Fu House

Constructed from a series of windowless concrete slabs, the Fu House uses its monolithic facade to conceal the sights and sounds of its noisy industrialized environment. Each of these slabs is supported by a delicate white panel, the bottom of which is slightly elevated to make the home appear to levitate off of the ground. The exterior materials are exposed internally, paired with white tile floors and minimal decor to create a monochromatic pallet. Light enters only through a pair of glazed walls, flanking the main living area. On one side the glass opens to a patio and wading pool, while the other turns the Ferrari parked under the carport into a work of art.

Photos: Kenji Masunaga / Kubota Architect Atelier

  • Caldera House

    Hidden among the native grasses and Emory oaks in the San Rafael Valley of Southern Arizona, the Caldera House offers a modern refuge in a primitive setting. The exterior walls are constructed from a mix of red scoria, a pulverized lava rock, cement, and water creating a facade that gets lost in its rocky landscape. The interior is just 945 square feet, consisting of just an open living area with fireplace and bedroom. Separated from the main house by a wall of glass and metal, a Zaguan allows for a covered outdoor space that can also be used for additional sleeping. A large set of folding metal doors on either end open up to let in natural light and take advantage of views of the valley scenery and the Patagonia Mountains.

    Photos: Cade Hayes / Dust

  • Apple Park

    Steve Jobs' final product announcement wasn't a new phone, computer, or gadget. It was a huge new campus for his beloved company. The newly-christened Apple Park will start welcoming employees this April, nearly six years after Jobs unveiled the plans to the Cupertino City Council. The main building — nicknamed the Spaceship thanks to its circular shape — was designed by Lord Norman Foster and is just part of the 175-acre complex. Also on site are a visitors center, a 100,000-square-foot fitness center, secure research and development facilities, two miles of walking paths, and over 9,000 trees. And one more thing: the Steve Jobs Theater, a 1,100-seat auditorium built to host future keynote events and topped by a 20-foot-tall glass cylinder, 165 feet in diameter, and situated on a hill so as to offer the best views of Steve's last creation.

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