Situated on a rural plot in Switzerland, Ca’ dal Mantova brings the land’s ancient ruins into the 21st century. The residence is comprised of an old building dating back to the 1400s and a 1900s stable. Rather than demolishing the stone structures, Architect Andrea Frapolli salvaged them as the base for a single-family home. The original volumes were restored and maintain their exposed stone facade. Reinforced concrete fills in the relics while also creating a new extension continuing the proportions and dimensions of the existing stable. Internally, smooth cement walls, floors, and ceilings create sleek, modern living spaces within the historic shell.
Sited on a steep slope plot north of Stockholm, the Dalarna House is designed to fade into the scenery over time. The dwelling is comprised of two volumes clad in timber planks to resemble the surrounding silver birch and pine trees. Their slanted roofs are oriented to focus on views of the lake and forest. An entryway is at the intersection of the two units, dividing the home between the sleeping quarters on one end and the gathering areas on the other. With expansive windows throughout, the home is positioned north to south to take advantage of the morning sunlight and capture sunsets from the master in the evenings. The glazing also expands the interior out to a covered terrace creating an open-air living space immersed in the pristine setting.
Sited on a 32′ x 105′ urban lot, the Bienville House is a seven-bedroom duplex designed to maximize outdoor space. The rear unit contains four bedrooms and 3.5 baths, while the front short-term rental has three bedrooms and 2.5 baths. A sliding glass wall opens the front of the house onto a deck overlooking the front sidewalk, encouraging interaction with its New Orleans neighbors. In the rear, an exterior deck extends from the interior communal space over the entire rear yard and next to the raised pool, while dual sliding glass walls allow the interior and exterior to blend together. Its rectangular exterior is clad in fiber cement panels, echoing the raw concrete surfaces of the interior.
For the 35th straight year, the National Association of Home Builders has built the New American Home, recognizing emerging trends and styles. For 2020, the home is a 7,683-square-foot, four-bedroom, five-bath affair set above the Vegas strip. Valued at $5.7 million, it houses a yoga studio, wine tasting room, pool, fire pit, two garages, and a split kitchen that opens onto the expansive patio. A roof lined with solar panels makes the home net-zero, although one could argue its placement far away from the action will create more transportation emissions than they will offset.
Located west of Mexico City, the CBC House offsets the urban landscape by focusing on lush garden views. Estudio MMX designed the L-shaped volume to wrap around a multi-level terrace. Heavily planted with shrubs and trees, these exterior patios create intimate outdoor living spaces for both relaxing and entertaining among the vibrant greenery. To connect the interior to the garden, walls of glazing bring in the verdant views, along with a generous amount of natural light, for both floors. The exterior’s clean silhouette is made from poured concrete. A yellow tint gives the cement the warmth of wood, adding a soft complement to the surrounding vegetation.
Sited on 19 rolling acres in Southern Wisconsin, the Lake Geneva Farmhouse pays homage to the local prairie vernacular. Collective Office comprised the modern farmhouse as three staggered volumes connected by a single walkway. Clad in Alaskan yellow cedar shingles and black standing seam metal, the gabled forms resemble traditional agrarian buildings. Internally, the units are divided between function and feature a simplified palette of timeless materials including wide-plank maple floors and white oak millwork. The minimal aesthetic and vaulted ceiling allow the focus to remain on the dramatic prairie landscape.
Located in downtown Denver, the Marion House started out as the residence of the Chipotle founder. With a new set of owners coming in from across the pond, Surround Architecture transformed the iconic bachelor pad into a tranquil family dwelling. The transition included a full remodel and an expansion that brought in a natural material palette. The introduction of board-formed concrete, blackened steel panels, and smoked white oak converted the previous restaurant-style aesthetic into a warm, contemporary oasis while floor-to-ceiling glazing established a continuous connection with the outdoors. The addition of an owner’s wing shapes a master suite and bathing pavilion overlooking the inner courtyard. Enclosed by a glass facade and ceiling, the Japanese style Ofuru soaking tub is nearly free of any boundaries creating the illusion of bathing outdoors.
While the Lluvia House is situated in a residential area, the monolithic dwelling conceals a vibrant, park-like garden. Pérez Palacios Arquitectos Asociados wanted to make the verdant landscaping a focal point of its design. To do so, pieces of the solid volume were removed to create small courtyards within the voids. Large glazed panels placed along the rear incorporate the lush landscaping into the living spaces while flooding rooms with natural sunlight. The bright, airy atmosphere found throughout the interior offers a delicate contrast to the exterior’s shadowy facade.
Sited adjacent to the Elk Mountain Range, The Lookout displays rugged views alongside a collection of contemporary art. The dwelling’s south end is clad almost entirely in windows, drawing attention to the surrounding scenery and welcoming in generous amounts of natural light. While the northern facade is mostly opaque to conceal private quarters, a glazed entry volume balances the incoming light. The bright atmosphere creates an ideal space for viewing art, allowing the interior’s blank white walls to act as a gallery for sculptures, painting, and photographs. Directly across from the entry is a glass pocket door. Leading to the impeccable backyard, the door affords immediate views of the custom copper pool and mountain peaks in the distance.
In 2017, chef René Redzepi closed the doors to his world-renowned restaurant. Recently, the two-Michelin-star eatery relocated to a former Royal Danish Navy warehouse that’s been completely reimagined by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). The new Noma is devised as a culinary garden village and features a collection of 11 spaces organized around the core of the restaurant — the kitchen. The entire complex is comprised of a lounge, 40-seat dining room, private dining area, barbecue, wine room, and a trio of greenhouses offering a garden, test kitchen, and bakery. Each volume has its own functional identity while sharing a cohesive aesthetic of exposed brick, stacked wood planks, and the warmth of natural light to complement the modern Nordic cuisine. Although generous amounts of glazing afford expansive views of the lakefront landscape in every space, a glass-covered path connecting the units highlights the natural surroundings for both chefs and guests for an immersive dining experience. It’s no surprise the design has already started racking up awards and recognitions.