Skylights, winding concrete stairways, and unexpectedly placed window frames that bathe the bedrooms in the serene afternoon light give the circular interior a sense of whimsy.
With generous use of reclaimed wood, this Santa Cruz home is a relaxed modern build that channels the beachy vibes of the area and owners.
Reflecting pools dot the property, drawing lines of sight between pavilions and complementing the aesthetic, which the architects call “tropical minimalism.”
There is a humbleness about this approach that seems to respect the topography, the grandness of the mountains, that seems to have inspired the home itself with the Café Canal stone walls and the multiplane roof.
Although Atelier Pierre Thibault’s work has a distinctly residential focus, many of his recent projects have had a strong public tilt. His office has been investing time, energy, and resources in projects that benefit the public, even if they don’t directly contribute to his own firm’s growth.
See the homes featured in this year’s West Coast Modern Home Tour.
Ema Peter, a Vancouver-based photographer, captures some of the most beautiful works of architecture in Canada and around the world.
After the 1976 Olympics, the building was transformed to house the Biodome, which has been open since 1992. It is part of a larger complex that includes the city’s botanical garden, insectarium, and planetarium.
Though she may not be as famous as Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Eero Saarinen, and Oscar Niemeyer, Lina Bo Bardi was one of the 20th century’s most influential female architects.