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Quest House

Overlooking the Durlston Country Park in Swanage, the Quest House is arranged to accommodate its sloped plot while maximizing views of its valley setting. The single-story structure is formed by two parallel concrete planes, anchored by timber dry-lining and glass. Appearing to levitate above the land, the home balances on a Purbeck stone retaining wall that separates the driveway and yard, creating a cantilever shelter to keep vehicles out of sight and out of the elements. Internally, an open living area and kitchen reside at the center, flanked by two bedrooms on either end, while full-height glazing frames in unspoiled views of the scenic valley and surrounding mature trees.

Photos: Ström Architects

  • Junction Shadow House

    Once an exact replica of its neighbor, the Junction Shadow House underwent a complete renovation to set itself apart from its semi-detached twin. Wedged between two structures in a tight Toronto neighborhood, the only access to natural light comes from the north and the south ends. So the idea of light and shadows was created with a bright white and black color palette running throughout the entire home. The ground floor is comprised of an open-concept kitchen and dining area, while the second and third-floor attic house two bedrooms and a living area. The interior is connected by a staircase at the heart of the home, which includes a hidden compartment for shoes in its landing.

    Photos: Revelateur Studio / Post Architecture

  • Camp Baird

    Located on 165 acres of Sonoma Valley, Camp Baird serves as a rustic retreat to escape from a family's urban dwelling. The compound is comprised of two structures, clad in weathered steel and slanted metal roofs, laid out in an L-shape. To maintain an authentic campground feel, most of the interior remains open to the outdoors, with a screened-in galley kitchen and dining area and an outdoor shower, while three enclosed spaces aren't limit by function and can be used for sleeping, lounging, or whatever need arises. Operating completely off-grid, the home is naturally cooled, heated by a pair of wood-burning stoves, and powered by solar panels. At the heart of the property, a massive deck explands out to an 82-foot-long lap pool and endless rows of live oak trees.

    Photos: Joe Fletcher / Malcolm Davis Architecture