The Cabanas Norio in Portugal are complimentary buildings—one is a bedroom and bath the other serves as a living room and kitchen. Architect Manuel Aires Mateus redesigned two old fisherman’s huts and added a pontoon over the water to create this getaway which can be rented out by the night.
We begin with modern stucco homes as many of today’s most stunning stucco finishes can be found on contemporary houses. Grey stucco combines with Spanish cedar on the home below from Altius Architecture Inc.:
The dark slate walls create a visual contrast indoors even as decor rugs and accessories usher in bright pops of color in a restrained fashion. The lower level houses the living area along with the family room kitchen and dining space while the bedrooms and bathrooms sit on the top floor.
Don’t forget the appeal of mixed materials! Just as wood and stucco is a powerful combination with grey homes this blend is equally stunning when it comes to white stucco homes. This next abode is modern through and through from the clean-lined structure to the patio featuring slabs that were individually cast in place.
Wooden siding in a chevron pattern can be found on the first floor of this home but check out that tree bark that adds unforgettable flair to the second story! Metal planters on the ground mirror the dark tones of the bark. Ready to get traditional? Stucco can be found on the exteriors of some of today’s most charming homes like this lovely residence from Anne Decker Architects:
Designed by OOPEAA this modern 21st century church in northern Finland has a log-built interior core and an exterior ‘cloak’ made with aspen shingles dipped in tar. The structure was handmade using traditional building techniques. It has a simple box-like form and a gabled roof topped with a lantern skylight that filters natural light into the building.
This is precisely the approach that Corben Architects took as they revamped an old and abandoned warehouse in into a stylish modern home for a family of five. While much of the external façade of the warehouse and its roof trusses were left untouched due to the heritage issues the interior was completely altered using a spacious central courtyard that enhances the family home both functionally and aesthetically.