Given the liberatingly simple directive of “don’t f*ck it up”, the team behind the Venice House created a monolithic, yet inviting, home. The vaulted, wood-lined kitchen serves as the heart of the house, connecting the front yard with the back and blurring the line between indoor and outdoor spaces. As a result, the stairway is tucked away on the side, giving access to the upstairs and its three bedrooms, while the downstairs holds the aforementioned kitchen, dining, and living areas, as well as multiple outdoor patios, an outdoor cooking area, and a pool with pool house.
Noah Walker / Walker Workshop
Overlooking the valley of Poisses on the Greek island of Kea, the Rocksplit House uses local materials and traditional building methods to marry with its mountainous landscape. The home is comprised of three volumes, all clad in a native stone. Each one is split up by function — a main living area, sleeping quarters, and a circulation tower. The interior maintains the exterior’s neutral affair with white washed wood, gray stone, and pale stucco. Covered verandas flank the central structure, acting as a refuge from the harsh Mediterranean climate while taking in the seaside views.
Dimitris Kleanthis / Comet Architects