A courtyard designed to create an "idealised atmosphere of the Pacific Northwest" sits at the centre of this house in Seattle by local architects Chadbourne + Doss.
Named The Perch, the three-storey house is located in the city's residential Queen Anne Hill neighbourhood. Facing west to enjoy views of the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, the home encircles "a courtyard that encapsulates an idealised atmosphere of the Pacific Northwest," according to Chadbourne + Doss.
This central outdoor space is accessed by pivoting open a large cedar door, revealing a mossy island and a tree enclosed by board-formed concrete walls.
"One is greeted with the sights and sounds of a water feature with a lush island, walnut swings that float over the water, and a patio with fire pit that opens to western views of the [Puget] Sound," the architects added.
The courtyard separates the two wings of the 5,500-square-foot (511-square-metre) home.
The owner's quarters occupy the western half of the house, while the east has space for entertaining guests, or potentially hosting a future caretaker for the residents.
A dramatic suspended staircase connects the two halves, and overlooks the courtyard through a window wall that spans the full height of the building.
Stair treads are made of walnut, while vertical blackened steel rods form balusters that are intended to reference the area's high annual rainfall.
All of the home's bedrooms are on the intermediate level. Here, the architects also included a secondary sitting area and kitchenette, which could be used by long-term guests, family, or a live-in caretaker.
"They wanted a house that would age well, support their active lifestyle, and adapt as they age," Chadbourne + Doss said of the homeowners.
The upper level contains the public areas, which have an open-concept configuration that makes the most of the dramatic sunset views towards the Salish Sea.
"The landscape is ever-changing, with views of the Olympic Mountains on gloriously sunny days and urban vistas in the foreground when the fog hangs low," the architects said.
Sliding glass doors open out onto a covered balcony, which helps residents enjoy the outdoors despite Seattle's frequent rain. On the eastern side of the home, another terrace has a large dining table and a barbecue, offering of the city.
The exterior palette includes board-formed concrete, metal siding, and red cedar, all of which were chosen for their durability and low maintenance.
Chadbourne + Doss also included sustainable features such as high-performance windows, and a photovoltaic array on the roof that produces more energy than the occupants consume.
The minimalist interiors feature muted tones, with tactile accents that include a three-storey plaster surface alongside the staircase and a light-coloured felt wall covering in the owner's bedroom.
Chadbourne + Doss is led by Lisa Chadbourne and Daren Doss, a couple who met while studying architecture at the University of Washington. They established their firm in Seattle in 2001, and also have an office in Astoria, Oregon.
Other homes in Seattle include a modernist floating home on Lake Union by Studio DIAA, and a historical bungalow that was refurbished by Best Practice Architecture.
The photography is by Kevin Scott.
Production designer Alex McDowell has launched Planet Junk, a project that invites university students to imagine a future world that is built on the detritus of our current planet.
The project, which McDowell first introduced during a panel discussion with Twinmotion on redesigning the world, started with the fundamental question: what if we destroy ourselves as a civilisation?
From this prompt, McDowell challenged students from 12 universities across six continents to use his "World Building" technique to come up with a society that exists 300 years from now.
The World Building technique involves creating conceptual versions of a world in which "characters" can be inserted to test the environment.
To start building their worlds, the students – who come from a diverse range of fields such as architecture and economics – examined current events and disasters across the planet in order to look forward.
"We've created a new society in 300 years, but we had to look back at this destroyed civilization in order to extract all of the things that are really valuable for a new society," McDowell told Dezeen.
"We start off with how you can create a realistic world. In order to do that, you need to reflect on what's happening right now in the sense of global warming, rising sea levels, fires, the pandemic and so on," he explained.
For example, in San Francisco where McDowell teaches, students are exploring how the current rise in homelessness might look in a new world.
One of the concepts they came up with is a world in which the hierarchy of our current society is turned on its head.
"The people who would be the least valuable or the most useless in surviving a future world would be the technologists. So Silicon Valley would be of no value whatsoever," said McDowell.
"But homeless and indigenous tribes who are deeply resourceful would have the most chance of survival so they would move to the top of the hierarchy."
Each of the 12 universities currently involved in the project will come up with their own new world, based on catastrophes unique to their region.
"One of the things that quickly emerged out of this was that if we took a global view, we'd start amassing this deep, informed view from multiple different cultures," McDowell said.
The university team will then create an online museum, or "junk archive" as McDowell calls it, where users can log in and traverse the different worlds in one place.
Although the project has dystopian qualities, McDowell is confident that at its core, it is aspirational.
"As much as it sounds like this, the intent is not dystopian but quite the reverse: if the world is destroyed, what would you do differently?" he said.
McDowell's World Building technique was first used in films such as the Minority Report and Man of Steel.
It has since been transferred to practical applications, like the development of future cities in the face of refugee migrations.
The project aligns with Dezeen's Redesign the World competition, in partnership with Epic Games, which calls for radical proposals to rethink planet Earth.