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

  • Michigan Lake House

    From its materials to its design, the Michigan Lake House is deeply connected to the landscape. The home is comprised of three charred timber volumes — one for gathering and two for sleeping — joined by a central dining area. Dying ash trees found on the property now warm the interior through the ceiling beams, hardwood floors, trim, and custom cabinetry, while glazed panels put the focus on the rustic setting. The unique angles of the roofline follow the slope of the terrain, while a cantilevered butterfly roof creates a large covered terrace with seemingly endless views of the Lake Michigan shoreline.

    Photos: Paul Warchol / Desai Chia

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