Wood-clad or light-filled, rural or urban, these private residences share an invigorating architectural vision.
1. Kuaotunu, New Zealand Residence by Crosson Architects
Wrapped in native totara reclaimed from a swamp, and located in a historical gold-rush town, the retreat references mine shafts with its four protruding light wells, strong forms that do double duty as thermal chimneys.
2. Toorak, Australia Residence by Wood Marsh Architecture
With a nod to the late artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s curtainlike Running Fence installation,
the sculptural house is comprised of a sinuous concrete facade and a series of austere zinc-topped arcs, all counteracted with abundant landscaping.
3. Tawharanui Peninsula, New Zealand Residence by RTA Studio
Enclosed in stained cedar, pre-coated steel, and low-E glazing, the residence simultaneously
stands out from and is contextual to its bush-covered setting, a hillside overlooking Christian Bay, populated with bottlenose dolphins and orcas.
4. London Residence by Craftworks
Carved out of a derelict chapel built in 1935, the now four-bedroom home is faced
with reclaimed rusticated bricks outside and centers inside on a vaulted main living area lined in polished lime-plaster, capped by a new skylit roof.