1. Tōrō House
Architect: Mark English Architects, Location: Woodside, California
From the architect: "Tōrō House is a renovation and addition to an existing single-family home in Woodside, California. The home sits on a hillside marking the interface between a redwood forest grove to the east and a deciduous grove and meadow to the west. The original midcentury home was laid out in an L-shaped plan around a central terrace facing a singular monumental redwood tree. The site is subject to 50-foot setbacks on all sides, and the existing home extended well into several of them. The buildable area left for an addition and pool was therefore a narrow, triangular shape bisected by an unbuildable steep slope."
Architect: Walker Warner Architects, Location: Tiburon Peninsula, California
From the architect: "The Tiburon Bay View residence is a classic and inspiring abode that embodies the contemporary through its clean lines and modern design. Nestled on an east-facing bluff of the Tiburon Peninsula, the two-story home looks out onto the San Francisco Bay, while the west side of the property provides a natural buffer from the road and neighboring houses. The secluded home was crafted to accommodate visiting friends and a multigenerational family environment, offering a harmonious balance between private spaces for relaxing and public spaces for entertaining and communal activities."
3. Strata House
Architect: SAAD, Location: Hokkaido, Japan
From the architect: "The Strata House pushes the boundaries of residential architecture with an abstracted design that’s far from typical housing tropes. Three cleanly defined rectilinear blocks stack up in a seemingly carefree manner—like children’s building blocks writ large. The site is bordered by a house on one side, another to the rear, and a view of Mt. Yotei to the front in the northeast. The house is oriented lengthwise toward the premium vista, with a cluster of existing trees tucked in-between the house and the neighbor on the side. Rather than blocking the prized mountain view, this arrangement generously shares it by allowing visual porosity through the plot."
Architect: Dimit Architects, Location: Bentleyville, Ohio
From the architect: "This new single-family residence was designed for a young family outside of Cleveland on a private, wooded lot. The home is massed about an exterior courtyard featuring a generous pool and outdoor living room with kitchen. The family loves to entertain, and they requested that the home have an easy flow between spaces. The family retained the previous home at the front of the lot, transforming it into a guest lodge and retreat space. The exterior of each structure features a natural exterior palette of stained cedar, stucco, and stone with a standing-seam metal roof."
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Architect: Gudmundur Jonsson Arkitektkontor, Location: Oslo, Norway
From the architect: "This house is not merely about aesthetics—it’s about bringing natural settings and architecture into dialog. Thus, the house itself is not taking anything away from nature—it is bringing nature back, and even emphasizing the encounter of nature."
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