Lookout House

Simple typology extruded to new levels creates a brilliant home focused on spectacular views. Room 11 architects designed this modern residence for a gently sloping coastal site in Port Arthur, Australia. For their semi-retired-couple clients, the home’s design is extremely private at the entrance. Clad in vertically oriented timber, the façade of the triple gabled house is permeated only by an elongated hexagonal window. Black steel track reveals the nearly hidden sliding door. Deep roof overhangs, also clad in wood, cast a dramatic anticipation for those about to enter. Continue reading


La Grange

In Charlevoix, Quebec, a modern farmhouse is defined by the subtraction of space. MU Architecture designed the 3,400 sq.ft. family home for an idyllic rolling site overlooking the St. Lawrence River. Based on barn typology, the three-story home is a tall and slender version. Extracting volumes from the rectangle at the entrance and terraces emphasizes the elegant geometry. By changing the metal siding to white cedar these subtractions create a surprising balance, lightness, and harmonious contrast. It’s intriguing how dark siding wraps just one side of the balcony over the entrance. Glass railing protects the river side and maintains the views. Continue reading


Edison Residence

Near McGill University in Montreal, KANVA architects designed an infill project that bridges the past with the present. The site, formerly occupied by a 19th century historic stone home, fell victim to a fire in the early 1900s. Proximity to the university made student housing a logical choice for this urban revitalization project.
In this heritage zone locale, only masonry could be used as an exterior material. Inspired by the past, the architects sought a method for the 9,000 sq.ft. building itself to tell a story. Continue reading


Individual House

Elodie Nourrigat et Jacques Brion architectes nestled a dramatic Individual House, comprised of three separate elements, in to a steeply sloped country side in France. At 170 sq.m., the home’s scale is reduced by its site placement and nearly independent elements. Continue reading


Tres House

This facade, with its web-like organic lattice is the show stopper of this modern home in Boca del Rio, near the Port of Veracruz, Mexico. Yet behind the facade lies a cleverly designed, by Gerardo Ars Arquitectura, home of 220 sq.m., for a family of five. Continue reading


The Star House

Driven by intense requirements of privacy and sea views in every room, AGi designed a modern holiday home to accommodate a family and their guests. In Kuwait and sited where the desert meets the water, the house’s 5,000 sq.m. size is revealed only through exploration of the interior and the grounds. Continue reading


Anjalendran: Architect of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a beautiful island off the southeast coast of India. I admit I don’t know much about Sri Lankan architects however when I first caught a glimpse of C. Anjalendran’s work I knew I had to buy this book: “Anjalendran: Architect of Sri Lanka” by David Robson.

By using the simplest of materials mixed with rich local traditions, Anjalendran is a master in bringing inside and outside spaces into one. In fact, his amazing work is all about light and space. However, his work doesn’t stop at architecture, it also includes landscaping, furniture design and decoration. The end result is pure magic. Continue reading


DB House

At the heart of this home is a swimming pool. And what radiates from that is a study in the manipulation of volumes through light and varying shades of transparency. Designed by Avignon-Clouete Architectes, the house in Nantes, France is an ambiguous white square on the exterior. The northern entrance facade is sheathed in wide, tall, rhythmic panels. Exposed black hinges are the only sign of what may be the entrance. Continue reading


Siamoises Mentana-Boyer

Here’s one typical city lot and a doubly surprising solution to the challenges of a dense neighborhood and lack of natural light. In Montreal, a lot spanning between two streets takes up back-to-back residences, designed by Blouin Tardif Architecture-Environnement. Split equally in half the lot hosts two nearly identical three-story brick street facades. The richly colored wooden entry and garage doors recess in to coves on opposite sides. Continue reading


Glade House

A soft and gradual connection to nature, was the goal of this renovation of a 1950s house in Auckland, New Zealand by Strachan Group Architects (SGA). The architects have maintained the typical-of-its-era low-pitched roof with exposed rafters whilst crafting a home both sensitive to it’s suburban context and past. Continue reading