Forester's House

Located on a plateau overlooking a small lake in Varberg, Sweden, the Forester's House blends in with its woodsy surroundings while also framing the views beyond. Built from cast-in-place concrete, it's comprised of two primary volumes joined by the entrance, with a tarred wood facade that folds underneath each form thanks to the open foundation. Inside, the fireplace and the exposed surfaces are made out of concrete, while the windows are trimmed in teak. Meant to age with grace, it should provide shelter for the forest's caretakers for generations.

Photos: Björn Lofterud / Petra Gipp Arkitektur

  • Comano Villa

    Set on a hill overlooking Lake Lugano in Switzerland, the Comano Villa uses a vast expanse of second-floor glass to maximize the views. The main building is composed almost entirely of black-stained concrete, which was cased in rough-grained wooden boards to provide added texture. Wooden floors add a touch of warmth, both downstairs — where you'll find several bedrooms, baths, and a sitting area — and up. The latter holds the dining area, kitchen, living room, and master bedroom, all connected by a lake-facing terrace that runs the length of the dwelling.

    Photos: Alessandro Crinari / Attilio Panzeri & Partners

  • Huguenot Physicians House

    An award-winning renovation of a Spitalfields property, the Huguenot Physicians House restores this early Georgian home to its former glory. The changes start at the top, as the building received a new mansard roof that now holds the master bedroom. The facade turns back the clock to 1725, with a wooden entrance and decorative brickwork above. Inside, both found and reclaimed items help give the rooms the proper sense of character, while windows at the rear bring in natural light and allow views of the fern garden.

    Photos: Alexander James / Chris Dyson Architects

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