When the owner of this unique home first came to architect David Hertz with ideas of a house topped with a curvy roof, he immediately thought of an airplane wing. Crazy—until he realized it could be done. They bought an old 747 for less than $50,000 and brought it to the 55-acre site in Malibu piece by piece. The wings were used for the roof and the rest will be used in other buildings.
Challenged with building a home on a 15-acre site of wooded grassland—split by a large ravine—San Francisco-based architect Stanley Saitowitz worked with what he had. The architect bridged the ravine with a 220-foot-wide house made of alternating levels of Cor-Ten steel plates and glass. Located in the scenic town of San Anselmo, in the south-east corner of Marin county, the home celebrates the incredible landscape. On the top floor, the living areas look north out of glass walls. The bedrooms on the bottom level look south.
When a young couple found a house and detached studio-garage on a nice, ample lot in Venice that fit both their lifestyle and had room for their in-laws, they knew they had something special. The home had potential, but was in serious need of some TLC. The stucco buildings were a far cry from the home the couple had envisioned. The homeowners turned to Daly Genik Architects, who dove into the project. The architects renovated the two buildings, wrapping them in an aluminum exoskeleton to give them filtered light, balconies and added privacy.
The Nakahouse, designed by the famed XTEN Architecture, is a lesson in transformative architecture. XTEN worked to reconfigure the 1960s Hollywood Hills ranch house to better showcase the incredible surroundings. The firm gutted the interior, added four new terraces, and carved out windows to drink in the expansive views. The outside of the house was coated in plaster and painted black to make it pop and look like one complete unit. The result? A home that captures the attention of architecture junkies worldwide and wins a slew of design awards including a coveted 2012 National AIA Award.