The first half of 2020 has had more than its share of highlights. With many people working, schooling, and recreating from home amid coronavirus concerns, indoor-outdoor connections are more important than ever. Our favorite homes of 2020 so far seamlessly blend the interior with the exterior and bring the outdoors in, from an over/under in California to a steel beam-elevated home hovering above the Hudson River in New York.
California Home Turns Indoor-Outdoor Living Upside Down
To maximize views while preserving privacy, architects Lindsay and Rory Brown of The Brown Studio flipped the floor plan in this home overlooking the rolling surf of oceanside Encinitas, California.
A Las Vegas Residence Where Glass Steals the Show
Architect Dan Coletti’s challenge in designing The New American Home 2020, a yearly showpiece at the International Builders’ Show, was simple: Top what he did in 2019. So, he created a spacious, glass-encased jewel in the desert, offering unobstructed views of mountains and the Las Vegas skyline.
A New York Home Hovers Over the Hudson River
Resting on 9-foot high steel columns, this modern home designed by Resolution: 4 Architecture in idyllic Croton-on-Hudson, New York, enjoys picturesque views of the Hudson River through massive moving walls of glass.
Big Glass Connects an L.A. Home to Nature
The immersive indoor-outdoor experience of Bridge House, a boundary-pushing home that crosses over a stream in Los Angeles, underscores architect Dan Brunn’s love of nature.
Glass-Gilded Terraces Turn Austin Home into a Scenic Viewpoint
Ryan Burke, principal of A Parallel Architecture, calls this 8,174-square-foot home in the wooded Westlake neighborhood of Austin, Texas, “first and foremost a view house,” an aesthetic effect achieved through a series of projecting terraces and extensive floor-to-ceiling glass.
New York Home Reflects the Ambience of a Gallery
Big glass openings connect art and nature in a modernist home designed by architect Carol Kurth. The home, deemed Art House 2.0, is located on a wooded property in Westchester, New York, and features multiple sliding glass patio doors that seamlessly blend the interior with the exterior.
Floor-to-ceiling Glass Expands Visual Area in Arizona Home
To give his clients an indoor-outdoor connection that made them feel like they were “living in the desert” and “camping under the stars” in their Scottsdale, Arizona, home, architect Brent Kendle employed an open floor plan and extensive floor-to-ceiling glass.
Oakland Remodel Soaks in Natural Light and Provides Unparalleled Views
Two Bay Area architecture firms collaborated on this transformation of a Midcentury Modern box house into a contemporary home with a striking 38 linear feet of glass high in the hills above Oakland, California.