanks to floor-to-ceiling glass, “The light is always changing, minute by minute, hour by hour," says architect Richard Williams.

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Originally appeared in Two Writers Just Enjoy the Basics
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El Topo living room with Flos lamp and BB Italia sofa.

Crowned with a glass observatory, this scenic Wisconsin home commands panoramic views of the surrounding grasslands. An Arco floor lamp from Flos arches over a Bend sofa by Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia. A pair of Low Pad chairs by Jasper Morrison and a Sunset chair by Christophe Pillet, all for Cappellini, are arranged around a set of Pebble coffee tables by Ligne Roset.

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Originally appeared in Wildlife Surrounds This Epic Home in the Hills
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Sydney living room with veranda views

This 100-year-old house, located in the upscale Sydney suburb of Mosman, features a stunning vista but had been plagued by a dark and disorganized interior, the result of multiple renovations over the decades. The clients, a family of five, approached Sydney and New York-based firm Burley Katon Halliday with a tight budget to bring light and views of the harbor into the interior. The architects brought new clarity to the house by implementing a more open and sensitive room plan.

The kitchen and dining area seamlessly flow into the living room and veranda. A minimal Scandinavian style carries through the home. The coffee table is by Australian designer Mark Tuckey and the sofa is the ML90 model by famed Danish designer Illum Wikkelso.

 

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Sharrin Rees
Originally appeared in A Historic Sydney Harbor House Gets a Bright Refresh
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Living room in the Yucca Valley house

After sundown, this Yucca Valley home seems to dematerialize into a dark starry expanse. For that reason, the homeowners have likened the living room to a campsite.

 

 

 

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