Located in Australia’s capital city Canberra, the Red Hill House is a lesson in simple sophistication. Its minimalist exterior is formed by a series of interlocking rectangular volumes. A row of hedges conceals the geometric exterior from the street creating an entry from a forecourt. Internally, a double-height foyer leads to the main living area. Stark white walls and limestone floors produce a singular palette that is complemented by dark stained American oak and contemporary fixtures. While an intersecting pavilion extends toward the tennis court to house a garage, a loggia provides access to a pool and steam room. Walls of glazing inserted throughout the interior slide open, expanding the indoors out to a park-like garden with terraced lawns and reflection ponds.
In April, Notre-Dame caught fire during a renovation and continued to burn for over 15 hours. Much of the cathedral was damaged including the roof and the 19th-century timber spire but not beyond repair. While the beloved 850-year-old landmark awaits restoration, Gensler has designed a temporary place of worship for the people of Paris and its visitors. The proposed interim structure will be located in the cathedral’s Parvis Square just outside the church and will feature a rectangular charred timber frame to represent the ancient beams lost to the flames. Wrapped in translucent polycarbonate walls and an ethylene tetrafluoroethylene cushioned roof, the transparent facade will flood the chapel with natural light to provide an ethereal atmosphere while at the same time, keeping the focus on Notre-Dame itself.
Before her death in 2016, Zaha Hadid had multiple projects in the works. Among them was The Opus — home of the first ME by Melia hotel in the Middle East. The only building design by the Dame in Dubai, the free-form glass and steel structure is located in the city’s Burj Khalifa district. It bears the architect’s signature sculpted style, resembling a cube with its center carved out. The central void creates two, tower-like volumes connected by a three-story bridge. Along with the 100 rooms and 60 apartments for the hotel, the Opus will also offer 12 restaurants, a rooftop bar, and 56,000-square-feet of office space.
Combing the calming scenery of Joshua Tree and sleek, minimalist design, this modern retreat is the ideal solution for the hassles of urban life. The desert dwelling is situated on a sandy plot. An office area cantilevers over a natural slope, propped up in a foundation of stilts. Wrapped in floor-to-ceiling glazing, the interior is surrounded by views of the mountainous landscape while a concrete facade offers protection from the harsh sun and wind. The entire home operates off-grid and is powered by solar panels and a battery back-up system.
The landscapes surrounding Norway’s Halvarøy Island are nothing short of awe-inspiring. The Efjord Retreat Cabin ensures the attention stays of the surreal scenery with an angular design. Integrated into the natural slope of the terrain, the dwelling is comprised of two volumes clad in iron sulfate-treated core pinewood. Each one is positioned in a way to allow floor-to-ceiling glazing to take advantage of the mountain vistas and the Ofoten fiord to the west. Its interior features natural materials including birch and granite and offers two bedrooms, open living spaces, and, of course, an aspen-lined sauna.
Placed throughout the Nordkette mountain range, the Path of Perspectives Viewpoint offers unique outlooks on the Austrian Alps. The trail begins at the Seegrube cable car station 1,905 meters above sea level. Along the 1.7-mile walkway, a series of 10 architectural elements have been integrated into the terrain to accentuate views of the surrounding scenery. Each one is made from Corten steel, giving them a weathered finish that blends into the grassy hillsides and feature quotes from the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein engraved into the panels. Along with a perch highlighting Langer Sattel and Frau Hitt peaks and an amphitheater embedded into “Big Stone,” the path features a cantilevered platform that suspends hikers over the hillside for surreal vistas of Inn Valley below.
Placed in an abandoned quarry neighboring Brecon Beacons National Park, the House for a Photographer is inspired by the dweller’s craft. The long, rectangular form resembles the darkened box of a camera obscura. Its concrete and red oxidized steel shell sits lightly on the site, elevated on a foundation of stilts to not disrupt the natural landscape. A steel bridge leads to an interior that features four bedrooms, a dark room, and library, while a concealed door opens to a hidden outdoor cigar room. A combination of natural light and minimalist design throughout shape an ideal space for creating and displaying art. On the end of the structure, a wall of glazing acts as a lens capturing views of the surrounding nature.
Every year, around 200,000 tourists hike up Noway’s Preikestolen to get a glimpse of the incredible views. The Cliff Concept Boutique Hotel wants to give those travelers an extended stay on the edge of the 1,982-foot bluff. Anchored to the rock face, the five-tier structure would cantilever over the Lysefjorden Fjord where rounded balconies will overlook the Scandes scenery. What makes this hotel a potential bucket-list item is its pool. Suspended over the water, the infinity pool features transparent walls that give swimmers a birds-eye-view of the landscape below.
Located on the coast of Brazil’s São Paulo, the MH House is settled within the dense Atlantic forest. The home interacts with its surrounding with a free-flowing design. Glazed doors slide open to create a seamless transition from the main living area to a large outdoor terrace for open-air living. Immersed in lush vegetation, the external space offers a tranquil atmosphere for swimming and lounging. While the construction and the aesthetic of the dwelling are modern, natural materials including wood-lined interiors, sawed granite floors, and a charred timber cladding harmonize with the local landscape.
Surrounded by grassy pastures occupied by horses and cattle, the Red Hill Farm House offers a modern complement to the bucolic landscape. The home takes on a low, ranch-style profile, much like the area’s rural vernacular architecture, while black timber cladding gives the exterior a minimalist update. Comprised of three pavilions, the u-shaped dwelling is arranged around a central courtyard. The outdoor space leads into the main living area where steel, polished concrete, and cool gray hues add to the contemporary aesthetic. Comprised of an open concept, floor-to-ceiling glazing affords the interior views over the farmland as well as offering glimpses of the Mornington Peninsula coastline in the distance.