The World At Home
Our collection of plans by invited designers from around the globe is growing. The latest international members include Italian architect Lucia Strona and Lithuanian architect Skirmantas Slamas. Lucia’s small modern 1,636 sq. ft.,
house, Plan 542-2, above, emphasizes outdoor connections. At the center of the 2 bedroom 2 bath home is the living-dining area, adjacent to the
generous sheltered patio, which functions as an entertaining space. In Plan 542-3, below — with 3 bedrooms 3.5 baths in 1,989 sq. ft. — she uses
long rectangle that intersects with a square containing the kitchen-dining area. Each geometric unit distorts and expands the other, which produces distinctive overlapping spaces such as the cozy corner sitting area in the living room
and the trapezoidal bathroom on the second floor. Lucia specializes in green design, paying particular attention to a house’s orientation on the site and the use of eco-friendly materials. She’s also an expert in historic preservation and
recently completed the restoration of this 16th century stone castle (now that ‘s a hefty barrel vault!).
Skirmantas Slamas has focused on urban design, as with this compact row
house complex Plan 538-1, below (each unit is 1,000 sq. ft.). The living-dining
inspired by nautical design. Benvenuti Lucia; and Pasveikinti Skirmantas! To keep “traveling” and see plans from Australia, Brazil, Estonia, India, and Ireland as well as Italy and Lithuania, browse our entire International Studio.