This traditional bungalow in Australia had beautiful bones but some major problems, including a poorly designed addition to the back that had to be removed. In its place, Tribe Studio designed a gray brick box that connects directly to the garden. “It’s a great house for a young family—playful, practical and different,” architect Hannah Tribe says. “You can sit on the windowsill in the sun and feed the baby, kids can climb in and out, often through the windows, and you can see everything that is going on.”
Architect William Massie’s personal prefab project takes the mass out of mass customization to create a one-of-a-kind wonder. Seen from the outside, angular slits offer tantalizing glimpses of the home's interior.
At this suburban bungalow in Minneapolis, a perforated wall facing the neighbors’ backyard offers a great deal of diffuse light while still managing to conceal the residents’ boudoir from prying eyes.
This Decatur, Georgia, house is all about angles, but the architect added some whimsy to the facade with a fleet of portholes on the side.
A dazzling display of colored windows wraps the custom-furniture-filled Venice, California, home of architect Lorcan O’Herlihy.
The Pine Plains, New York, home of Elise and Arnold Goodman boasts 48 windows, the largest of which measures 8'6'' by 7'6''. As architect Preston Scott Cohen explains, the "free facade makes it impossible to identify how many levels there are, or even to tell the difference between a door and a window." From without, the windows reveal dramatic glimpses of the 18th-century barn farm and new steel structure that support the house. From within, says Elise, "Each season, each time of day, offers a different view of the world. It's spectacular."