A house built for the senses — for playing, recording and listening to music, for contemplating art and for absorbing the natural landscape outside. That is how Todd Saunders describes Villa Grieg, the cover star of our Jan/Feb 2022 issue. Resembling a line drawn in the air, the loop-shaped home touches ground with a wedge-shaped music studio, the perfect amenity for the musician who shares this rare home on Norway’s Lake Nordås with his family.
The house is emblematic of the residential projects we celebrate throughout the edition, which includes a marvellous Toronto-area home by Agathom, a clever expansion in Montreal and a shapely abode near Valencia by Horma. All are ingeniously connected to their outdoor surroundings. Agathom’s Dove House brings the exterior landscape inside, through evocative board-formed concrete walls and an interior circulation that unfolds like a walk through the woods.
We also interview British architect Peter Barber, who is creating the sense of individual houses in his mid-rise social housing projects – by experimenting with arches, unusual façade articulations and expressive dormer windows. Creating beautiful affordable housing is no small feat, considering how difficult it is to procure and realize such projects in the first place. As Barber tells Stefan Novakovic, “It requires almost guerrilla tactics to pull off: We’re working with snippets of land next to railway lines, or bits and scraps that have been used for storage or garage space.”
Open for Business
How retailers and designers are rethinking the shopping experience at every scale, from pop-up shops to specialty boutiques and department stores.
A Peggy’s Cove For All
By bringing an accessible boardwalk to Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia, Omar Gandhi Architect augments an already-incredible landscape.
All That’s New in Bathrooms
Projects and products for re-making the most intimate space, from a glamorous loo in an award-winning restaurant and an exposed soaker in a retrofitted home to the latest in showers, furnishings and basins – and Tom Dixon’s first-ever bathroom collection.
Our Jan/Feb 2022 issue kicks off the new year with inspired – and inspiring – residential architecture from around the world.