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The Stylish Outdoor Spaces of Top Architects' Own Homes

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Years before he was tapped by Ian Schrager to design NYC's 50 Gramercy Park North and Schrager's penthouse at 40 Bond, renowned master of minimalist architecture John Pawson turned his considerable talents to his own London row house. With conservation restrictions protecting the facade, Pawson focused on streamlining the interior and rear garden. Using a glass wall and a long continuous counter, the minimalist blurred the line between interior and exterior space spectacularly. Plus, unlike many of Pawson's stark interiors, his home boasts a blast of bold color, courtesy of the verdant green vines in the courtyard.

? The next architect on our list, New York-based tastemaker Steven Harris, also has Bond Street connections: he designed the original plans for 41 Bond (which were later axed by a new developer) and crafted the interiors at 54 Bond. When Harris and his partner, noted interior designer Lucien Rees Roberts, went looking for a second home in upstate New York, the exterior space was a crucial consideration. Rees Roberts comandeered a bulldozer and designed the undulating driveway, while a partner in his firm, David Kelly, set up this comfortable remote fire pit (above).

? Steven Holl, the prolific, globetrotting architect behind a particularly frustrating building at M.I.T. and the twisting design for the Nanjing Sifang Art Museum, also sought out upstate New York for his relaxing personal getaway. The small retreat he produced for himself features his trademark clusters of windows and an artificial pond fed by rainwater that helps to cool the prevailing breezes before they pass through the house. A zen-like water feature rests outside floor to ceiling glass, guarding the passageway to the property's original stone cottage.

? Water features play a role in the Vienna Way House, designed by Marmol Radziner principal Ron Radziner to house his growing family. The unconventional design, set on a small lot in Venice, Calif., features varying elevations to differentiate spaces. For instance, the kitchen is slightly below grade, so that the counter is level with the surface of the water in the courtyard swimming pool. On the opposite side, the sunken eat-in area opens to the tall grasses of the garden. That's a lot of nature for such a small lot.

? West Coast architectural darling Tom Kundig set about designing a home for himself in 2006 and given his affinity for dramatic doorways, it's no wonder his personal residence features rotating walls of glass that open to join the front yard and first floor. Perched on a hill in Seattle, Wash., the rear facade is encased in glass to take advantage of sweeping water views. Quite the double threat.

· Pawson House 1999 [John Pawson]
· Ian Schrager Approved Every Gray-Beige Flooring Plank in NYC Pad [Curbed National]
· A Thoroughly Modern Country House [Elle Decor]
· First Units at Noho's 41 Bond Hit the Market at $5M and Up [Curbed NY]
· Bouwerie Lane Theater Gutted, Chopped Up & On the Market! [Curbed NY]
· Cool Green Homes from Famed Architect [Future House Now]
· Starchitect Steven Holl Unveils Nanjing Sifang Art Museum [Curbed National]
· Marmol Radziner - Vienna Way Residence in Venice, CA [ArchInnovations]
· The Hot Rod House [Olson Kundig]