Blending into the forest while maintaining a modern silhouette, the exterior features an exposed roof of engineered wood produced from Northern Quebec black spruce.
A stunning restoration of a house built in the 1990s by Daniel Evan White, who was an acolyte of Arthur Erickson and translated the West Coast Modern idiom into a slick contemporary style.
It was built with minute attention to the climate and geology of the region, both conceptually and practically.
Crete Senesi—Italian for “Sienese clays”—is the region in Tuscany where Ciclostile Architettura, a Bologna-based firm, completed this award-winning project.
“A lot of people affiliate contemporary architecture with the boxy shape, but I don’t think that shape has to define the style,” Bortolotto says.
A sense of process animates this home as one moves between the floors and through the outside spaces.
A facade of mahogany slats is inspired by the way branches provide shade yet allow sunlight to enter, creating the inside-outside blurring that both West Coast Modern homes and many East Asian styles are famous for.
A staid brutalism flirts with airy woods, with the percentage of both varying from room to room, as if a dualism is playing out in the materials.
A beautiful sculptural home in Lagos, Portugal that blends seamlessly with the old city, concealing a modern oasis inside.