McInturff Architects www.mcinturffarchitects.com
Built for a colorful empty-nester couple who had always longed to build a house of their own, this project is well-named. Its kaleidoscope-like metal tube is closed on its sides to very near neighbors and open on each end, with colorful window walls that provide amazing views of the tremendous length of the wooded site. Inside, layers of colored walls modulate the largely open interior, where at the center a wide-open kitchen acts as a sort of cockpit from which the owners can entertain in every direction. A tight budget dictated a simple form and straightforward material palette, but color is free, and the light and views of the woods are there for the taking.