Architect: Miró Rivera Architects, Location: Austin, Texas
From the architect: "Taking advantage of its unique site in Austin’s eclectic Travis Heights neighborhood on the southern shores of Lady Bird Lake, the Edgecliff Residence is a play on contrasts: light and shadow, open and closed, organic and orthogonal. Designed for a couple of empty nesters on a modest budget, the home’s contemporary aesthetic is balanced by the desire to respect the scale of the existing neighborhood."
Architect: Heliotrope Architects, Location: Seattle, Washington
From the architect: "Tucked into a small city lot along the water’s edge, the house was designed to live like a studio loft for a bachelor who values privacy, a central location to reside in the city, and a convenient spot to park the float plane. Water-side, the house becomes more transparent, with views over the houseboats of Portage Bay, the University of Washington, and the Cascade Mountains. Living, cooking, and sleeping all occur in one volume distributed over two floors sized and shaped to envelop the occupant in a protective refuge."
Architect: Works Office, Location: Water Mill, New York
From the architect: "The objective with this property, a 60,000-square-foot area of land next to a bay in Long Island, was to provide for a new garage and a new pergola at the existing tennis court, and to unify the property with a singular effort using the landscape. Designed in conjunction with landscape designer Joel Loblaw, Inc., the approach lies along the home’s western edge, allowing one to travel a portion of its perimeter prior to making the slight descent to the garage. The materials and form of the garage draw from the materials and form of the original house, while making for a clean and crisp contrast. The interior features exposed, milled cypress framing, and the east wall and clerestory are composed of cellular polycarbonate."
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Architect: Didonè Comacchio Architects, Location: Cassola, Italy
From the architect: "This contemporary villa located in the Venetian countryside is divided into three main blocks—a living area, a sleeping area, and an ancillary area—divided by corridors that frame views of the surrounding landscape. The three volumes are linked by a large, flat roof. A parallelepiped emerges from the roof, highlighting the double height of the living room and enhancing its importance as center of the house. Two large openings fill the space with shifting natural light all day long."
5. Wave House
Architect: Olson Kundig, Location: Mercer Island, Washington
From the architect: "This single-family home for a couple with young children provides an open, flexible living space that supports family life, as well as an adjacent workshop and garage for the owner’s avid interest in car restoration. Gently curved roof forms are inspired by the topography of the site and Lake Washington’s undulating shoreline, creating a sculptural grouping of buildings on the site. A light approach to the landscape preserves the site’s existing trees, including a Japanese maple that frames the front entry."
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