Wittman Estes brightens up 1960s home in the Pacific Northwest

A rooftop deck, an overhauled kitchen and ample glazing are among the notable features in a 50-year-old dwelling in Washington that has been renovated by US firm Wittman Estes Architecture + Landscape. The project, Mercer Modern, takes its name from its location – Mercer Island, a land mass in a freshwater lake just west of […]

Paul Rudolph’s Walker Guest House in coastal Florida goes up for auction

A red “cannonball” pulley system is among the distinctive features of a 1950s beach house by American architect Paul Rudolph that will be auctioned off next week by Sotheby’s. The Walker Guest House is a highlight of a design auction held twice yearly by Sotheby‘s, which is headquartered in New York. During the Important Design […]

The Ranch Mine creates modern courtyard home in the Arizona desert

American studio  The Ranch Mine has completed a residence in Phoenix that features a mix of gabled and flat volumes wrapped in corrugated metal, white stucco and honey-toned wood. The Pleats house is located near the Dreamy Draw Mountain Preserve, just north of Uptown Phoenix. The clients – proud owners of two rescue dogs – […]

Clayton & Little carefully updates mid-century Balcones Residence in Austin

Original brickwork, mahogany panelling and a new guest casita are featured in this 1950s Texas dwelling that has been meticulously renovated by local studio Clayton & Little. The Balcones Residence was originally designed by Roland Roessner, a University of Texas professor and prominent architect of modern-style homes. The brick dwelling sits adjacent to an historic […]

Skylights create rainbow patterns inside cedar-covered Cocoon House by Nina Edwards Anker

Coloured skylights offer rainbow-hued illuminations on one side of this holiday cottage that Nina Edwards Anker has designed in Long Island, while the other is covered in cedar shingles. Architect and designer Edwards Anker, who runs New York’s Nea Studio, completed the Cocoon House in Southampton, a seaside town on the South Fork of Long […]

CLB situates Queen’s Lane Pavilion between two creeks on remote Wyoming site

Perforated metal screens and glazed walls define the exterior of this low-lying house in the American West, which was designed by CLB Architects to preserve wetlands and wildlife habitat. The Queen’s Lane Pavilion is part of a 180-acre (73-hectare) property in Jackson, a small town in western Wyoming. Over the past 20-plus years, local architecture […]

Spanish Colonial house in Los Angeles receives major update by Síol Studios

California firm Síol Studios has maintained the historical character of a 1920s dwelling while adding contemporary elements, including an eclectic array of furnishings and artwork. Encompassing 1,848 square feet (172 square metres), the Genesee project was designed for Sonya Yu and Zack Lara, a San Francisco couple with two children. They desired a second home […]

Gammel Dam by CCY Architects embraces rugged setting in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains

Wooden cladding and large stretches of glass form the facades of this residence by CCY Architects, which is angled downward to follow the gentle slope of the terrain. Designed for a couple, the Gammel Dam house is located in Colorado‘s Pitkin County, near the rural community of Snowmass. The dwelling sits on a 12-acre (five-hectare) […]

Wittman Estes tucks Hood Cliff Retreat into a coastal forest in Washington

Low-lying volumes topped with overhanging roofs form this holiday home in the Pacific Northwest, which was designed by US studio Wittman Estes for a family of impassioned naturalists. The Hood Cliff Retreat sits on a wooded site overlooking the Hood Canal, a natural waterway in the Puget Sound. The project, designed by Seattle firm Wittman […]

Geodesic dome cabin in New England gets major overhaul by Jess Cooney

Large triangular windows bring daylight into this dome house in western Massachusetts, which has received an extensive makeover by local firm Jess Cooney Interiors. Built in the 1980s, the cabin is located on a lakefront site in Becket, a town in the pastoral Berkshires region. The house takes the form of a geodesic dome – […]

Magdalena Keck fuses Japanese and Danish design in Upstate New York home

New York interior designer Magdalena Keck has outfitted a holiday home in a Catskill Mountains development to create a “harmony” between Japanese minimalism, mid-century design and American crafts. Created as a weekend getaway for a family that lives in New York City, the 3,000-square-foot (278-square-metre) house is set between woods and a meadow, and complete […]

Olson Kundig creates wooden home on Washington archipelago for art collector

Seattle architecture firm Olson Kundig included pivoting doors and sliding shutters in this waterfront home in the Pacific Northwest, designed for a resident with a large art collection. False Bay House is nestled in a quiet bay in the San Juan Islands, an archipelago of Washington state that is near to Victoria city in British […]

Thayer Brick House is hidden behind a brick screen

American firms Brooks + Scarpa and Studio Dwell have created a suburban Chicago home with an inner courtyard  screened from the road by “vertical twisting columns” of brick. The Thayer Brick House sits on a leafy street in Evanston, a college town just north of Chicago. Designed for an investment banker, the dwelling occupies a […]

Bates Masi designs slatted wooden home for sailing family on Annapolis waterfront

Architecture studio Bates Masi Architects has used sliding doors, decks and balconies to open up this slatted wooden home in Annapolis, Maryland to the nearby water. The New York firm designed the property on the Chesapeake Bay in Acton Cove, Maryland’s capital city, which is home to the US Naval Academy and regarded as America’s […]

Studio Rick Joy tops Bayhouse in New England with a massive slate roof

American architecture firm Studio Rick Joy has designed a waterfront New England residence with an expansive roof and dramatic wood ceilings inside. Bayhouse is a three-bedroom home by Studio Rick Joy on the northeast seaboard of the US. Based in Tucson, Arizona, the firm designed the house on a beachfront property with a massive roof,  […]

Alexander Wu designs himself a house on tiny plot in Atlanta

Atlanta architect Alexander Wu chose one of the city’s smallest properties to build this home for his family. The two-bedroom home was a self-initiated project by Alexander Wu, who started up his architectural practice Alex Wu Architect in 2016. Wu was looking to expand his practice with residential work. His career previously focussed on institutional work while […]

Hillside Sanctuary by Hoedemaker Pfeiffer offers elevated views of coastal Washington

American firm Hoedemaker Pfeiffer used stone, wood and glass to create a main dwelling and guest house for a steep, forested site in the Pacific Northwest overlooking the ocean. Hillside Sanctuary is located on a remote site in the San Juan Islands, which lie just off the coast of northern Washington. Seattle firm Hoedemaker Pfeiffer […]

OJT creates Bastion Community housing complex for war veterans in New Orleans

New Orleans firm Office of Jonathan Tate has transformed a vacant, tree-studded site into a residential complex for soldiers and their families, with dwellings arranged in a way that aims to foster social bonding and prevent isolation. The Bastion Community development is located in Gentilly, a suburban neighbourhood largely dominated by single-family homes. The project […]

Four granny flats in Los Angeles that make the most of a back garden

The Los Angeles Design Festival is spotlighting architect-designed granny flats with a series of tours this week. Here are look at four of the city‘s best. ADUs, or Assisted Dwelling Units, have become more popular in California since it made changes to state laws. Facing housing shortages and rising rents prices, the state wanted to […]

J_Spy uses concrete blocks to form Catskills House in the New York countryside

The husband-and-wife team behind American firm J_Spy have created a retreat for their family in Upstate New York that features a compact interior and basic materials like concrete masonry and standing-seam metal. Envisioned as a weekend gateway for the urban family, the Catskills House is located in Sullivan County, an area known for its rolling […]

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