North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects in Vancouver, Canada

Project: North Vancouver House
Architects: Scott & Scott Architects
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Area: 1,614 sqft
Photographs by: Courtesy of Scott & Scott Architects

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North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects

The North Vancouver House is a complete refurbishment of a mid-century modern house located just below Grouse Mountain in northern Vancouver, Canada. The renovation was carried out by the Canadian studio Scott & Scott Architects who agreed with the owners’ interest in respecting the original details of the house, while at the same time, complementing it with traditional features and materials.

North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects in Vancouver, Canada

Working with the architects to locate a suitable property for a new home the clients purchased a 1950s post and beam house located near the base of Grouse Mountain. The house, while extensively renovated over the years, had a modest scale, well proportioned rooms and a strong connection to the wooded and mature yard.

The project consists of the design and construction of the restoration and renovation of the 150 sq. m house. The living space was stripped of embellishments, services rationalized and the enclosed stair was replaced with a new open stair of steel and fir which allows for the light from the second floor hall window to connect with the ground floor.

The project draws from the architects and clients (two history professors) shared interest in traditional materials and respect for the original details of the house.

To brighten the spaces the douglas fir beams were lye washed and the structural decking was finished with a cloth applied pigmented oil. The living spaces were reduced to the structural shell, the walls were repaired and finished in a natural lime based whitewash and the floors ground and troweled.

The materials used were selected for their contrasting strengths and minimally finished using traditional methods that are maintainable and acquire visible signs of use over time. The steel stair and fireplace frame were finished with wood stove paste and bowling alley wax and the cabinetry was lye washed and sealed with soap.

With minimal change to the configuration of the spaces, the functional storage was consolidated into two douglas fir plywood cabinet blocks to maximize the open spaces while providing concealed storage for the living, entry and kitchen.

The kitchen was crafted of solid ash and designed for the open storage of the owners collection of studio pottery. While open and light in section, the joinery was detailed to structurally bear the weight of the 800kg marble counter monolith which was milled from a block the architects selected from the Hisnet Inlet quarry located on Vancouver Island near their own alpine cabin.

Scott & Scott Architects

North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects in Vancouver, Canada

North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects in Vancouver, Canada

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North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects in Vancouver, Canada

North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects in Vancouver, Canada

North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects in Vancouver, Canada

North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects in Vancouver, Canada

North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects in Vancouver, Canada

North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects in Vancouver, Canada

North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects in Vancouver, Canada

North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects in Vancouver, Canada

North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects in Vancouver, Canada

North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects in Vancouver, Canada

North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects in Vancouver, Canada

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R+P House by ADI Arquitectura y Diseño Interior in Aguascalientes City, Mexico

Project: R+P House
Architects: ADI Arquitectura y Diseño Interior
Location: Aguascalientes City, Mexico
Area: 3,767 sqft
Photographs by: Oscar Hernandez

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R+P House by ADI Arquitectura y Diseño Interior

The R+P House is a stunning contemporary residence designed by the Mexico-based studio ADI Arquitectura y Diseño InteriorThis two-story residence is located in the city of Aguascalientes in Mexico and it boasts 3,767 square feet of living space for its residents. It is designed for a 5-member family where 3 members are beloved pets.
The exterior design is dictated by the irregular fan-shaped land, oriented south to north. Its minimalist, contemporary look sets it apart from the rest of the homes in the area.

R+P House by ADI Arquitectura y Diseño Interior in Aguascalientes City, Mexico

Located in a residential area in the northern part of Aguascalientes city, R+P house is developed for a family of 5, where 3 of them are pets.

In an irregular fan shaped land and with a south-north orientation. The architectonic program is resolved in two floors.

Given the land characteristics and based on the customer’s requirements of having ortogonal spaces, this project is conceptualized as two prismatic volumes aligned with the colindancias laterales and connected by the vestibule that resolves the circulaciones.

On the first floor we can find the social areas: garage, kitchen, living room, dining room and Talita, Hanna and Job’s bedroom that has a direct access to the garden terrace.

On the first level, the master bedroom, studio, laundry room and TV room.

The master bedroom and terrace have a view of the back garden, opening a space between the garage’s volume to give it a south orientation.

The main vestibule is the articulator axis of the whole project, connecting both prismas, all the rooms are connected through a double height space and a bridge that unites the upper floor.

The material selection was determined by its practicality and ease of cleaning, in a house where pets are a member of the family.

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R+P House by ADI Arquitectura y Diseño Interior in Aguascalientes City, Mexico

R+P House by ADI Arquitectura y Diseño Interior in Aguascalientes City, Mexico

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R+P House by ADI Arquitectura y Diseño Interior in Aguascalientes City, Mexico

R+P House by ADI Arquitectura y Diseño Interior in Aguascalientes City, Mexico

R+P House by ADI Arquitectura y Diseño Interior in Aguascalientes City, Mexico

R+P House by ADI Arquitectura y Diseño Interior in Aguascalientes City, Mexico

R+P House by ADI Arquitectura y Diseño Interior in Aguascalientes City, Mexico

R+P House by ADI Arquitectura y Diseño Interior in Aguascalientes City, Mexico

R+P House by ADI Arquitectura y Diseño Interior in Aguascalientes City, Mexico

R+P House by ADI Arquitectura y Diseño Interior in Aguascalientes City, Mexico

R+P House by ADI Arquitectura y Diseño Interior in Aguascalientes City, Mexico

R+P House by ADI Arquitectura y Diseño Interior in Aguascalientes City, Mexico

R+P House by ADI Arquitectura y Diseño Interior in Aguascalientes City, Mexico

R+P House by ADI Arquitectura y Diseño Interior in Aguascalientes City, Mexico

R+P House by ADI Arquitectura y Diseño Interior in Aguascalientes City, Mexico

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Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Project: Owl Creek Residence
Architects: Skylab Architecture
Location: Snowmass, Colorado, USA
Area: 4,200 sqft
Photographs by: Courtesy of Skylab Architecture

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Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture

Skylab Architecture of Portland has designed the spectacular 4,200 square feet Owl Creek Residence in Snowmass, Colorado. It has a very unusual, triangular floor plan which is made to respond to the constraints of the site on which the residence is built.
The strict constraints presented a challenge for the architects who, instead of allowing themselves to be limited by them, they used them as an advantage. The structure has been anchored into the surrounding environment and it opens up to create strong visual connections to the idyllic landscape.

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Anchored in a hillside with panoramic Snowmass Mountain views, the Owl Creek Residence was built as a shared family retreat. Site constraints were central in the design response, informing the spatial concept to triangulate to work with the existing sloping terrain.

The project vision was to create a collection of lodge-like communal spaces surrounded by naturally weathered and local materials providing an abundance of access to natural light, and minimizing visual separation from the outdoors. This all weather mountain retreat is about enhancing and recharging social relations and maximizing connections to the native environment. The shared residence was designed around the idea that a place can deepen the connections between people, families and the landscape they love.

Finishes and interior relationships were carefully crafted to draw the scenic landscape inward and extending the outdoor deck living experience. A central spiraling split-level arrangement allows for the living room, fireplace, bar and lounge to feel like intimate spaces with a communal energy. Terracing theater seating maximizes space within the stairwell working with the topography.

The strict height limitation and slope constraints of the site turned into an advantage by anchoring the structure into the landforms. The structure frames powerful views through two principal façades, maximizing the visual connection to the landscape at every angle. Strategic decisions in the frame and form allowed for efficiencies and functional benefits, including a triangular structural steel frame with car decking to minimize costs through prefabrication, and a roof slope to move water and snow downslope.

Compact and efficient private sleeping wings open up to expansive outdoor views at the lower level. Exterior spaces open interior activity to the outdoors including a triangular spa with an elevated deck and an expansive outdoor terrace right off of the kitchen. The Owl Creek residence provides a platform to gather in a shared living environment connected to their surroundings with purpose, deepening family connections.

Skylab Architecture

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

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Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

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Bolton Residence by Naturehumaine in Quebec, Canada

Project: Bolton Residence
Architects: Naturehumaine
Location: East Bolton, Quebec, Canada
Area: 1,500 sqft
Photographs by: Courtesy of Naturehumaine

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Bolton Residence by Naturehumaine

Naturehumaine have designed the Bolton Residence in the Quebec municipality of East Bolton. This simplistic 1,500 square feet Canadian home is elevated above a rock located on a rugged hillside. The two-story family residence consists of two structures stacked upon one another, where the lower story is a concrete block partially built into the slope.

Bolton Residence by Naturehumaine in Quebec, Canada

Having bought a beautiful plot of wooded land in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, the client dreamt of building a country house that would be in perfect symbiosis with its natural environment. This rugged, sloped site came to a natural plateau just below its highest point, becoming the perfect location to erect the house.

The house is characterized by two stacked volumes; a wooden clad volume anchored into the mountain supports a cantilevering ground floor volume above. This gable roofed volume raised into the air gives the sensation that the house is floating amongst the trees. Vast views of Mount Orford and the valley below are framed by a long horizontal strip window. The kitchen and master bathroom are carved out of a black volume at the center of the house dividing living spaces from the master bedroom.

Naturehumaine

Bolton Residence by Naturehumaine in Quebec, Canada

Bolton Residence by Naturehumaine in Quebec, Canada

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Bolton Residence by Naturehumaine in Quebec, Canada

Bolton Residence by Naturehumaine in Quebec, Canada

Bolton Residence by Naturehumaine in Quebec, Canada

Bolton Residence by Naturehumaine in Quebec, Canada

Bolton Residence by Naturehumaine in Quebec, Canada

Bolton Residence by Naturehumaine in Quebec, Canada

Bolton Residence by Naturehumaine in Quebec, Canada

Bolton Residence by Naturehumaine in Quebec, Canada

Bolton Residence by Naturehumaine in Quebec, Canada

Bolton Residence by Naturehumaine in Quebec, Canada

Bolton Residence by Naturehumaine in Quebec, Canada

Bolton Residence by Naturehumaine in Quebec, Canada

Bolton Residence by Naturehumaine in Quebec, Canada

Bolton Residence by Naturehumaine in Quebec, Canada

Bolton Residence by Naturehumaine in Quebec, Canada

Bolton Residence by Naturehumaine in Quebec, Canada

Bolton Residence by Naturehumaine in Quebec, Canada

Bolton Residence by Naturehumaine in Quebec, Canada

Bolton Residence by Naturehumaine in Quebec, Canada

Bolton Residence by Naturehumaine in Quebec, Canada

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Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

Project: Davis Residence
Architects: Miller Hull
Location: Bellingham, Washington, USA
Area: 1,400 sqft
Photographs by: Benjamin Benschneider

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Davis Residence by Miller Hull

The Davis Residence is a 1,400 square feet home located in a densely wooded area on a cliff with a stellar view of the San Juan Islands. It is actually located in Bellingham, Washington, USA where it tries its best to blend in with the natural environment that surrounds it.
Miller Hull has designed the Davis Residence with an abundant use of wood throughout the interior as well as the exterior, creating a warm ambiance and a strong connection to its surroundings.

Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

This 1400 sq. ft main house and guest house/garage is located on a heavily wooded cliff site with views of the San Juan Islands of Washington State. The plan orients to major views south down the coast line and west out to the islands while being careful to stay outside of the drip line of the dominant Doug fir trees. Large overhangs protect glazing and provide shelter.

The concept marries a long gently sloping roof form containing the kitchen, entry and studio with a vertical tower containing the living room and master bedroom above.

The roof forms express their timber construction with exposed joist, 1×4 skip sheathing and plywood diaphragms. The high performance wood fir windows provide thermal breaks while being strong enough for the mullions to be of minimal dimension. Wood T&G paneling is stained in bold transparent colors.

Miller Hull

Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

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Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

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Villa SAH by Andrea Pelati Architecte in Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Project: Villa SAH
Architects: Andrea Pelati Architecte
Location: Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Area: 2,282 sqft
Photographs by: Thomas Jantscher

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Villa SAH by Andrea Pelati Architecte

Andrea Pelati Architecte – a Swiss studio, is responsible for the stunning contemporary design of the three-story Villa SAH that is located near  Neuchâtel’s center.
The 2,282 square feet home is surrounded by large homes, therefore its design concentrates it in a compact volume, looking for its light source vertically, rather than horizontally.

Villa SAH by Andrea Pelati Architecte in Neuchâtel, Switzerland

The villa is located near the centre of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. It settles on a small plot surrounded by quite massive houses. Therefore, the house is concentrated in a compact volume, seeking for openings and light vertically. It develops over three levels, the highest and brightest of which are hosted the living room, dining room, kitchen and terrace.

In respect to the occupants’ privacy, the North façade displays a shield to the street whereas the South façade opens on to beautiful framed views of the city, lake and Alps.

The layout was designed to allow light to flow in through all three levels, thanks to high ceilings, over lapping spaces and skylights.

Sleeping areas are set on the intermediate level focusing on intimacy, whereas the utility rooms lay on the ground floor, taking benefit of a direct access to the garden.

Andrea Pelati Architecte

Villa SAH by Andrea Pelati Architecte in Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Villa SAH by Andrea Pelati Architecte in Neuchâtel, Switzerland

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Villa SAH by Andrea Pelati Architecte in Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Villa SAH by Andrea Pelati Architecte in Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Villa SAH by Andrea Pelati Architecte in Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Villa SAH by Andrea Pelati Architecte in Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Villa SAH by Andrea Pelati Architecte in Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Villa SAH by Andrea Pelati Architecte in Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Villa SAH by Andrea Pelati Architecte in Neuchâtel, Switzerland

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Vitoria-Gasteiz Home by Patxi Cortazar Arquitecto in Spain

Project: Vitoria-Gasteiz Home
Architects: Patxi Cortazar Arquitecto
Location: Basque Country, Spain
Photographs by: Courtesy of Patxi Cortazar Arquitecto

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Vitoria-Gasteiz Home by Patxi Cortazar Arquitecto

The Vitoria-Gasteiz Home is a contemporary private residence located in Vitoria-Gasteiz in the Basque Country, Spain. This luxurious dwelling was designed by Patxi Cortazar Arquitecto and it is characterized by a minimal exterior with a white facade with contrasting features.
Its monochrome interior gives it an air of peace and tranquility while also providing its residents with stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

Vitoria Gasteiz Home by Patxi Cortazar Arquitecto in Spain

Single-family home built essentially in the ground floor, leaving at the first floor only a little studio at the double height of the room and a guest room with bathroom.

The plot has a leaning slope towards the direction North South, so that the construction is located at the North of it, leaving as much space as possible in the South direction.

The project of the building obeys to a fragmented architecture, in a composition of several volumes, with flat or leaning roofs, depending on the direction and the spaces they cover.

The elevator, connected to the chimneys, formalizes the highest and slimmest volume for its functional necessities, which stands out by fitting around itself the rest of the volumes.

The building is covered by white limestone and black pre-patinated zinc at the leaning volumes.

The orientation of the day spaces is at midday and the night spaces at the orientation North and East.

The design of the building has been made following eco-design criteria. When writing the project, the environmental aspects have been evaluated and we have defined actions for the achievement of the goals, having checked their compliance afterwards.

The building conditioning is accomplished through a system of geothermal heat pump with a radiant and refreshing floor. It has mechanic ventilation with heat recovery, the gaps have solar protection with different characteristics depending on the orientation, and the materials used have sustainability certificates; most of them are recyclable.

Patxi Cortazar Arquitecto

Vitoria Gasteiz Home by Patxi Cortazar Arquitecto in Spain

Vitoria Gasteiz Home by Patxi Cortazar Arquitecto in Spain

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Vitoria Gasteiz Home by Patxi Cortazar Arquitecto in Spain

Vitoria Gasteiz Home by Patxi Cortazar Arquitecto in Spain

Vitoria Gasteiz Home by Patxi Cortazar Arquitecto in Spain

Vitoria Gasteiz Home by Patxi Cortazar Arquitecto in Spain

Vitoria Gasteiz Home by Patxi Cortazar Arquitecto in Spain

Vitoria Gasteiz Home by Patxi Cortazar Arquitecto in Spain

Vitoria Gasteiz Home by Patxi Cortazar Arquitecto in Spain

Vitoria Gasteiz Home by Patxi Cortazar Arquitecto in Spain

Vitoria Gasteiz Home by Patxi Cortazar Arquitecto in Spain

Vitoria Gasteiz Home by Patxi Cortazar Arquitecto in Spain

Vitoria Gasteiz Home by Patxi Cortazar Arquitecto in Spain

Vitoria Gasteiz Home by Patxi Cortazar Arquitecto in Spain

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Treldehuset – Summer House by CEBRA in Vejle, Denmark

Project: Summer House – Treldehuset
Architects: CEBRA
Location: Vejle, Denmark
Area: 1,399 sqft
Photographs by: Mikkel Frost, courtesy of CEBRA

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Summer House – Treldehuset by CEBRA

CEBRAa Denmark-based practice renowned for their high level of architectural ambition, were challenged to design a small-scale house. The project called Treldehuset or Summer House in English, goes beyond all expectations.
The compact, modern dwelling takes the idea of a traditional pitched roof house and completely reinvents it, defining an architectural interpretation of the Russian babushka doll. What this means is that the design of the Summer House is effectively a double house, or a house within a house.

Treldehuset   Summer House by CEBRA in Vejle, Denmark

The summer house is located right next to Vejle Fjord on a scenic site with distinctive trees. The view of the fjord, the coastal atmosphere and the nature that encourage an active outdoor life had an important influence on the design. At first glance, the house is traditionally designed with a pitched roof paralleling the long sides of the site and a gable facing the view. However, at a closer look, we are dealing with a kind of double house – a house inside a bigger house. This idea evokes thoughts of the Russian babushka dolls.

The effect of a double house is achieved by placing the thermal envelope beneath and inside a bigger house. In this way, a roofed outdoor area occurs between the thermal envelope, the actual house and the larger shell, which give access to a protected area – a continuation of the interior which allows you, even on rainy summer nights, to eat, grill or maybe clean a newly caught fish. This transitional zone between indoor and outdoor constitutes an interesting space between the characteristic trees with a view of the fjord.

The heated part of the house is divided into two parallel spaces running along the narrow site. To the west, the common rooms of the house, including kitchen, dining area and a living room, are placed corresponding to the widest part of the outdoor area.

The smaller rooms, such as bathroom, utility room and guest room, are placed on the eastern side. All the rooms are regular and private, but the bedroom with a view of the fjord can be opened towards the living room.

The house is covered with dark slate on both roof and facades and is thus experienced as a frame in a single material. This exterior shell is lined with larch and is outlined by aluminium profiles. The interior is characterized by a white finish, concrete and sheathing of larch making a strong connection between the roofed patio and the interior. On warm summer days, the large sliding doors of glass can be pushed aside connecting the living room and the terrace.

CEBRA

Treldehuset   Summer House by CEBRA in Vejle, Denmark

Treldehuset   Summer House by CEBRA in Vejle, Denmark

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Treldehuset   Summer House by CEBRA in Vejle, Denmark

Treldehuset   Summer House by CEBRA in Vejle, Denmark

Treldehuset   Summer House by CEBRA in Vejle, Denmark

Treldehuset   Summer House by CEBRA in Vejle, Denmark

Treldehuset   Summer House by CEBRA in Vejle, Denmark

Treldehuset   Summer House by CEBRA in Vejle, Denmark

Treldehuset   Summer House by CEBRA in Vejle, Denmark

Treldehuset   Summer House by CEBRA in Vejle, Denmark

Treldehuset   Summer House by CEBRA in Vejle, Denmark

Treldehuset   Summer House by CEBRA in Vejle, Denmark

Treldehuset   Summer House by CEBRA in Vejle, Denmark

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Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects on Mercer Island in Washington

Project: Brook Bay Residence
Architects: SKL Architects
Location: Mercer Island, Washington, USA
Area: 4,400 sqft
Photographs by: Benjamin Benschneider

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Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects

The Brook Bay Residence that we’ve featured today is a contemporary 4,400 square feet dwelling designed by Rick Sundberg of SKL Architects. It is nestled into a hillside on Mercer Island, right across Lake Washington from Seattle.
Its L-shaped design achieves the owners’ desire for privacy from the neighboring houses. The entire design of the Brook Bay Residence emphasizes intimacy, craft, materiality and a strong connection to the outdoors.

Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects on Mercer Island in Washington

Nestled into a Mercer Island hillside, this intimate two-story residence emphasizes craft, materiality and the connection to the outdoors. A clear demarcation of public and private spaces is reflected both in the design and choice of materials, with the entertaining spaces clad, inside and out, in copper panels, blackened steel, and concrete, while the private master suite—with its exterior wood siding and interior wood floors, lower ceiling height and light-colored walls—exudes a more intimate feel. To make the most of the views toward Lake Washington and Seward Park, the upper floors were designed to contain the main sleeping and living areas, with the support spaces contained on the ground level below.

Rick Sundberg collaborated with local craftspeople to create some of the home’s compelling details, including the entry and interior doors, blackened steel staircase, glass and metal chandelier, interior copper panels, and a dining table of wood, steel and concrete.

SKL Architects

Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects on Mercer Island in Washington

Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects on Mercer Island in Washington

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Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects on Mercer Island in Washington

Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects on Mercer Island in Washington

Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects on Mercer Island in Washington

Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects on Mercer Island in Washington

Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects on Mercer Island in Washington

Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects on Mercer Island in Washington

Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects on Mercer Island in Washington

Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects on Mercer Island in Washington

Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects on Mercer Island in Washington

Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects on Mercer Island in Washington

Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects on Mercer Island in Washington

Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects on Mercer Island in Washington

Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects on Mercer Island in Washington

Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects on Mercer Island in Washington

Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects on Mercer Island in Washington

Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects on Mercer Island in Washington

Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects on Mercer Island in Washington

Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects on Mercer Island in Washington

Brook Bay Residence by SKL Architects on Mercer Island in Washington

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River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

Project: River House
Architects: Suyama Peterson Deguchi
Location: Northern Rocky Mountains, USA
Area: 5,425 sqft
Photographs by: Aaron Leitz

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River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi

Suyama Peterson Deguchia Japanese architecture studio, has designed the River House in a sloped area of the Northern Rocky Mountains in the USA. This concrete home was built along a river in order to incorporate its two-story structure into the mountainous environment.
The River House, with its 5,425 square feet of living area, includes a guest wing and plenty of outdoor living areas that extend the home’s marvelous interiors.

River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

River House is a serene shelter embracing the natural beauty of the rugged mountain area. The complex program for a retired couple included a guest wing and extended outdoor living areas. The site is located within an older cul-de-sac development above a meandering river and the challenge was to build a private oasis in this dense setting with a connection to the river and the surrounding scenic mountains.

An elongated concrete wall on the north side provides a structural backbone for the composition. All program elements were located on or below grade and under a sheltering shed roof to enhance the sense of protection in this sometimes harsh environment. Concrete was chosen as the dominant material for its durability and because it aesthetically anchors the design to the site. While visually extending the interior spaces and creating outdoor rooms, the raw materiality of the concrete sets up a compositional base for the remaining wood, glass, metal and plaster finishes.

When approached from the street, the house is very understated and minimal. Upon entering the house through the conceptual front door (gate), one finds a rich sequence of spaces, bounded by concrete and plantings. Here, the division between inside and outside first becomes blurred. This sense of uncertainty extends through the airlock entry to the interior of the main space. The synergy of the landscape architecture, art and furnishings contribute to the serene sense of place.

Suyama Peterson Deguchi

River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

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River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

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