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Dame Of Melba House

Set on the edge of the Anglesea coastline, the Dame Of Melba House uses carefully selected materials to overcome its salty seaside environment. The exterior is clad in locally sourced timber, meant to slowly weather over time and expose a gray hue. Its top-heavy design allows for a set of cantilevered overhangs, one acting as a carport and the others as decks. Unlike traditional floor plans, the interior is flipped to have the main living area on the second level, while the sleeping quarters reside on the ground floor. This elevated design allows for premium ocean views from the full-height glazing in the kitchen and living room.

Photos: Seeley Architects

  • Bigwood House

    Extending out from the Idaho mountains, the Bigwood House brings an industrial aesthetic to its desert landscape. The east end of the house is anchored into the hillside by a stone and concrete foundation, allowing the steel and glass volumes to project out and focus on the rugged scenery. Covered patios sit below the cantilever wings for a shaded place to relax during the warmer months, while also creating separation between the structure and the winter elements. A glazed bridge housing a sitting area connects the two forms. Operated by a hand-wheel crank, its twenty-five-foot-long wall pivots open to Bald Mountain, Griffin Butte, and Adams Gulch.

    Photos: Benjamin Benschneider / Olson Kundig

  • H2 Cape House

    Located on the French Island of Corsica, the H2 Cape House uses a low profile and natural materials to blend into its Mediterranean setting. A green roof paired with slats of red cedar cladding infuse with the coast's lush vegetation, also allowing sunlight to filter through the home's central terrace. The expansive single-story design makes way for a number or outdoor areas — including two swimming pools — to enjoy the seaside surroundings, while extensive internal glazing maximize views for the interior. A private beach outlines the exterior, along with a small port for ocean access to the property.

    Photos: Vincent Coste