Brutalist-inspired residence by Clauwers & Simon is arranged around a central courtyard

This simple board-marked concrete and timber house by Clauwers & Simon in rural Belgium is arranged around a glazed courtyard. The local studio was inspired by the works of Belgian architect Juliaan Lampens, whose Brutalist-style buildings from the 1960s made extensive use of concrete both inside and out. In tribute to him, board-formed concrete forms the exterior walls of the property,

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Cross-shaped house by Elliott Architects is adapted to sloping woodland setting

Elliott Architects has completed a family home in Northumberland made up of two intersecting volumes clad in opposing materials of slate, cedar and brick to represent different elements of its forest setting. The Dell was designed by local practice Elliott Architects in response to the uneven terrain of the site, which is located near the market town of Hexham in northern England. The pair

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Competition: win a book showcasing 50 new Japanese houses

Dezeen is giving away five copies of The Japanese House Reinvented by Philip Jodidio, a book featuring 50 houses that highlight Japan’s current residential trends. The book showcases properties from the last five years, designed by architects ranging from Pritzker Prize-winners to recent graduates. Among the homes featured are designs by Koji Tsutsui, Tadao Ando and Shigeru Ban. Architectural trends in materials and technology

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Angular tree-like columns form structure of Kensuke Watanabe’s Y-house

Clusters of diagonal columns splay out like tree branches inside this house completed by Japanese architect Kensuke Watanabe in the seaside city Kamakura. Named after the initial of its owners, the 144-square-metre Y-house was designed by Watanabe’s Tokyo-based studio for a couple and their three children. Intended to reference surrounding trees, the house’s structure features several sets

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José Almeida transforms stone villa in rural Portugal into holiday house

Architect José Almeida has partially demolished a late 19th-century property in northern Portugal, and used the rubble to create holiday accommodation where guests can bathe in a former wine press. The two-storey property dating back to 1870 is set on a hill in the small rural village of Contenças de Baixo on the Mondego river. It comprises a

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Hibinosekkei installs micro-house in Japanese kindergarten to encourage independent play

Japanese studio Hibinosekkei has added a small wooden playhouse to a kindergarten in the city of Saga to encourage independent domestic role play. Atsugi-based Hibinosekkei designed the small gabled playhouse within the open-plan corridors of the school. The 15-square-metre space houses toy versions of the typical amenities used to carry out household chores. The structure is made entirely from unfinished pine, with the exterior clad in

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Competition: win a book documenting the unusual bus stops of the former Soviet Union

Dezeen is giving away three copies of a book documenting 500 unusual bus stops across the former Soviet countries, including Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Ukraine and Georgia. Back in the USSR is by German photographer Peter Ortner, who captured bus shelters in a variety of shapes, colours and materials on a seven-year journey across the globe. “At first I

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Pamphilon Architects’ larch-clad extension echoes butterfly roof of east London terrace

Slats of larch dress this angular addition to a Victorian property in Dalston, which was built for a young family and is shortlisted in 2017’s Don’t Move, Improve! competition for best London house extension.  London-based studio Pamphilon Architects added the 30-square-metre timber volume to the rear of a family home on Stamford Road, replacing an existing 1960s extension that was too

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Huge window frames garden views from boxy Lisbon apartment extension

One wall of this petite extension to a Lisbon apartment by RCJV Arquitectos is made entirely from glass – providing its owners with views of the courtyard gardens below. The Lisbon-based studio added the 10-square-metre extension to the first-floor apartment, boosting its size to 110 square metres and providing a new dining area for a family. Located at the

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Competition: five copies of the Brutalist Washington Map to be won

Dezeen has teamed up with Blue Crow Media to give away five copies of a map detailing 40 examples of brutalist architecture in Washington DC. The double-side foldout guide pinpoints the locations of buildings across the US capital, including the J Edgar Hoover building, Georgetown’s Lauinger Library and Dulles Airport. Each building is accompanied by photographs and information,

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Competition: win a copy of MAD’s first monograph signed by founder Ma Yansong

Dezeen has teamed up with MAD Architects to give away five signed copies of a book overviewing the firm’s past, present and future work. The MAD Works book features 300 photographs, drawings and 3D renderings illustrating MAD’s extensive portfolio of museums, theatres and residential buildings across the world. The 214-page book is divided into five

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Prefabricated garden studio in south London is clad in cedar and lined in birch

This prefabricated garden hideaway in suburban London acts as a guest house as well as a home office, and is clad in planks of cedar wood. The garden studio by Ecospace Studios was assembled off-site in just one week before being delivered to its location in Surbiton, where the finishing touches were put in place. The practice, which was

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Competition: win a book illustrating the life of Frank Lloyd Wright

Dezeen has teamed up with Laurence King Publishing to give away five copies of This is Frank Lloyd Wright, an illustrated biography of one of the world’s most iconic architects. Recently named as one of the top 10 architecture books of 2016, This is Frank Lloyd Wright by Ian Volner features 50 illustrations and stories about the life

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Competition: win a copy of the Constructivist Moscow Map

Dezeen is giving five readers the opportunity to win a copy of a map detailing constructivist architecture in Moscow. The double-sided Constructivist Moscow Map features over 50 examples of constructivist architecture, including the works of Konstantin Melnikov, Moisei Ginzburg and Vladimir Shukhov. It was produced by Blue Crow Media in collaboration with Natalia Melikova of

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R2 studio enlivens Victorian London home with bold colour palette

This terraced family home in southeast London has been brightened up with a colourful open-plan living space and a loft extension offering rooftop views. London-based practice R2 Studio created spacious and colourful areas within the originally dark and narrow 19th-century house, located in the London area of Kennington. The ground floor comprises an entrance hall that leads to a

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Pamphilon Architects adds textured brick extension to Edwardian house in London

Protruding bricks texture the walls of this extension to an early 20th-century house in north London, which was designed by Pamphilon Architects for a fashion designer client. The east London studio added the brick extension to the rear of the terraced house in the borough of Harringay, expanding its small existing kitchen. The studio named the project Lacy Brick

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TT Architects transforms furniture factory into family home in Japan

TT Architects has converted an old furniture factory in the Japanese city of Okayama into a cedar-and steel-clad home for a carpenter and his family. The two-storey gabled building was previously used to store raw materials for a made-to-order furniture company. Local studio TT Architects transformed the upper floor into a living space with a balcony, and

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Bernardo Bader Architekten models larch-clad community centre on Austrian farmhouses

This timber-clad community centre by Bernardo Bader Architects is set at the heart of a village in rural Austria, and designed to reference the surrounding gabled farmhouses. The Dornbirn-based architects designed the community centre for the village of Steinberg am Rofan, which is nestled among the mountains in the state of Tyrol. Echoing the neighbouring timber-clad properties around the village square, the community hall takes on a traditional gabled

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Erbar Mattes adds pale brick extension to Edwardian house in north London

Architecture studio Erbar Mattes has added a limewashed brick and glass extension to a house in London’s Crouch End, creating a bright and spacious living area for a family of four. The London studio extended the rear of the early 20th-century mid-terrace house to increase the ground floor living space. The garden room comprises a kitchen, dining and playroom for

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Floating wooden pavilion designed by students to deal with forest flooding in Estonia

Estonian interior architecture students designed this floating timber pavilion to provide a shelter, sauna and campfire for visitors to the Soomaa National Park wetlands during flooding (+ slideshow). The students from the Estonian Academy of Arts collaborated with Tallinn-based architecture firm b210 to design and build the floating structure named Veetee, which translates as waterway. They created it during More

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