The second phase of design at Sonoma Wine Country works to transform aneffortlessone-bedroom retreat into a dynamic escape for a growing family. Our original design comprised of a compact kitchen, primary bedroom, and guest house perched atop a hill overlooking Healdsburg. The graceful addition designed by Feldman Architecture seamlessly expands the home’s private wingeast, inserting an updated, secluded primary suite overlooking expansive views of the valley floor and distant hills. A new kitchen designed for both entertaining and family meals is nestled into the protected intersection of the public and private wings, spilling out onto the outdoor living, dining, and pool spaces.Additionally, a new detached structure housing a yoga and Pilates studio, doubling as a media center, sits close by,creating a calming hideawaytucked into a wooded grove. Photography by Adam Rouse
Imagine if your home could feel like living in a garden pavilion. At BENT Annexe II by BENT Architecture, it does! By retaining the character-rich front section of the home and creating a new, light-filled addition to the rear, this family of four plus Pippa the groodle are surrounded by lush greenery and can effortlessly utilise their backyard. Photography by Tatjana Plitt.
Hazel Road is a project designed by Buttrick Projects Architecture + Design. This 1950s-era house was long in need of an upgrade and expansion to capitalize on otherwise ‘good bones’ and to satisfy the needs of a family with young children. A kitchen remodel was the first problem to tackle. At that time the foundation work for the future upstairs addition was also put in place, so that the second level master bedroom addition would proceed more smoothly. Photography by Cesar Rubio, Matthew Millman (Kitchen)
Lookout House is a project designed by Faulkner Architects. The building site had a significant influence on the design for this house. Layered with intense geologic history at the base of a three-million-year-old volcano, the site is a north-facing 20-degree slope with equal parts refuge and prospect at 6,300 feet above mean sea level. Consisting of volcanic sediment from ancient flows and strewn with boulders up to 15 feet in diameter, the site is in an open stand of second-growth Jeffrey pine and white fir trees. The vertical, plumb lines of the tree trunks, stripped bare from years of deep snow fall, reach for the light. Standing upright at an angle to the slope, they provide a constant reference to the perpendicular horizon in the distance. The harsh winters leave the ground sparse yet partially covered with a mat of pine needles and cones. Large waist-high clusters of manzanita group together and climb the slope in an organic, opportunistic pattern. Photography by Joe Fletcher Photography
Cedar House is a project designed by Graham Baba Architects. The owners of this mid-1970s house came to the design team looking to update and refresh their home without sacrificing the spirit of wood that makes it a quintessential example of its time. Originally designed by noted Pacific Northwest architect Ralph Anderson, the house sits high on a sloping site. Nestled into the heavily landscaped terrain, it serves as a quiet escape from what is an otherwise typical suburban location. The design challenge was to bring the house up to date without sacrificing its essential character; the solution was a two-track approach to the remodel. Public spaces—the entry and dining room, those areas most defined by their use of cedar—would receive a light touch, while private areas of the home—areas receiving the heaviest use and needing the most updates—would be modernized and updated for contemporary living. Throughout all areas, updates to the home were carefully considered to honor the original design. Photography by Haris Kenjar.
This new home designed by Stuart Silk Architects is located on Lake Washington in the Laurelhurst neighborhood of Seattle. The gently sloping site faces south with views of the lake and territorial views of Seattle. The clients wished to create a light-filled home that would accommodate the needs of their growing family of five and allow them to entertain comfortably. In response, we created a home with an open plan featuring a centrally located two-story living room at its heart. The kitchen and family room share the same open space and are immediately adjacent to the living room. On the second floor, an overlooking walkway is open to the living room and connects the bedrooms which flank either side of the living room. The 12,000-square-foot home is accommodating to both intimate family gatherings as well as entertaining friends interactively. Photography by Kevin Scott.
Westridge Residence is a project designed by Richard Beard Architects. Attuned to the rhythms of nature—notably the fog that spills nightly over Windy Hill along the Coast Range—this elegant yet understated house is the result of site-specific design for a growing, young family. The gently sloped property unfolds in layers, from the access road through to the house and beyond. The house is both intimate and expansive, making the most of its setting, sitting quietly on the land, incorporating the ever-changing views into daily life. Photography by Paul Dyer.
Sound House is a project designed by GO′C located in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood. This elevated peninsula northwest of downtown offers expansive views across the Puget Sound and to downtown Seattle. The project is a 5,500 square foot single family home replacing the existing house built in the 1920’s. There was an existing plateau at the top of the house where the new structure is placed. An existing series of terraced gardens and pathways were reworked to form a dining terrace and pool terrace nestled into the slope. One of the driving factors in the design of the house was the almost 360 degree views from the site and the design allows these to be maximized on each of the levels. Photography by Kevin Scott.
Villa 95 is a project designed by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos. The expressive nature of this three-story house is designed in a continuous movement that suggests, between its different rooms, a walkway from where to explore the landscape that expands in front of it.
The apartment designed by Ela Morgan on Einstein street in Haifa has an area of 180 square meters, and is located in an apartment building. The apartment is located on the third floor, at the height of the streets’ treetops. It has not been renovated since the 1970s. In this apartment you will immediately notice the unique design fingerprint, the fact it is possible to dare, integrate different materials in the most special way you can imagine and create a house different than what you’ve seen so far, so you will not miss de designers’ signature. Photography by Shiran Carmel.