With concrete walls that emerge from the rock unevenly, this Iceland Cliffside Retreat is in some ways a reflection of the island nation's craggy glaciers. It's also a truly modern structure, spread across multiple floors with huge swaths of glass that provide the subterranean levels needed light and provide views of the water below. Sadly fictional for now, we'd happily take in our morning coffee on its oversized lower terrace.
Filling a massive industrial space, this Milan Apartment uses intelligent small touches to make it feel more like a home and less like a former factory. Among those are cabinets in the kitchen clad in treated, unlaquered wood, outer columns painted a stark white, the better to contrast with the black metal island, vents, and ceiling, and classic, plushly upholstered furniture that brings a soft touch to the bare concrete floors.
Marco Silotto + Enrico Dal Zotto / Silvio Stefani
Many homes are made of concrete, steel, glass, and wood. GG House is defined by them. The distinct butterfly shape of the concrete roof breaks the house up into two zones, one private, and one social. On the private side are two bedrooms, an office, and a master suite, while the social side is home to the open living, dining, and kitchen areas. Polished steel walls wrap around both sections, with an entryway in the middle that's connected to the rest of the home by stained cedar panels that also form the elongated decks. Retractable glass walls allow for selective separation from the outdoors while providing views of the volcano Colima, and the polished concrete floors serve as an inverse reflection of the raw roof above.
Set off the Puget Sound fjord and surrounded by forest, the Hood Canal Cabin takes advantage of its picturesque location with a vertical design. Built atop an existing 20 square foot foundation, it's clad in black cedar, with a contrasting light pine plywood and white panel interior that's home to a kitchen, wood-burning stove, bedroom, and sunlit shower. The entry is marked by a thin canopy that shields the entry from the elements, and is joined on the exterior by a large deck that sits on the same corner as the living/dining area's glazing.
Hidden along the rocky coast of southeastern Norway, the Knapphullet Cabin serves as a serene extension of the property's main house. The large boulders surrounding the structure form a naturally protected area, and also serve as a wall on the interior. Floor-to-ceiling glass lets in plenty of natural light while allowing for outstanding views of the water outside, wooden elements help blend the inside with the out, and the precast roof covers a living area, suspended bed, and bathroom, while serving as stairs and a rooftop deck.