Rocksplit House

Overlooking the valley of Poisses on the Greek island of Kea, the Rocksplit House uses local materials and traditional building methods to marry with its mountainous landscape. The home is comprised of three volumes, all clad in a native stone. Each one is split up by function — a main living area, sleeping quarters, and a circulation tower. The interior maintains the exterior's neutral affair with white washed wood, gray stone, and pale stucco. Covered verandas flank the central structure, acting as a refuge from the harsh Mediterranean climate while taking in the seaside views.

Photos: Dimitris Kleanthis / Comet Architects

  • Hoxton Square Loft

    Housed in a former upholstery factory, the Hoxton Square Loft uses a mix of existing and custom elements to preserve its industrial heritage. The interior retains the authenticity of the building with exposed brickwork, original wood floors, and vintage radiators. Continuing this salvaged aesthetic, cabinets made from reclaimed floorboards create a linear kitchen in the open living area, while honed marble countertops, brass fixtures, and a temperature-controlled pantry add a subtle sense of luxury. While the bedrooms mainly step away from their factory roots with blue tongue and groove paneling, sisal flooring, and velvet window treatments, pieces of the past remain in a wardrobe made from an old elevator shaft and reclaimed quarry tile.

    Photos: Rory Gardener / Mark Lewis Interior Design

  • Croft Lodge Studio

    Built around a 17th-century cottage in the English County of Herefordshire, the Croft Lodge Studio is more of a preservation than a restoration. The 300-year-old ruins — including rotted timbers, crumbling stone, dead ivy, and even abandoned cobwebs — were left untouched, encased in a new black corrugated iron shell. This causes the structure to take on a redundant form, with a duplicate roof, windows, and walls placed over the old remains. The interior is warmed by a pair of wood-burning stoves and currently serves as a design studio with a store, kitchen, sleeping area and a living room, but also has the ability to be easily converted into a three-bedroom house when desired.

    Photos: James Morris / Kate Darby Architecture

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