The Skow Residence in the United States is located in Colorado, and has a roof inspired by an interesting accessory: the sombrero.
As such the roof flips out on the side, similar to this popular Mexican attire, making the house very distinct from other designs. A deck was also used to go around the outside of the abode, giving the residences a place to sit and relax while taking in the sunset as well as the surroundings. While the house is quite small, the inside is still spacious enough to relax in comfort and not feel extremely cramped. Moreover, since there are floor to ceiling glass walls, one still feels quite connected to nature, while avoiding the hazards of the elements (it can get quite hot in this area).
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