High House

Hovering above a Quebec hillside, the High House uses a foundation of stilts to adapt to its snowy terrain. The gabled structure is elevated off the ground to protect the first level from the frigid elements, while also creating a protected outdoor area. Its clean lines are clad in a white concrete paneling and a corrugated steel roof to blend into the winter landscape, but also creates a striking contrast with its green backdrop in the summer months. The raised design also lifts the focus above the surrounding tree line, allowing for views of the Mont Saint Anne from the main living area.

  • Falcon Nest

    Towering 124 feet off the ground in Prescott, Arizona, the Falcon Nest gives you the benefits of high-rise living in the Sierra Prieta mountains. The ten-story home offers 6,200 square feet of living space accessed by a hydraulic elevator. A glass-encased solarium — housing two bedrooms, two baths, kitchen, and great room — expands out from the foundation in four directions, offering views expanding out 120 miles to include glimpses of San Francisco Peaks, Humphrey's Peak, Bill Williams Mountain, and your friendly neighbor Thumb Butte. The home also comes with another bedroom, two more bathrooms, and bragging rights for owning North America's tallest single-family house.

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  • Broad Cove Lookout

    Overlooking the Gulf of St. Lawrence on Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Island, The Lookout at Broad Cove Marsh provides a coastal getaway with expansive views. The narrow, single-story structure runs parallel with the water, accommodating its slender cliffside plot. From the road, the home is concealed by a large concrete retaining wall, topped by a small sliver of glazing to let in the north-eastern light. In contrast to its monolithic rear, the southwest side is encased by walls of glass, affording expansive views of the seaside setting. The interior is split into two halves, the first being a set of pod-like volumes that house the bedrooms and bathrooms. The other half is occupied by a timber-clad living area, lined with floor-to-ceiling glazed doors that open the space up to the salty ocean breeze.

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