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January 21, 2016
These minimalist paradises understand the trick to beating the heat boils down to color and material.
Desert Canopy House lap pool with Cloe chaise longues from Myyour

A lap pool runs alongside the west facade of a hybrid prefab home in Palm Springs by Sander Architects. “Our version of prefab,” explains architect Whitney Sander, “involves the use of building shells that are the ‘heavy lifting’ parts of any house: main structure, secondary structure, and (often) building skin.” Designer Catherine Holliss adds, “We didn’t want just flat stucco for this house.”

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Originally appeared in An Energy-Efficient Hybrid Prefab Keeps Cool in the Palm Springs Desert
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Mooring residence front exterior.

When architect Sebastian Eilert was asked to renovate a 1960s-era single story residence in Coconut Grove, Florida, he wanted to respect the original structure and footprint of the building while updating the roofing and materials to be more climate appropriate and dependable. The white 3,300-square-foot house pops from the surrounding tropical landscape with a strikingly minimal form. The insulation value is four times normal code requirements for the walls, and double that for the roof. 

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Courtyard with cooling shade and water feature of weekend home by Asociacion de Diseno in Mexico.

Mexico City-based firm AS/D Asociación de Diseño conceived this weekend home as four separate volumes. Both the white facades and modules' orientations are crucial in maintaining comfortable indoor temperatures. Designed with the sun path in mind, each part of the home shades the courtyard year-round for residents. 

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Spiral House courtyard with concrete flooring.

In the Indonesia house he designed for himself and his family, architect Ivan Priatman explored his view of tropical modernism: “I try to reinterpret the tradition or the vernacular into the contemporary,” he says. The design is intended to be experienced as a continuous sequence from the public living areas to the private office and bedrooms. Instead of organizing the plan linearly, Priatman thought of it as a spiral that wraps around a central green space. 

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The dining area feels like an extension of the pool, with water channels on two sides.

Architect Nataniel Fúster, known for his tropical modernist style, completely reimagined a labyrinthine home in San Juan, Puerto Rico, adding a small pool and perforated walls that send geometric slats of light onto the water's surface.

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Modern Florida seaside home with epic metals roof

Florida couple John Pirman and Steve Tetreault built a new house inspired by the Sarasota School. Today’s FEMA codes required a plinth to lift the house five-and-a-half feet above grade and a roof that can withstand hurricane wind loads, making it a challenge to re-create the lightness of midcentury design, Pirman says.

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Dawn Farmer sits on the bed in the master bedroom. The white leather bed was designed by Pierre Kozely and manufactured by Della Robbia. The view carries through the master bathroom to the yard on the other side of the house.

This home in Venice Beach is clad in smooth stucco top-coated with white Venetian plaster, and has a perimeter wall made of Cor-Ten steel panels and stuccoed cinder blocks.

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Traction Architecture beach house Florida concrete hurricane proof

This angular beach home in Anna Maria Island, Florida, is constructed entirely of poured-in-place concrete.

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Desert Canopy House lap pool with Cloe chaise longues from Myyour

A lap pool runs alongside the west facade of a hybrid prefab home in Palm Springs by Sander Architects. “Our version of prefab,” explains architect Whitney Sander, “involves the use of building shells that are the ‘heavy lifting’ parts of any house: main structure, secondary structure, and (often) building skin.” Designer Catherine Holliss adds, “We didn’t want just flat stucco for this house.”

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