RESIDENTIAL

Photography by Harold De Puymorin. The owner of the 1,700-square-foot four-bedroom Hong Kong residence tapped firm director Nelson Chow to renovate the ...
Photography by Stephen Kent Johnson. “A professor who surfs” was the design conceit for a beach house overlooking one of ...
Photography by Younes Bounhar/Doublespace Photography. The Georgian Revival house in the Bracondale Hill neighborhood is listed on a city historic ...
Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli Photography. In August, after years of creating custom studio sheds, the firm Modern Shed debuted its first-ever ...
Photography by Neil Landino, Jr. Janice Parker calls it “jardin vert,” or green garden. But this property in Greenwich, Connecticut, which ...
Photography by Shannon Dupre/DDReps. A family seeking a modern, barn-inspired home in the Berkshires tapped the expertise of Workshop/APD co-founding principal Andrew ...

High Desert Retreat by Aidlin Darling Design: 2020 Best of Year Winner for Desert House

Photography by Joe Fletcher.

The clients, a city-dwelling couple, yearned for a refuge from urban life within the sublime desert-scape. Aidlin Darling responded by siting the 3,100-square-foot residence on a rocky plateau overlooking the Coachella Valley and San Jacinto mountain range. Composed of seven linked volumes bounded by two concrete anchor walls, the home’s somewhat unusual footprint was conceived to fit the boulder-strewn landscape, which the design team took pains to preserve (not one Pinyon tree was cut down during construction). A single large aperture in the floating roof pane showers the pool area with sun, while, at the heart of the structure, an open volume houses both the entry and the dining room—the interiors aglow with natural light courtesy of generous glazing. The firm also opted for materials and colors that would provide a stark contrast with the bright, arid desert, thus the exterior’s siding of blackened pine, which was acetylated, burnt, wire-brushed, stained, and sealed for a highly textured, bug- and rot-resistant finish ideal for the volatile climate.

Photography by Joe Fletcher.

Project Team: Joshua Aidlin; Adam Rouse; Ben Damron; Sarah Kia; Jeff Laboskey.

> See the full list of winners and honorees from Best of Year 2020

Photography by Paul Warchol. With a bearing at once urban and domestic, this Arlington, Virginia house acts as a scale ...
Photography by Eduardo Macarios. Although the term “neuro-architecture" is new to the field’s lexicon, the study of how the environment ...
Photography by Noe & Associates with The Boundary. The new Waterline Square complex near the Hudson River features a 100,000-square-foot ...
Photography by Nirut Benjabanpot. Parks cover nearly 40 percent of the land in Hong Kong, but you’d never know it from ...
Inside Clarens, in the duplex apartment of Dawid Augustyn, founder of design company and retailer Establishment, beyond the green canvas ...
At Villa Sophia, a family home and office in Prague, the garage practically serves as an entrance hall to the ...
Falu Red, a traditional flour-based paint found all over rural Scandinavia, is used on the pine-slat facades of a small ...
For most of us, 2020 marks the year where we've spent more time at home than ever before. Our top 10 ...
Beeline from Upper Manhattan to lower, then over to Brooklyn via a quartet of apartments, each exhibiting neighborhood character—and Big ...
Photography by Manolo Langis. Smack in the heart of Beverly Hills a contemporary house presents a refreshingly modest face street-side. ...
Combining contrasting aesthetics to find a balance in Modera Edgewater, a medieval-inspired chandelier surrounded by biophilic motifs achieves a unique ...
In the dining room, Eoos chairs ring a custom concrete table beneath a Rich Brilliant Willing pendant fixture. Photography by ...