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

  • Cocoon House

    Set in a string of row houses in Ho Chi Minh City's New Urban area, the Cocoon House maintains the original home's sloped roof silhouette while reimagining it as a modern abode. Extra space at the front and rear of the house afforded a garage in front and a kitchen/garden area out back, which is partially covered to create a terrace for the master bedroom above. It takes its name from the veneer of ventilation blocks that were installed on the old balconies at either end, adding both privacy and security while creating a green space for nature to enhabit.

    Photos: Trieu Chien / Landmark Architecture

  • Studio Franz Messner

    Some great ideas appear when an architectural firm turns its eye on its own workshop. Such is the case with Studio Franz Messner. A renovated Italian studio that's home to Messner Architects, it respects the original structure while transforming it into a suitable workspace. Two walls running parallel to each other create a storage area in the center of the building, with two mirrored workspaces — with lofts — on either side. More interesting are the "light-catchers" that sit above the two new windows, extending through the roof to harness the alpine daylight and redirect it into the space.

    Photos: Meraner Hauser

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