Hill House

Making use of natural materials found on the property, the Hill House cuts into a Winthrop hillside to create a sustainable mountain retreat. The exterior is clad in a mix of recycled steel and sustainably harvested wood, while gabion stone walls taken from excavation blends into the rocky plot. Glazed walls wrapped around three sides of the home flood the interior with natural light and provide unspoiled views of the Washington landscape. A sunken fire pit sits in the middle of a large stepped platform that is sheltered by oversized eaves, providing an outdoor escape during warmer months.

Photos: Lara Swimmer / David Coleman Architecture

  • Gota Dam House

    Set atop a granite slab overlooking a reservoir 150 feet below, the Gota Dam House uses a variety of materials to blend its modern form into the landscape. The home is defined by three main elements, including granite blocks — clad with rock from the same hillside on which the home sits — that hold bedrooms, bathrooms, and supporting spaces, oversized wooden platforms and a cantilevered roof that frame the views and provide shelter from the East African sun, and two glass-enclosed spaces that form the winter living areas. The garage cover is made from rebars woven together, a nod to the local practice of basket weaving, while the lower level pool helps merge the base of the home with the water beyond.

    Photos: Bruce Rowlands, Angela Geddes / Sforza Seilern Architects

  • Straumsnes Cabin

    A combination of old and new structures, the Straumsnes Cabin is a holiday house overlooking the Norwegian Sea. Most of the original 1950's structure was removed to make room for the modern build. The timber-clad additions are a series of modules, built around the existing annex that extend out toward the coast. Along with the annex, the pool was kept and refurbished for the new project. Bedrooms are housed in their own pods for added privacy, while the master has access to its own sauna. The interior maintains a clean aesthetic with plywood-lined ceilings, a concrete fireplace, and minimal furnishing and is generously glazed for endless views of the surrounding fjord.

    Photos: Tom Auger / Rever & Drage

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