A view of Philip Johnson's Glass House, in New Canaan, Connecticut.
A grove of trees in the kitchen, a two-story fern wall in the living room, and moss-covered pebble paths in the bedrooms—even in a wilderness glen, the Elok House would be remarkable.
Three years ago, a treehouse in New Zealand won the hearts of architecture critics, restauranteurs, and sustainable designers. The pine-slatted pod suspended visitors in a redwood tree, then served them canapes and petit fours. The treehouse was designed with locally milled redwood, built by local labor, and also made an Auckland accordion player named Tracey quite famous.
-Even the blackest of thumbs can keep a plant alive with this ingenious design: a terracotta planter that self-waters! [Gardenista]
This article first appeared as "One Last Hurrah" in our April 2012 issue.
When Tom and Bunty Armstrong bought a ramshackle summer home on Fishers Island off the Connecticut coast 27 years ago, their first move was to replace the colonial revival’s circular driveway with a straight shot to the front door.
In a crowded Japanese cityscape, glass boxes by ON Design Partners are stacked like the urban towers that surround them. Inside, discrete plantings provide a connection to nature and fresh vegetables for nearby restaurants.
"The leading flower of a neighborhood is nature's symbol of the spirit breathed there."—George Washington Maher