To reshape an undistinguished shipping and receiving room turned into an apartment in Red Hook, Brooklyn, resident Wilmot Kidd hired designer and builder Eric Wolf. After reconfiguring the sleeping loft, enlarging the only window, adding a dining area and even a guest room, Kidd is finally at home. Wolf mounted a platform for Kidd's video projector in the main living space.
Leaving the bustle of Washington, D.C., architect Joe Day and his wife return to California and discover that life in a single-family dwelling isn't as isolated as they had feared. In renovating the previously dark and cellular home, Day tore out many of the original interior walls and replaced them with planes of sandblasted reeded glass and trans-lucent acrylic. Now the rooms flow into each other and out onto terraces in front and a shady garden in back. The living room/screening room opens onto a terrace above a reconstructed garage.
After happening upon a worn-down two-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn, a family of three began a total rehaul thanks to an attractive pricetag. Walls were moved, the bathroom was gutted, the kitchen became a galley, and the two bedrooms were made especially spacious thanks to wall-mounted Murphy beds. A custom-made sliding door closes off the bedroom when privacy is needed, which doubles as a backdrop for a projector in the main living space.
Architect Christoph Kaiser turned a dismantled grain silo, purchased online from a Kansas farmer, into a cozy studio in Phoenix, Arizona. The 190-square-foot space is outfitted with a highly customized interior that serves as a comfortable home for him and his wife. Upstairs is a sleeping loft, accessible by a spiral staircase. A digital projector makes it possible for the couple to watch movies against the opposite wall.
With time and space as opponents, architect Sebastian Mariscal put his plan into action for his family's home in downtown San Diego. The design challenge was to fit everything they needed into a tiny space; they also needed to create two houses on a single lot to make the project work financially. Using all the lot had to offer, Mariscal innovatively creates a home fit for his family of four, complete with a living room that transforms into a home theater.
In 2008, architect William Massie completed the first home to come off of his factory’s highly idiosyncratic production line. An all-white, superbly elegant, 2,500-square-foot modernist box, the steel-framed house is easily recognizable for its roof line that parabolically plunges at one point to form a dimple. The inner dimple, which houses a bathroom and separates the entrance from the living space, has an unexpected secondary role as a screen for film projections, giving the house a sci-fi glow.
Once a split-level jumble of claustrophobic, dark rooms, this renovated Telegraph Hill house in San Francisco now offers a clear sight line from the patio straight through the kitchen, dining room, sitting area, and spare room to the street-facing window. To keep clutter to a minimum upstairs, the wall does double duty as a movie screen.
Built for a young family of Spartan-minded clients, architect Felix Oesch's spare, concrete prefab outside of Zurich is a marvel of clean living. Upon entering the home, one arrives into a huge kitchen, dining, and living space that Oesch describes as “a strange kind of church,” and which provides a panoramic view of the Rhine and neighboring woods. At the bottom of the stairs is a second living space, where they prefer to use a projector to watch movies.