Snark Designs A House Clad In Perspex

In Maebashi Japan, SNARK has designed ‘House in Nakauchi’ a minimal residence that combines the aesthetics of a greenhouse with the function of a family home.
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Berlin housing scheme designed with zig-zag facade

David Kohn Architects and Nord Studio have won a competition to design a residential block in Berlin with a zig-zag profiled facade. London-based David Kohn Architects and Berlin-based Nord Studio collaborated on a design for Lützowufer Berlin, which draws inspiration from the links between German and British architectural culture. The 75-home apartment block, for developer Euroboden, will

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Le Corbusier’s interior realised by Philipp Mohr at Unité d’Habitation in Berlin

The interior of an apartment in Berlin’s Unité d’Habitation has been refurbished by German-American architect Philipp Mohr to Le Corbusier’s original plans. Mohr, who had been a fan of the influential architect since he attended a retrospective exhibition as a teenager in the 1980s, purchased the apartment in 2016 with the intention of refurbishing and selling it. When

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Haptic Architects completes contemporary apartment block in Chelsea conservation area

Prefabricated stone and pale brick panels form the facade of this contemporary housing development in Chelsea, London, designed by Haptic Architects. The three-storey apartment block on Rosemoor Street, designed by Haptic for developer Banda Property, contains a pair of two-bedroom residences along with two one-bedroom apartments. The design of the building is intended to introduce a contemporary element to

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Three patios and a swimming pool slot into Casa La Quinta in Mexico

Residents of this getaway in Mexico, designed by architects Pérez Palacios and Alfonso de la Concha Rojas, can spend weekends lazing in a hammock suspended above a secluded swimming pool. Mexico City-based architects Pérez Palacios and Alfonso de la Concha Rojas designed Casa La Quinta for a retired couple. It is located in San Miguel

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Marco Ortalli’s Concrete Spectacular: Casa RBS

On the northern edge of Italy, in the historic center of Erba, Marco Ortalli has designed an angular concrete home: ‘Casa RBS’.
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Vilela Florez designs Bamboo House with herringbone exterior in rural Brazil

Bamboo slats are laid diagonally between the dark vertical ribs of this residence in Brazil, by architecture firm Vilela Florez. Bamboo House is a single-storey home that spans 1,938 square feet (180 square metres), with just the bedrooms and bathrooms fully enclosed and protected from the elements. The residence was designed by Vilela Florez in

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Butler Armsden’s Valley of the Moon house in California has no front door

American firm Butler Armsden has designed this residence in northern California as a series of cedar-clad volumes, which are each accessed from a large outdoor area at the centre. The project is named Valley of the Moon as a reference to the ancient name given by Native American tribes to Sonoma Valley, which the residence overlooks. The

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Panovscott rearranges Sydney cottage around central courtyard garden

Local architecture studio Panovscott has modernised a cottage in Sydney by introducing a courtyard that the living spaces and bedrooms all open directly onto. The house, which was likely constructed in the 1980s, occupies a plot on a lane lined with a variety of small dwellings, garages and sheds, in a suburb of the Australian city. Rather

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Little House by MW Works sits on bluff overlooking Washington’s Puget Sound

American studio MW Works has designed a compact cabin in a Washington forest with exterior walls clad in weathered cedar and blackened cement. The cabin called Little House is located in Seabeck, a waterfront village and former mill town in Washington. It sits within a forest on a bluff overlooking Hood Canal, a natural waterway

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Jim Jennings Finds Home In The Southern Californian Desert

When designing his ‘Desert Retreat’ San Francisco-based architect Jim Jennings drew inspiration from the landscape, emphasizing in the construction the luminous and rugged nature of the Southern Californian desert.
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Nikjoo transforms disused chapel into artist’s house and studio

Nikjoo has transformed a former chapel in south London into a home and workspace for an artist featuring a pulpit-like mezzanine that overlooks the main living space. The neglected Victorian chapel in Deptford was being used as a temporary studio before Nikjoo’s client asked the architects to convert it into a contemporary space for living and

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High Horse Ranch by Kieran Timberlake overlooks forested valley in northern California

American firm Kieran Timberlake has used prefabricated components to create a mountaintop retreat, composed of a main dwelling wrapped in weathering steel and glass, and two micro cabins for guests. The project, called High Horse Ranch, is located just outside the town of Willits, about three hours north of San Francisco. Situated on 64 wooded acres

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Peach House is a contemporary brick-clad courtyard house in Beijing

Architect Frederic Schnee has modernised and extended a traditional house in Beijing by moving the courtyard onto the first floor so a shop can be accommodated at street level. The original building is a typical example of a self-built residence that had undergone multiple adaptations over several decades in response to the changing needs of its

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Swimming pool flows between courtyard walls of Mexico’s Casa Xólotl

Masonry walls partition a patio and create various swimming areas at this renovated Mexican residence by Punto Arquitectónico. Casa Xólotl is a single-storey home in Mérida, which was overhauled by local firm Punto Arquitectónico after finding the home in disrepair. The studio renovated the house by dramatically transforming it into two separate volumes with a courtyard,

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Sliding walls animate the facade of Fouad Samara Architects’ Modulofts apartments

Fouad Samara Architects has completed a tower in Beirut, which features huge steel panels that can slide out from reconfigurable apartments and be stored outside the building. Architect Fouad Samara is a key shareholder in the Modulofts project, which seeks to provide a new residential typology to meet the need for small and medium-sized accommodation in

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Alain Carle Architecte renovates rundown Résidence Maribou chalet in Canada

This rural Quebec chalet from the 1960s faced demolition, but was salvaged and given a new life by Montreal-based studio Alain Carle Architecte, which sought to restore the home’s original charm. Located outside the town of St-Sauveur, in the Laurentians region, Résidence Maribou was in need of more than a facelift, as its structure, insulation,

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Nameless Architecture Designs A House In The Mountains Of South Korea

In the midst of a forest in a quiet mountain range near Seoul is a house cast from rough-cut concrete. Designed by Nameless Architecture, the ‘Aele House’ is an ode to the flexible nature of architectural design.
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Three houses form greyscale Casas SP complex in Mexico by S-AR and Marisol González

A trio of black-and-white residences line up in a row on a site in northern Mexico, created as a collaboration between architects S-AR and Marisol González. Casas SP comprises three separate houses, each three storeys tall, constructed very close to one another to form a complex of urban dwellings in the town of San Pedro Garza

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A House Of Platforms Overlooking Nojiri-Ko Lake

Tokyo-based architecture practice Sugawaradaisuke has reimagined a traditional chalet with a floor plan that is comprised of multiple levels. This holiday home is called ‘Nature Platforms’, and stands overlooking the Nojiri-Ko Lake in Japan.
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Felipe Assadi’s bright red Casa La Roja nestles in the Chilean mountains

Chilean studio Felipe Assadi Arquitectos has completed a remote dwelling with a vivid scarlet exterior that contrasts with its lush, green surroundings. Casa La Roja, or The Red House, is located in San José de Maipo commune in Chile, near the border with Argentina. Homes sprinkled throughout the mountainous zone are afforded a high level

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Converted stable and “pocket park” feature in revamped Melbourne house by Austin Maynard Architects

Austin Maynard Architects has created a “forever home” for a family of four, by overhauling a dilapidated horse stable, building a curved extension and planting a new garden. Called King Bill, the project involved upgrading and extending a two-storey property in Melbourne suburb Fitzroy, which forms part of a terrace built in 1850. The family asked locally based

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A Home Of Windows And Wood By Miya Akiko Architecture Atelier

In Saitama, Japan, Tokyo firm Miya Akiko Architecture Atelier has designed ‘Roofs and Windows’, a minimal, light-flooded home with a wood-clad interior.
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John Ronan’s charred wood Courtyard House frames views of Lake Michigan

American firm John Ronan Architects has completed a square-shaped, waterfront home in Michigan that features a wooden exterior and rooms organised around open-air courtyards. The Courtyard House sits on the sandy shores of Lake Michigan, within the quaint beach town of Saint Joseph. Square in plan and totalling 5,000 square feet (465 square metres), the

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London off-licence transformed into industrial-style apartment building by Emulsion

London architecture office Emulsion has built a trio of homes around the structure of a former corner shop, including an apartment for studio director Michael Deeley and his partner. Albany Road is Emulsion’s first self-initiated development and is situated directly opposite the newly redeveloped Burgess Park in Southwark. The site was previously home to a 1950s building containing

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Kanye West begins Yeezy Home architecture venture with social-housing project

Kanye West’s first foray into architecture is expected to be a prefabricated concrete affordable-housing project, which has emerged a month after he announced a new arm of his Yeezy fashion label. A rendering of the social-housing project appeared on Instagram yesterday, 3 June 2018, giving rise to suggestions that it will be the initial project from Yeezy

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Eindhoven to build “world’s first” 3D-printed houses that people will live inside

Eindhoven University of Technology has announced plans to 3D print a series of concrete houses that will be made available to rent. In what is being described as a world first, the Dutch university is set to build five 3D-printed houses over the next five years, which will all become rental properties. “The project is

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Hill House was designed from the inside out

To mark 150 years since the birth of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, we’re looking back at five influential projects that defined his career. First up is Hill House in Helensburgh, widely recognised as the Scottish architect’s most important residential work. Hill House exemplifies Mackintosh’s approach to combining traditional Scottish values with modern international ideas. Located in Helensburgh,

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Feldman Architecture completes The Shack nature retreat for creative couple in California

American studio Feldman Architecture has renovated and expanded a cottage just outside of San Francisco, adding a two-storey extension, a pool terrace and a garage blanketed with a green roof. The project, called The Shack, is located on a wooded property in Marin County, which is connected to San Francisco by the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Courtyard House By Kouichi Kimura

Metal-clad walls form a horseshoe shape around a courtyard in Japanese architect Kouichi Kimura’s ‘Courtyard House’ in Japan’s Shiga Prefecture.
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Urban Agency completes pigmented-concrete extension alongside Irish cottage

This concrete extension to a traditional cottage in Ireland’s County Kerry was treated with iron oxide to give it a russet hue that complements colours found in the surrounding landscape. Architecture firm Urban Agency, which has offices in Dublin, Copenhagen and Lyon, was asked more than a decade ago to develop a proposal for extending

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Casa Roca’s curved concrete walls are designed to give an architectural “hug”

Curved board-marked concrete walls wrap around the front of this residence in Quito, Ecuador, which local firm Estudio Felipe Escudero modelled on “the physical form of a hug”. Casa Roca is located in a residential neighbourhood in Ecuador’s capital city that Estudio Felipe Escudero (EFE), a studio led by architect Felipe Escudero, describes as “full

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Suppose Design Office creates 21st-century take on traditional Japanese doma

The living spaces in this house designed by Suppose Design Office in Higashihiroshima, Japan, are arranged around a dirt floor, which is a modern interpretation of a traditional doma. Local studio Suppose Design Office created House in Takaya as a single-family residence on a corner plot in a residential area of a satellite city adjoining Hiroshima. The

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Carter Williamson Architects expand and brighten Sydney home

Carter Williamson Architects has combined textured black surfaces with large panels of glazing to bring light into the previously dark interiors of this family home in Sydney, Australia. The property is set within the city’s Balmain suburb and belongs to a couple and their two young children. They approached local practice Carter Williamson Architects to add

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Green steel accents define MMS House in São Paulo by Pascali Semerdjian

Colourful steel windows punctuate the brick facade of this home in São Paulo, recently completed by local firm Pascali Semerdjian Arquitetos. The four-bedroom MMS House was built on a longitudinal lot in São Paulo. It encompasses 411 square metres, built over three storeys and a basement. From the streetfront, the home is protected by an

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Glazed extension connects refurbished Highbury house with new patio garden

Inglis Badrashi Loddo Architects has completed a single-storey extension to a Victorian house in north London, featuring a glazed wall and skylights that allow daylight to flood into a new kitchen and dining space. Local studio Inglis Badrashi Loddo Architects designed the addition to a terraced property in the Highbury area for a young family

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Eight of the best recently completed Mexican houses

So far, 2018 has been a bumper year for private houses completed in Mexico. Here’s eight of our favourites, including a residence formed from a collection of black concrete cuboids and a colourful property designed as an homage to Luis Barragán. Casa Bruma, southwest of Mexico City, by Fernanda Canales and Claudia Rodríguez Black concrete

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ODA completes top-heavy residential tower in New York City

The top floor of this glazed housing complex in New York’s Lower East Side, by architecture firm ODA, has a footprint twice the size of the ground level. Named after its address, 100 Norfolk spans 50,000 square feet (4,645 square metres) across 12 storeys. New York firm ODA designed the building in compliance with the area’s strict zoning laws,

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A Concrete Masterpiece In The Malaysian Capital

Designed by WHBC Architects, the ‘Chempenai House’ in Kuala Lumpur is a lesson in material constraint. Though extravagant in size, the spectacle of this concrete home is its consideration of the surrounding Malaysian environment, and its rejectio…

Akihisa Hirata stacks concrete boxes to create “futuristic and savage” Tree-ness House

Japanese studio Akihisa Hirata Architecture Office has completed a mixed-use building in Tokyo featuring a jumbled composition of concrete rooms that create spaces for small balconies and gardens. The firm headed by architect Akihisa Hirata designed the building in Tokyo’s Toshima district to provide accommodation for a multi-generational family, alongside gallery spaces and offices. The design of

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Lakeside cottage extension by ACDF takes cues from traditional neighbour

This extension to a Canadian cottage by Montreal studio ACDF Architecture echoes the traditional language of the original home, but executed with contemporary geometry and finishes. The new addition is dubbed La Petite Soeur – or The Little Sister – based on the references it takes from the pitched-roof home to adjoins. “The extension preserves

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Ludwig Godefroy designed Zicatela house as an “open-air fortress”

Monolithic concrete steps evocative of ancient Aztec temples surround open-air living spaces and gardens at the heart of this holiday home in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. French architect Ludwig Godefroy created the property as a weekend home for a client who wanted to escape from the Mexico City to the tranquility of Zicatela Beach.

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Liddicoat & Goldhill squeezes asymmetric Makers House onto narrow plot in Hackney

Skylights and large glazed surfaces that open onto a secluded courtyard allow natural light to pour into the interior of this house designed by architects David Liddicoat and Sophie Goldhill for a narrow site in east London. The husband-and-wife team, who run their studio Liddicoat & Goldhill from an office in Clerkenwell, bought the site

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In Situ Studio revitalises dilapidated brick Nolintha Residence in North Carolina

Architecture firm In Situ Studio needed to overcome rotting trim and crumbling brick mortar to renovate and slightly enlarge an American foursquare-style dwelling that had fallen into shambles. The Nolintha Residence is located in Raleigh, the state capital of North Carolina. The clients – a brother and sister who are successful restaurateurs – hired local

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Matharoo Associates Designs A Modern Ruin

This great hulking house located in the Indian city of Ahmedabad was designed by Indian architecture firm Matharoo Associates. It is formed of giant local grey stones piled together like a Jenga tower.
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Trout Lake Residence by Olson Kundig opens onto Washington landscape

Massive bi-folding doors allow this artist’s retreat in Washington by architecture firm Olson Kundig to open to the outdoors and accommodate large pieces of art. Situated in the rural area of Trout Lake, the compound is made up of four buildings arranged in two clusters. The clients, an artist couple, wanted studio spaces that would

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Simon Astridge adds white-brick extension to refurbished Victorian house

A large porthole-like window punctures the white-brick facade of this extension to a terraced house in north London, designed by Simon Astridge. London-based Astridge was tasked with renovating and extending the property near Highbury Fields, to create a sequence of more contemporary spaces for a scientist and her family. He set about remodelling the semi-detached

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Jeff Svitak builds blackened Redwood House with private studio for himself in Southern California

American architect Jeff Svitak has designed a house for himself nestled into a hillside in San Diego, complete with various outdoor spaces and an office for his practice. Spanning three storeys and clad in blackened wood, Redwood House has a varied construction comprising cuboid volumes and outdoor walkways.   The house measures 2,000 square feet (186

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AHMM completes “spatial puzzle” of interlocking flats

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris has created a mixed-use building in the London borough of Southwark, featuring wood-lined windows set into brick facades. The building at 81-87 Weston Street, occupies a gap site close to Renzo Piano’s Shard, which previously housed a single-storey warehouse building used by leather traders. AHMM designed the building for developer Solidspace, which

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Nano-robots have built the world’s smallest house

French researchers from the Femto-ST Institute have used nano-robots to assemble the world’s smallest house, which stands just 0.015 millimetres high. The tiny house, which has a footprint of 0.02 millimetres by 0.01 millimetres, is around half a million times smaller than a regular two-storey house. Sitting on the top of an optical fibre the house has a

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Matt Fajkus creates office addition for mid-century Austin home

Texas studio Matt Fajkus Architecture used wood, stucco and glass to form an extension to a 1960s dwelling on a sloped site overlooking a creek. The project, called Creekbluff Studio, entailed adding a spacious office to a mid-century-modern home that is owned by clients who work in the financial sector. The 1966 house, which is

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Headland House By Atelier Andy Carson

Standing at the top of a hill overlooking the coastline in New South Wales, Australia, is ‘Headland House’, a great hulking mass of extraordinary cantilevered rooms designed by Sydney-based firm Atelier Andy Carson.
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AIA awards North America’s best new housing of 2018

The American Institute of Architects has announced its top 11 residential projects for 2018, including a house in New York that takes design cues from its past as a Quaker settlement and a remote residence with expansive light wood and glass in rural Ontario. The AIA 2018 Housing Awards recognises the most notable residential projects built in the

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Mobil Arquitectos creates pine-clad holiday dwellings for seaside town in Chile

Cantilevers and setbacks define the elevations of this vacation housing complex, designed by Chilean studio Mobil Arquitectos for a gently sloping site in a coastal village. The project, called 12 Cachagua, is located in the mountainous Valparaíso region, about 180 kilometres northwest of the capital Santiago. Situated in the centre of a beach town, the

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A Tangled Residential Complex: Akihisa Hirata’s Tree-Ness House

Japanese studio Akihisa Hirata has designed the ‘Tree-Ness House’, a multi-story complex that replicates the structure of a tree — creating an organic layering system that refutes traditional layered architecture.
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Cabin on the Border is an off-grid shelter with walls that open on pulleys

A system of pulleys are used to raise and lower sections of the walls of this prefabricated cabin on the border between Turkey and Greece, allowing the holiday home to open up to the outdoors or be completely closed during bad weather. Cabin on the Border was designed by Istanbul architecture studio SO? for a couple

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Buckhorn Place’s light-filled interiors complement Whistler snowscapes

Canadian firm Burgers Architecture constructed this mountainside residence from prefabricated volumes so it could be quickly assembled between British Columbia’s snow seasons. Buckhorn Place is perched on a hilltop and protected by dense trees that envelop the property. The lot sits in a restrictive view corridor, which dictated the house’s siting close to edge of

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Ryuichi Ashizawa uses traditional techniques to control climate at house on Okinawa Island

Large eaves and a metal-mesh canopy that will eventually be covered with plants help to shade the interiors of this concrete house on Japan’s Okinawa Island. Osaka-based studio Ryuichi Ashizawa Architects designed the house called Ma of Wind for a plot in a residential area southwest of the 14th-century Shuri Castle, on the island in the

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Mamout and AUXAU update Brussels townhouse with mint-green staircase

A staircase with living areas on its large landings replaces unnecessary rooms at the centre of this Brussels apartment, which was renovated and extended by Belgian architecture studios Mamout and AUXAU. The project undertaken by the team made up of architects from Mamout and AUXAU aimed to readdress the typical layout of properties in the

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Minimalist art and horse stables influence rural Gauthier Residence by Atelier Barda

Massive brick walls and simple geometric forms define this home in a Canadian forest by Montreal-based studio Atelier Barda, which overlooks the client’s horse stables. The home is located near Mont Tremblant, a popular holiday location known for its natural landscapes. The clients own a horse farm on the remote site, and wanted to add

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Remote Airbnb hut offers holidaymakers vistas over the Kimo Valley

Anthony Hunt Design and Luke Stanley Architects have designed a tent-shaped rental hut for the summit of a hill in rural New South Wales, Australia. The Geelong-based studio and the Ballarat-based studio collaborated on of the A-frame structure, which was designed to be assembled in situ by a two-person team. Kimo Hut is the latest addition to

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White Box House By Ayutt And Associates Design

Among a string of mundane looking houses on a residential street in Bangkok, ‘White Box House’ by Ayutt and Associates Design stands out as a modern, minimally designed new family home.
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BIG designs prototype tiny cabin in Upstate New York

Architecture firm BIG has created a small black cabin with an angular roofline in the Hudson Valley, as the first model for prefab-housing startup Klein. BIG’s prototype, named A45, is the first in a series of tiny homes by well-known architects that Klein plans to offer customers. Constructed in Upstate New York, the one-storey building

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A Floating House In The Foothills Of The Santa Cruz Mountains

From certain angles, a glass box seems to emerge from an unbroken canopy of ancient oak trees in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains — this future-esque structure is ‘Pam and Paul’s House’, designed by Craig Steely Architecture.
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Renato D’Ettorre Architects references Italian villas for overhaul of Sydney home

A vaulted brick extension is amongst a host of features that Renato D’Ettorre has introduced to this Sydney home during a renovation that takes note of traditional Italian villas. Set within the city’s Surrey Hills suburb, Italianate House is a Victorian-era property that was formerly used as offices. It is now owned by a young

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Suzuki Architects combines a home and shop at Gré Square House

Large openings in the corrugated-metal facades of this boxy building in Shizuoka, Japan, frame views of the neighbourhood from a shop on the ground floor and residence above. Tokyo studio Suzuki Architects designed Gré Square House for a client who runs a business selling clothes and other products made from natural materials. The building’s ground

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In Situ Studio creates low-lying Trull Residence for wooded site in North Carolina

Architecture firm In Situ Studio used concrete blocks and warm-toned wood to form the exterior walls of this family residence, which occupies a sloped site dotted with trees. The Trull Residence is located in Cary, a suburban town just outside North Carolina’s state capital Raleigh. Situated on a wooded property with an adjacent pond, the

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Colourful Barragán-esque house by Moneo Brock wraps four trees in Mexico

Pink, purple and yellow walls divide up the Casa TEC 205 residence in Monterrey, which architecture studio Moneo Brock designed as an “homage” to the work of the country’s legendary architect Luis Barragán. The bold hues are intended to be reminiscent of designs by Mexican architects Barragán – whose built work largely consists of brightly coloured

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Casa Carrara By Mário Martins Atelier

Portuguese architecture firm Mário Martins Atelier’s latest venture is ‘Casa Carrara’, a white stone house framed by a 30-meter long terrace overlooking the Atlantic ocean.
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Board-marked concrete walls frame pool views from AT House

Ten glazed sections divided by board-marked concrete walls are lined up to form this long Mexican house, designed by architect Laurent Herbiet. Herbiet, who runs the Mexico City-based studio Hrbt, completed AT House at the top of a hill in Oaxtepec – a town in the north of Mexican state Morelos – for a couple

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