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Category Archive: ‘Interesting Houses’

In Case of Tsunami


Designs Northwest Architects have recently completed the Tsunami House, located on Camano Island in Washington State.

The Tsunami House is a waterfront home located on a 3,140 square foot site in a high velocity flood (V) zone on the northern end of Camano Island. The building footprint was limited to a 30’ x 30’ pad.

The 887 square foot main living level had to be located 5 feet above grade and the foundations had to be designed on pilings capable of withstanding high velocity tsunami wave action. The lower 748 square foot space had to be designed with walls that were able to break away in the event of a storm surge.



Our design strategy was to locate the main living level nine feet above grade and leave the lower level to be used as a flexible multi use space dubbed the “Flood Room.” Clear glass overhead doors open up to the waterside deck facing north, and translucent overhead doors open to the entry courtyard facing south, allowing privacy from the road.




The depth of the lot is only 50 feet deep and required an above ground sand filter drain field that was 10 feet wide. In order to integrate the sand filter into the limited site, it was encased in 3-ft high architectural concrete walls and covered with a pervious sun deck on top of the drain field. The drain field/sun deck also acts as a visual barrier between the road and the house providing privacy when all the overhead doors are open.

Posted by on Mar 7, 2014 in Interesting Houses | 1 comment

Amagansett, NY

The clients, an interior designer and a DJ, requested a complete renovation and addition of a 1960’s kit house in Amagansett, NY to be a weekend retreat from their urban apartment.

The clients gathered images of objects and conventional materials utilized in new, interesting ways as inspiration for the design.  A single design solution that could unify the old remaining parts of the house to the new intervention was sought.  This solution should solve acoustical, lighting, equipment coordination and simultaneously address the aesthetic décor requirements of the client’s collection of objects.


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Posted by on Feb 15, 2014 in Interesting Houses | 2 comments

Leucadia Cliff-Front

Here’s a new take on the house video tour – I’m not sure of the floor plan though, and I feel a little dizzy:

From the MLS: The “Crescent” is a world famous Wally Cunningham design that combines the symphonic resonance of the sea by curvilinear architectural elements. The 6,500 square foot masterpiece sprawls over a double oceanfront lot, capturing the energy, essence, movement and calmness of the Pacific in every living space. Outdoor spaces meld into the interior seamlessly, allowing peaceful travel to another world.

Posted by on Feb 5, 2014 in Interesting Houses, View | 9 comments

LB View Contemporary

Horst Architects together with interior design firm Aria Design have completed the Rockledge Residence in Laguna Beach, California.






Perched atop the vertical face of a rocky, coastal promontory, this residence responds directly to the owner’s brief for a relaxed family beach house where they could engage family and friends, while also enjoying the views and natural surroundings of the site. The mild coastal climate also created the opportunity for the seamless integrate of interior and exterior space.

The design solution consists of a main residence and a detached guest house organized around a series of connected courtyards. Native, drought tolerant vegetation forms the connective tissue of the various exterior spaces. Sliding, concealed pocket doors and the continuity of materials both inside and out, help to dissolve the boundary between interior and exterior space.

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Interesting Houses | 0 comments

Mid-Century Modern

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Select garden furniture to match your style, garden storage sheds or even greenhouse designs to personalize your landscape.

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in Interesting Houses | 1 comment


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Interior Designer, Len Cotsovolos, unveils his latest contemporary architectural design at the Yellowstone Club- a private residential ski resort community in Big Sky, Montana, where he designed a custom 11,000 square foot vacation retreat that epitomizes comfort. “To understand this home, you must start from the inside,” explains Cotsovolos, “the home was designed from the inside out, while trying to bring the outside in”.

Although this property shares the mountainside with classic American vernacular log cabin estates, Cotsovolos, with LC² Design Services has styled this dream home to express modern mountain luxury…with just the right amount of Vegas “bling”. Nestled among the tall pines of the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 10,500 feet, this custom home reflects characteristics of Modernist architecture, which typically features glass walls, post-and-beam construction, exposed steel, and open floor plans; however, Cotsovolos also introduced unique finishes, opulent furnishings, and other details, which he sourced worldwide to create a warm, dark and mysterious home that is internationally inspired.

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Posted by on Nov 16, 2013 in Interesting Houses | 0 comments

Santa Lucia Preserve, Carmel

The design for the Caterpillar House, sited on the softly rolling hills of the Santa Lucia Preserve, sought to accentuate a connection to the land.  Having lived in a Cliff May home, the client came to the project with a love of modern ranch houses and looking for an environmentally-conscious response to a beautiful site.







Posted by on Nov 1, 2013 in Interesting Houses | 1 comment