Perched above a lake on Australia’s verdant Mornington Peninsula, James and Imogen Tutton’s teak-clad house was designed by Karen Alcock of Melbourne-based MA Architects.
After sundown, this Yucca Valley home seems to dematerialize into a dark expanse. For that reason, the homeowners have likened the living room to a campsite.
This scenic Wisconsin home enjoys immersive views of the surrounding grasslands. An Arco floor lamp from Flos arches over a Bend sofa by Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia. A pair of Low Pad chairs by Jasper Morrison and a Sunset chair by Christophe Pillet, all for Cappellini, are arranged around a set of Pebble coffee tables by Ligne Roset.
These two linked 1,000-square-foot pavilions are greater than a sum of their parts; “Creating efficient space is valuable, but for us, rooms that offer visual and spatial continuity with nature are also important,” architect Julie Dowling explains. “When the sliding doors are open, the living room and kitchen double in size.”
lbert and Frances Paley had approached Carmel-based architect John Thodos to create a “Zen” space for conversation and contemplation on the second level of their midcentury home. Working around some tough building codes, Thodos designed an expansive jewel-box pavilion atop the original residence with uninterrupted 360-degree views.
Working with a limited footprint, a daunting slope, and killer views, architect Bruce Bolander went vertical with this secluded canyon house in Malibu. The sofa and lights in the open-plan living, dining, and kitchen area are vintage.
Atelier Oslo overcame nature’s challenges when they designed Cabin Norderhov, a seasonal, eco-friendly retreat on a steep hillside overlooking Lake Steinsfjorden.