Sluice Point House

Surrounded by the waters of Nova Scotia's Tusket River, the Sluice Point House is a modern homage to the area's vernacular architecture. The structure's low profile falls in line with the existing cottages situated on the coastline, while its roofline is taken from the fishing sheds dotting the region. Local eastern white cedar clads the entire exterior and roof. Its crescent shape conceals the landscape from the front, but upon entry, floor to ceiling glazing opens up to sweeping views of the surrounding marshland. The interior material palette is a low key mix of concrete floors and wood cladding, left in their natural state to hold up to days of fishing, boating, and hiking.

Photos: Ema Peter Photography / Omar Gandhi Architect

  • Casa GC

    Crafted from a mix of natural materials and native architecture, Casa GC is at home in the capital of Ecuador. The structure runs north to south along its narrow valley plot, blocking the sun's path. Internally, exposed metal framing supports a eucalyptus wood ceiling and traditional adobe walls. Polished concrete floors run throughout, completing the organic palette. While the front elevation carries an opaque facade, the rear is mostly glass. These glazed panels connect the interior to the central courtyard and provide views of the surrounding landscape.

    Photos: Lorena Darquea / Juan Pablo Ribadeneira Mora

  • Elliptic House

    Set along the coast of Portugal, the Elliptic House takes its form from its geometric namesake. Overlapping ovals create the contemporary exterior, giving the home a sculpted quality. The seaward wall takes advantage of its curved silhouette with a glazed facade, affording ocean views for nearly every room in the house. The circular motif continues throughout the structure in windows, a reflecting pool, jacuzzi, and a cutout in the cantilevered roof which allows both sun and shade for the poolside terrace.

    Photos: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG / Mário Martins Atelier

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