February 20, 2014

The Art of Living: 3 Innovative Houses Bring the Outdoors In

These three innovative houses bring the outdoors in:

1. Studio William Hefner

Location: Los Angeles.

Standout: The pale tones of the limestone facade, the gallery-crisp interior walls, and the terrazzo flooring are pure California cool.

2. Minarc

Location: Iceland.

Standout: Sustainability reigns, from the roof planted with native grass and the heat captured by the raw-concrete shell to the kitchen cabinets made from rubber tires.

3. Churtichaga + Quadra-Salcedo Arquitectos

Location: Berrocal, Spain.

Standout: Sunny yellow lacquer on the front door and the chimney enlivens this cabin’s facade of autoclaved pine, like scattered dandelions in springtime.

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