This week the architectural collective whisks us away to Californian deserts, Swiss fields and the Atlas Mountains in search of more enviable abodes
Villa K by Studio KO
Morocco’s unmistakeable Atlas Mountains form the view which invades every single corner of Villa K, an elegant, minimalist building located at the end of a traditional village near Marrakech. The building was designed by Studio KO in collaboration with Karl Fournier and Olivier Marty, and its contemporary form, composed of monolithic and geometric volumes, blends the traditional appearance of its materials with the simplicity of the modern architecture.
The Desert House by Kendrick Bangs Kellogg
The organic architectural stylings that American innovator Kendrick Bangs Kellogg has become synonymous with reach their apex in this breathtaking residence, commissioned by artist Bev Doolittle and her husband. Located in the heart of the California desert, the structure comprises an overlapping design of sheaths of curvaceous concrete, and melds camouflage-like with its native rocky landscape.
The Neuendorf House by John Pawson
In a Mediterranean paradise on the beautiful island of Mallorca and surrounded by a grove of almond trees stands the Neuendorf House, the holiday home of a German art dealer who entrusted John Pawson Architects with creating the space. It proved to be a solid decision: the structure’s raw, pigmented walls and the clay orange shade of the surrounding environment sit at odds with its formal planes, to create a captivating juxtaposition.
Villa Vals by SeARCH and CMA
Villa Vals, a magical house located in the depths of the Swiss landscape, might be the dictionary definition of mountain luxury. It was created by Bjarne Mastenbroek and Christian Müller, from the architectural offices SeARCH and CMA respectively, whose intention was to create a home which integrates entirely into the surrounding landscape. As a result, the villa is largely underground and can be accessed only via a nearby wooden hut, through a tunnel which runs beneath the mountainside, its website explains. Completed in 2009, the house is now available to book for short stays, making it the idyllic and attainable collision of Nordic tradition and contemporary architecture.
La Maison Palmeraie by Esther Gutmer and Helena Marzewski
Belgian architect Esther Gutmer teamed up with Helena Marczewski to create La Maison Palmeraie, a peaceful and private retreat which combines soft European simplicity with the landscape’s native toughness. Far from the classical Arabian-style opulence, the luxury of this quiet residence lies in the simplicity of its unique design, glimpsed here in rarely-seen photographs of its pool.