Always a fan of clean shapes, architect Maria Jose Trejos decided to get creative when she designed a home with built-in gallery space for photographer Sergio Pucci outside of San Jose, Costa Rica. After sourcing four massive metal shipping containers, Trejos moved them around like puzzle pieces, constructing a sunken gallery space, and massive rooftop terrace.
At her client's request, architect Aljoša Dekleva drew influence from Frank Lloyd Wright's Mrs. Clinton Walker House in Carmel, California, when designing this home off the coast of Maui. Nevertheless, the structure's massive zigzagging roof, with a patina that allows it to recede into the surrounding cliff-face, makes for a genuinely unique appearance.
When architects Melissa and Jacob Brillhart set out to design a home for themselves in downtown Miami they drew inspiration from a wide range of sources, including the city's trademark postwar tropical modernism, glass pavilion typology, and the classic dogtrot model. The resulting home features an elaborate red cedar shutter system, which produces a stunning interplay of shimmering light in the front patio.
Though it is not technically a permanent home, this sustainable treehouse in the Puerto Rican jungle is notable for its active relationship with its surroundings, as well as its construction from exclusively found natural objects.
Architect Sebastian Eilert took this classically minimalist 1960s-era Coconut Grove, Florida home and insulated the roof and walls with Supertherm, which put the overall insulation value of the structure at more than double the normal code requirement.
Architect Nataniel Fúster, known for his tropical modernist style, completely reimagined a previously dark, labyrinthine home in San Juan, Puerto Rico, adding a small pool and perforated walls that send geometric slats of light onto the water's surface.