Set on the Greek island of Paros, the Houses A2 transforms the ruins of two rental studios into a pair of impressive holiday homes. The new residences take on a modern, cubic form offering a sleek reinterpretation of traditional Cycladic architecture. Its interior layout if flipped, placing the guest rooms on the ground floor and the living spaces above to maximize views of the sea. Much of the exterior is wrapped in a slatted pergola. The expansive shelter offers protection from the sun and wind allowing guests to take advantage of the outdoors all year long.
Located an hour southwest of Glasgow, Scotland sits Hendrick’s brand new Gin Palace. The custom-designed complex falls neatly in line with the brand’s modern use of Victorian design on their packaging, complete with a walled garden that leads to a Victorian inspired palm house. Two new still houses that churn out every drop of Hendrick’s are the centerpiece of the new compound that houses all six of the distillery’s stills, including an antique copper pot still that dates back to 1860. Two botanical hot houses help cultivate the unique ingredients that go into each bottle of Hendricks, while Master Distiller Lesley Gracie dreams up new recipes in the lab that includes an extensive flavor library, a lecture theatre, and a bar.
Perched on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Sea Ranch Retreat is a modern interpretation of the Sonoma County community homes from the 1960s. The cedar-clad getaway is comprised of two wings angled at the water. Connected by a corrugated steel walkway, one unit is reserved for the bedrooms while the other is comprised of the living spaces. Each one features a minimalist aesthetic with plywood lined walls and concrete floors. Generous amounts of glazing warm the interior with the coastal sun and highlight views of the California landscape. The site’s towering mature trees were preserved to protect the outdoor patios from the noisy highway, allowing for a peaceful area to enjoy glimpses of both the forest and the sea.
Surrounded by hiking trails, lakes, and lagoons, Casa R is an adventurer’s getaway. The classic A-frame is hidden in the woods of southern Chile. Its blackened timber facade blends into its forest setting. A traditional chiflonera acts as a woodshed while providing entry to the two-story cabin. Its compact interior is laid out in an open floor plan with the common areas below and a sleeping mezzanine above. A wall of windows afford views of the natural scenery to both levels while welcoming in natural light. Each floor opens out to a terrace, where glimpses of the valley can be admired from beneath the shelter of the oversized roof.
The Forest House makes its home in the coastal region of La Costa, Argentina. Surrounded by native acacia trees and maritime pines, the board-formed concrete residence manages its sloped plot with a series of cascading structures. The three volumes are staggered along the gradient, creating multiple courtyards in between each unit. At the top of the hill are the bedrooms. As you descend through the exposed-concrete interior, a small set of stairs leads to the kitchen and dining area. The lowest point of the house is reserved for the main living area. While west-facing windows provide views of the scenery, a massive covered terrace on the northern end extends the gathering spaces to the outdoors among the towering treescapes.
Going to the movies is an experience of its own but the Delphi Lux Cinema adds another layer. Located in Berlin’s City West district, the building offers seven distinct theaters. Their personalities are on display as soon as you enter the lobby with exteriors ranging from pink diamond shaped tiles to knotted pinewood. Inside, every auditorium is branded with its own mix of LED lights and geometric patterns. The hue of the neon glow varies from room to room, giving each one a unique, futuristic atmosphere.
Placed among the wild roses of St. Andrews By-the-Sea, the Rose Coast House is a New Brunswick retreat overlooking Passamaquoddy Bay. The home takes shape as a traditional Irish farmhouse, an ode to the owner’s family heritage. It’s organized as a series of interconnected gabled volumes, with the private areas occupying one side and the public spaces on the other. The two wings are joined by a glass walkway while locally quarried stone and milled cedar clad the remainder of the exterior. As you pass through the interior, the same rustic material palette runs throughout giving the retreat an authentic cottage feel. At the rear, the inside opens up to the exterior with a full-height glazed facade. The walls of windows not only flood the living spaces with natural light but also expose it to views across the bay to Minister’s Island and the van Horne bathhouse.
Resting on a wooded slope, the Valley of the Moon Retreat is a summer refuge in the canopies of Sonoma. The board-form concrete and timber home is constructed from a series of volumes. Arranged in a U-shape, the network of structures sit on a concrete plinth forming a central courtyard that faces the forest. The platform extends to create an infinity pool and spa overlooking the valley below. internally, the living spaces wrap around the outdoor terrace. A minimalist atmosphere is established through white walls and contemporary furnishings including the cantilevered bunk beds that put a modern twist on the traditional camp bunkrooms. This restrained palette allows the surrounding treetops to take center stage from the large expanses of glazing found throughout the interior.
A 1955 grain silo transitions into a new phase as a two-story tiny home. Located in Phoenix’s Garfield Historic District, the corrugated steel shell retains its original agrarian form. New openings break up the formerly opaque facade, giving the structure a more residential aesthetic. Inside, any trace of grain has been completely wiped out and replaced with 340-square-feet of living space. The circular ground floor is occupied by a kitchen, sitting room, and dining area. A curved sliding glass door washes the room in natural light while expanding the modest interior to an outdoor terrace. A black metal spiral staircase leads to a lofted bedroom. Lined entirely in walnut millwork, the room is a warm, inviting place to cozy up for the night.
Combining sustainable design and a rustic material palette, the Tumble Creek Cabin is a net-zero mountain retreat. The vacation home is nestled within Washington State’s Cascade Mountains. Known for its extreme winters, designers had to use a mixture of solar panels, passive solar strategies, and a Tesla Powerwall to allow the residence to operate off-grid. While the oversize sloped roof gives the exterior a modern silhouette, it also filters the sun during the winter and summer months to help heat and cool the house, while its large overhangs offer a sheltered outdoor area. The contemporary exterior is clad in stone, Cor-ten steel, and reclaimed barn wood to compliment the rugged setting. These materials were left exposed to the interior where faulted ceiling make room for open living spaces and a massive board-formed concrete fireplace. Vast expanses of glazing bring in the warm sunshine as well as affording views of the wooded landscape.