Architect: Dutton Architects, Location: Los Angeles, California
From the architect: "Our client, head of a music recording company, for whom we had designed a couple very modern projects, bought a historic adobe house by John Byers, one of the preeminent architects of Los Angeles in the first half of the twentieth century. Dutton Architects relished the challenge of respecting the history and craft of the original, yet through additions and renovations, making it livable for twenty-first-century living. The restoration of the original was guided by the consultant that oversees the Getty Trust’s adobe restoration projects."
2. Taula House
Architect: M Gooden Design, Location: Dallas, Texas
From the architect: "Guided by the Hindu architecture principles of Vastu shastra, this modern dwelling expresses a balance between traditional beliefs and contemporary ideologies of design. Symmetry, directional alignments, spatial geometry, and delicate detailing were all paramount to the design success of the project. The exterior façade is clad with precast concrete, weathered steel, and dark grey basalt stone. Accents of Brazilian Ipe siding, polished stucco, and zinc composite panel complete the material palette ensemble. A minimalist approach to interior finishes focuses attention on the architecture and precise detailing of the house. Highlights of the exterior palette make their way into the house with a refined use of weathered steel panels and basalt stone floors and walls. Overall, Taula House reflects the family’s love for entertainment and the importance of peaceful seclusion. There is a graceful mix of public and private—both gathering and intimate spaces. Bold expression and materiality is not lost on this house, yet there is calmness in the beauty."
Architect: Gosende Salvado Studio, Location: Valencia, Spain
From the architect: "The project is about creating a space that could work as a home and a creative studio as well. The client is a person with a certain interest in experimentation but having at the same time a deep respect for the context and tradition. The main guidelines are focused on taking advantage of the location and the apartment’s qualities, besides looking for a language that puts it in connection with the Carmen's history. Since each opening is facing a particular city icon, the main action relies on creating a series of spaces that dialogues with them. All of them different from each other. These highly contrasted atmospheres are articulated by an element: the threshold, which enhances the transition from one room to another. The materials and constructive solutions are full of references to the neighborhood, with a special wink to the Carmen's typical balcony, an element of expression and connection."
Architect: Heliotrope Architects, Location: Seattle, Washington
From the architect: "Designed for an artist and an engineer, the residence is located mid-block in a downtown neighborhood surrounded by common Seattle cottages and bungalows. The design brief called for a working studio central to the layout of the house, ample white walls for a growing art collection, a strong connection to the gardens and to the life of the street, and lots of natural light. The house is scaled to fit discreetly into its surroundings and seeks a non-fussy clarity in its detailing and materiality that defers to the interesting lives of its occupants."
Architect: Heliotrope Architects, Location: Orcas Island, Washington
From the architect: "This new residence is located on a pristine site comprised of a mature Douglas fir and Pacific Madrone forest, with occasional rocky clearings and several small ponds. Our clients desired a work of architecture that minimized site impacts while creating a work of architecture that utilized their favorite materials (wood and concrete) and connected them intimately with the land and the view. The home is situated where the forest gives way to a large rocky clearing with views to the sea. The structure is wrapped around a prominent outcropping of rock and carefully situated to require a minimum of tree removal."
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