The carved corner of this house certainly stands out, thanks to the natural wood color against the gray wood backdrop of the rest of the front. This contrast should last, since the wood will not be subject to rain — a virtue of its being recessed.
A closer look reveals the depth of this corner, which allows for a bench next to the front door. This depth helps to keep visitors dry at the front door, or even the residents as they fumble with their keys after hopping out of the roadster in the driveway.
This second example is a subtler design, in which the opening is a size that's similar to the window next to it, without creating any strong contrast between what is carved and what is not. The cladding gives this portion of the house a Lego-like appearance, going hand in hand with the simplified gable geometry. And this gets at what makes carved corners work: When the form can be grasped in its entirety, then the carving is noticeable and can have a greater impact.
This recess provides sheltered access through a side door, but I could see the area underneath being used as a shady sitting space for someone not taking a dip.
This interesting green box has a generous patio created through its carved corner.
The green comes from variegated glazed bricks, but up close I'm drawn to the the built-in sink in the concrete counter/bench aligned with the side wall. It looks like the owners thought of everything they wanted with the outdoor space.
Carved corners can be used for other things besides entries and patios. This example, a multifamily housing project with numerous carvings, features a garage in its recess. (The entrance is to the side of the garage door.)
Looking at the plan for this unit, it's clear that the overhang above adds to the floor area, creating a larger living space. This makes sense, given the compact plan.
This project does not scream "carved corner" like the previous examples do, but the side on the left — the illuminated corner — does exhibit the same traits. The outer layer of horizontal wood slats opens up at the corner.
From inside, the reason for this opening up is clear. Nice view!
The carving aspect is apparent here, where the glass wall is set back enough to allow for some outdoor seating. The cabin is like a wood liner in front of a glass box.
This example is a bit more complex than the other examples. The wood columns and bracing at the corner show how part of the house is literally opened up to create some sheltered outdoor space.
The corner is located near a lookout that gives nice views of the surrounding mountains. Cutouts in the wall enable views from the lower level.