From the architects “The brief was to form a modern and enjoyable single family home for our client by extending the ground floor and integrating the rear garden with the new interiors. The main architectural interventions to the exterior consisted of a new extension with a terrace above and redesign of the rear elevation to create large openings. Internally, the ground and first floor layouts were remodelled extensively. The ground floor was opened up and connected to the new extension. The rear garden was excavated so as to be at the same level as the ground floor. The kitchen to the front of the house was designed with sliding doors so that it could be separated from the living room when necessary. A large addition to the rear of the ground floor, tilted in plan from the lines of the main house in order to capitalise on the best outlook, was built to create the sitting area in the living room. Structurally the extension was challenging, since it had no column in the corner facing the garden. Two sliding doors meet at the corner with the ceiling above suspended in the air. A large opening, covered in structural glass, was formed over the extension, which lets diffused light into the depth of the living room. The first floor of the house is dedicated to master bedroom, en-suite bathroom and walk-in wardrobe as well as a study. The large master bedroom has direct access to the rear large terrace over the new extension.”
This house located in Worcester, New York. Story from the architects “This eighteenth-century white frame farmhouse, situated in an open field with a view of two silos and a hillside beyond, presented a picture-perfect image of American rural vernacular architecture. The owners asked for an addition that would be twice as large as the original, and would include an art gallery and lap pool……Four separate forms contain the new living room, master bedroom suite, gallery, and pool, their separateness reducing what might otherwise be the overhelming size of the new structure. To maintain an appropriate scale between the old and the new, the fifteen-foot high, ninety-five-foot long lap pool building is literally suppressed one level, so that the pool opens on to a sunken garden and terrace, creating a sense of privacy without obstructing the landscape with fences or walls. The buildings each respond to larger landscape of their own, extending the house into exterior spaces that are defined by a combination of built and landscape form. Architecture does not stop at the outer wall of the building but integrally inculdes the spaces created by reshaped earth and the surfaces composed of plantings……”
Napa River House is located on a site with mature oak trees and stone pathways winding down a gently sloping hill in Napa, California. From the craig steely architects “To avoid disturbing the paths and root structure of the trees, a single footing and tube frame (inspired by a chairlift tower) will float the main living area in the oak canopy.”
Napa River House by Craig Steely Architects
This house was designed by Sienna Architecture, located in Portland, Oregon. Project type of this house is : Two-story loft and private art gallery in 1908 vintage structure with industrial detailing, glass and steel staircase, and commercial-grade kitchen.
Del Castelo Residence by Sienna Architecture
This house located in Washington D.C, United States, and this house was designed to make residence including living spaces for ambassador, staff quarters and representational spaces. From the architects : “This scheme placed first in the competition of ten Swiss-American team’s designs for the replacement of the Washington D.C. residence of the Swiss Ambassador. It is not only to be a private house but also a cultural gathering place on which standards and self-image of a country are measured.
Sited on a hill with a direct view through the trees to the Washington monument in the distance, a diagonal line of overlapping spaces drawn through a cruciform courtyard plan was the conceptual starting point. Official arrival spaces and ceremony spaces are connected along this diagonal line on the first level, while private living quarter functions are on the floor above.
Materials are charcoal integral color concrete trimmed in local slate and sand-blasted structural glass planks. Constructed according to Swiss ‘Minergie Standard’, the south facades use passive solar energy. The roof is a ‘sedum’ green roof with PVC panels.
The existing natural landscape will be clarified with new walkways and trees, while the plateau of the residence defines an arrival square: a reception courtyard and an herb garden with sub-floor wiring flexibility.”
Residence at the Swiss Embassy by Steven Holl Architects
Located in Austin, TX, this house was designed by Peter Gluck and Partners Architects. From the architects “Standing amid grove of two hundred land marked live oaks, significant portions of this house were built below grade to maintain the rural landscape of the site. The box on top is wrapped in a mahogany veneer and sits on an entirely transparent glass enclosure giving the appearance that it is floating, and stunning views of the natural surroundings.”
Floating Box House by Peter Gluck and Partners Architects
From the architects “A 1913 historic facade was restored with a new modern interior. A vertical circulation core comprised of a stair and elevator, and a light well with a three story library were inserted into the middle of the house. The library is accessed by a plank glass floor systems which allows light to filter down to the spaces below. A glazed opening in the second floor ceiling brings additional daylight to the dining area.”
New York City Townhouse by FdM Architects
From the architects “A guest house addition connects to an existing lake house via a covered walkway. The split level guest house has two bedrooms and a living, dining, and kitchen area.”
Lake House Moorresville by FdM Architects