Architectural harmony defines this family’s wood, glass, and steel home near Lake Tahoe. The kitchen, dining, and living areas occupy a soaring, open volume, defined by exposed structural steel beams and columns. Wood, concrete, hot-rolled steel, and glass set the tone for what the interior designer calls “a pared-down sense of order.”
In the Napa Valley, Walker Warner Architects crafted modern wine tasting pavilions designed to blend in with the bucolic California landscape. "Our response was a series of three 250-square-foot open air roofed structures, set amid the oak forest on a ridge-line overlooking the rolling vineyard-covered hills and the lake beyond," they say. "The clean, modern lines and visual simplicity of the pavilions serve as a backdrop to the tasting experience and as a frame to the landscape beyond while also sheltering visitors from the elements."
A crushed stone path links the pavilions; the floor is made from tinted concrete; a fly-ash concrete wall custom colored to match the soil blocks the wind; the casework is composed of sinker cypress wood reclaimed from Louisiana swamps; the retaining walls are made from locally quarried stone. Lutkso Associates served as the landscape architects for the pavilions.
An architect immersed in the history of California modernism restored this nondescript Los Angeles ranch house bordering a celebrated midcentury neighborhood. In the backyard, branched aluminum dining chairs by Janus et Cie reference what architect Cory Buckner calls the “magical forest” protecting the rear of the 13,000-square-foot lot.
Architect Cary Tamarkin designed his family's summer house for snoozing. “It lends itself to massive relaxing,” he says of the 2,800-square-foot cottage on Shelter Island overlooking Long Island Sound. “There's lots of napping, and big dinners on the teak tables out on the porch.” The exterior is clad in 100-year-old cypress meticulously crafted for the home by former shipbuilder George Velmachos of Wright and Company. Image courtesy Architects and Artisans.
Four structures situated on a wooded strip of Chappaquiddick Island in Massachusetts celebrate their stunning natural surroundings. The dining area sits adjacent to the kitchen, defined by three glass walls that open the room completely to the elements, while the roof still provides shelter and shade. A long, family-style dining table made by furnituremaker Larry Hepler anchors the space.