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Manigod Chalet

Tucked away in the French Alps is the Manigod Chalet. Converted from a 1833 farmhouse, elements of the original 19th century cabin were preserved by enlisting the help of local craftsmen and the use of weathered wood for beams, ceilings and floors. A beige and brown color palette provides a rustic warmth, while cement tile kitchen floors and a Bourgogne stone fireplace add contemporary elements to the interior. An abundance of windows can be found on all three floors, offering 180-degree views of the snow-capped mountains.

Photos: Vincent Thibert / Marie Claire Maison

  • Encallada House

    Perched on a Chilean cliff's edge, the Encallada House is part beach house, part mountain retreat. The exterior is covered in charred pine wood, with an angular roof that recalls the rocky terrain. Inside, light wood on the walls, floors, and ceilings contrasts with the house's exterior and the frames of the floor-to-ceiling windows, which afford views of an estuary and the Pacific beyond. The home is split into five levels, with large open spaces and a sizable terrace on the ground floor, and bedrooms spread across the upper levels.

    Photos: Hugo Bertolotto / Whale! Architecture

  • Stamford House

    In a neighborhood filled with oversized homes, the Stamford House stands out not by the space it occupies, but the space it doesn't. The home, also referred to as That House, is constructed using three rectangular forms — two on the bottom, joined by an open walkway, that house the shared family space, with a kitchen, living room, office, and bathroom, and a single upper space straddling both to house the bedrooms. With floor-to-ceiling glass capping all three components on both sides, upwards blinds to give the owners control over their level of privacy, while a cross-shaped pool matches the angular design of the home itself.

    Photos: Austin Maynard Architects