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GG House

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.

Photos: Marcos García / Elias Rizo Arquitectos

  • Loft 9B

    Created by architect/interior designer couple Dimitar Karanikolov and Veneta Nikolova, Loft 9B takes the attic apartment of a Sofia, Bulgaria development and turns it into a trove of interesting ideas. At the center of the space is the bathroom, set atop the building's elevator shaft and clad with concrete panels, while the building's proximity to its neighbors forced the pair to create their own privacy by lining the terrace with cantilevered aluminum planters. The bedroom's wardrobe is meant to look like a suitcase — it was so popular amongst visitors it spawned its own company — and helps hide the guest bed and bath, complete with a tub that's sunk into the floor. The ventilation ducts are clad in black metal, so as to not distract from the arched ceiling, and blend in well with both the magnetic Edison lamps attached to it and the rest of the couple's custom designed furniture.

    Photos: Minko Minev / Georgi Petev / Dimitar Karanikolov

  • Norderhov Cabin

    Using a cross-like structure to shield the outdoor spaces from the prevailing winds, the Norderhov Cabin manages to provide both privacy and spectacular views of the Steinsfjorden below. The interior is one open, continuous space, joined by the curved birch plywood walls and ceilings, yet divided by the home's shape and by the floors which follow the terrain on which they sit. There's a fireplace in the center of the cabin that can be seen from multiple sides, large glass walls to connect the interior with the landscape outside, and 20mm stone slab cladding on the exterior that's laid in the traditional Western Norwegian pattern, connecting the modern design with local heritage.

    Photos: Lars Petter Pettersen / AtelierOslo