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Dorman House

Instead of demolishing the existing beach shack, the Dorman House adds a vertical extension to create undisrupted views of the ocean. The original home remains mostly untouched, with the exception of a new bathroom and laundry in the former kitchen. A spiral staircase leads to the new addition above, housing a kitchen, dining and living room. Internally, the timber box structure is completely lined with Silvertop Ash that not only adds coastal character, but also responds to the area's seasonal changes and time of the day. North-facing full height windows break up the timber planks to brighten the space, while framing in views of the Victoria coast.

Photos: Peter Bennetts / Austin Maynard Architects

  • Monte Rosa Hut

    Inspired by medieval keeps, the Monte Rosa Hut is a multi-story shelter in an isolated mountain setting. Located in the shadow of the Matterhorn, it boasts five floors, with communal areas on the bottom, sleeping areas above, and a ribbon of windows that wraps around the building, following both the path of the sun and the spiral stairway, letting in natural warmth while providing outstanding views.

    Photos: Bearth & Deplazes

  • Puerto Escondido Concrete House

    Nestled among the vegetation of the Oaxacan coastal town, the Puerto Escondido Concrete House makes the most of its modest footprint. The entire structure is formed from concrete, including the walls, gabled roof, floors, lofted sleeping platform, stairs, and kitchen sink and counter, which extends out onto the patio, forming the main eating area. Concrete patios extend out from multiple sides, creating both the eating area and a place for lounging by the concrete pool, while slatted wooden blinds provide both privacy and shade.

    Photos: Camila Cossio & Edmund Sumner / Aranza de Ariño