Peter Bohlin on Designing the Perfect House

The structure of a 2015 house in Point Roberts, Washington, partly utilizes off-the-shelf dimensional lumber. Photography by Nic Lehoux.

The Fifth Avenue Apple store in New York, completed in 2006. Photography by Peter Aaron/Esto.

The Upper West Side Apple store, New York, 2009. Photography by Peter Aaron/Esto.

The house Bohlin designed for his parents in Cornwall, Connecticut, dates to 1975. Photography by Michael Thomas.

The house’s glass-wrapped living room. Photography by Joseph Monitor.

The staircase at Tusen Takk, a family compound in Leland, Michigan, pairs clear-finish maple treads with dyed-red risers. Photography by Matthew Millman.

The house’s family room. Photography by Nic Lehoux.

The front door, of painted marine-grade plywood, is inset with a smaller portal, salvaged from the homeowners’ former fishing shack. Photography by Nic Lehoux.

The guest room/office. Photography by Nic Lehoux.

The kitchen’s maple cabinetry. Photography by Matthew Millman.

An exterior view of the residence, completed in 2015 with associate Jeffrey Jones. Photography by Nic Lehoux.

In 2013, Bohlin and principal Robert Miller designed a concrete stair with steel railings for a house in Whistler, British Columbia. Photography by Nic Lehoux.

The structure’s infinity-edge pool extends from a rocky outcrop high above Alta Lake. Photography by Nic Lehoux.

The caretaker’s cottage at a Woodside, California, residence, completed in 2007 with principal Greg Mottola. Photography by Nic Lehoux.