Situated on a sloping desert plot just north of Joshua Tree National Park, the Blue Sky house hovers above its surroundings thanks to the support of six steel columns.
Architect Reinhold Andris' self-designed home in southwestern Germany centers around a split-level plan that affords it maximum spatial fluidity. This openness is furthered by the structure's steel frame and pervasive use of large glass panels.
Architect Susan Desko, a former senior design architect for Frank Gehry, drew inspiration from minimalist sculptures when designing this steel-plate-clad home in Ketchum, Idaho. The untreated metal changes color to reflect the constantly varying sky above.
Using steel to construct an elaborate weather-proof canopy for this Seattle home was very important to architect Tom Kundig. "It's strength and durability give me freedom to see those parts sculpturally," he says.
With siding made from both steel and reclaimed wood, the SunHome in Ann Arbor, Michigan reflects its home state's industrial roots as well as the energy-efficient ideals of its owner, the city's recycling coordinator.
The inlaid cross-hatch pattern on the steel-paneled facade of Villa Criss-Cross in Ljubljana, Slovenia, adds a playful touch while also evoking a pyramid built into the city's stone wall by famed architect Jože Plečnik.