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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

  • 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

  • Obereggen Mountain Hut

    Set next to the Oberholz cable station, the Obereggen Mountain Hut is a modern take on the classic Stube. It's home to a restaurant, and is split into three main sections, each laid out so that the glazing on the end faces a nearby mountain. The hut is also constructed entirely from wood, with spruce used for the structure and interior, larch for the facade, and oak for the furniture. A sunken design ensures that the views aren't spoiled on arrival or as you enjoy your meal.

    Photos: Oskar Dariz & Jens Rüssmann / Peter Pichler Architecture