Architect: StudioMET Architects, Location: Houston, Texas
From the architect: "This modern home is situated on a corner lot in the heart of the city close to the Texas Medical Center. The simple geometric forms and strong horizontal lines are classic modern elements. Inside the home, an open floor plan utilizes screens and planes along with floor and ceiling level changes to delineate room divisions. Brick, natural woods, and warm colors were utilized to underscore the homeowners’ connection with nature. The couple who live here have no children, and he is a doctor in the medical center, so the location is super convenient. Before they moved into this home, they lived in a midcentury modern home that was flooded, so they wanted their new home to have some midcentury character."
Architect: Olson Kundig, Location: Portland, Oregon
From the architect: "Situated to be in harmony with its lush landscape, this home built for a master gardener takes every opportunity to draw in views of the surrounding gardens and rolling hills, while also creating a warm and comfortable space suitable for a multi-generational family. The form of the reclaimed barnwood-clad house is reminiscent of a farm structure or even a greenhouse with its gridded glazing and pitched roof, and high windows at each end of the main volume flood the home with light. A green roof continues the home’s emphasis on integrating into its natural surroundings."
Architect: OFFICIAL Design, Location: Dallas, Texas
From the architect: "The Clover Residence is a renovation and addition to an existing house in the Midway Hollow neighborhood of Dallas, Texas. The owners requested a design that would bring light into an otherwise dark home. Our design shifts the kitchen and living space to open onto the backyard and adds a series of clerestory windows to bring light into the center of the house. The yard contains a long pool ideal for volleyball and lap swimming, as well as a small pool house."
Design firm: Schiller Projects, Location: Chilmark, Massachusetts
From the design firm: "The Chilmark House project covers almost five acres of previously unbuilt land in the heart of the farming and artistic community that is ‘Up-Island’ Martha’s Vineyard. Architectural work was done in collaboration with Gray Organschi Architects out of New Haven, Connecticut. Based on a shared love of the dense aggregation of New England’s farm complexes, we sited the studio and the house barns tightly together, creating a charged outdoor space between them, which provides the approach to the house’s entrance. The ceilings in the public rooms lift to the high ridges, with dropped areas to create a sleeping loft high in the roof. The lower level consists of a series of bedrooms with shared spaces between that look into light wells, landscaped with local rocks and moss."
Architect: Ravit Dvir Architecture, Location: Harutzim, Israel
From the stylist: "In the township of Harutzim, on a long rectangular plot, Ravit Dvir Architecture planned and designed a house with a double central space with a green patio area at its heart. The owners sought to build a new and modernist house, including a slate roof. [The architect] designed the building using clean, clear, and simple lines, integrating materials such as wood, iron, light-colored plaster, and dark windows. These combined with the slate roof frame the exterior as if it was a picture looking inward to the house."
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