1. Villa Saxo
Architect: Studio Saxe, Location: Junquillal, Costa Rica
From the architect: "The architectural strategies give way to a simple relationship between the inhabitants and the natural world that surrounds them. Views are framed, shadows explored, and the movement of wind and colors create a soft palette of authentic experiences that shape and create an acute awareness of the natural in the inhabitants."
2. RF Residence
Architect: JSa Arquitectura, Location: Mexico
From the architect: "During its design, we favored the integration of humble, yet commanding materials such as wood and raw concrete—thought of as an expression of liquid rock—to present a series of permeable and floating monoliths, that resemble preexisting natural objects in their context."
Architect: Winkelman Architecture, Location: Bridgton, Maine
From the architect: "The entry to the house cantilevers to respect tree roots, and the house’s footprint shifts and dances between the trees. In this house inspired by openness and connectivity, soft angles carve out cozy places to sit, read, listen to waves against the shoreline, and gather together as a family. The house’s materiality and character connect it to the place in which it is built and the family that loves to spend the summer playing in Maine. This home is inspired by its site, a love for beauty in design, and a family’s embrace of their summers surrounded by cedar shakes and old oaks."
Architect: Buero Wagner, Location: Bayern, Germany
From the architect: "Rural areas in Germany are often characterized by urban sprawl, faceless villages, and generic detached houses. This is especially the case for the eastern shore of Lake Ammersee, which lies inside Munich's metropolitan region. A contrast is formed by a small black house that stands out from its surroundings solely on account of its carbonized facade. Unlike typical detached homes, it is located between two existing houses, an office building, and a multifamily home. And although it directly adjoins the latter, it consciously distinguishes itself from its setting, so that it is perceived as an independent building. In this manner, a further element is added to the existing heterogeneous ensemble."
Architect: Olson Kundig, Location: Orcas Island, Washington
From the architect: "Nestled into a dense, wooded shoreline site, this intimate retreat serves as a gathering space for friends and family throughout the year, but takes particular advantage of the temperate Pacific Northwest summers. Located near the main house on a site accessed by boat, Pole Pass is situated to hug the dense woods while directing views out over the meadow and nearby harbor to the Salish Sea."
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