Butterfly House

Located on a 20,000-acre private preserve in California, the Butterfly House takes inspiration from the brightly-colored insects that inhabit the surrounding meadow. The home is made up of three pavilions, with the center housing the main living areas and sleeping quarters on either end. Each structure is topped with sloping v-shaped roofs, giving the home its name while also funneling rainwater to be used for the property's irrigation system. With a landscape of canyons and hillsides surrounding the site, the outdoors is brought in through extensive glazing that opens up to numerous outdoor spaces.

Photos: Joe Fletcher Photography / Feldman Architecture

  • 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

  • Geilo Cabin

    Set over 3,200 feet above sea level near one of Norway's premier skiing destinations, Geilo Cabin is built to withstand the harshest winter weather. Its facade is made from black-painted wood and black-tinted concrete, hiding within an inner courtyard created by the main area, guest house, and carport. The interior is similarly sparse, with black concrete floors, iron sulphate-treated oak, and a black fireplace, providing a stunning contrast with the natural landscape, especially during the winter months when the cabin is accessible by snowmobile or ski only.

    Photos: Mark Goodwin / Lund Hagem

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