This sustainable retirement home in California is set on five pristine acres. The structure's three pavilions gently fan out in a semicircle. The owners recruited landscape designer Bernard Trainor to help integrate the house with the land.
A modern multiunit prefab prototype in Vancouver stands on a modest 33-foot-wide lot, thereby maximizing outdoor space. “Modernism on the West Coast has always been about the relationship of architecture to landscape,” says architect Oliver Lang.
For their modern take on a traditional farmhouse in Missouri, residents Hannah and Paul Catlett chose to prioritize connections to the outdoors: to the tree-covered hills, the animals in the pasture next door, and the river valley to the south, where sometimes they see trains pushing through the nighttime fog.
The owner of this live/work space in Austin consulted with an old neighbor, landscape architect Eleanor McKinney, on landscaping, and she steered him toward a maintenance-free hardscape, complete with crushed granite and square pavers.
This family retreat in Montauk arrived gently at its site thanks to modular construction. The residents told the architects that they wanted a house that would invoke the idea of camping, by joining indoor and outdoor experiences throughout the site.
Architect Thomas Phifer's Taghkanic House in New York’s Hudson Valley was a lesson in working with the environment. "I’d never designed a house in the landscape before,” Phifer says. “We talked about how to embed architecture in the land, how to choreograph the arrival, how to allow buildings to deal with daylight and the land."
A hot tub and seating area foreground the lawn at this suburban abode near Cincinnati.