Sycamore House

Any run of the mill architect might see a gigantic, old-growth Sycamore tree in the planned path for their modern 1500 square foot house addition and make quick plans to send it to the wood chipper. It’s a good thing Aaron Neubert Architects aren’t your typical residential architect. When they made plans to breath new life into this mid-century modern home in Los Angeles, they made a deliberate decision to preserve the natural beauty that surrounded the existing home. The result is a literal intersection of building an nature, where the trees don’t just grow around the structure, they grow through it. Continue reading

The Courtowers

The Courtowers project represents a paradigm shift in Lebanese residential architecture – wrapping a discerning focus on ecology and preservation around an expressive series of towering homes and sunken courtyards. The project occupies a neglected neighborhood on the Aamchit coast, and provides a man-made landscape that blends the sea into the mountains in both form and sensitivity to surrounding environmental forces. Hashim Sarkis Studios have breathed new life into the area, giving it four identical homes that cut, carve, and loom over the landscape in ways rarely seen in such a place. Continue reading

Villa Schoorl

Pressed firmly against an overgrown grassy mound sits the Villa Schoorl, a work of contemporary wonder from Paul de Ruiter Architects. The home occupies a humble plot in northern Holland, where it not only dazzles with sweeping translucency and exposition, it sets itself emphatically within the furry landscape. The modern structure riffs off the traditional farmhouses that populate the surrounding area – being careful to only take design cues that both respect and progress what came before it. Continue reading

[Bracketed Space] House

The Bracketed Space House by Matt Fajkus Architecture is what your dream home looks like. I don’t even know you, but this much I know is true. It presents clean, contemporary design sensibilities, a perfectly conceived sense of spatial balance, and an awareness of view, site, and place that makes you feel as if you’ve been plucked out of real life and placed on the set of a Ryan Gosling movie. Dream home, indeed. Continue reading


Cloverdale 749

Cloverdale 749 is a stunning urban infill project from Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects that never tries to do more than its surrounding subtext provides it. It is an understated work of multi-family residential architecture that works tightly with zoning and development standards to establish a relationship with sidewalk and street – few projects have the appropriate opportunity to explore. The Los Angeles urban fabric is once again graced with a few calculated strokes of architectural beauty that never attempts to hide its true colors. Continue reading


Whitetail Woods Regional Park Camper Cabins

The treehouse craze has hit an all-time high, with people going to the far reaches of the world’s deepest darkest forests for a brief chance to live among nature’s most abundant organism. The Whitetail Woods Regional Park Camper Cabins are sure to scratch this indelible itch. Designed by HGA Architects, the Camper Cabins attract scores of tourists every year because of their auspicious stature and inherent connection to the stunning Minnesota countryside. Living amongst the trees has never been so en vogue. Continue reading

Pod Idladla

Prefab is everywhere, folks. Designers across the globe are putting their best ideas to the test in hopes of solving one of the construction industry’s most unsolvable building typologies. I’m not saying the Pod Idladla by Clara da Cruz Almeida does everything we hope prefab will eventually do, but it is definitely a step in the right direction. This tiny pod is a modular, customizable, affordable dwelling option being manufactured and erected in South Africa – and it is awesome. Continue reading


Mulholland Drive Residence MU77

Add the MU77 Residence to the top of the list of avant-garde Hollywood luxury homes with stunning valley views and futuristic, cantilevered formal expressions that suspend disbelief just as well as they suspend awe-inspired guests. It’s a celebrated work of architecture even Tony Stark would be proud to call home, and recently won the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles (AIA/LA) prestigious 2016 Design Award. Arshia Architects not only designed a structure that perfectly balances serenity and place, it pushes boundaries with an imposing visual presence rarely seen in residential architecture. Continue reading

ZEB Pilot House

The ZEB Pilot House is what happens when a mad scientist specializing in environmental control joins forces with a savvy architect willing to embark in a ground-breaking experiment in intelligent building design. Snohetta Architects partnered with ZEB (The Research Center on Zero Emissions Buildings) to create a work of residential architecture that defies convention in both form and function. It is a rare combination of aesthetic intrigue and environmental achievement that shows how close art and science can come to convergence. Continue reading


Texel Holiday Home

On the smallest Dutch island of Texel, there are equal populations of sheep and humans, and found scattered throughout the rolling grassy hills are isolated gabled roof structures that would typically contain supplies, tools, and hay. This exceptional holiday home, from Benthem Crouwel Architects, is meant to mimic the contextual and conceptual aesthetic of those traditional sheds while providing the inhabitants with a cozy modern retreat unlike anything we’ve seen. Continue reading