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E20 House

Set in a sloping meadow in Pliezhausen, Germany, the E20 House allows its concrete exterior to show through without overwhelming the minimal interior. The home is hexagonal, allowing for a room layout that lends itself to eye-catching reveals. Warm wood floors and cabinets pair with white walls and exposed gray concrete to give the interior a cozy yet distinctly modern feel, while abundant windows let in plenty of natural light while providing views to the outdoors.

Photos: Brigida Gonzalez / Steimle Architekten

  • Tinkerbox House

    Surrounded by over 10 acres of forest in the Hudson Valley, the Tinkerbox House uses the owner's hobbies as the focus of its design. The process began with a spacious garage large enough for storing and tinkering on cars, while also housing a wine cellar and workshop for building furniture. Accessed by a two-story entryway, the open living space above is comprised of a kitchen, living room, and dining area that extends out to a covered terrace with an outdoor fireplace and grill. Externally, the rectangular form contrasts its dense wooded setting with a charred cedar cladding, created using an ancient Japanese technique called Shou sugi ban.

    Photos: Brad Feinknopf / Studio MM Architect

  • 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