Architect: ColectivArquitectura, Location: Grândola, Setúbal, Portugal
Situated in the desert, this abode celebrates minimal design and a relaxing atmosphere. The residence has a beautiful indoor/outdoor space, with glass sliding doors and a modern back deck.
Architect: Olson Kundig, Location: Winthrop, Washington
From the architect: "Riffing on the tradition of tents around a campfire, the parti of the building is three tents surrounding the central pavilion with family room and kitchen. Four small, unattached structures are scattered around a central courtyard and pool. The 20 acre site is nestled in the northern portion of the 60-mile-long glacial valley and the buildings are arranged to frame carefully composed views of the surrounding Studhorse Ridge and Pearrygin Lake."
3. Casa Lama
Architect: Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects, Location: Balearic Islands, Spain
From the architect: "Located on the rocky coast of the Balearic Island of Mallorca in Santa Ponsa, not far from Palma, this family house is pushed into a steep hillside, celebrating its Mediterranean proximity. The design responds to the site’s foremost demand, which is to open itself up to the seascape."
Architect: Imbue Design, Location: Holladay, Utah
From the architect: "Their sustainable single family home stands at the foot of the majestic Mount Olympus in the Salt Lake Valley. Designed to incorporate passive heating and cooling strategies this home relies on sun angles and natural convection to heat and cool year round."
Architect: Sparano + Mooney Architecture, Location: Emigration Canyon, Utah
From the architect: "This single family residence of 2,500 SF, located in Emigration Canyon above Salt Lake City, Utah, was designed to capture expansive canyon views of its site and opens to the canyon with a 30-foot operable wall, transforming the living space into an outdoor room. The rugged materials of the house reference the landscape of the American West."