This private villa, on a narrow lot fronting a protected bay in Tulum, Mexico, was designed to be fully self-sufficient and to immerse the occupants in the range of environments that the site offers. A narrow path brings visitors through dense vegetation to a large great room that is fully open to the beach beyond.
This gorgeous eco-friendly house is powered by a photovoltaic canopy that shades a large rooftop terrace. Other roof areas are planted with native species that provide insulation and screening. All waste is processed through a digester and artificial wetlands system.
This house positions itself as a backdrop to a spectacular site, with a dense canopy of trees in the front and a steep ravine in the back. Architectural firm Specht Harpman's goal was to preserve the site's live oaks and redesign the home to take advantage of its natural landscape.
Grid-like shelving displays a funky assortment of dollhouses and figurines in this modern home. Cool lighting adds to the eccentric feel of the display.
Every inch of this small Manhattan loft is put to use, with stairs featuring built-in storage units below and a built-in nook that houses the main bath and shower. The apartment is crafted like a piece of furniture, with hidden and transforming spaces for things and people.
This modern kitchen features lots of smooth wood cabinets, high-end stainless steel appliances, a small glass-top metal table for eating and food preparation, and a white tile backsplash behind the work areas.
This eco-friendly villa in Tulum, Mexico includes a rooftop terrace that collects rainwater that is filtered and stored for use. A secret stone path leads between the palm trees down to the beach.
Entry into this white bathroom is brought to life with a hot pink door, painted to match the adjoining bedroom. The pink color is carried into the bathroom with a matching bath towel.
High ceilings give a loft-like, airy feel to this modern living room that features a serene white, gray and black palette. Touches of texture—a glass coffee table, a fur throw—add depth and visual interest to the sleek space.
The road to this modern house begins high on a cliff above, so when guests approach the home, the rooftop becomes a critical element of the design. Terraced planes planted with year-round, region-specific succulents step down the hill.