Desert Palisades Guardhouse

Posted outside a Palm Springs community, the Desert Palisades Guardhouse looks more like one of the new residences than staff quarters. The building is suited for its desert environment with a weathered steel facade. Its rusty hue compliments the surrounding scenery, while its cantilevered roof creates a playful dialogue between the new structure and the natural landscape. The interior continues the mid-century modern aesthetic with warm wood paneling, concrete floors, and large amounts of glazing to take in the rugged views.

Photos: Lance Gerber / Studio AR&D Architects

  • Invermark House

    Set below Table Mountain in Cape Town, the Invermark House bears the influence of two iconic homes. Architect Gilbert Colyn designed the home for himself in the late '60s, drawing inspiration from Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House and Phillip Johnson's Glass House. It fell into disrepair before being purchased by architect Stefan Antoni in 2013. His firm, SAOTA, returned the building to its original state while enhancing it by removing unnecessary structure and screens, adding to the open feel of the largely glass-walled house. Outside, the swimming pool was moved from one side of the house to the other to maximize privacy, making way for a secluded family garden on the mountain side.

  • Casa BL

    Set on a gentle slope in Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal, Casa BL uses its site to great effect. From the entrance, you can see a hint of the home's three floors, accessible from a central stairway that whisks guests quickly past the bedrooms on the second floor and on to the kitchen, dining, and living areas below. Clean white walls are complemented with warm wooden floors and minimal furnishings, while plentiful windows offer views to the outside. A folding glass wall connects the living room to a covered patio, with a sunken fire pit in the distance, accessible via a stone path.

    Photos: Joao Morgado / Hugo Monte Arquitecto

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