1. Bohan Kemp
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Architect: Wheeler Kearns Architects, Location: Michigan
From the architect: "Sited just beyond the tree line where a stand of pine trees break and a meadow begins, a long platform is located to maximize the experience of these two simultaneous landscapes. Approached on foot through rows of mature pines, the building is elevated upon pilotis to minimize its impact on the site, visually and environmentally."
2. DS House
Architect: Planned Living Architects, Location: Blairgowrie, Australia
From the architect: "In the ocean beach environs of Blairgowrie on the Mornington Peninsula, this house presents itself as a robust, tactile, and refined combination of raw concrete and timbers. With privacy and understated presence, it embraces the coastal streetscape before opening up through seamless connections to the secluded, sun-filled backyard."
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Architect: Gettliffe Architecture, Location: Boulder, Colorado
From the architect: "The Gregory Creek Residence is located in a lush copse of trees along the green corridor of Gregory Creek in Boulder. Inspired by a program that emphasized both inclusion in and protection from this rich, wild environment, the image of a cluster of mushrooms became an early metaphor—a home emerging from the soil as part of the forest undergrowth to create shelter for a safe retreat."
4. Tarusa House
Architect: Architectural Bureau Project 905, Location: Tarusa, Russia
From the architect: "This wooden dacha was built near the historic town of Tarusa for a family of artists. The client asked us to create a building that looked like an old Russian dacha, but we instead proposed a design that combined traditional and modern solutions. It was impossible to ignore the existing historical environment, [but we] sought to design a technologically and visually modern dacha."
Architect: MWArchitekten, Location: Hohenems, Austria
From the architect: "The goal was to create an ecological structure that does not fall into sterility and artificiality. As a model for this purpose, the architects studied housing typologies that have been developed over generations. The facade design is based on the atmospheric qualities of these traditional structures."
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