Carlo Scarpa’s inspiration comes less from antiquity than from his study of Japanese design and a reverence for modern craftsmanship and detail. Three sites in and around Venice demonstrate why this underappreciated architect should be on every design aficionado’s radar.
Overlooking the glimmering Mediterranean Sea, Fabio Mazzeo’s Villa Cala Volpe ebbs and flows with the topography as if it was sculpted by the wind, exactly as the architects intended. Completed in 2015, the sprawling home spans 14,000 square feet and is surrounded by nearly 54,000 square feet of terraced gardens and infinity pools, unifying indoors and out for the best of country living.
Built into a hillside, Mal Paso Residence by Studio Schicketanz engages with its surroundings, with floor-to-ceiling windows line on the east and west walls to welcome the warm morning light and picturesque sunsets in the evening.
The rolling hills and grasslands between Vernon and Kelowna in British Columbia’s Okanagan are an ever-changing scene. Embedded in this dynamic landscape and overlooking Kalamalka Lake sits Highridge House—a modern family home in continuous conversation with its surroundings.
Sound House by Pacific Northwest architecture studio GO’C is a 5,500-square-foot single-family home on a steep slope site in Seattle’s Magnolia neighbourhood. The project replaced a 1920s house on the site but kept and reworked the paths and terraced gardens. The new house sits on a plateau at the top of the property to optimize views of the city and Puget Sound.
Jean Verville architecte’s recently completed MB home is a testament to the punch mono-materiality can pack. Created for a pair of young professionals, the Montreal residence is a mature and well-designed answer to youthful quandaries.
What a beautiful thing—to become enthralled with a place that helps us recall warm memories, where echoes of laughter ring through our ears and the shadows of those we love linger in our gaze. Such is the case for the clients of this captivating 7,000-square-foot Silver LEED-certified residence on the Maui coast.
Designed by Omar Gandhi Architect, which has offices in Halifax and Toronto, Schlotfeldt Residence is a compact contradiction that brings modernist luxury to rugged alpine living.
Many find meaningful ways to honour their mothers to remind them of her uniqueness, and for architect Felipe Escudero, it was his mother’s love of magnolia trees that prompted the construction of Magnolia House.