Studio GAON converts concrete warehouse into a couple’s first home

Studio GAON has converted a concrete factory built 20 years ago in South Korea by the client’s late father into a house with a mural-covered facade (+ slideshow). Seoul-based Studio GAON renovated the two-storey concrete warehouse – located in a rice paddy field outside the city of Pohang, North Gyeongsang Province – for a newly-married couple in […]

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Czech and UK architects win Prague housing project

News: 10 architecture firms – seven from the UK and three from the Czech Republic – have been selected via an international design competition to create housing designs for a development on the outskirts of Prague. UK firms Duggan Morris, Eldridge Smerin, Coffey Architects and John Pardey are among the winners of an unusual competition […]

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Twin Peaks House by Apparat-C has a zigzagging roof profile

The zigzagging roof of this family residence in South Korea prompted architecture studio Apparat-C to name it Twin Peaks House (+ slideshow). Located in a sparsely populated area in Wanju, the 177-square-metre house is the first completed building by Apparat-C, a studio founded by architects Seewoong Lee, Yeonyung Choi and Pedro Ferreira. Related story: Frei […]

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Black house by Hammerschmid Pachl Seebacher is raised above a bathing lake

This muddy-toned timber house by Graz-based Hammerschmid Pachl Seebacher Architekten is raised on stilts above a sloping site so that it overlooks a swimming pond (+ slideshow). Hammerschmid Pachl Seebacher Architekten designed the small single-storey House at the Pond with a floor area of just 50 square metres, on the edge of an artificial lake in Austria. […]

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House by Philip Stejskal can be “locked down” with shutters that blend into the facade

Australian studio Philip Stejskal Architecture has equipped a white timber extension to a 1890s duplex with shutters and sliding panels that camouflage with the walls when closed. Philip Stejskal Architecture extended a 19th century house in Fremantle, western Australia, named Bellevue Terrace. The firm added an enclosed terrace containing an open-air dining room, a small bathroom, and a […]

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OMA reveals trio of “peanut-shaped” towers for Miami’s Coconut Grove

News: OMA’s New York office has unveiled plans to build three residential towers beside the bay in Miami’s Coconut Grove neighbourhood. Practice partner Shohei Shigematsu explains the design to Dezeen in an exclusive interview (+ slideshow). Rem Koolhaas’ firm won a competition to design the Park Grove luxury residential scheme last year with a proposal for six […]

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Strips of local spruce clad Haus Feurstein by Innauer‐Matt Architekten

Vertical strips of spruce give a stripy facade to this semi-detached house, completed by Innauer‐Matt Architekten in a hamlet within the forested landscape of Vorarlberg, Austria (+ slideshow). Austrian studio Innauer‐Matt Architekten designed the 140-square-metre house to sit over the foundations of a demolished older building that had previously served as a utility building for […]

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London house extension by Cousins and Cousins has a window wrapping its corner

A large window wraps around one corner of this brickwork extension to a Victorian house in London by local office Cousins and Cousins (+ slideshow). Cousins and Cousins designed the two-storey extension for a family of six who had outgrown their four bedroom home in Hackney, east London. Related story: Glazing disappears into the walls of Tigg Coll’s […]

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Live-in gallery and studio by Flat House hides utility rooms in a central cylinder

A curvy structure forms the heart of this small Tokyo home and workspace by Japanese studio Flat House, separating a cafe, gallery and art studio from the residents’ domestic activities (+ slideshow). Flat House designed the building – named Oeuf after the egg-shaped plan of the central structure – as a live-in art gallery and cafe for […]

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Matsuyama Architects builds concrete house on inclining site in Japanese housing estate

A cast-concrete box overhangs the sloping lower floor facade of this house by Japanese studio Matsuyama Architects (+ slideshow). Matsuyama Architects designed the two-bedroom home, named House in Oike, for a site in an area of high-density housing in Fukuoka, Japan. An office, guest bedroom and bathroom are located across a split-level ground floor, while a […]

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Takeru Shoji Architects tops a timber-clad Japanese house with a “big hat”

A white timber roof masks the upper storey of this Japanese house by Takeru Shoji Architects, but is raised on wooden stilts to reveal the pale timber facade of the lower level (+ slideshow). Japanese firm Takeru Shoji Architects designed the two-bedroom wooden residence, named OH! House, for a family of four in a residential area of Niigata, […]

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A-Zero turns an English cow shed into a timber-framed family home

London architecture firm A-Zero has completed an oak frame house that incorporates the steel frame of an old cow shed in a rural area near Leighton Buzzard, England (+ slideshow). A-Zero was asked to design a house for a young family moving to a rural area, who had found a site occupied by old farm […]

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Angled openings create balconies across the facade of MORA apartments by ADNBA

Angled window reveals and balconies interrupt the smooth limestone facade of this apartment building in Bucharest, Romania, by local architects ADNBA (+ slideshow). The MORA Residential Building was designed by ADNBA for a historic neighbourhood in central Bucharest, where architecture from the early 20th century and interwar period is prevalent. Related story: Christophe Rousselle adds […]

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Selencky Parsons designs glass and white concrete house in Oxfordshire

Large panels of glazing are sandwiched between the thick white concrete frame of this riverside house near Oxford by London studio Selencky Parsons (+ slideshow). Selencky Parsons built River House on a long, thin plot of land adjacent to the River Thames outside Oxford, UK. The architects replaced a 1970s bungalow with a three-storey house that includes […]

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Yoshio Ohno’s black timber house straddles a concrete escarpment in Hiroshima

This blackened-timber house by Japanese studio Yoshio Ohno Architects is sat on top of a sloping concrete retaining wall (+ slideshow). Yoshio Ohno Architects designed the 93-square-metre structure, named House in Miyake, for a site in Hiroshima, Japan. The one-bedroom home is built across a split-level site, which is separated by a four-metre-tall retaining wall. Related story: Blackened […]

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Ian Shaw Architekten completes concrete villa on a German mountainside

A grey slate terrace that extends from the back of this mountainside property by Frankfurt studio Ian Shaw Architekten juts over the valley below (+ slideshow). Ian Shaw Architekten set the two-storey house, named Villa S, into a slope above the town of Schriesheim in Baden-Württemberg, south-west Germany. Related story: Housing Estate Papillon sits in the […]

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Lipton Plant Architects adds pale-brick extension to north London home

The upper storey of this brick extension to a mid-century home in north London by Lipton Plant Architects projects over the entrance to form a porch (+ slideshow). London-based studio Lipton Plant Architects extended and reconfigured the interior space of a 1957 semi-detached house built on a wedge-shaped site in Stoke Newington. Related story: Architecture for London […]

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3archlab’s concrete courtyard house is positioned against a cliff

Staircases descend around a courtyard hidden inside this four-storey concrete house, set into a steep rock face in Mexico City by local studio 3archlab (+ slideshow). 3archlab designed the three-bedroom dwelling, called Casa BC, for a site in Mexico City that is hemmed in to the rear by a stoney cliff wall and at its sides by neighbouring […]

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Jean Verville completes white clapboard house in suburban Montreal

Strips of white timber cover a series of simple interlocking geometric volumes that form this Canadian home by Montreal studio Jean Verville (+ slideshow). Jean Verville designed the 320-square-metre dwelling, named Paperwhite, for a young family in the suburb of Greenfield Park, outside Montreal. The property has three bedrooms over an upper floor and an […]

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Insert Studio completes house in Romania with two cut-away corners

The corners of this otherwise traditionally shaped house by Insert Studio have been cut away to form two porches that help to make a connection to the rural Romanian landscape (+ slideshow). Insert Studio designed the 140-square-metre family home, named om-House, on a small plot of land in the outskirts of the village Harman, in […]

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Woodland villa in Sweden designed by Max Holst with a blackened exterior

Swedish architect Max Holst used a traditional Swedish paint to give an all-black appearance to the exterior of this woodland house outside Stockholm (+ slideshow). Completed for Swedish developer Strömma Project, the two-storey Villa Torsby was designed by Max Holst Arkitektkontor for an area of wooded land in Värmdö, a scenic region that forms part […]

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Nantes house extension contrasts blackened wood facades with pale window frames

Pale wooden window frames contrast with the black-stained cedar facades of this extension to a detached house in Nantes by French studio Bertin Bichet Architectes (+ slideshow). The client asked Bertin Bichet Architectes to create a 30-square-metre addition to the French property that would improve the connection between the interior and the garden at the […]

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Architecture Atelier Akio Takatsuka divides Quad House into unequal sections

The pointed roof of this small zinc-covered Tokyo house by Architecture Atelier Akio Takatsuka is offset to reflect the arrangement of rooms inside (+ slideshow). Quad House is located towards the back of a long thin plot in a suburb of the Japanese capital, surrounded by a garden and agricultural land. Related story: House N […]

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The Corten House by DMOA architecten is surrounded by weathered steel fins

Strips of pre-rusted Corten steel run in vertical columns around this Belgian house by DMOA Architecten (+ movie). DMOA Architecten designed the three-storey home, for a couple in the Antwerp suburb of Kontich. The Corten House is named after the brand that produces the weathered steel panels that surround its walls and perimeter. The local […]

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Overhanging roof forms a hood over Japanese house by Moca Architects

An overhanging roof with angular cut-outs envelopes the upper storey of this small Japanese house by Moca Architects to conceal the interior spaces (+ slideshow). Moca Architects designed the two-storey family home, named HouseAA, for a plot in a residential area of Nara city, in the Kansai region of Japan. Two bedrooms are positioned across the […]

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Filipe Pina + Maria Inês Costa add concrete extension to stone house in Portugal

A glass-fronted stairwell joins a craggy stone building to its new concrete extension at this Portuguese house by Filipe Pina + Maria Inês Costa (+ slideshow). Filipe Pina + Maria Inês Costa designed the 260-square-metre family home, named House JA, for a site in the city of Guarda, northern Portugal. Related story: Casa de Sambade by […]

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Black glass facade mirrors scenery at south London home by Ian McChesney

Opaque glass cladding on this south London house by Ian McChesney reflects the brick and stucco facades of neighbouring Victorian properties and foliage from a park next door (+ slideshow). Ian McChesney designed the five-bedroom home, named Tree House, for a plot of land in a conservation area in Sydenham, south-east London. Related story: Architecture […]

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Bent Architecture’s wooden extension screens a Melbourne home from neighbouring “McMansion”

The steeply angled roofs of a wooden pavilion and extension by Bent Architects will screen a family home in Australia from a “monster” development on an adjoining plot of land (+ slideshow). Bent Architecture added a two-storey extension and a wooden structure, named Bent Pavilion, in the back garden of a Melbourne house as a preemptive measure […]

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House in Oxfordshire is covered in oak to create a “simplified volume”

Strips of untreated oak are used to clad every surface of this house in the English countryside by London office Peter Feeny Architects (+ slideshow). Peter Feeny Architects was invited to design the house in Oxfordshire for a couple and their young child who wanted to swap life in London for a more rural existence. […]

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Peter Barber uses a “collage of materials” in hostel for homeless people

London office Peter Barber Architects has remodelled a Victorian sheltered housing scheme in the city, employing different types of brick and render to indicate where new additions meet the original buildings. Peter Barber Architects oversaw the refurbishment and expansion of the Mount Pleasant housing project – a centre for homeless people that aims to improve […]

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Steel cladding frames an offset window at Montreal house extension by Naturehumaine

The street-facing elevation of this brick and steel extension to a 1920s Montreal property echoes the proportions of the original building, but at the rear a large angular outcrop projects over the back garden (+ slideshow). Montreal studio Naturehumaine designed the 870-square-metre extension – comprising a basement playroom, ground-floor dining room and first floor study – […]

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Concrete bunker in the Netherlands transformed into a tiny vacation home

Belgian studio B-ILD has converted a wartime bunker into an austere holiday home where guests sleep beside raw concrete walls and home comforts are reduced to the bare essentials (+ slideshow). The half-submerged bunker has an internal area of just nine square metres, with less than two-metres head height, so furnishings had to be kept […]

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House in the Landscape by Kropka Studio features walls built from rock-filled cages

The walls of this house in Poland by Kropka Studio are covered in gabion baskets filled with the same local limestone used to build nearby castles and churches (+ slideshow). Kraków-based Kropka Studio designed the property for a family of four, who asked for enough space to host large gatherings at a plot near the city of Zawiercie, […]

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Casa de Sambade by Spaceworkers is a long house with textured concrete walls

A glazed wall framed by thick concrete fronts this house built into a grassy hillside in Paredes, Portugal, by architecture office Spaceworkers (+ slideshow). Casa de Sambade was designed by local firm Spaceworkers for a rural plot that had already been carved into a series of terraces featuring trees and traditional stone walls. Related story: […]

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Studio Gang joins rising tide of architects building in Miami

News: Chicago-based Studio Gang is following in the footsteps of OMA, Herzog & de Meuron and Zaha Hadid by becoming the latest architect to design a residential building for Miami (+ slideshow). Studio Gang, the firm led by architect Jeanne Gang, has unveiled plans for a 14-storey apartment block in Miami’s design district, with a sculptural facade […]

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Atelier 100architecture slots contemporary house into French medieval city centre

This small house in the French city of Tours by local architecture office Atelier 100architecture features a material palette of zinc panels, plaster and wooden boards that references its historical neighbours. The house on Rue Losserand was designed by Mathieu Julien of Atelier 100architecture for a couple who wanted to create a rental property in […]

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Katsutoshi Sasaki’s House in Hanekita contains a grid of half-height walls

Waist-high partitions divide up the top floor of this mostly windowless house in Japan, framing different activities without cutting off light to any of the spaces (+ slideshow). Japanese architect Katsutoshi Sasaki designed the two-storey House in Hanekita for two generations of a family living in a residential neighbourhood in Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture. Related story: House in a […]

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I-da Arquitectos sinks holiday apartments into the Portuguese countryside

The two main buildings of this Portuguese holiday complex by I-da Arquitectos are dug into a hillside, partly burying them in the sloping terrain (+ slideshow). Lisbon-based I-da arquitectos designed the 820-metre-square development, named Pé no Monte, on 10 hectares of land on the Alentejo Coast, in the south west of Portugal. Related story: Casa DJ […]

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Colboc Franzen’s Parisian social housing matches the proportions of its 1930s neighbours

The stepped rooftops and industrial details of these Parisian council blocks by Colboc Franzen & Associés are designed to integrate the scheme with the neighbouring buildings (+ slideshow). Colboc Franzen & Associés built the 52-residency scheme on an old industrial site in Nanterre, within The Hoche ecodistrict in the suburbs of Paris. Related story: Student […]

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Blackened timber house by Harunatsu-Arch is divided by a stepped floor

Charred Japanese cedar clads the exterior of this split-level house in Izumo, Japan, by Kanazawa studio Harunatsu-Arch (+ slideshow). Harunatsu-Arch was approached by a couple in their 30s to create a simple single-storey structure with a footprint of 66 square metres, containing the minimum necessary amenities for contemporary living. Related story: Black house in Osaka […]

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SAMF reinterprets traditional Portuguese farmhouses with Casa dos Caseiros

White stuccoed walls and terracotta tiled roofing create a visual connection between the simplified volumes of this small house in a Portuguese vineyard and traditional agricultural buildings nearby (+ slideshow). Sara Antunes and Mário Ferreira of Lisbon office SAMF designed the Casa dos Caseiros residence for the caretaker of an estate that overlooks the Douro river in […]

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Overlapping bricks give a perforated facade to mountainside building by Li Xiaodong

Chinese architect Li Xiaodong, the recipient of the inaugural Moriyama Prize, completed this building with an elaborate brickwork facade to create offices and dormitories at a building site in Zhejiang Province (+ slideshow). Li Xiaodong, who received the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada award for his “modest” Liyuan Library project, designed the Screen for a rural […]

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Assorted windows and diagonal cladding feature on renovated home by NU Architectuuratelier

A mixture of simple windows and double-height glazing bring light and views into the back of this Belgian house, which NU Architectuuratelier has converted from flats into a family home (+ slideshow). Kessel-Lo House in Leuven, Belgium, was designed by NU architectuuratelier for a family with two children who originally wanted to extend the former apartment […]

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Taíde House was built over the granite walls of a family’s original residence

This Portuguese house has been completely transformed by architects Rui Vieira Oliveira and Vasco Manuel Fernandes, with a new structure that rests on top of the original home’s granite walls (+ slideshow). Taíde House involved the renovation and extension of a 74 year-old house in the northern Portuguese village of Taíde for a family with […]

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Casa Redux by Studio MK27: the cause of a marriage collapse?

Could this modern concrete and glass house have been the catalyst for the end of a marriage? Yes, according to a black and white movie made by Studio MK27, the architects behind the project (+ movie). Studio MK27, the firm led by Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan, produced the short film to accompany its recent project […]

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Garden studio by Serge Schoemaker has a dark, rough exterior and a light-filled interior

Dutch office Serge Schoemaker Architects meticulously arranged different-sized sections of plywood that “fit together seamlessly like a jigsaw puzzle” across the interior of this angular garden studio. Bussum Garden Studio was designed by Serge Schoemaker Architects as a home office for a Dutch family with two children, which also includes storage for bikes and garden […]

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Massimo Galeotti adds modern timber infill to the corner of an old Italian villa

Italian studio Massimo Galeotti Architetto has filled in the empty corner of a house in Treviso with a timber-clad extension to provide space for a new music room (+ slideshow). Located in in Treviso’s historic Fiera neighbourhood, Casa Fiera was renovated by Massimo Galeotti Architetto for a man and his family who has previously lived next […]

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Perforated brick walls filter light into Matthew Gribben’s Five Courts House

The brick exterior of this Sydney house by Matthew Gribben Architecture belies its light-filled interior, which features five secluded courtyards arranged around the perimeter (+ slideshow). Five Courts House was designed by Matthew Gribben Architecture for an older professional couple who wanted space to entertain guests and family, and light-filled areas to pursue their passion for […]

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Philippe Starck’s new home is the prototype for a new prefab housing collection

Philippe Starck has unveiled a prototype for his latest series of prefabricated low-energy wooden homes – a glazed and aluminium-clad structure outside Paris that he and his wife Jasmine plan to move into (+ slideshow). The Montfort residence is the model for the French designer’s second series of made-to-order houses produced in partnership with Riko, one […]

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Pezo von Ellrichshausen’s Casa Meri contains 10 matching rooms and no corridors

Identically proportioned rooms are arranged in a grid behind the yellow-dyed facade of this house in rural Chile, designed by architect duo Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen. The two Pezo von Ellrichshausen founders originally designed Casa Meri as the permanent residence for a couple in Florida, central Chile, but a later change to the […]

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Courtyard House Plugin by People’s Architecture Office repurposes ancient Beijing residences

Beijing Design Week 2014: People’s Architecture Office has developed a panelling system for building temporary living spaces within the ageing structures of the city’s hutong districts (+ slideshow). Beijing studio People’s Architecture Office created the Courtyard House Plugin modular system as a lightweight and non-permanent solution for making the dilapidated buildings of Beijing’s historic neighbourhoods habitable again. […]

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Terraces are cut out of the curved green roof of NL Architects’ Funen Blok K

Assorted plants create a blanket of red and green across the undulating roof of this housing block, completed by NL Architects for a newly developed Amsterdam neighbourhood (+ slideshow). Kamiel Klaasse and Pieter Bannenberg of local studio NL Architects designed the block as part of the Het Funen development to the east of the city – […]

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UK’s “first amphibious house” can float on floodwater like a boat in a dock

Work is nearing completion on the Amphibious House by Baca Architects – a family home on an island in the middle of the River Thames that can float on rising floodwater like a ship in its dock. The house by London studio Baca Architects was designed for a couple who had been looking for a […]

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Carey House by Henry Goss: “Visualisation played a vital role in design decisions”

London architect Henry Goss has revealed how photo-realistic and 3D visualisations helped shape his design for this house in Hertfordshire, England, which is also the first output from the renderings studio he recently launched with fellow artist Peter Guthrie. Henry Goss, who has produced life-like renderings for many of his projects, designed the two-storey Carey House […]

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Yuusuke Karasawa’s maze-like S House has an entirely transparent facade

The exposed criss-crossing skeleton of this see-through house in Japan frames a labyrinth of wall-less rooms connected by over a dozen different staircases (+ slideshow). Designed by Tokyo-based architect Yuusuke Karasawa, S House is a two-storey-high building broken up into five split levels, creating a series of evenly sized rooms that are connected by staircases […]

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David Adjaye to transform “Mole Man” house in London into home for artists

News: architect David Adjaye has submitted plans to overhaul a house in Hackney – made famous by its former resident who dug a warren of tunnels underneath the property – to create a home for artist couple Tim Noble and Sue Webster. David Adjaye has designed a five-storey residence for a site in Hackney, the […]

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Charred-timber extension by A1 Architects transforms an old cottage into a home and studio

A freestanding concrete staircase spirals between the floors of this timber-frame and stone building remodelled by the founders of A1 Architects to form their own home and studio in Prague (+ slideshow). A1 Architects created the live-in studio within a two-hundred-year-old workers’ cottage in the east of Prague. Lenka Kremenova, co-founder of the studio, designed the […]

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Proposed mountain hostel by Atelier 8000 looks like it has crashed into the Earth

This giant cube that appears to have landed on its side in the mountains is a proposal by Czech studio Atelier 8000 for a facilities building in Slovakia’s High Tatras peaks (+ slideshow). With the “succinct shape of a simple cube” that appears to have been dropped at random onto the snowy landscape, Atelier 8000’s […]

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Reiulf Ramstad creates three glass-fronted cabins as Norwegian holiday home

Three small-scale timber and glass cabins on the Norwegian coast form a holiday home designed by Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter for three generations of the same family. Oslo-based Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter completed the project, named Micro Cluster Cabins, in Herfell – a coastal area in the county of Vestfold, Norway – for a couple with two grown-up sons who […]

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Richard Meier reveals 163-metre skyscraper underway in Taiwan

News: American architect Richard Meier has unveiled his design for a 163-metre-high skyscraper that is already under construction in the Taiwanese city of Taichung. The Taichung Condominium Tower is designed by Richard Meier & Partners to create 110 luxury apartments in the centre of the city, with a private swimming pool, fitness centre and sky garden. The buildings […]

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Villa MM’s timber-grille facade echoes the proportions of surrounding trees

Double-height lengths of unevenly spaced timber have been added to the side of this Swiss house by Feliz Architects, alluding to the shapes of nearby trees and screening the interiors from harsh sunlight (+ slideshow). Swiss studio Feliz Architects designed Villa MM for a couple on a site surrounded by vineyards and mountains in the […]

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House for a pianist by David Sheppard Architects features fluted outer walls

Curves have been scooped out of the sides of this house for a pianist in Exeter, England, creating a rhythmic series of expanded and contracted spaces that frame the garden (+ slideshow). Designed by Devon-based David Sheppard Architects, Chimes is the one-bedroom home of a woman whose main request was space for her two pianos. Related […]

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70F Architecture completes a pair of matching homes for a brother and sister

Dutch studio 70F Architecture has created a pair of matching – but not identical – houses in Almere, featuring large windows that bring light into the circulation spaces rather than the living rooms (+ slideshow). Named Home 2.0, the project comprises two family houses built close to each other in the newly developed city of Almere, next […]

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Tham & Videgård’s Husarö House is a scenic retreat on the Stockholm archipelago

Behind the black steel exterior of this home on the Stockholm archipelago, Tham & Videgård Arkitekter has created a living space with vaulted ceilings, and bedrooms with one big skylight overhead (+ slideshow). Martin Videgård, one of the two directors of Tham & Videgård, designed Husarö House as a vacation home for his own family, […]

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Camarim Arquitectos pays homage to Lisbon’s decorative houses with a patterned-tile facade

The green-tiled facade of this Lisbon townhouse by Camarim Arquitectos has varying textures and opacities designed to reference the building that previously stood on the site (+ slideshow). Camarim Arquitectos designed the three-bedroom family home – named Casa no Príncipe Real, or House on Príncipe Real – to replace a building with a tiled exterior that is […]

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Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk completes “labyrinth-like” concrete home in Norway

External staircases connect the three stories of this cast-concrete house overlooking a lake in Norway by architect Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk (+ slideshow). Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk AS Arkitektkontor built the family home, named Concrete House, in the Stange region. It sits on the eastern shore of Mjøsa, the largest lake in Norway. Related story: Concrete tunnel extends through […]

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Jean Nouvel’s Sydney towers boast vertical gardens and a huge sunlight reflector

French architect Jean Nouvel teamed up with botanist Patrick Blanc to create this pair of plant-covered Sydney towers that reflect light into their lower levels with a huge cantilevered panel of mirrors. Named One Central Park, the complex is the centrepiece of a AUS$2 billion masterplan in downtown Sydney by developers Frasers Property Australia and Sekisui […]

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Case-Real’s House in Nagatoro sits at the base of a mountain

Japanese studio Case-Real has completed a small timber-clad cabin at the base of Mount Kamafuse in Saitama Prefecture (+ slideshow). Case-Real, the architecture studio led by designer Koichi Futatsumata, designed the single-storey House in Nagatoro to subtly reference the “beautiful silhouettes” of the nearby mountain by creating a gently angled roof. Related story: House in Tsurumaki […]

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Concrete cabin by Luciano Kruk Arquitectos built in an Argentinian woodland

This rural Argentinian home by Luciano Kruk Arquitectos was built from intersecting slabs of timber-imprinted concrete and sheets of glass (+ slideshow). The three-bedroom house, named Casa SV, is set within a wooded area of the coastal town of Pinamar, 200 miles south of Buenos Aires. Related story: Concrete house by Nickisch Sano Walder Architects […]

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Ole Scheeren’s The Interlace envisioned as “a blatant reversal” of tower-block housing

World Architecture Festival 2014: architect Ole Scheeren has revealed more about the motivations behind The Interlace, an “important prototype” for housing where horizontal buildings are stacked diagonally across one another to frame terraces, gardens and plazas (+ slideshow). Speaking to Dezeen at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore last week, Scheeren described the 170,000-square-metre complex as a “vertical village”. Conceived […]

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