Silver House

Perched on a limestone cliff on Gower Peninsula, the Silver House brings medieval craftsmanship to the modern day. The home's foundation takes inspiration from the historic architecture in the region by employing the ancient technique of dry-stone walling and houses a recording studio. The upper level is clad in timber and topped with a mono-pitched roof. A warm interior palette comprised of exposed timber beams, wood floors, and ceilings contrast the dark facade, while full-height glazing floods the space with natural light. A cantilevered deck expands the upper level over a reflecting pool, affording views of Oxwich Point and beyond.

Photos: Hyde + Hyde Architecture

  • Michigan Lake House

    From its materials to its design, the Michigan Lake House is deeply connected to the landscape. The home is comprised of three charred timber volumes — one for gathering and two for sleeping — joined by a central dining area. Dying ash trees found on the property now warm the interior through the ceiling beams, hardwood floors, trim, and custom cabinetry, while glazed panels put the focus on the rustic setting. The unique angles of the roofline follow the slope of the terrain, while a cantilevered butterfly roof creates a large covered terrace with seemingly endless views of the Lake Michigan shoreline.

    Photos: Paul Warchol / Desai Chia

  • Pine Forest Home

    Surrounded by a natural Mediterranean garden, the Pine Forest Home uses a horizontal layout to capture the best views. The house sits on a small hilltop, overlooking a grove of pine trees. Taking advantage of the wooded plot, the rear elevation is made of floor-to-ceiling glazing. A linear floor plan works with this glass facade to highlight the scenery in nearly every room. Large concrete terraces extend each level to the outdoors, while also providing protection for the area below. A natural palette of wood and stone compliments the surrounding environment, blending the contemporary form into the landscape.

    Photos: Mariela Apollonio / Ramon Esteve Estudio

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