Wedged between the jungle and the sea, the Ocean Eye House adopts a modular design to take advantage of the Costa Rican landscape. The structure is comprised of a series of terraces. Fitted with folding wood doors, rooms can be closed off for privacy or opened up to the views of both the Pacific Oceans and the tropical forest. These openings were intentionally placed to increase airflow for a natural cooling system. The upper level creates a series of covered patios on the ground floor. Comprised of the main living spaces, this level extends directly out to a massive swimming pool overlooking the below.
Not a single bolder was harmed during the construction of the Truckee Creek House. Located on a rocky plot in California, the home weaves its way around the natural landscape of the site. The exterior is clad in a mixture of concrete and steel, a palette that compliments the surrounding rocks and evergreen forest. Similar materials are found throughout the interior where large panels of glazing highlight the existing boulders like fine art. Rock gardens and pebble terraces add to the native scenery while completing the zen-like atmosphere.
Ascending up 13 floors, the One-Room House is designed as a continuous spiral. The dwelling is housed in a narrow metal shell. Although privacy is minimal, the interior is free of partitions. Rather than separate rooms, the open space is divided by levels. The platforms are made from corrugated-metal and are supported by a mixture of roof beams and steel pipes. White paint creates a uniform palette throughout. A series of wooden steps add a subtle warmth while also joining each tier, ultimately ending at a rooftop terrace.
Extending up from a converted factory building in London, the Union Wharf Rooftop Dwelling is the re-imagination of an old conservatory. The transformation of the upper level was inspired by the passing canal boats, creating a palette of timber and steel. An oak and ash-lined interior is washed in natural light by a glazed facade, which also slides open to a terrace overlooking the Regents Canal. The ground level is influenced by the building’s industrial heritage. The original concrete soffit was left exposed, mirrored by a polished concrete flooring. While the living space has an open concept, textured sliding glass partitions separate the space from an adjacent playroom. Wood cabinets add warmth to the kitchen and complete the interior’s minimalist aesthetic.
Built in 1963, the residence was designed by John Lautner. It appears to emerge from the sandstone hillside like a mid-century modern cave, a signature of Lautner’s taught to him by his mentor Frank Lloyd Wright. From the inside out, the architect had a hand in every inch of the home. He even designed the furniture, lighting, and rugs, which we’re sure really tied the room together. Having been the home of Jackie Treehorn in The Big Lebowsk, the dwelling is fit for a porn magnate and loanshark with drinking glass skylights in the living room, floor-to-ceiling glazing, and a swimming pool overlooking the Los Angeles skyline.
Cascading down a steep slope on the coast of Chile, the Ghat House is inspired by the topography of the land. The large slanted roof is supported by 15 pillars. Each one is unique in form, softening the monolithic presence of the concrete structure. The majority of the living spaces are found within this diagonal plane creating varying heights throughout the interior. These spaces are accessed by a series of floating staircases. Contrasting wooden volumes housing the bedrooms separate the private areas from the communal spaces. Vast expanses of glazing interrupt the two main materials allowing for panoramic vistas of the Pacific Ocean.
Just off the main house on a property in Brazil, concrete gets fancy for this swanky poolside annex. The Casa Elache is constructed from board-form concrete and glass. Left exposed to the interior, the concrete creates a unique texture, offset by the warmth of Italian walnut panels. The space is comprised of a living area, dining room, and kitchen. Its linear layout runs parallel to the adjacent indoor swimming pool. Encased in sliding glass panels, the room opens to the outdoors, granting direct access to the pool. On the opposite side, a covered terrace offers a place to enjoy views of the garden or take in the night’s sky through a gap in the canopy above.
You can 3D print just about anything these days and now you can add a house to the list. The first of its kind, the Icon 3D-Printed House was spawned from the desire to provide shelter for the 1 billion people on the planet that don’t have a place to call home. A collaboration with the non-profit New Story, the structures will be printed on a mobile printer called the Vulcan. It not only has the ability to produce an 800 square foot home but can do so in less than 24 hours and for a fraction of the cost of traditional construction. While the main goal is to help solve the global housing crisis, they also plan to use local labor, creating jobs in the process.
Drawing inspiration from traditional Estonian customs, the Muraste Cottage is a modern forest dwelling. The home consists of three units. The two housing the main living area and the bedroom are directly linked. A central terrace connects the main house to the detached sauna. While the former’s facade is left in its natural state, the sauna is set apart with a tar oil finish. The contemporary approach continues in the interior with white walls and minimal furnishings. North-facing panels are fitted with large glazed panels, revealing views of the Baltic Sea.
With a palette of cedar and glass, the Woodland House fades into the forest landscape. It’s situated on a wooded plateau. Comprised of three realms, the home is organized around an entry courtyard. The lawn leads to a glazed entrance, linking the structure’s sections. Internally, warm walnut floors and exposed beams compliment the scenery. White walls act as a backdrop to views of the neighboring lakeshore, framed in by floor to ceiling windows. While most of the building blends into its surroundings with a dark-stained cedar facade, a mirror-clad shed reflects the trees, almost disappearing into the woodland setting.