In a quiet corner of Ibiza, rug designer Nani Marquina and photographer Albert Font have carved out a serene, site-sensitive home. The architects discreetly sunk a pool into the roof terrace. In order to shade part of the terrace, the architects designed a freestanding sun shelter. A bamboo-reed covering projects a soft, filtered light onto the outdoor living area below.
Architects Anne Marie Lubrano and Lea Ciavarra are known for taking a restrained and thoughtful approach to the spaces they design, which guided their transformation of a three story, 19th-century town house in Manhattan. One of the main challenges was integrating the interiors with the outdoor areas. A rooftop oasis furthers the home's connection to the outdoors.
Up-sizing from a small bungalow, Kristopher Dukes and Matt Jacobson take a minimalist approach to renovating and furnishing a soaring ’80s-era Ray Kappe–designed house in Manhattan Beach, California. Designed as a weekend retreat for animation producer Lou Scheimer and his wife, Jay, the house features a two-story atrium and a rooftop deck, complete with lap pool and widow’s walk.
Architect Don Dimster integrated a new roof deck and custom furnishings into Chris and Marjorie Rice’s 1960s Buff, Straub and Hensman home in Los Angeles. Dimster added new, two-story-tall beams to support the weight of the glass box topping the stair. “We were missing a grand outdoor space—that’s where the roof deck comes into play,” Dimster says.
Six stories high, crowned with a pool, and with a direct lineage back to the Bauhaus, a new town house in Tel Aviv, Israel, manages to both embrace and provide refuge from the teeming Israeli city. The decking on the rooftop is Burmese teak.
For Casa Cubo, or the Cube House, completed in 2012 in São Paulo, architect Marcio Kogan and his associate Suzana Glogowski integrated the open-air living room with the garden. The deck atop Kogan's Cube House offers a spectacular view of the sun.
To most eyes, Ezequiel Farca’s 1970s-style concrete home in Mexico City looked like a teardown. Even the lot itself wasn’t particularly alluring. But Farca saw through all the restraints to create a spa-like refuge in one of the world’s most energetic cities. The rooftop courtyard is lined with a verdant mix of indigenous plants, including banana trees, palm trees, lion’s claw, Mexican breadfruit, and native vines.
When Birgitte Ginge and Madeline Williamson unexpectedly fell in love with a piece of land in the Rio Chama watershed of northern New Mexico, the couple sought an architect who could harmonize their interests with the environment. Thanks to passive solar and radiant floors, the metal-clad Abiquiu House, designed by Anderson Anderson Architecture, is comfortable year-round. The rooftop is wired for a solar farm, but they are waiting for better prices and tax breaks before investing.