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

  • Jim Jannard's Trousdale House

    Overlooking nearly all of Los Angeles, Jim Jannard's Trousdale House is a modern-day Stonehenge. After selling his business, the Oakley founder and entrepreneur purchased two properties in Newport Beach, a few islands, and this Beverly Hills tract. The one story structure forms an 18,000 square-foot arc on its cliffside plot. Although it may be small in stature, a material palette of concrete and steel paired with its sprawling footprint create a monolithic presence. Its curved design allows for a circular courtyard, leading to the main entrance. Upon entry, large concrete columns create division among the mostly open interior filled with custom-made furniture and a striking chrome kitchen. At the center of the home is the main living area where floor-to-ceiling glazing opens out to an infinity pool. From here, unobstructed views of the entire cityscape and even glimpses of the Pacific Ocean beyond can be seen.

    Photos: iD Group

  • 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

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