Dwell's Favorite 427 Exterior Design Photos And Ideas

Beach House | AMA
A concrete box.
copper & concrete facade
A perpendicular wing houses the garage. The house has no air conditioning, relying on lake breezes and cross-ventilation for cooling. Each bedroom has a screened door that opens to the deck and an adjustable transom above the hallway door to encourage the circulation of air.
forrest view
South side of house, with 6-ft roof overhangs and large sliding glass panels
The historic site consists of an old farmhouse, stable, and shed, along with bunkers and artillery foundations from the both World War I and World War II. The stable has been converted into a modern 5,683-square-foot bed and breakfast establishment called The Bunkers.
Incisions made in the façade amplify the contrast between the red and yellow brickwork.
Stone walls, made with rock excavated on site, frame the ascent with cement steps.
Streamlined sections of metal-framed windows with triple glazing stylishly connect the brick and wooden volumes.
The gabled addition is topped with a standing seam metal roof and is clad in vertical corrugated metal siding.
The home presents a narrow facade to the street.
The second floor, which houses Mark’s office, has aluminum-framed windows on three sides and opens to a roof deck.
The exterior of the home is clad in charred wood siding, which pays homage to summertime bonfires on the beach.
The home is accessed from the west, where the garage is hidden behind a charred timber door.
Red ALPOLIC aluminum composite panels have been used for the exterior cladding.
Architecture firm NADAAA planned a striated addition to a brick neo-Georgian house in Boston with the owners’ primary goal in mind: to engage with the outdoors year-round. The walls of the rear kitchen and living space are virtually all glass, allowing sight lines to the existing gardens and new pool house through a series of framed vignettes onto the backyard landscape. The glass box is bookended by uniform “fins” that mark the edge of each picture window, as shown here. Photo by John Horner.
The home is approached from the south with views of Hood Canal below.
A Whistler A-Frame | British Columbia, Canada

Scott & Scott Architects design an outdoorsy Vancouver family’s dream cabin
The front door is tucked under a cantilevered terrace.
Trout Lake | Olson Kundig
“The home is quite small, but designed in such a way that you don’t feel it,” Herrin says. Lift-slide openings by Quantum Windows & Doors, which were fabricated fewer than 50 miles from the house, make the main living space seem larger.
The eating and sleeping quarters have settled easily onto the shores of Shoal Lake.
The living lounge, dining and kitchen are located within the larger of the two volumes.
The facade will go gray and silver natural, so its verticality, texture and colors will blend in with the vertical tree trunks of the forest.
Exterior of Pink House from the street. The entryway is recessed to enhance the spatial notion of soild and void.
The exterior of the house consists of sandblasted masonry and Ferrari shade sails stretched on a steel frame.
The house comprises a series of modules, with the main living areas occupying the center and the master bedroom on the right. A large deck juts off the living room.
Front view of the FlatPak House in Minneapolis, Minnesota. When the architect first told his wife about his idea, she said, “It’s about time you focus on a house for me!” He continues, “It’s like the old story about the cobbler whose kids have no shoes.”
Front facade
Architect Lorcan O’Herlihy created a residence for himself and his wife, Cornelia, in Venice, California.
The courtyard is just one of many open spaces that will be highly utilized—in the non-winter months anyway. Concrete worked well with developing the language of FlatPak. The second level is a wood panel that can be clad in corrugated metal or cedar—different layers that can be plugged in like covers on your cellphone.
"My dogma is inspired by a Japanese saying that an object gets its energy from three different elements: the material it is made out of, the person who made it, and the people who cared for it," says Mette. The cabins have been built of wood carried through the forest.
Like the windows, the front door is also a square.
At once part of the city and protected from it, the house benefits from plenty of open space and light and creates its own courtyard enclosure.
He worked around existing oak and eucalyptus trees for the new building, and retained the vernacular of an original barn, at right, where Frankel hosts concerts. Check out MVRDV's Balancing Barn.
Blocked from the wind, a deck at the rear of the house is a favorite place for sunbathing and also shelters planters of herbs.
All outposts are a two-hour drive (or less) from its respective city, without traffic.
The house’s street-level entrance shows an openness to its surroundings, and a glass door allows curious passersby a glimpse of the interior.

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