Tenkawa Fishing Cabin

With a concrete facade and green roof, the Tenkawa Fishing Cabin blends into its riverbank setting. The rectangular structure sits cantilevered over the edge of Japan's sacred Mount Ōmine, where its gray exterior becomes one with the bedrock foundation. Separated by a plywood partition, the interior's linear floor plan consists of a guest bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom on one side, and the master bedroom, living area on the other. Sliding doors at the far end of the home expand the inside out over the river and exposing the mountainous landscape.

Photos: Akira Kita / Planet Creations

  • Outpost House

    Surrounded by nothing but the remote landscape of Idaho's high desert, the Outpost House functions for both labor and leisure. The structure carries a small footprint out of respect to its natural surroundings, covered in a concrete block facade to stand up to the harsh climate. That material also extends around an enclosed garden, creating a lush green contrast to the rigid terrain. Free of partitions, the interior maintains an open layout, consisting of a living area and studio space topped by a mezzanine bedroom. The palette compliments the warm hues of its surroundings with unfinished recycled fir floors and natural clay plaster. This double height space is punctured by a large glazed opening, intentionally placed to take advantage of the nearby Sawtooth Mountains in their various seasonal state.

    Photos: Tim Bies / Olson Kundig

  • Hammock House

    Located on a 40-acre farm in North Carolina, the Hammock House adopts an L-shape layout to respect the land's ancient oak trees. Along with the mature oak trees, an old barn also occupies the land. The exterior's slanted shed roof and timber plank cladding compliment the existing farm structures in a contemporary fashion. Internally, the home is split up between two wings — one containing the sleeping quarters and the other consisting of the main living area. Generous amounts of glazing flood the interior with natural light and afford views of the surrounding forest, while a screened sun room creates a sheltered hammock space — inspiring the home's namesake.

    Photos: Samsel Architects

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