Quintessa Pavilions

Surrounded by 280 acres of vine-covered hillsides and mature oak trees, the Quintessa Pavilions are a trio of wine-tasting shelters for a Napa Valley estate. Each of the structures was carefully arranged within the vineyard, keeping most of the natural landscape intact. Although modern in design, their clean lines look at home in their rustic setting with the addition of reclaimed wood and local stone. While the steel and timber awning provides protection from the elements, large openings and glazed doors keep the space at one with the scenery, allowing guests to sip on their Cabernet Sauvignon while admiring the fields where it was grown.

Photos: Matthew Millman, Matthew Williams / Walker Warner Architects

  • Phillip Island House

    Set along the rugged shore of Bass Straight, the Phillip Island House is a modular home with unparalleled views. The structure is composed of two rectangular volumes — one clad in zinc and the other in teak. Timber planks form the garage facade, extending beyond the walls and around the rear of the home, creating a private courtyard. Within its walls sits a pool as well as an outdoor space to enjoy the seaside setting away from from the harsh coastal winds. The main house is located in the zinc wing, consisting of four bedrooms and an open kitchen, dining, and living area. Its linear layout follows the coastline, allowing for prime views of the neighboring beach through the floor-to-ceiling glazing.

    Photos: John Madden / Modscape

  • Townships Farmhouse

    Set in the rolling farmlands of eastern Quebec, the Townships Farmhouse takes cues from both the surrounding architecture and its owners' diverse tastes. The home sits on an active farm, worked by one member of the couple — the other is a painter and avid art collector. As a result, features like the courtyard design, which provides added shelter in winter, and the barn doors that protect the vast expanses of glass, are completely functional. Meanwhile, the interior aesthetic is rustic minimal, letting their art collection shine while blending seamlessly with the exterior of repurposed hemlock salvaged from run-down Ontario barns.

    Photos: Stephane Groleau and Laetitia Boudaud / LAMAS

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