Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Project: Owl Creek Residence
Architects: Skylab Architecture
Location: Snowmass, Colorado, USA
Area: 4,200 sqft
Photographs by: Courtesy of Skylab Architecture

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Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture

Skylab Architecture of Portland has designed the spectacular 4,200 square feet Owl Creek Residence in Snowmass, Colorado. It has a very unusual, triangular floor plan which is made to respond to the constraints of the site on which the residence is built.
The strict constraints presented a challenge for the architects who, instead of allowing themselves to be limited by them, they used them as an advantage. The structure has been anchored into the surrounding environment and it opens up to create strong visual connections to the idyllic landscape.

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Anchored in a hillside with panoramic Snowmass Mountain views, the Owl Creek Residence was built as a shared family retreat. Site constraints were central in the design response, informing the spatial concept to triangulate to work with the existing sloping terrain.

The project vision was to create a collection of lodge-like communal spaces surrounded by naturally weathered and local materials providing an abundance of access to natural light, and minimizing visual separation from the outdoors. This all weather mountain retreat is about enhancing and recharging social relations and maximizing connections to the native environment. The shared residence was designed around the idea that a place can deepen the connections between people, families and the landscape they love.

Finishes and interior relationships were carefully crafted to draw the scenic landscape inward and extending the outdoor deck living experience. A central spiraling split-level arrangement allows for the living room, fireplace, bar and lounge to feel like intimate spaces with a communal energy. Terracing theater seating maximizes space within the stairwell working with the topography.

The strict height limitation and slope constraints of the site turned into an advantage by anchoring the structure into the landforms. The structure frames powerful views through two principal façades, maximizing the visual connection to the landscape at every angle. Strategic decisions in the frame and form allowed for efficiencies and functional benefits, including a triangular structural steel frame with car decking to minimize costs through prefabrication, and a roof slope to move water and snow downslope.

Compact and efficient private sleeping wings open up to expansive outdoor views at the lower level. Exterior spaces open interior activity to the outdoors including a triangular spa with an elevated deck and an expansive outdoor terrace right off of the kitchen. The Owl Creek residence provides a platform to gather in a shared living environment connected to their surroundings with purpose, deepening family connections.

Skylab Architecture

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

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Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture in Colorado, USA

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Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

Project: Davis Residence
Architects: Miller Hull
Location: Bellingham, Washington, USA
Area: 1,400 sqft
Photographs by: Benjamin Benschneider

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Davis Residence by Miller Hull

The Davis Residence is a 1,400 square feet home located in a densely wooded area on a cliff with a stellar view of the San Juan Islands. It is actually located in Bellingham, Washington, USA where it tries its best to blend in with the natural environment that surrounds it.
Miller Hull has designed the Davis Residence with an abundant use of wood throughout the interior as well as the exterior, creating a warm ambiance and a strong connection to its surroundings.

Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

This 1400 sq. ft main house and guest house/garage is located on a heavily wooded cliff site with views of the San Juan Islands of Washington State. The plan orients to major views south down the coast line and west out to the islands while being careful to stay outside of the drip line of the dominant Doug fir trees. Large overhangs protect glazing and provide shelter.

The concept marries a long gently sloping roof form containing the kitchen, entry and studio with a vertical tower containing the living room and master bedroom above.

The roof forms express their timber construction with exposed joist, 1×4 skip sheathing and plywood diaphragms. The high performance wood fir windows provide thermal breaks while being strong enough for the mullions to be of minimal dimension. Wood T&G paneling is stained in bold transparent colors.

Miller Hull

Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

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Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

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Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Project: Wentworth House
Architects: MHN Design Union
Location: Sydney, Australia
Photographs by: Richard Glover

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Wentworth House by MHN Design Union

MHN Design Union is an Australian studio based in Sydney and who have gained some recognition for one of their projects called the Wentworth House. It is located in Vaucluse, a suburb of Sydney, Australia whose design brief was to provide a large home that will blend into its surroundings.

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

The site is located on the southern ridges of Sydney Harbour at the crest of a gully which feeds into Vaucluse Bay. It is heavily wooded with mature eucalypt and palm trees dotted around the site. The site is characterised by a series of sandstone rock shelfs which occur at various heights as you descend down from the street level.

The design brief was to provide a family home which provided generous amenity yet sat quietly within the landscape. Our intent was to capture the story of the site through the design of the house. From the outset we wanted to merge the house and land in a seamless way. Our response was to create a series of planar elements in both plan and section to define the spaces which interlock and extend into the landscape. Overlaying this idea is the linking stair which threads through the levels twisting and turning like a piece of rope. The blade walls are parallel and orientate to the north east with the ends open or glazed thus providing transparency and openness to light, ventilation and harbour views.

In section, the multiple floor levels are treated like cascading platforms and echo the existing rock shelf. These platforms serve to lower you through the house similar to an initial discovery of the site. The stair is central to this experience with the primary spaces extending from it like eddies from a stream. These spaces are quiet and reposed yet maintain their visual connection to the circulation spine. The swimming pool extends the living space and sits high above the ground almost touching the tree canopy.

Emphasising the experiential sequence is a sense of materiality and texture with off form concrete, recycled Ironbark, Burnt Ash and Basaltina stone forming the primary palette. The sense of touch is heightened with the warmth of the native timbers complementing the smooth finishes of the concrete walls and stone floors.

MHN Design Union

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

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Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

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River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

Project: River House
Architects: Suyama Peterson Deguchi
Location: Northern Rocky Mountains, USA
Area: 5,425 sqft
Photographs by: Aaron Leitz

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River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi

Suyama Peterson Deguchia Japanese architecture studio, has designed the River House in a sloped area of the Northern Rocky Mountains in the USA. This concrete home was built along a river in order to incorporate its two-story structure into the mountainous environment.
The River House, with its 5,425 square feet of living area, includes a guest wing and plenty of outdoor living areas that extend the home’s marvelous interiors.

River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

River House is a serene shelter embracing the natural beauty of the rugged mountain area. The complex program for a retired couple included a guest wing and extended outdoor living areas. The site is located within an older cul-de-sac development above a meandering river and the challenge was to build a private oasis in this dense setting with a connection to the river and the surrounding scenic mountains.

An elongated concrete wall on the north side provides a structural backbone for the composition. All program elements were located on or below grade and under a sheltering shed roof to enhance the sense of protection in this sometimes harsh environment. Concrete was chosen as the dominant material for its durability and because it aesthetically anchors the design to the site. While visually extending the interior spaces and creating outdoor rooms, the raw materiality of the concrete sets up a compositional base for the remaining wood, glass, metal and plaster finishes.

When approached from the street, the house is very understated and minimal. Upon entering the house through the conceptual front door (gate), one finds a rich sequence of spaces, bounded by concrete and plantings. Here, the division between inside and outside first becomes blurred. This sense of uncertainty extends through the airlock entry to the interior of the main space. The synergy of the landscape architecture, art and furnishings contribute to the serene sense of place.

Suyama Peterson Deguchi

River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

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River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

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Villa G by SCAPE in Sorengo, Switzerland

Project: Villa G
Architects: SCAPE
Location: Sorengo, Switzerland
Area: 3,659 sqft
Photographs by: Francesco Mattuzzi

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Villa G by SCAPE

Villa G is a contemporary family home located in Sorengo in the district of Lugano in Switzerland. It was designed by SCAPE, an Italian studio who have built this home around contrasting volumes that rise up from the ground.
It is placed on a steep hillside plot that is near a protected wood. The parcel of land also opens up a partial view of the mountain ridge over the nearby lake.

Villa G by SCAPE in Sorengo, Switzerland

The G family home in Sorengo, on the edge of Lugano in Ticino, is the category of villa that Palladio-1 put forward as a contrast with the town house. The site, a long narrow strip of land on a steep slope, is part of a hilly area, bordered on its short sides by a private road and another property.

On the long sides it is fringed by another site being developed and a wood that is legislatively bound. To enjoy the fine view of the mountains and part of the lake, the ground level must by raised by three metres. Iñaki Abalos would define Villa G as the product of pragmatism.

The spaces are articulated according to the client’s precise requests, such as the fact that all the main living spaces on the ground floor, with a second floor devoted only to a games room, guest area and the solarium with a heated pool. As a house, it is neither too large nor too small. There is room in it for all that is needed for each member of the family to live life autonomously.

The plan involves an interchange of open glassed areas and enclosed volumes to house the technical and service zones as well as the closed rooms such as the study. From the entrance, positioned just over two metres from the road, a long corridor crosses the entire main floor, broadening as it reaches the sitting room and dining area. The house is a system that is reflected in the spaces. Villa G has been designed so as to permit all the internal areas to open onto the wood: allowing architecture to become an environmental filter. A central patio increases further the important relationship between inside and outside.

The volumes, made up of load-bearing partition walls, are of different heights and emerge at the upper level to construct an artificial landscape that contrasts with the natural landscape of the mountains. The choice of materials is intentionally restricted; the walls are in pale cement treated with reflective paint both for aesthetic reasons and to protect them. Inside, the insulation is covered with white plaster.

Externally the house has been clad in local stone. Opaque aluminium fittings bring a contemporary touch to the project as a whole. Particular mention should be made of the realisation process. The pragmatic method ties together technical aspects and nature. From a technical point of view there is a merging with Swiss artisanship.

The metal sheet subtly working, resolves details related to dripping water. The formworks, thanks to a system created ad hoc for the house, hide the join marks so that the aesthetics of the cement walls are not compromised and to allow the parquet floor to be recessed without the need for a skirting board.

SCAPE

Villa G by SCAPE in Sorengo, Switzerland

Villa G by SCAPE in Sorengo, Switzerland

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Villa G by SCAPE in Sorengo, Switzerland

Villa G by SCAPE in Sorengo, Switzerland

Villa G by SCAPE in Sorengo, Switzerland

Villa G by SCAPE in Sorengo, Switzerland

Villa G by SCAPE in Sorengo, Switzerland

Villa G by SCAPE in Sorengo, Switzerland

Villa G by SCAPE in Sorengo, Switzerland

Villa G by SCAPE in Sorengo, Switzerland

Villa G by SCAPE in Sorengo, Switzerland

Villa G by SCAPE in Sorengo, Switzerland

Villa G by SCAPE in Sorengo, Switzerland

Villa G by SCAPE in Sorengo, Switzerland

Villa G by SCAPE in Sorengo, Switzerland

Villa G by SCAPE in Sorengo, Switzerland

Villa G by SCAPE in Sorengo, Switzerland

Villa G by SCAPE in Sorengo, Switzerland

Villa G by SCAPE in Sorengo, Switzerland

Villa G by SCAPE in Sorengo, Switzerland

Villa G by SCAPE in Sorengo, Switzerland

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Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Project: Block House
Architects: Porebski Architects
Location: Pearl Beach, Australia
Photographs by: Courtesy of Porebski Architects

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Block House by Porebski Architects

The Block House is a modern dwelling that offers a secluded escape in Australia. Its design responds directly to the natural surroundings of Pearl Beach, characterized by uninterrupted views of the oceanside.
The internal layout is organized in an L-shape that enables a free flowing movement between the interior and exterior. There is also an internal courtyard that is created by the house’s two wings.

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Situated on the shore of Pearl Beach, an area where the bush meets the coast, the Block House is a secluded escape designed to respond to its surroundings. Pearl Beach is formed by two coastal headlands and is defined by eucalypt bush to the north and south and a rainforest to the west. Contextually the house relates to the sandstone cliffs and caves of the surrounding headlands and heavy waves on the beach, which in turn influence the form and materiality of the building.

The internal courtyard is formed by two wings, providing an external enclosure protected from harsh onshore winds. The courtyard not only acts a private sanctuary for recreational use, but allows for consistent and controlled ventilation and sun access throughout all spaces in the house. L-shaped single room planning allows movement between interior and exterior spaces to remain unobstructed.

Raw and heavy elements pay homage to the surrounding cliffs and caves of the area. A simple palette of materials requiring minimal maintenance and finishes, along with precision in detailing, create the light sensibility of the structure. Operable layers of the facade generate the transparency of the house where visual and physical connections are established to the surrounding features of the site. Furthermore, sliding timber shutters and cavity sliding windows and doors allow spaces to open seamlessly, blurring the demarcation between inside and outside.

The Block House adheres to numerous sustainable design principles, including passive cooling and heating, external timber shutters, sub-floor ventilation, geothermal heating and cooling, rainwater harvesting, solar panels and thoughtfully placed skylights. The operable timber shutters and low-e double glazing provide protection from fluctuating external conditions, and work in unison with thermally massed materials to deal with high diurnal temperature ranges.

The outcome is a thoughtful sequence of meticulously crafted spaces forming a house that celebrates the act of living on the beach.

Porebski Architects

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

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Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

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The Dell by Elliot Architects in Northumberland, England

Project: The Dell
Architects: Elliot Architects
Location: Northumberland, England
Area: 2,368 sq ft
Photographs by: Jill Tate Photography

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The Dell by Elliot Architects

Elliot Architects have designed The Dell house for a family that wanted to live in a home that is sensitive to the surrounding nature, but also to not be boring.
It is located in a forested area in Northumberland, England where it was adapted to the sloped site surrounded by trees in every direction. It’s design is rather simple. It is made up of two parts that intersect in the middle however, there are multiple elements contributing to the design of this house.

The Dell by Elliot Architects in Northumberland, England

A previously undeveloped site is to house a four bed bespoke family home.

The proportion, orientation and topographical nature of this site presented us with a significant challenge. The constraints of the site fought against the conventional arrangement of a domestic property with its public and private zones.

The site slopes steeply from back to front as well as dishing side to side; there is a mature wood to the South which also presented issues of overshadowing.

We chose to adopt a cruciform plan which subdivided the land into quadrants dealing with public arrival, private South facing courtyard and grassed garden area to the rear of the property exploiting the only flat section of the site.
We wanted to be sympathetic to the site as well as mindful of budget so we designed the building to react closely to the sites existing contours; the roof level is constant and the shifts in the floor level respond to the position of the room and its function i.e. large kitchen, living, dining room has a proportionally high ceiling volume.

Materials are natural with modern detailing. Slate shingle walls and roof to the ground floor with timber and slate to the second. By diving the plan and section as we have the building appears as a series of single storey accommodation further reducing the impact on the site.

Elliot Architects

The Dell by Elliot Architects in Northumberland, England

The Dell by Elliot Architects in Northumberland, England

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The Dell by Elliot Architects in Northumberland, England

The Dell by Elliot Architects in Northumberland, England

The Dell by Elliot Architects in Northumberland, England

The Dell by Elliot Architects in Northumberland, England

The Dell by Elliot Architects in Northumberland, England

The Dell by Elliot Architects in Northumberland, England

The Dell by Elliot Architects in Northumberland, England

The Dell by Elliot Architects in Northumberland, England

The Dell by Elliot Architects in Northumberland, England

The Dell by Elliot Architects in Northumberland, England

The Dell by Elliot Architects in Northumberland, England

The Dell by Elliot Architects in Northumberland, England

The Dell by Elliot Architects in Northumberland, England

The Dell by Elliot Architects in Northumberland, England

The Dell by Elliot Architects in Northumberland, England

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Gatineau Hills Home by Christopher Simmonds Architect in Québec, Canada

Project: Gatineau Hills Home
Architects: Christopher Simmonds Architect
Location: Cantley, Québec, Canada
Photographs by: Peter Fritz Photography

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Gatineau Hills Home by Christopher Simmonds Architect

Canadian architecture studio Christopher Simmonds Architect have designed the Gatineau Hills Home in the picturesque Cantley of Québec in Canada. The design of this unique home aims to find the perfect balance between the modern and natural look which is certainly anything but easy to achieve.
Its floor to ceiling windows make sure that the beautiful Canadian landscapes always find a way inside while the warm wood overhead on the ceiling makes you feel like you’re in some sort of a mountain cabin. This is one of those projects that you simply have to see through in order to understand the idea so check it out below.

Gatineau Hills Home by Christopher Simmonds Architect in Québec, Canada

This modern house, set into the dense foliage of the hills north of Ottawa, is designed to encourage the forested surroundings and natural light to subtly permeate the interiors through large expanses of glass. On the exterior, the use of reclaimed wood on the second level provides a textural balance to the white cement board and glass of the ground floor. A rustic modern language continues on the interior, with hand-scraped oak floors throughout and hand-forged handles and pulls set against white lacquer.

The open ground floor, with its interconnected spaces, allows sunlight to flow through uninterrupted, showcasing the beauty of the natural light as it varies throughout the day and by season.

Outside, key elements include a concrete pool, which nestles into the slope; a small balcony that connects the master bedroom to the ensuite; and the projection of the sunroom, which inserts itself subtly into the land.

The spaces to the southern slope look out to the cities of Gatineau and Ottawa, the winding Gatineau River below, and the adjacent ski hills.

Christopher Simmonds Architect

Gatineau Hills Home by Christopher Simmonds Architect in Québec, Canada

Gatineau Hills Home by Christopher Simmonds Architect in Québec, Canada

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Gatineau Hills Home by Christopher Simmonds Architect in Québec, Canada

Gatineau Hills Home by Christopher Simmonds Architect in Québec, Canada

Gatineau Hills Home by Christopher Simmonds Architect in Québec, Canada

Gatineau Hills Home by Christopher Simmonds Architect in Québec, Canada

Gatineau Hills Home by Christopher Simmonds Architect in Québec, Canada

Gatineau Hills Home by Christopher Simmonds Architect in Québec, Canada

Gatineau Hills Home by Christopher Simmonds Architect in Québec, Canada

Gatineau Hills Home by Christopher Simmonds Architect in Québec, Canada

Gatineau Hills Home by Christopher Simmonds Architect in Québec, Canada

Gatineau Hills Home by Christopher Simmonds Architect in Québec, Canada

Gatineau Hills Home by Christopher Simmonds Architect in Québec, Canada

Gatineau Hills Home by Christopher Simmonds Architect in Québec, Canada

Gatineau Hills Home by Christopher Simmonds Architect in Québec, Canada

Gatineau Hills Home by Christopher Simmonds Architect in Québec, Canada

Gatineau Hills Home by Christopher Simmonds Architect in Québec, Canada

Gatineau Hills Home by Christopher Simmonds Architect in Québec, Canada

Gatineau Hills Home by Christopher Simmonds Architect in Québec, Canada

Gatineau Hills Home by Christopher Simmonds Architect in Québec, Canada

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Red Rock House by Anmahian Winton Architects in New York, USA

Project: Red Rock House
Architects: Anmahian Winton Architects
Location: Red Rock, New York, USA
Area: 6,400 sq ft
Photographs by: Jane Messinger

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Red Rock House by Anmahian Winton Architects

Anmahian Winton Architects have designed the Red Rock House in Red Rock, New York. The construction is made out of volumes clad in timber, creating a harmony with the natural environment which is a very important aspect of this home because it projects stunning views of the forest that surrounds it.
The natural topography of the site has been retained while the overall condition of the forest was well preserved with a series of architectural interventions such as the long concrete retaining wall that creates a plateau that supports the buildings and gardens of the Red Rock House.

Red Rock House by Anmahian Winton Architects in New York, USA

The character of this densely wooded, steeply sloping site is further defined by a vertical rock ledge to the east and a creek prone to seasonal flooding to the west. These dramatic elements informed the placement of this home’s buildings and how landscape, views, and daylight would be integrated into the design. The project embraces a “machine in the garden” design approach, where contemporary vocabulary and minimal form amplify by contrast the relationship between built work and natural landscape.

Early strategy focused on preserving as much of the natural topography as possible while shaping terraces and opening the site to daylight and longer views. A 200-foot long board-formed concrete retaining wall along the site’s east edge exposes new plateaus for buildings, garden, and meadow. Clinging to this wall, the guesthouse anchors the building assembly in the steep hillside, while the main house and deck project out from the landform into the treetops. Laid perpendicular to the retaining wall, a linear bluestone path connects guesthouse to house, directs access to the front doors, and leads to the west balcony overhanging the creek below.

A minimal materials palette evokes both rusticity and precision, reflecting the juxtaposed orders of landscape and architecture and enhancing their relationship. Buildings are clad in a high performance rainscreen of knotty western red cedar boards, milled to three unique profiles to generate a pattern that changes with the sun’s movement. The boards are organized within vertical bays delineated by aluminum T-sections, producing a textured rhythm that accommodates openings, fenestration, and screens. Lattice volumes created with aluminum L-sections indicate primary entrance to both buildings, while screening interior spaces from exposure to southern sun. Building interiors are entirely white, emphasizing the play of light, the client’s collection of art, and views of the landscape.

Anmahian Winton Architects

Red Rock House by Anmahian Winton Architects in New York, USA

Red Rock House by Anmahian Winton Architects in New York, USA

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Red Rock House by Anmahian Winton Architects in New York, USA

Red Rock House by Anmahian Winton Architects in New York, USA

Red Rock House by Anmahian Winton Architects in New York, USA

Red Rock House by Anmahian Winton Architects in New York, USA

Red Rock House by Anmahian Winton Architects in New York, USA

Red Rock House by Anmahian Winton Architects in New York, USA

Red Rock House by Anmahian Winton Architects in New York, USA

Red Rock House by Anmahian Winton Architects in New York, USA

Red Rock House by Anmahian Winton Architects in New York, USA

Red Rock House by Anmahian Winton Architects in New York, USA

Red Rock House by Anmahian Winton Architects in New York, USA

Red Rock House by Anmahian Winton Architects in New York, USA

Red Rock House by Anmahian Winton Architects in New York, USA

Red Rock House by Anmahian Winton Architects in New York, USA

Red Rock House by Anmahian Winton Architects in New York, USA

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Dunrobin Shore Residence by Christopher Simmonds Architect in Ottawa, Canada

Project: Dunrobin Shore Residence
Architects: Christopher Simmonds Architect
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Photographs by: Doublespace Photography

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Dunrobin Shore Residence by Christopher Simmonds Architect

Christopher Simmonds Architect is the studio behind the stunning design defined by simplicity of the Dunrobin Shore residence in Ottawa, Canada. The modern design of this home revolves around its green surroundings, creating a strong connection with the environment. This unique custom home was envisioned by the architect as a private sanctuary for the family that will occupy it, having a cluster of spaces adapted for a modern lifestyle at their disposal.

The interior is bright and airy, with plenty of room for everything. It is easy to navigate and visual contact with the green landscapes that surround it is permanently available.

Dunrobin Shore Residence by Christopher Simmonds Architect in Ottawa, Canada

Simplicity and openness define the experience of being in this modest home. To the river, a continuous wall of glass spans the living, dining and kitchen space allowing a full panorama of the passing seasons.

Away from the water the view is framed and edited by a simple porch. The porch roof has been opened to create space for nature- a single Japanese maple is inserted as a foil to the simple black stained cedar cladding of the house. The garage volume is differentiated from the house by a cladding of grey cement board.

To the river, the simple cantilevered form of the deck is surrounded by frameless glass. The porch and deck, occurring opposite each other, stretch the space of the living room out into an experience of the landscape and provide varied options for sun, shade, shelter, and view.

In the kitchen, high gloss cabinetry with sleek pulls and a glass tile backsplash create a custom look while staying within the modest budget.

The juxtaposition of natural and industrial materials continues on the interior; bamboo stair treads complement polished concrete floors in the lower level. Bamboo flooring and cabinetry bring warmth to the master suite. The open-riser stair with its glass guard keeps the lower level family room feeling connected to the main living space.

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Dunrobin Shore Residence by Christopher Simmonds Architect in Ottawa, Canada

Dunrobin Shore Residence by Christopher Simmonds Architect in Ottawa, Canada

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Dunrobin Shore Residence by Christopher Simmonds Architect in Ottawa, Canada

Dunrobin Shore Residence by Christopher Simmonds Architect in Ottawa, Canada

Dunrobin Shore Residence by Christopher Simmonds Architect in Ottawa, Canada

Dunrobin Shore Residence by Christopher Simmonds Architect in Ottawa, Canada

Dunrobin Shore Residence by Christopher Simmonds Architect in Ottawa, Canada

Dunrobin Shore Residence by Christopher Simmonds Architect in Ottawa, Canada

Dunrobin Shore Residence by Christopher Simmonds Architect in Ottawa, Canada

Dunrobin Shore Residence by Christopher Simmonds Architect in Ottawa, Canada

Dunrobin Shore Residence by Christopher Simmonds Architect in Ottawa, Canada

Dunrobin Shore Residence by Christopher Simmonds Architect in Ottawa, Canada

Dunrobin Shore Residence by Christopher Simmonds Architect in Ottawa, Canada

Dunrobin Shore Residence by Christopher Simmonds Architect in Ottawa, Canada

Dunrobin Shore Residence by Christopher Simmonds Architect in Ottawa, Canada

Dunrobin Shore Residence by Christopher Simmonds Architect in Ottawa, Canada

Dunrobin Shore Residence by Christopher Simmonds Architect in Ottawa, Canada

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