In the centre of Phoenix, Arizona, USA, the artistic owners of a large piece of land imagined a new family home that would encourage creativity, growth and togetherness. With a ceramic artist homeowner shaping the design process alongside architecture firm The Ranch Mine, the 5795 square metre ‘Foo’ house became influenced by the ancient art of pottery. Just like ceramic arts, the home has a rigid structure whilst being malleable in use, it has precise form with imperfections in texture, it varies in volume whilst being limited in materials. The bespoke home is crafted around a courtyard & swimming pool, where desert landscaping has been creatively envisioned and implemented by The Green Room.

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On a beautiful green belt conservation area in the UK stands a wonderful 150 square metre lakehouse, created by architects Hamish & Lyons. The team were given the challenge to redevelop three disconnected flood prone outbuildings as add-on living space for the existing house. Emphasis was initially placed on the needs of the homeowners’ five boys, ages 5 to 15, though the final inspiring design magnetises in the whole family. Glass walls openly connect each new space with nature and tranquil waters, as well as uplifting daylight and tactile natural materials. The buildings are lifted high and dry above the swelling lake, which allows the residents to enjoy extended swimming underneath.

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