Gorski Kotar House

Set atop a hill in the Croatian countryside, the Gorski Kotar House has a special relationship with its natural landscape. The project was inspired by a single walnut tree, spawning an outdoor terrace and eventually an entire home. Its simple form and pitched roof are clad in Siberian larch, stained with a black wood tar. In contrast to its stark exterior, the inside is bright and open with a palette of white and natural wood. The small floor plan is left undisrupted, with a ground level living room and kitchen that sit underneath a lofted sleeping area. From here, the inside flows out to an outdoor kitchen and terrace, where the elevated plot provides expansive views of the surrounding mountains.

Photos: Jure Živković / Tomislav Soldo

  • Tipping Cube

    Imagine balancing on the peak of Pic-Saint-Loup in southern France, taking in views as far out as the Mediterranean. Architect Christophe Benichou has visualized this dream-like scenario with his Tipping Cube concept. Accessed by a set of stairs, the viewing platform is encased by a leaning boxed structure made from a perforated roof — providing a needed break from the sun — and a set of opaque sides that force your attention forward to a large opening. This setup creates a 360-degree panorama that stretches from the surrounding Montpellier mountains, out past the Cévennes, and to the sea ahead.

    Photos: Christophe Benichou Architectures

  • 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

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