Soaring ceilings, built-in furniture, and minimal color make this Munich home feel huge. Playfully protruding and recessed windows define the street-facing side of the house, maintaining privacy while ushering in sunlight. A series of large glazed windows face the backyard garden.
Architect Preston Scott Cohen resurrected an early 1800s barn in New York as a vacation home for a literary couple and their family. The Pine Plains home boasts 48 windows, the largest of which measures 8'6'' by 7'6''. As Cohen explains, the "free facade makes it impossible to identify how many levels there are, or even to tell the difference between a door and a window."
Emerging gracefully from an overgrown meadow on Chappaquiddick Island near Edgartown, Massachusetts, a family vacation home by Peter Rose + Partners is bound to the local flora and fauna through smart design decisions. Exterior walls are clad in an sealed, unpainted western red cedar to mirror the colors of the site’s tawny meadows. Inside, windows are strategically oriented to harness the power of fresh ocean breezes as a cooling device.
The renovation of this old Swiss stone structure by Wespi de Meuron Romeo architects was, at times, as much archeology as architecture. The small square in front of the building, the only in the village of Scaiano, dates the building, a former brandy distillery fortified with both spiritis and stone walls. The end goal, a vacation home with a view of the nearby lake, led Jérôme de Meuron to cut through a wall and ceiling to open up the space.