The defining gesture of a house on the Big Island of Hawaii by architect Craig Steely is a 139-foot-long, four-foot-tall concrete beam spanning the roof. Owners Craig Mayer and Rick Penland relax on the lanai, or porch.
Sebastian Mariscal and Jeff Svitak created a house in Venice, California, for Michael and Tamami Sylvester. Known as Dwell Home Venice for its role as an exemplification of modern architecture, the house is an homage to indoor-outdoor living. Photo by Coral von Zumwalt.
This renovated Los Angeles bungalow may be modest, but an 11-foot-tall and 26-foot-long glass wall that slides completely away into a closet and opens up the entire living space to the outdoors makes it as dramatic as any of the mansions across town.
By pooling their resources and giving their architect complete creative control, two busy Mexico City–based brothers built this high-design vacation home in Cocoyoc for just $70 per square foot.
This vacation home in Paraparaumu, New Zealand—a 45-minute drive north of Wellington on the North Island’s west coast—opens onto a wooden deck and wide steps hat lead to a lawn and a short path to the sea.
This family beach house on Anna Maria Island, Florida, is essentially a bunker on the beach: Its structure and envelope are constructed entirely of poured-in-place concrete to resist hurricane force winds while enabling dramatic cantilevers and unobstructed views of the Gulf of Mexico.
This family home in Culver City, California, has sliding glass doors that connect the living room to an engawa deck.
This house in Winter Park, Florida, was designed to integrate the kitchen, living, and dining rooms with a patio and swimming pool out back.