Wooden “treasure chest” wraps Tel Aviv’s new museum of natural history

A bulging, elevated timber structure wraps the exhibition spaces of the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History in Tel Aviv, completed by Israeli studio Kimmel Eshkolot Architects. Open since last week, the new museum becomes Israel’s national centre for biodiversity studies. It contains a publicly accessible home for the natural history collections of Tel Aviv University, as well as research laboratories

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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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Estudio Carme Pinós reveals timber latticework design for 2018 MPavilion

Intersecting timber latticework frames make up Barcelona-based studio Estudio Carme Pinós’s design for this year’s MPavilion, which is set to open in Melbourne’s historic Queen Victoria Gardens this October. Commissioned by charity organisation The Naomi Milgrom Foundation as its fifth annual MPavilion, the newly unveiled origami-like design will be erected in the city’s historic Queen Victoria

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Tirado Arquitectos completes timber-clad museum at colonial farm in Patagonia

The ridged roofline of this museum in Chile’s Aysén Region references existing historic buildings on the site and creates a sequence of dramatic internal spaces with steeply sloping ceilings. Santiago-based studio Tirado Arquitectos was commissioned by the regional government to develop a museum on the historically important site, where settlers established a sheep-farming community in

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Thomas Schütte creates log cabin on Vitra Campus

German artist Thomas Schütte has added a log cabin topped, with an asymmetric shingled roof, to the array of buildings on the Vitra Campus, in Weil am Rhein. The design of Schutte’s Blockhaus is based on one of 20 small-scale architectural models that the artist displayed in Düsseldorf’s Konrad Fischer gallery in 2016. The exhibition

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HilberinkBosch Architects creates asymmetric barn using wood felled from their own land

Several century-old oak trees provided wood for the structure, cladding and shingle roof of this workshop, which HilberinkBosch Architects designed to sit alongside their studio. Annemariken Hilberink and Geert Bosch created the barn after discovering that several trees on the site of their studio in a converted farmhouse, in the Meierij region of The Netherlands, needed to be cut

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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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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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Ryuji Kajino converts simple shed into studio for flower craft

Architect Ryuji Kajino converted an 80-year-old barn in Kurashiki, Japan, to create Tiny Atelier, a studio for a designer who makes accessories from dried flowers. The small building is located on a hillside site that also contains the owner’s house and a warehouse, which faces out over a valley towards Japan’s Seto Inland Sea. Kajino’s studio

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Dark & Romantic, a Sophisticated Villa in Black

While bright and clean interiors will always draw me in, every so often I come across a darker but still minimal interior that almost persuades me to go over to the dark side. With flat black walls, black kitchen doors, concrete surfaces and deep dark …

Peter Pichler builds pyramidal pavilion using 1,600 wooden beams

Over 1,600 wooden beams are stacked on top of another to form this intricate pavilion, designed by Italian architect Peter Pichler. The temporary structure is installed in the courtyard of Ca’ Granda, a Renaissance-style complex belonging to the University of Milan, for Milan design week. Called Future Space, it is designed to show how wood can

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Ausstellungshaus By Matt Innauer Architekten

In Austria’s Bregenz Forest, Innauer-Matt Architekten has designed a mobile exhibition house for Kaspar Greber, a timber construction company.
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Snøhetta and Local Studio build tribute arch to Desmond Tutu in Cape Town

Architecture firms Snøhetta and Local Studio celebrate South African anti-apartheid activist Desmond Tutu with this monumental arch, which was unveiled in downtown Cape Town during this year’s Design Indaba. Called Arch for Arch, the memorial structure was created to commemorate the tireless efforts of Tutu – the nation’s first black archbishop – in campaigning for democracy in

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Sustainable magnetic toys for the little builder

Minimalism is a common theme across my blog, sharing lifestyle ideas that lean towards a more minimal perspective has been one of my focal points over the years. The way minimalism can benefit your style, your home, your recipes and even with children …

4 wall covering options that aren’t paint

PlasterA great way to cover damages or ugly wall texture is plaster, which ic incredibly durable and beautiful as well. It’s also easy to find lots of how-to videos on youtube if you want to take the DIY route rather than hiring a professional. The loo…

A Tiny Cabin In The Swiss Alps

Nestled in the Sarreyer hillside, just beyond a charming village in the Swiss Alps, is a tiny cabin. Designed by Vevey-based firm, Rapin Saiz Architects, the Sarreyer Cabin is a perfect architectural example of the age-old phrase, don’t judge a book by…

A Resting Place In Wukalina: Krakani Lumi

Wukalina/Mt William National Park sits on the north-eastern tip of Tasmania, the island 240km south of Australia. Here,  beyond the beach and amongst the banksias, you’ll find ‘krakani lumi’. Designed by Taylor and Hinds, this standing camp…

“If urban densification is inevitable, then let it be done with a material that makes us happy”

The mass-timber revolution is coming, says Clare Farrow, co-curator of the new London exhibition Timber Rising: Vertical Visions for the Cities of Tomorrow. Revolution is in the air. In this year of centenaries – remembering the end of the Russian Revolution and the success of the British suffrage movement in getting votes for women in 1918 – the

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The Chimney House In Logatec, Slovenia

In a small town that folds into the rolling hills of the Slovenian countryside, Dekleva Gregoric Architects have designed a home that draws its shapely configuration from a traditional chimney.
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USA’s largest timber office building proposed for New Jersey

Canadian studio Michael Green Architecture has unveiled plans for a massive timber office complex on the waterfront of Newark, New Jersey, which is expected to be the largest of its kind in the USA. The Vancouver-based practice’s design comprises three stepped volumes in rising heights of six, eight and 11 stories, which will be built

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Circular wooden tower provides panoramic birdwatching point on a Norwegian island

This wooden tower by Norwegian architect Lars J Berge provides an accessible hide for birdwatchers on an island north of Bergen. Herdla Birdwatching Tower is situated at the tip of Askøy – a low-lying island in Hordaland county, off Norway’s west coast. The landscape of open grasslands, shallow sea and freshwater ponds makes the area, called Herdla, an important

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Shigeru Ban to build “pagoda in the park” as his first UK building

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has teamed up with cross-laminated-timber expert Waugh Thistleton to design his first UK building – a five-storey house that will be built beside London’s River Thames. Southwark Council last week granted planning approval for the so-called “pagoda in the park”, which is proposed at Potters Fields, behind City Hall and a

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A minimal hillside house in Norway, made from 6 cubes

A home in Norway was created using 6 cubes of varying sizes that are intended to give the residents a cozy feel as a shelter from the Nordic winter days and nights by Norm Architects. The concept of the cluster design overlaps one another giving dwel…

A minimalist escape in France, by Nicholas Schuybroek

The minimalist holiday home, S House, was recently complete by Belgian architects Nicolas Schuybroek of NS Architects In Cap d’Antibes, Côte d’Azur, France. The modern architecture juxtaposes the natural surroundings with the strong use of concrete. In…

O’Sullivan Skoufoglou Architects adds “simple, warm and characterful” extension to London house

O’Sullivan Skoufoglou Architects has extended a typical terraced home in northwest London, by adding a new timber-lined room that opens onto a brick-paved garden. The Dewsbury Road extension was designed by locally based O’Sullivan Skoufoglou Architects to replace a 1970s addition at the rear of a property in Dollis Hill, which had split the kitchen and dining area into two

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OFIS Arhitekti uses modular Living Units to create pop-up library overlooking Ljubljana

Slovenian studio OFIS Arhitekti has found a new use for the micro house it designed earlier this year – the modular structure recently served as a temporary library in the grounds of Ljubljana Castle. OFIS Arhitekti worked in collaboration with fellow architects C+C and C28, engineering firm AKT and contractor Permiz to create the Living Units – modular rooms that

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Chris Collaris Architects completes black wooden cottage with exaggerated roof

Dutch architect Chris Collaris has built a house in Amsterdam that is clad entirely in blackened timber, featuring an asymmetric gabled roof that extends out to form a sheltered entrance. House MM is situated in the former industrial area of Amsterdam Noord, on a site that was previously occupied by an “old and decayed” brick house

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Cruciform pavilion by Krupinski/Krupinska Arkitekter references historic Copenhagen garden

The light filtering through tree-lined avenues inspired this slatted pavilion by Swedish studio Krupinski/Krupinska Arkitekter, which is installed in a cross-shaped formation in a Copenhagen park. The elongated walkways of the King’s Garden Pavilion encourage visitors to promenade along them. The regularly placed wooden columns filter the light like tree trunks, while the slatted roof is intended to mimic

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Büros für Konstruktivismus turns a chicken coop in Berlin into an artist’s studio

Berlin-based practice Büros für Konstruktivismus has transformed a former chicken house in the back garden of a 1930s home into a pine-lined artist’s studio. The project is named Hühnerhaus, the German word for henhouse. The coop was originally constructed just after second world war in the grounds of a Berlin villa, but after its renovation the owner now uses

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Architect builds his own studio at the end of Toronto garden

The Brooklyn trend for backyard studios has extended all the way to Toronto, where the founder of architecture firm Six Four Five A has constructed a tiny timber workspace for himself at the end of the garden. The Garden Studio was designed by Oliver Dang at his family home in the Canadian city, where property prices

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Universal Design Studio builds daydreaming hub for Shoreditch workers

Universal Design Studio has designed a slatted-timber pavilion in Shoreditch for this year’s London Design Festival to offer office workers a retreat where creative juices can flow. The On Repeat structure is slotted between two buildings on Rivington Street in east London, a hub of creative businesses. London-based Universal Design Studio teamed up with The Office Group,

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Temple for Burning Man 2017 highlighted the problem of America’s dying forests

The temple at this year’s Burning Man festival was designed by artist Marisha Farnsworth, and built from 100 dead trees to emphasise “dramatic changes occurring in our forests”. Farnsworth worked with project manager Steven Brummond and structural engineer Mark Sinclair to create the festival’s 18th temple, which is used as a memorial by participants. The

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Robert Hutchison’s Cantilever House projects towards Seattle harbour

Panoramic views of Seattle’s harbour are afforded from the overhanging rear of this house, completed by American firm Robert Hutchison Architecture. The two-storey Cantilever House is located on a lot that the clients have lived on for 15 years, originally in a small bungalow. Apart from its convenient location to the University of Seattle and downtown,

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Bornstein Lyckefors Architects builds vibrant red cabin as a retreat for a Swedish family

Traditional Swedish barns provided the inspiration for this red-hued wooden cabin, designed by Gothenburg studio Bornstein Lyckefors Architects for a keen sailor and his two children. Located outside Gothenburg, on Sweden’s west coast, the house provides the family of three with an escape from the city that is also close to the ocean. It is named Späckhuggaren, which means Killer Whale, after

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A nearly perfect house, it just needs to be filled with the right decor

Every so often I come across a space or a home that makes my jaw drop. Like it has taken all of my own longings and dreams that I’ve carried with me over the years and made them into a physical, livable space. For someone else! Ok, it’s not like the EXACT manifestation of all my dreams come true but this place designed by Mclaren.Excell in the UK, it comes pretty close to having all the essentials that I could want in a structure. Of course this is sans decor and interior styling, just the bare bones house, all ready to be moved into and personalized with your own belongings.

I’m imagining some large green plants next to the windows, soft velvety rugs in the living space with an oversized sofa and floor lamp. Some candles and books, throw blankets to add softness to the concrete and wood flooring. I’m not thrilled with the concrete flooring in the lower level of the home, I prefer the wood floors like what you find on the second level of this home as it feels softer and more forgiving than concrete but hey, that could be fixed.

Below are a few things that I would personally want to put in this home which is nearly perfect in every way.

For the kitchen:

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So, what do you think of this house?

British seaside pier gets 21st century update by dRMM

Architecture studio dRMM created a visitor centre clad in salvaged wooden boards as part of its overhaul of a seaside pier in Hastings, England – one of six projects in the running for this year’s Stirling Prize. The architects were tasked with repairing the century-old pier after a devastating fire in 2010, which swept through the pavilion and destroyed the amusements, kiosks,

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Sandwich creates “ship-shaped” art pavilion in Fukuyama to commemorate deaths at sea

Hundreds of thousands of wooden shingles cover the contoured form of this pavilion in the grounds of Japan’s Shinshoji Zen Museum and Gardens, which is designed to evoke the shape of a ship’s hull. The Kohtei pavilion was added to the gardens in the campus of Tenshinzan Shinshoji temple in Fukuyama city, Hiroshima, which was established as a tribute

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Moxon Architects builds humble cabin in mountainous Scottish landscape

The mountains of Scotland’s Cairngorms National Park offer a dramatic backdrop for this modernist-inspired hut by firm Moxon Architects. Culardoch Shieling, which takes its name from the Scottish Gaelic word for “hut”, is located in the grounds of the client’s highland estate. It provides a space for entertaining guests that takes full advantage of its scenic surrounds. “We were asked to

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dRMM builds Oldham Maggie’s Centre around a courtyard with rippling glass walls

A courtyard with undulating glass walls descends from the base of the stilted wooden structure of this Maggie’s Centre for cancer care in Oldham, England, which has been designed by London studio dRMM. The studio used tulipwood to clad the structure, which at one side projects out over a stone wall. Selected for its positive connotations, the material is intended to

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Timber-framed cabin by Hanna Michelson stands on stilts to peep over the treetops of Swedish mountain

Swedish architect Hanna Michelson has completed a stilted timber cabin overlooking the Åsberget mountains, as the first of four getaways being built for the Bergaliv Landscape Hotel. The Stockholm-based architect, who works for Tham & Videgård Arkitekter, was commissioned by Bergaliv to build the 10-metre-tall heart-pine and spruce Lofthuset (loft house) on a former ski slope in

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Sanctuary

Personal home inspiration. Lines/Manner’s home is synonymous with clean living, airy white spaces, simplicity, brightness, tropical plants, fresh modern minimal vibrations, Berber spirit, wood and metal, major and elevated items. An interior punctuated with marble and plays of transparency. The … Continue reading

Clerici, a solid wood armchair with elegance

Lately I’ve found myself saving images of beautiful, wooden armchairs. Someday I want to won a pair of these for our living room. Sturdy and timeless, I believe this is a piece that would last through time and varying styles. For now my heart is set on…

Shigeru Ban reveals new details of “world’s tallest hybrid timber structure” for Vancouver

New images have been released of Shigeru Ban’s Terrace House, a residential tower for Vancouver that is poised to become the world’s tallest wooden structure. Designed for the Vancouver waterfront, the Japanese architect first unveiled plans for Terrace House last year. The initial visual showed a mono-pitched timber-framed structure clad in glass that was to be supported by a concrete and steel

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A Grooming Retreat In The Barley

Set among the wild olive trees on a remote agricultural state in southern Mallorca, the project of designers Mariana de Delás and Gartnerfuglen Arkitekter is a unique space for grooming in the middle of the barley.
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Studio North Creates A Platform To Play

“Your environment can shape the way you think,” say the designers of Canadian Studio North, who have created the ‘Dreaming Platform.’
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Japan urged to stop using deforestation-linked wood for Kengo Kuma’s Olympic stadium

The Japanese government has been accused of using timber linked to deforestation and human-rights violations to build its Kengo Kuma-designed stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. A petition with 140,000 signatures was delivered to Japanese embassies in Switzerland and Germany this week, demanding the government rethink its use of cheap tropical wood. Bilong Oyoi, the former head of a rainforest

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Snøhetta’s prefab Gapahuk cabin references a traditional Norwegian mountain shelter

Architecture firm Snøhetta has unveiled a prefabricated cabin with a twisted roof that offers protection in harsh weather conditions. Called Gapahuk, Snøhetta designed the prefab cabin for Rindalshytter, a Norwegian producer of leisure homes. The cabin is designed to be adaptable to various locations and weather conditions. The roof folds down lower on one side to offer protection from strong

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Andersson-Wise assembles new and salvaged materials into rustic Austin boathouse

US firm Andersson-Wise Architects has created a modest boathouse in Texas, designed to blend with its site as if it were “in a state of natural decomposition”. The Bunny Run Boat Dock is located on the shore of Lake Austin, in the city of Austin. Encompassing 2,563 square feet (238 square metres), the enclosure contains

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A Family Home Overlooking Barcelona By BC Estudio

Barcelona-based architects BC Estudio designed a vertical home with a wooden slat facade for a family located in the north of the city.
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Nimtim adds pergola-like extension to 1950s terrace in south London

Timber portals frame windows and skylights in this garden-facing extension, which Nimtim Architects has added to a terraced house in Peckham, southeast London. The London-based practice designed the extension and renovation to an “unremarkable” infill house built between brickwork residences during the 1950s. The client, a young professional, wanted the extension to serve as an open-plan kitchen and dining

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White finishes and oak panelling warm winter light in Minnesota home by D/O Studio

Minneapolis firm D/O Studio has taken cues from Minnesota’s Scandinavian climate and heritage when designing a home that “warms the blue light to pure white”, while cultivating vegetation native to the site. Named Nordic Light, the house is situated in a residential neighbourhood of St Paul, Minnesota. Geographically, the city marks the border between the

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Competition: win a book showcasing the world’s best timber architecture

Dezeen is giving away three copies of Wood, a book by author and architect William Hall that celebrates the most innovative and influential wooden buildings from the past 1,000 years. Building on the success of earlier titles Concrete and Brick, Wood features 170 timber structures from around the world, ranging from ambitious churches to humble cabins. The book includes Evolver, a wooden structure

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Malan Vorster’s treehouse-like residence offers views of Cape Town forest

Four cylindrical towers are elevated on stilts to create this retreat in Cape Town, which was designed by local studio Malan Vorster to offer views among the trees. The Cape Town-based architects designed the residence for a client who wanted their hide-away in the Constantia suburb of the South African capital that resembles a tree house. The aim was to respond to the

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Bangkok Project Studio builds riverside wine bar with latticed plywood walls in Thailand

PVC sheets provide weather protection for the gridded plywood walls of this rural Thailand bar, designed by Bangkok Project Studio to offer visitors river views while they sup wine. Located on the banks of Chao Phraya River, Wine Ayutthaya is a tourist attraction for visitors to Ayutthaya, an ancient capital city 85 kilometres north of Bangkok. “The building was constructed to become a new tourist attraction

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Wooden pool house by Amantea Architects provides privacy for Canadian family

Toronto firm Amantea Architects has built a pool house in the garden of an Ontario home to provide washing and changing facilities, while blocking views from a neighbouring property. The project involved constructing a pavilion at the end of the plot in King’s City, which is owned by a family of four. A row of

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House Carrara By Studio [+] Valéria Montijo

House Carrara is a family home by Studio [+] Valéria Montijo, whose design was inspired by the modernist tradition of the residence’s location: Brasilia, Brazil.
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Zaha Hadid Architects reveals greenhouse-like technology hub to accompany world’s first wooden football stadium

Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled a set of glasshouse-like technology buildings and a slatted-timber footbridge, which will join its wooden football stadium on a eco park in Gloucestershire, England. The humpbacked bridge will span a motorway to link the two parts of the Eco Park near the town of Stroud: one area dedicated to sports and another for technology. The

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Birdseye Design clads Vermont dwelling in salvaged wooden boards

American studio Birdseye Design took cues from traditional woodsheds while creating this guesthouse for a forested site in northern Vermont. The project – fittingly called Woodshed – is located in the foothills of the Green Mountains in Pomfret, Vermont. It is situated within a clearing on a sloped, wooded site. For the design of dwelling – which serves

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Balnarring Retreat by Branch Studio Architects

Balnarring Retreat is a minimal residence located in Victoria, Australia, standing at the edge of a pond surrounded by vegetation. The modern structure was designed by Melbourne-based Branch Studio Architects as a multipurpose retreat and studio, offer…

A Raw And Authentic Residence By Gus Wüstemann

While reconstructing a multi-family house in Zurich, Switzerland, architects from gus wüstemann took the massive, historic stone walls as the starting point for applying new contemporary forms of living.
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An apartment in teak and grey, Eastmansvägen 8B

Dark teak colored wood and a strong presence of greys make up this peaceful apartment styled by Emily Laye for Per Jansson . I would go on and on about all that I love but I’ve got to run so take your pick, what is your favorite feature of this place?…

SHoP Architects’ wooden skyscraper for New York gets the chop

The developer behind plans for New York’s tallest timber-framed building, designed by SHoP Architects, has axed the project. The 10-storey condominium building proposed for 475 West 18th Street in Chelsea was to be built using a mass-timber structure – a first of its kind for the city. But developer Sy Ghassemi has cancelled the plans, citing

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A Vacation Home With 72 Doors By Cristián Izquierdo

Architect Cristián Izquierdo created a pine wooden multifunctional holiday home opening up to a long beach, on top of a dune in the middle of nowhere in Chile.
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A Versatile Vacation Home By Cristián Izquierdo

Architect Cristián Izquierdo created a pine wooden multifunctional holiday home opening up to a long beach, on top of a dune in the middle of nowhere in Chile.
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Snøhetta presents memorial arch to Desmond Tutu at Design Indaba

Snøhetta has revealed a prototype of an arch in honour of South African social-rights activist Desmond Tutu, which will be built near the National Parliament in Cape Town. Developed as a partnership between Oslo- and New York-based Snøhetta and Johannesburg office Local Studio, the Memorial Arch was unveiled during the finale of the Design Indaba 2017 conference in Cape Town.

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MINIMOD – A Contemporary Retreat Close To Nature

The small housing units called MINIMOD have been designed by Brazilian MAPA Architects. Constructed from four modules, namely, bedroom, living room dining room and bathroom, which also contains a kitchen, they present a simple but contemporary dwelling…

Old wooden barns inform Graham Baba’s office building for Washington fruit company

American firm Graham Baba Architects took cues from rural vernacular architecture while conceiving the headquarters for the Washington Fruit and Produce Company, situated in an area dotted with farms and warehouses. The office campus is located in the town of Yakima, in an agricultural region in central Washington known for its apples, hops and wine.

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Slanted wooden walls form holiday home in upstate New York by Hariri & Hariri

This country retreat by American firm Hariri & Hariri Architecture consists of interlocking volumes clad in ipe and stone and an infinity pool overlooking the verdant, rolling terrain. The Taghkanic House is situated on a 140-acre (57-hectare )property in Columbia County, a bucolic area in upstate New York. The architects set out to create a master

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Platau Refurbishes A Minimalist Penthouse

Designed by architectural practice Platau, ‘Wadi Penthouse’ offers modern and minimalist space while providing the ‘wow’ effect with its continuous wooden walls.
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Matter Design’s architectural play equipment encourages kids to crawl, jump and fly

Intersecting wood-clad volumes create a playground for children in a Massachusetts suburb to scurry through, clamber over and zip-wire from. The Five Fields Play Structure was designed by architects Brandon Clifford of Matter Design and Michael Schanbacher of FR|SCH Projects. It is located on a piece of common land shared by residents of Lexington’s Five

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