Studhorse Residence was designed as a four season family retreat by Olson Kundig Architects, situated in the remote Methow Valley, in Winthrop, Washington. Nestled in the North Cascades, the home is comprised of steel and reclaimed barn wood. The home was built with the client’s desire to experience and interact with the surrounding landscape. The compound consists of four separate and detached structures that encircles a central courtyard that houses a swimming pool. Each of the buildings is angled to take advantage of 360 degrees views and soak in dramatic features encompassing the home, such as the nearby Studhorse Ridge and Pearrygin Lake. Interior public spaces are comprised of a family room, kitchen and bar area, which are conglomerated into the main structure. In an adjacent structure are the private areas, comprised of the master bedroom suite, kids’ bedroom and den. A separate building houses the guest room, isolated from the rest of the buildings to allow for independent usage. There is a fourth building that frames a stunning view over the valley below, which houses a sauna.
This sensational home is a recipient of the 2015 housing awards, noted for its modest use of materials, such as “concrete flooring, concrete fireplace and OSB on the ceiling”. The jury liked that the home did not use historical references and was so different from the architecture that they have seen before. With the site plan being the center force, “the complex relations between the three parts is exciting but the courtyard locks it into place.”
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The Library House is a vibrant home designed to be a peaceful oasis for a family of three by Khosla Associates, located in Bangalore, India. The architects were asked to create a relatively small program for a three bedroom house within a large 13,000 square foot plot of land.
Description from the architects: The brief for this house was a well articulated document that delved into the nuances of how this family of 3 wanted to live. The family, comprising an entrepreneur-industrialist, married to a bohemian writer and with a teenage daughter, wanted the house to reflect the diverse range of their lives.
Our clients wanted privacy from staff and casual visitors. Seeking a peaceful oasis from the stresses of life, the homeowners wanted space to breathe, a verandah to watch the rain fall and a garden to potter about in. They wanted an ecologically sensitive house, contemporary yet nostalgic about old Bangalore; and since they were avid readers, a space to accommodate their ever-growing collection of books.
From the road, a modest colonnaded Mangalore tiled walkway with wooden columns traverses a tropical courtyard and one enters the home via a light filled foyer.
The Library is given importance as a central space as it combines various activities for the family and provides an anchor to the house. The 750 square foot area has a 25 foot high gabled roof with wooden trusses and a bookshelf spanning over 30 feet. It is a casual space where the family congregates, where carefully demarcated areas for lounging, studying, listening to music, playing the piano, and entertaining are carved out in an open plan layout.
The generosity of space gently spills out via large sliding doors into an ample verandah, pool deck and garden. The interconnectedness of these areas allow for a grand and seamless living space. Comfortable clusters of seating in the verandah and deck interact with the library as well as the garden.
The house achieves a great degree of efficiency in generating most of it’s own electricity via photovoltaic solar panels, and stores excess rainwater in a large underground sump.
The Library house juxtaposes different moods within its plan, modulating scale and creating an element of surprise as you enter, and a process of discovery as you move along. There is a layering of space and a continuing bricolage of old and new, global and Indian, that extends through all the spaces.
Photos: Shamanth Patil J.
Mountain Wood Residence is comprised of separate buildings arranged to create a variety of indoor outdoor spaces designed by Walker Warner Architects, located in the small rural town of Woodside, California. The home embodies the San Francisco firm’s belief that architecture should be expressive, timeless, and always united with the natural beauty of the site. The beautiful interiors were designed by interior design firm Shawback Design Associates.
Description from the architects: To create a variety of complementary indoor and outdoor living experiences, the architects arranged three zinc-roofed structures—a main house, an office, and a barn—around a loose central courtyard. The fourth structure—a pool house—comprises a row of three pavilions, constructed of the same understated material palette of wood, stone, glass and steel, as the main buildings.
The rustic stone barn, reminiscent of a beautiful ruin that has long stood on the land, stands at the front of the property, acting as a visual threshold and symbol of the updated rural vernacular.
An open passageway through the barn creates a dramatic frame of the entry facade of the main residence, which is contrastingly contemporary with its exposed steel and large expanses of glass.
At sundown, the house appears like a jewel box in the woods. Having completed other projects in Woodside and similarly picturesque locations, Walker Warner knows properly framing these views is crucial to properly contextualizing the building.
A material palette of stone and western red cedar is contrasted by contemporary elements of exposed steel, and large expanses of glass.
Walker Warner drew from the rustic surroundings and determined appropriate lines and forms for this particular landscape that spoke to their client’s vision, all the while incorporating the highest levels of quality, integrity and craftsmanship.
The result is an artful, tranquil home with a respectful nod to the regional agrarian compounds and iconic forms that came before.
Photos: Matthew Millman
From the architects: Formerly a semi-detached house, this site was converted to a bungalow. A lap pool is placed between the new house and the party wall, creating a private courtyard space.
The first storey opens up to this space with the living, dining and dry kitchen adjacent.
A unique spiral staircase connects the master bedroom to the study above.
Upstairs, the master bathroom features a rainforest tree in the middle.
The kids rooms are custom-designed to the children’s own brief as are their bathrooms.
Here, the shelves are inspired by the shape of the Ligne Roset sofas.
HYLA Architects is an award-winning architectural practice headed and founded by Principal Architect Han Loke Kwang. HYLA’s work seeks to be timeless, unique and personal. Our experience lies strongly in designing high end landed residential projects. The design belief has won the firm numerous awards including the Singapore Institute of Architect’s Design Award and Architectural Heritage Awards by URA. Our work is regularly featured in monographs and magazines internationally, including the Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture. To be selected as one of the 1,000 exemplary works of architecture around the world is indeed a humbling accolade.
Photos: Courtesy of HYLA
Desert House is a modern prototype prefab home designed by architecture studio Marmol Radziner, located in a beautiful oasis in Desert Hot Springs, California. The two bedroom, two bathroom residence is located on a five-acre site and oriented to best capture views of San Jacinto peak and the surrounding mountains.
From the architect: Doubling the interior space, the home extends towards the landscape with covered outdoor living areas. The home is comprised of 4,500 square feet of sturdy steel modules (2,100 interior square feet and 2,450 covered exterior square feet) rooted onto a concrete pad atop an untamed hill—looms into view like a sleek metal oasis.
Sheltered living spaces blend the indoors with the outdoors, simultaneously extending and connecting the house to the north wing, comprised of a guest house and art studio. The intersecting modules were designed to frame a range of spectacular desert vistas.
After months of arduous design and construction, Marmol and his family are thrilled to escape Los Angeles for their idyllic desert retreat.
Ocotillo was placed in key areas as a great structural focal point. Groupings of succulents accent the home’s entry path and pool area.
Plants found in the surrounding landscape were used to obscure the lines between designed and natural worlds.
The open living and dining plan is flooded with natural light. The wicker PK22 lounge chairs are by Poul Kjaerholm for Fritz Hansen. The suspension lamp is by DePadova.
There are generously proportioned nine-foot-high ceilings throughout the Desert House. Marmol Radziner designed and built the outdoor table and benches from reclaimed Douglas fir.
The kitchen cabinetry, custom designed by the architects, is smooth brown teak. The faucet is by Hansgrohe, and the dishwasher is by Bosch.
The “L” shaped plan layout defines a protected courtyard that includes a pool and fire pit.
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