Elliptic House

Set along the coast of Portugal, the Elliptic House takes its form from its geometric namesake. Overlapping ovals create the contemporary exterior, giving the home a sculpted quality. The seaward wall takes advantage of its curved silhouette with a glazed facade, affording ocean views for nearly every room in the house. The circular motif continues throughout the structure in windows, a reflecting pool, jacuzzi, and a cutout in the cantilevered roof which allows both sun and shade for the poolside terrace.

Photos: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG / Mário Martins Atelier

  • Tunbridge House & Studio

    Nestled on a 65-acre plot in Vermont's Green Mountains, the Tunbridge House & Studio pays homage to the area's rural architecture. The home is split between two pine-clad structures with asymmetrical metal roofs, resembling a barn and lean-to. Below the gabled roof is the main house, while the small shed-like volume houses a painting studio. Along with the entryway, an exterior deck provides an additional link between the two volumes, as well as an outdoor sitting area. Instead of the typical floor-to-ceiling glazing, the interior showcases the landscape with small windows that are carefully hung on the walls and ceiling, acting like live portraits of the surrounding scenery.

    Photos: Michael Vahrenwald / New Affiliates

  • Jim Jannard's Trousdale House

    Overlooking nearly all of Los Angeles, Jim Jannard's Trousdale House is a modern-day Stonehenge. After selling his business, the Oakley founder and entrepreneur purchased two properties in Newport Beach, a few islands, and this Beverly Hills tract. The one story structure forms an 18,000 square-foot arc on its cliffside plot. Although it may be small in stature, a material palette of concrete and steel paired with its sprawling footprint create a monolithic presence. Its curved design allows for a circular courtyard, leading to the main entrance. Upon entry, large concrete columns create division among the mostly open interior filled with custom-made furniture and a striking chrome kitchen. At the center of the home is the main living area where floor-to-ceiling glazing opens out to an infinity pool. From here, unobstructed views of the entire cityscape and even glimpses of the Pacific Ocean beyond can be seen.

    Photos: iD Group

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