This traditional Tokyo home's engawa (a wide corridor, protected under eaves, that skirts the perimeters of traditional Japanese houses) needed some restorative attention—rather than opening onto a garden, it faced a blank wall. The architects behind the remodel knocked down the wall, creating a larger lot. They situated the new house on the length of the lot, alongside a new garden that extends to the original engawa.
On an undesirable lot in Mexico City, architect Yuri Zagorin Alazraki created a stacked home designed to highlight a lush garden. In the outdoor dining room, wire chairs by Harry Bertoia for Knoll surround a mango wood table made by a local carpenter, Diego Madrazo.
The United States
A couple’s retirement home on a nature preserve in Carmel, California, is designed to make the most of its setting. Accordion-like doors from NanaWall span the living and dining rooms and, during the hotter summer months, open the house to coastal breezes.
A renovated São Paulo apartment revolves around a serene terrace. Enlarged windows and strategic plantings seem to bring the garden inside.
Brod Hart's home in London’s Finsbury Park neighborhood is hidden away on a quiet street filled with the typical Victorian houses that populate the area. Indoor-outdoor living abounds, with plenty of room for entertaining, especially in the custom courtyard that has held hundreds of guests at many a party.
Cincopatasalgato designed this breezy home as a gathering place for an extended family in Santa Ana, El Salvador. The house was made from steel beams, cast concrete slabs, and a metal sheet roof. "The dining area and kitchen open north and south to capture the summer breezes during the hottest days of the year," architect Roberto Javier Dumont says.
A pre-WWII bungalow in Victoria became a bold experiment in indoor-outdoor living. In their renovation, Andrew Maynard Architects decided to leave the structure deliberately incomplete. The existing bungalow transitions into an empty frame that houses an open-air corridor.
In central Spain, a pair of architects crafted this vacation home attuned to its pastoral setting. The top floor of the two-story, 1,614-square-foot abode barely pokes above the rocky hillside it’s built into. Sliding glass walls on two sides of the main living space open to expansive cantilevered decks showcasing the bucolic landscape.