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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.