Solo House II

Perched on the edge of a plateau in the forest of Matarraña, Spain, the Solo House II is meant to highlight its surroundings, not to distract from. Its circular form rides the edge of its elevated plot, creating a courtyard in its center. A glass facade allows for panoramic views of the rustic landscape while sliding mesh curtains act as both a private barrier as well as an access point to the exterior. Due to its rural setting, the house is completely self-sustaining, operating off of photovoltaic panels and a water collection and purification system.

Photos: Bas Princen / Office KGDVS

  • House by the Forest

    Bordering the woods in a small village in the Czech Republic, the House by the Forest fits a contemporary interior inside its vintage shell. The home's exterior form was left in its original state, altered only by the addition of new windows and a wooden patio on the garden side. These minor modifications not only introduce the presence of natural light but also allow for new views of the scenic landscape. The interior saw a dramatic change with the removal of interior walls to create an open floor plan. A lightened timber ceiling and custom-made furniture refresh the existing attic, turning the space into a bright living area with glimpses of the neighboring treetops.

    Photos: Boys Play Nice / Kaa-Studio

  • Lachance House

    Mixing rustic materials and modern design, the Lachance House reimagines the local architecture of Quebec's Eastern Townships. The exterior's contemporary form is clad in vertical wood planks, left unfinished to weather overtime like the native farm building of the area. This theme continues into the interior with the use of a polish field stone floor. The ground level — made up of an open kitchen, dining, and living area — is wrapped in sliding glass doors to frame in scenes lakeside landscape. These doors also open out to a covered terrace where views of the surrounding mountains can be admired.

    Photos: Adrien Williams / ACDF Architecture

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