Corporate high-flyers and admitted neat freaks Bruce Thatcher and Kirsty Leighton couldn’t handle the chaos anymore. With two small boys and demanding jobs (he works in hedge funds, she’s a PR executive), they craved order, light, and space but were prepared to settle for a washing machine. In came architect William Tozer with a plan that inserted clean white planes into the envelope of their Victorian terrace house in London. Photo by Matthew Williams.
Casa Delpin, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, is fronted by perforated concrete panels. Photo by Raimund Koch.
Tall and surprisingly open, the Tel Aviv Town House by Pitsou Kedem Architects continues in the tradition of its Bauhaus-inspired neighbors with a white facade and black window frames. Photo by Amit Geron.
In 1962, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill architect Arthur Witthoefft won the AIA's highest honor for a home he built in the lush woods of Westchester County. Having fended off a developer's wrecking ball, Todd Goddard and Andrew Mandolene went above and beyond to make this manse mint again. Photo by Jason Schmidt.
Richard Meier's Douglas House is a clear nod to Les Terrasses, a 1928 residence created by Le Corbusier in Garches, France. Shared elements include curved walls, spatial ambiguities, and a planar white facade. Photo by Dean Kaufman.
Yurika Ninomiya says good morning to busy central Nagoya from her third-floor bedroom while husband Takuya opens up the shop and gallery that they run below. Photo by Takashi Homma.
For argument's sake, let's call it a pool facade: A bright white wall surrounds the pool at a house at the base of Echo Mountain in Phoenix by Wendell Burnette. Photo by Dean Kaufman.
A long, low, bright response to the rugged landscape, Doug Paton and Stacey Chapman Paton’s house by architect Maurice McKenzie is a linear white exercise in modern entertaining. Photo by JUCO.
For the duo of young architects behind the firm Atherton Keener, the harsh, ever-changing light of Phoenix, Arizona, desert served as inspiration for their minimal and malleable home. The exterior of the house consists of sandblasted masonry and Ferrari shade sails stretched on a steel frame. Photo by Ye Rin Mok.