Studio KO’s Moroccan Villa Overlooks The Snowy Atlas Mountains

Situated just a half-hour drive from Marrakech outside a small town called Tagadert is ‘Villa K’, a five-bedroom retreat designed by French firm Studio KO that sits softly on the land.
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EMA Designs A Home Around A Tree In Mexico

In Sierra de Mazamitla, a small town south of Guadalajara in Mexico, it is said that the air smells like permanently like pine because of the densely forested surrounds. Here, local firm EMA has designed a building that fits with local vernacular archi…

Arata Isozaki Designs Transcendent Space Between Heaven And Earth

Amongst the cactuses, rocks and ruddy earth of the Mojave Desert stand three sculptural concrete pavilions designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki for his friend, LA art collector Jerry Sohn.
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Cube-shaped skylights illuminate Deloia Residence by Salmela Architect

US firm Salmela Architect has completed its second commission for a family in Duluth, Minnesota: a single-storey residence overlooking Lake Superior that is dotted with geometric skylights. The studio, also based in Duluth, was tapped by clients for whom they had previously designed a rural residence. “Deciding to move into the city of Duluth, our

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All-white house by Studio Four blends indoor and outdoor spaces

Melbourne-based architecture collective Studio Four placed a garden at the centre of this all-white family home located in the city’s suburb of Glen Iris. The clients – a professional couple with two young children – asked the architects to create a home that could meet the needs of their busy lives while also functioning as

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Plans for “pioneering” Portland wooden high-rise put on hold

Construction of a timber-framed high-rise building proposed for Portland’s Pearl District, which would have become one of the USA’s tallest wooden structures, has been postponed indefinitely. Local firm Lever Architecture designed the 130-foot (40-metre) mixed-used Framework tower to be one of the country’s first high-rises to adopt a wooden construction, employing a mix of two types of engineered wood: cross-laminated

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Ingenhoven Architects and Architectus to build Sydney’s tallest residential tower

Düsseldorf-based Ingenhoven Architects and Australian practice Architectus have won a competition to design a 79-storey skyscraper for Sydney, set to become the city’s tallest residential building. The architects won the invited competition to design the tower at 505-523 George Street, in downtown Sydney, from a shortlist that included SOM, Wilkinson Eyre, Foster + Partners, FJMT and Bates Smart.

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SAOTA turns Spanish-style house into Stradella villa in Bel Air

South African firm SAOTA has completed its first project in Los Angeles, which involved converting a 1970s Spanish-style residence into a more minimal dwelling. The Stradella house is situated on a promontory in Bel Air, an affluent LA neighbourhood in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains. Wrapped in stone, stucco and glass, the residence

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AWE Office creates apartments with angular stone-clad facade in Iran

This residential building containing two apartments, in the Iranian city of Yazd, has an angular form influenced by vernacular cottages. Amir Shahrad of Tehran-based AWE Office oversaw the design of the Yazd Urban Villa, which is located in the city’s densely populated Koocheh Biuk neighbourhood. Koocheh Biuk is a relatively poor area that lacks a

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Beijing house by Atelier About Architecture features a storey for a disabled dog

The layout, colour scheme, materials and furniture of this house in Beijing have been built to cater to the needs of the owner’s disabled dog. Atelier About Architecture created Dog House for a client whose pet suffers from a congenital joint disease. The house’s basement is largely the dog’s space. It has been designed with soft flooring to be gentle on

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Fijal House by Mole Architects borrows details from Ely cathedral

The sawtooth brick facades and steeply pitched roof of this house designed by Mole Architects in Ely, Cambridgeshire, are derived from architectural features found at the city’s famous cathedral. The Cambridge-based studio was tasked with developing a two-storey family house on a plot in Ely’s central conservation area. Fijal House replaces a garage on a site

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Delson or Sherman Architects upgrades Fire Island House to withstand hurricanes

This house on New York’s Fire Island escaped Hurricane Sandy unscathed, despite its exposed beachfront location, thanks to an overhaul from Delson or Sherman Architects. Updates to the Fire Island House were completed just before the Category 3 storm struck the US Eastern Seaboard in 2012. The barrier islands along the south of New York’s

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Two brothers share La Fraternelle retreat by Atelier Pierre Thibault

The brothers that commissioned Quebec City-based Atelier Pierre Thibault to create them a shared weekend house each have a separate black block to accommodate their family. Completed last year, La Fraternelle – or The Brotherly – is located in Charlevoix, a popular ski destination outside Quebec City. The clients tasked Atelier Pierre Thibault with completing

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Latest MINI Living Urban Cabin references “dynamic construction of Los Angeles”

Oke Hauser and Corinna Natter of MINI Living and architect David Freeland explain how the micro home they built on a Los Angeles rooftop responds to the city in our latest Dezeen x MINI Living movie. MINI Living collaborated with local architecture firm FreelandBuck to create the tiny home, which was installed on the roof

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Aztec Influence Abounds In Casa Zicatela

In the Mexican state of Oaxaca, beside Puerto Escondido’s famed pipeline, you’ll find the architect Ludwig Godefroy’s board-marked concrete masterpiece: ‘Casa Zicatela’.
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Bloco Arquitetos gives “abstract character” to Cora House in Brasília

A stark white palette is used both outside and in this Brazilian home, designed by local firm Bloco Arquitetos as a series of angular volumes on a steep site. Cora House is situated on a sloping property in Brasília, and the incline of the land played a pivotal role in the massing of the building.

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Word Of Mouth House Designs A Verdant Villa In The Balinese Jungle

East of the Balinese capital Denpasar is a village called Buwit, here, amidst dense rainforest overlooking a river stands Word of Mouth House’s ‘Chameleon Villa’. A multi-level home where the jungle has been allowed to take over in the most artful way….

OJT creates compact “starter home” for skinny site in New Orleans

Architecture firm Office of Jonathan Tate has designed a tall, narrow dwelling in Louisiana that offers a new approach towards entry-level homes in America. The project – Starter Home No 1, 3106 St Thomas – is located in New Orleans’ Irish Channel neighbourhood, which runs alongside the Mississippi River. It is the first completed dwelling in a

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Casa L4 Features A Rooftop Pool With Ocean Views

In Costa Esmerelda, a holiday area overlooking the South Atlantic Ocean in Argentina, architect Luciano Kruk and his partner Ekaterina Künzel designed ‘Casa L4’—a concrete home set amongst a grove of maritime pines.
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Cutler Anderson designs Studio/Bunkhouse for dad’s work and daughter’s sleepovers

A principal at US firm Cutler Anderson Architects has created a small outbuilding at his residence overlooking the Puget Sound, which serves as both his studio and a place for his daughter to bring friends. Architect James Cutler of Cutler Anderson Architects created the Studio/Bunkhouse for his home on an island near Seattle. The goal

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Gensler designs pair of triangular skyscrapers for Colombo waterfront

The Gensler-designed Sapphire Residences in Colombo, Sri Lanka, will be connected by a sky bridge topped with a swimming pool, and have interiors by Philippe Starck. US architectural firm Gensler designed the skyscrapers for developer ITC Hotels. The shorter tower will be a 140-metre-tall hotel, while the taller one will reach 224 metres and will be

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Craig Steely positions Pam and Paul’s House on hillside in Silicon Valley

US studio Craig Steely Architecture has created a two-level home for a sloped site in northern California, with vast stretches of glass that overlook the treetops. Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, the residence – called Pam and Paul’s House – is located in Cupertino – the city where Apple has its vast headquarters.

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Atelier Ordinaire’s house in Beaune is made almost entirely from wood

French architecture studio Atelier Ordinaire has completed a prefabricated house in the Bourgogne region featuring an interior lined with knotted timber boards to complement the surrounding nature. The Strasbourg-based studio founded by architect Thomas Walter in 2014 has completed a series of energy-efficient prefabricated houses that are constructed almost entirely from timber. The property in

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Neumann Monson turns Iowa farmhouse from “dog’s dinner” into liveable home

Neumann Monson Architects has restored a 1850s farmhouse in Iowa, stripping away a series of poorly coordinated additions before updating it for the owners’ “modern” lifestyle. Located outside Iowa City, the Foster Road Retreat is a single-bedroom residence that overlooks the Iowa River. The original building dates back over 150 years, but had been updated

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Miró Rivera Architects designs Hill Country House as sustainable prototype in rural Texas

Texas firm Miró Rivera Architects has built a partially off-grid house with a jagged roofline, as a prototype for a sustainable community in the countryside. Miro Rivera Architects designed the Hill Country House for a very rural setting. It is independent of the municipal water supply, and provides its own heating and cooling via a geothermal

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Michael Maltzan’s Crest Apartments provide housing for southern California’s homeless

American studio Michael Maltzan Architecture has completed a bright white residential complex in the Los Angeles area, which contains over 60 studio apartments and various support services for its formerly homeless tenants. Crest Apartments was built on a slender, rectangular parcel in Van Nuys – a suburban district northwest of Downtown LA. Totalling 45,000 square

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Casa La Quinta: A Home In Mexico Designed Around Voids

In San Miguel de Allende, Mexico City-based architects Pérez Palacios and Alfonso de la Concha Rojos have designed ‘Casa La Quinta’, a home where swimming is a main attraction.
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A Modernist Mexican Tree House By AS Arquitectura

‘Casa Del Árbol’, or ‘Tree House’ in English, is the award-winning residential home designed by the Mérida-based architecture team, AS Arquitectura.
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Process Architecture designs low-cost houses in Florida for recovering drug addicts

American studio Process Architecture has completed four drug rehabilitation homes that had to meet stringent design requirements, including a budget of under $200,000 per dwelling. The project was commissioned by Aspire Health Partners, a healthcare provider in Orlando, Florida, that specialises in rehabilitation services for drug users. Rehab facilities have become increasingly critical in America,

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Ignacio Corre elevates Casa Mujeres in Chile to provide ocean views

Santiago-based architect Ignacio Correa has built this stilted wooden holiday home on the Chilean coastline and added long expanses of glazing to offer its residents views of the Pacific Ocean. Casa Mujeres provides a retreat for a family in the rural area of Maitencillo, which is roughly a one-hour drive north of the of city Valparaiso.

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Cascading boxes with green roofs form coastal Washington home by Prentiss Balance Wickline

American firm Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects has created a dwelling in the Pacific Northwest that consists of timber-clad volumes that step down a rocky hillside. The Bailer Hill house is anchored to a boulder-strewn slope on San Juan Island, which is part of an archipelago just off the coast of Washington state. The clients – a

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Edward Ogosta brightens Californian bungalow with Rear Window House extension

Edward Ogosta Architecture has renovated a 1940s house in California with light-filled white interiors and a master bedroom extension overlooking the garden. The house, originally built in 1944, was overhauled with a glazed expansion towards the back of the lot by the local firm. Architect Edward Ogosta and his team sought to breathe new life into

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Wowowa adds fluted-brick extension to refurbished Melbourne house

Local architecture studio Wowowa has renovated a Victorian house in Melbourne and added an extension with a scalloped brick facade that contains an open-plan living space. The practice was invited to oversee the modernisation of a property in the city’s Fitzroy North neighbourhood by a client who had watched one of a series of YouTube

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Adamo-Faiden creates rural home Macchi House inside converted livestock buildings

A pair of buildings once used to house bulls in rural Argentina have been transformed into a countryside home by architecture studio Adamo-Faiden. Located in Lobos, 60 miles south of Buenos Aires, the old agricultural structures were abandoned after advances in livestock production rendered them surplus. Adamo-Faiden, a studio led by architects Sebastián Adamo and Marcelo Faiden, were asked to convert it into

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Eight eye-catching homes made from bamboo

Architects around the world are capitalising on the versatility of bamboo, so we’ve selected eight of the best homes that incorporate the material, including a prefabricated social housing project in Mexico and a holiday home on stilts in Sri Lanka. Social Housing Production, Mexico, by Comunal Taller de Arquitectura  Mexico City studio Comunal Taller de Arquitectura produced

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Robert Young’s East Lake House in Montauk is designed to weather over time

American studio Robert Young Architects has created a weekend home in a coastal hamlet on Long Island, clad in rough-sawn cedar planks that were left untreated so they can age naturally. The East Lake House is located in Montauk, a village at the eastern tip of New York’s Long Island. Robert Young Architects, which has offices

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A Japanese Home Designed For Closeness

In Toyota, Japan, Katsutoshi Sasaki and Associates has designed a black-wash wooden house whose narrow width serves to bring those living inside closer together.
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Renderings Of An Ancient Monolith In Santorini

Santorini rises from a volcanic caldera, the largest island of a small archipelago off the coast of Greece. Here, Kapsimalis Architects has proposed ‘House in Finikia’, a man-made monolith that draws its inspiration from volcanic stone.
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Remix Studio wraps metal mesh around artists studios and residences in Beijing

Layers of metal mesh are used to regulate the level of privacy and daylight for glazed creative studios added to a residential building in Beijing by local architecture firm Remix Studio. The WanWanShu project involved renovating two existing buildings and adding an extension that connects them in a single volume, to creates private residences topped

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JBAD builds farmhouse-style Sullivan House in Ohio

The traditional gabled roofs of nearby farm structures influenced this single-family residence outside Columbus, Ohio, by Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design. Located on a three-acre (1.2-hectare) lot overlooking a ravine in Worthington, the Sullivan House nods to the area’s typical barn structures. “The project formally references the farm structures common to the area at the

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MAD’s Gardenhouse residences takes shape in Beverly Hills

New photographs reveal that MAD’s residential complex in California, designed to look like a village on top of a hill, has topped out. Slated for completion later this year, Gardenhouse is under construction at 8600 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. It will be the first US project by the Chinese architecture studio. The construction photos, released

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Casa Xólotl, A Home On The Yucatan Peninsula

Previously a run-down property, ‘Casa Xólotl’ is the result of an ingenious renovation by Mérida-based firm Punto Arquitectónico’s, that links earth with water.
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Ole Scheeren designs twin Vancouver skyscrapers to be vertical villages

Büro Ole Scheeren has revealed plans for a pair of skyscrapers in Vancouver that would be formed from irregularly stacked glass boxes interlaced with greenery. Named the Barclay Village, the pair of towers will be located in the city’s West End on a plot set between the Davie and Robson Villages. According to the architect

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O-office Architects reinterprets traditional Chinese courtyard house in concrete and steel

This contemporary reinterpretation of a vernacular courtyard house in the Chinese city of Guangzhou features a sequence of living areas and bedrooms arranged around a central pond. Local studio O-office Architects designed the three-bedroom Veranda Courthouse for a site on a gently sloping south-facing hillside in a northern suburb of Guangzhou. In response to the

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Penda unveils designs for Tel Aviv tower wrapped in modular arcades

Penda has designed a residential tower in Tel Aviv, with facades made of modular archways and terraces, which aims to complement the city’s legacy of Bauhaus architecture. Vienna and Beijing-based architecture studio Penda has revealed plans for the 116-metre-high Tel Aviv Arcades, which has alternating setbacks to provide residents with sunny garden terraces or secluded private balconies.

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Delfino Lozano transforms traditional Guadalajara house into light-filled family home

Architect Delfino Lozano has modernised a house in the Mexican city of Guadalajara by rearranging the living spaces so they look onto a pair of brick-paved courtyards. Lozano worked closely with the property’s owners to reorganise the house, located in a central suburb of Guadalajara near the neo-gothic Templo Expiatorio cathedral, to create light spaces for

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Large openings connect grey-brick extension by Soup Architects with landscaped garden

This angular extension to a typical suburban house in the English town of Weybridge was designed by Soup Architects to make the most of the unusually shaped plot. Soup Architects, which has offices in London and on the island of Guernsey, was asked to propose a strategy for modernising and extending the existing 1920s three-bedroom

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Alfonso Arango builds tiny black cabin next to his childhood home

Architect Alfonso Arango has designed himself a 24-square-metre weekend retreat next to his childhood home overlooking the Andes mountains in Colombia. Arango’s House on The Mist is located next door to his family’s residence in La Calera – a small town in the eastern reaches of the mountains. It is located 11 miles from Colombia’s

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Besonías Almeida Arquitectos creates board-marked concrete summer house

Buenos Aires-based studio Besonías Almeida Arquitectos has completed a holiday home in a seaside resort south of the Argentinian capital, with walls and overhanging roofs. Impressed by their previous work, the client tasked the studio led by architects María Victoria Besonías and Guillermo de Almeida with designing a property in the coastal Costa Esmerelda resort that had

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The Moving Walls Of Beirut’s Modulofts Apartments

Fouad Samara Architects has completed ‘Modulofts’, a wondrous residential complex in Beirut, Lebanon, featuring large steel panels that act as sliding walls in a Rubik’s Cube-esque reconfiguration of each loft’s layout.
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Bernheimer Architecture creates “highly textural but quiet” Atlantic Beach Residence

A gabled wooden volume sits atop a brick garage at the front of this bayside home on New York’s Long Beach Island, by Brooklyn studio Bernheimer Architecture. The waterfront Atlantic Beach Residence is located on a barrier island in Nassau County – one of several slithers of land that run along the southern edge of

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KPF adds Pacific Gate residential skyscraper to San Diego skyline

Global architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox has completed a high-rise condo building on the San Diego waterfront, with a curved glass form that stands out from the city’s boxy towers. Pacific Gate by Bosa stands 41 storeys tall at the junction of Broadway and Pacific – the main access into the downtown area from the

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An Impressive Use Of Space By Toob Studios

For their latest residential project, Vietnamese architecture firm Toob Studios has impressively demonstrated that it’s not about how much space we are given in life, it’s what we do with it that counts. The ‘5 x 12 House’ is located in Trâu Quỳ, just …

Teresa Sarmiento and Nicolas Tovo create light-filled narrow house in Buenos Aires

The living areas of this compact Buenos Aires house are flanked by full-height glass doors that flood the interior with daylight to make the spaces feel much larger than they are. Casa Clara occupies a narrow plot measuring just seven metres wide by 15 metres long, on a small side street in the centre of

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Land Ark unveils modern take on classic American RV

Colorado startup Land Ark has revealed its first mobile home, which features angled walls, black metal cladding and an interior wrapped in white-washed pine. Encompassing 357 square feet (33 square metres), the Drake is the debut camper from Land Ark. The company was founded in 2016 by husband-and-wife team Brian and Joni Buzarde and is

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Geoffrey von Oeyen designs jagged-roof office addition for Malibu home

American designer Geoffrey von Oeyen has created a home office in southern California that features wooden exterior walls and a highly abstracted sawtooth roof. The project, called Case Room, entailed creating a home office for a pair of attorneys living in a two-storey, late-1980s dwelling in the beach city of Malibu. The couple wanted a

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The MINI LIVING Urban Cabin Presents Micro-Living In The Metropolis

The latest iteration of MINI LIVING Urban Cabin—a habitable micro-home that launched during the LA Design Festival (7-10 June 2018)—features a kaleidoscopic intervention by local architecture firm FreelandBuck, and brings to the fore the car brand&#821…

Bates Masi’s Georgica Cove residence in East Hampton is modelled after historic farmsteads

American firm Bates Masi Architects took cues from vernacular architecture for this Hamptons home, which consists of sharply gabled forms wrapped in oversized shingles. Georgica Cove is located on a waterfront property in East Hampton, an affluent village on the southern side of New York’s Long Island. It was designed for a couple who wanted

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Matheson Whiteley adds pared-back brick extension to Sebastian Wrong’s Victorian house

Matheson Whiteley has completed a simple brick extension to designer Sebastian Wrong’s east-London house, featuring a combination of traditional and contemporary details. The studio led by Donald Matheson and Jason Whiteley was tasked with designing an addition to the semi-detached Victorian townhouse that could accommodate a workshop on the ground floor with an en-suite bedroom

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João Vieira de Campos completes minimal concrete house in Porto

This monolithic concrete house in an affluent area of Porto presents a largely closed and robust facade to the street, but opens up on its side towards its garden. Architect João Vieira de Campos designed the building as a single-family home that replaces a derelict villa in the Serralves neighbourhood to the west of Porto’s city

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Antony Gibbon builds stilted wooden treehouse in Upstate New York forest

This elevated, cedar-clad treehouse in New York’s Ulster County features a huge window that offers views of woodland and mountains, and a path to a lake and a hot tub. Designer Antony Gibbon, who is currently based in Bali, completed the Inhabit structure for a forested parcel located outside the town of Woodstock, which is

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Skylights and voids bring daylight into extended Brooklyn row house

Netted balustrades, a tiled studio-cum-playroom and roof lights all feature in this renovated and extended Brooklyn home, designed by VonDalwig Architecture. The local firm overhauled the three-storey family residence in the borough’s Park Slope neighbourhood. The Extended Townhouse is long and slender, measuring 19.5 feet wide and 42 foot long (5.9 metres wide by 12.80 metres

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Studio MK27’s Radical Exercise In Horizontality

Two hours from Sao Paulo, in a town called Porto Feliz, you will find Brazilian firm Studio MK27’s “radical exercise in horizontality”: the ‘Planar House’.
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Venice Biennale project sees derelict 1980s flat transformed back into family home

A social-housing apartment that stood empty for five years is becoming a family home again, after being refurbished for a Venice Architecture Biennale show. The Unfolding Pavilion was a week-long exhibition inside a triplex flat in the Giudecca Social Housing Complex, which was built by Italian architect Gino Valle in 1986. The flat was in

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130 William skyscraper for New York will be “great for drones” says David Adjaye

British architect David Adjaye has spoken about the design decisions behind his textured concrete skyscraper for Manhattan, as more details and renderings of the project are released. Located at 130 William Street, the residential tower will feature facades textured with lumpy hand-cast concrete all the way up to its peak. This will make the high-rise

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A Subterranean Space Reimagined By Raul Sanchez Architects

In under 55 square meters, architecture studio Raul Sanchez Architects has reimagined a subterranean space in Barcelona as a minimal, light-filled home—‘Apartment Tibbaut’.
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Sun Arquitectos tops Casa El Boldo in Chile with “barn-style” roof

Chilean firm Sun Arquitectos has embedded half of a coastal residence into a hillside, and topped the other half with an expansive wooden roof to form an open-air living room. Casa El Boldo is positioned 1,476 feet (450 metres) above sea level on a forested slope overlooking the ocean in Zapallar, Chile. Spanning 4,306 square feet (400

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Matthew Baird’s Somes Sound House in Maine “sits lightly on the ground”

Cedar-clad volumes connected by a breezeway form this residence in Maine by American studio Matthew Baird Architects, which was designed to respect its forested surroundings. The Somes Sound House is located on the edge of Acadia National Park, on a remote site blanketed with evergreen trees. Situated at the end of a peninsula, the dwelling

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Porthole To A Reading Room

Studio Strato has created the ultimate reading nook in a one-bedroom apartment in Rome. Fit with day bed, large french windows and accessible exclusively via porthole, this is a renovation for book lovers everywhere.
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Prefab metal structures form True North housing complex in Detroit by EC3

American studio EC3 has created a residential development in central Detroit, comprising a cluster of different-sized Quonset huts made of steel and polycarbonate panels. The True North complex is located in Core City, a quiet neighbourhood that sits a few miles west of the downtown district. The development is the neighbourhood’s first new construction project

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