Norm Architects Creates a Seaside Home Inspired by Nature

Continuing to embrace dark interiors this week, this newly remodeled project contains dark features and natural colors to compliment its surroundings.

“Boasting all-natural, rich materials, the house gives you the feeling of being in the middle of nature while inside,” says Norm Architects who applied sand-colored walls and earth toned furnishings to an existing coastal home. The residence is situated along a rugged costal landscape in North Zealand, not too far from Copenhagen. Zealand is home to scenic lakes, forests and sandy beaches, which served as inspiration for the home’s interior colors.

“The existing architectural structure was well carried, functional and harmonious – therefore the project was a refurbishment and a challenging exercise to incorporate the wild nature outside on a refined level,” said interior architect Laura Bilde.

In order to keep the full height windows focused on the scenic grasses and deep blue water, restrained colors were used throughout as well as dark stained timber in the kitchen cabinetry, not dissimilar to another dark kitchen Norm designed. The living room’s gabled wall and used to construct a bunk beds in one of the bedrooms.

The earth toned interior palette is intended to give the occupants a feeling of being in nature even while inside.


Solid wood plinth table, similar to one made by Dry Studios, serves as a minimal bench in the corridor.


Cashmere wrapped pendant lighting from Artilleriet hangs above an antiqued timber dining table.

With minimal decor hanging tapestries like this one from Ferm Living, large ceramic pots and collected artwork from the owners’ travels, the overall feel is kept very minimal.

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Community bid launched to buy Stirling Prize-winning Hastings Pier

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to purchase the Stirling Prize-winning pier on England’s south coast, which was redesigned by architecture studio dRMM. Hastings Pier is currently for sale after the charity behind the project went into administration, less than a month after winning UK architecture’s top accolade. The Friends of Hastings Pier (FOHP), established after the Hastings Pier Charity went into administration,

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Redshank artist’s studio is a cork-clad cabin raised above a tidal salt marsh

Oil rigs, Maunsell forts and a wading bird provided the inspiration for this artist’s retreat in a salt marsh on England’s east coast, which becomes inaccessible when the tide comes in. The seaside studio space was developed by British architect Lisa Shell for artist Marcus Taylor, who wanted a peaceful place that he could retreat

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Core Collective designs Sunnybanks House to withstand wild weather in rural Tasmania

Architecture practice Core Collective has completed a house in Tasmania featuring a robust material palette of concrete, steel, masonry and timber that complements its rural seaside setting. Core Collective, which is based in the Australian island state’s capital Hobart, designed Sunnybanks House for a retired couple who left Sydney to enjoy a rural lifestyle in

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VOA combines wood, marble and glass in layered composition of Portuguese seaside home

This house in the Portuguese coastal town of São Félix da Marinha comprises a series of stacked volumes clad in varying materials to signify the different programmatic functions contained within them. The property was designed by the Porto-based studio of Ventura Office Associates (VOA) to make optimal use of a plot with views towards the

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Glazed corners peel back to allow sea breezes into Malan Vorster’s Cape Town house

The living spaces of this seaside house in Cape Town are lined with sliding glass walls that can be pulled aside to connect the interiors with a series of external decks, patios and balconies overlooking the ocean. Clifton House was designed by local architecture firm Malan Vorster for a site in the suburb of Clifton,

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Sea Del House by Robert Gurney faces the beach in Delaware

Strict building codes and environmental controls dictated the layout of this oceanfront house in Delaware by American architect Robert Gurney. Sea Del House sits in a gated community in Bethany Beach, among a cluster of second homes built in the 1970s and 1980s. It replaces a small, wood-framed structure that didn’t meet the owners needs,

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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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Studio Selva wraps Chilean surfers’ retreat in eucalyptus screens

Amsterdam office Studio Selva used locally sourced materials to construct this holiday home for surfers in central Chile, which features rooms that open onto a communal deck overlooking the ocean. Casa Tumán is located 175 kilometres southwest of Santiago, in a remote part of the Central Coast region with good access to the nearby Puertecillo

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OOPEAA builds wood and zinc sauna on the shore of a tiny Finnish island

Finnish architecture office OOPEAA has completed a log cabin-style sauna on an island in Helsinki’s archipelago that is topped with a zinc roof incorporating dormer windows. OOPEAA principal Anssi Lassila designed the Lonna Sauna for the Governing Body of Suomenlinna, which oversees activities on a cluster of islands that once formed a sea fortress at the

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Farrells completes swimming pool with “shell-like” roof on Hong Kong seafront

British firm Farrells has carved a large opening into the zinc-clad roof of its swimming pool complex in Hong Kong to offer outdoor bathers sea views. The studio headed up by architect Terry Farrell designed the pool as part of the Kennedy Town Station development, which occupies the site of the former Kennedy Town Swimming Pool. The new, distinctively shaped public pool now occupies a triangular

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Jamie Fobert’s cliffside extension to Tate St Ives nears completion

Work is almost complete on a sunken extension to the Tate’s seaside art gallery in St Ives, Cornwall, which is set to open to the public later this year. The extension by Jamie Fobert Architects will double the size of Tate St Ives gallery, which overlooks the Atlantic sea from a cliff in Cornwall, southwest England. The aim of

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Vaughn McQuarrie completes island cottage overlooking New Zealand’s Hauraki Gulf

Architect Vaughn McQuarrie has replaced a 1920s cottage on New Zealand’s Waiheke Island with a modest concrete and timber residence, set among mature gardens. McQuarrie was asked to design Oneroa House for a client who has spent 26 years residing in the cottage on the edge of the island, located around 20 kilometres off Auckland’s coast. “The owners had lived on the

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Tonkin Liu perches “castle-like” residence on Dover’s white cliffs

Smooth white walls undulate to create bay windows for this house by British studio Tonkin Liu, which stands on top of Dover’s famous white cliffs. The London-based architects designed Ness Point House for an exposed clifftop site 65 metres above the sea on the southeast coast of England. The crinkled sea-facing facade orients large windows in opposing directions to

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House with steeply pitched roof by Chvoya offers vantage point over a Russian bay

A large window is set at the apex of the steeply inclined roof of this house by Chvoya in western Russia to offer its residents views out across a nearby bay. The 183-square-metre family residence is located in Pribylovo, a small village surrounding the deep inlet of Vyborg Bay on the eastern end of the Gulf of Finland in

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Red beach hut by Jonathan Hendry Architects stands atop former toilet block

Jonathan Hendry Architects has built a beach hut clad in red-stained timber on top of an old toilet block in the English seaside town of Sandilands. The London and Lincolnshire-based architects renovated and extended the small toilet block to provide a chalet on the sea front. Located at the end of a row of beach huts, the existing toilet block had white

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Dorte Mandrup adds thatched wing to Wadden Sea visitor centre in Denmark

Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter paired thatch with blackened wood for this extension to a visitor’s centre on the Wadden Sea mud flats in Denmark. Dorte Mandrup’s Copenhagen-based firm updated and extended the original Wadden Sea Centre in Ribe on Demark’s western coast to create the “ultramodern, sculptural architecture rooted in local tradition”. The building is designed as a gateway for visitors to the Wadden Sea region

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Stacked concrete blocks and roof deck give diners sea views from South Korean cafe by IDMM Architects

This coastal cafe in the South Korean city of Gijang comprises a series of enormous concrete volumes that dwarf neighbouring houses, and are stacked and rotated to optimise views of the East China Sea. The Waveon cafe perches high on a hilltop overlooking the rocky shoreline of the area north of South Korea’s second largest city, Busan.

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1100 Architect elevates concrete house above a bluff on a tiny Japanese island

This beachside house on Japan’s Ikema Island is perched on a concrete base to ensure the living spaces inside enjoy an optimal view of the East China Sea. The holiday home was designed by New York- and Frankfurt-based firm 1100 Architect for a plot on the 2.6-square-kilometre dot of land, which is connected to the

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Shutter-covered towers give bedrooms sea views at Lebanese housing complex

Bedrooms contained within towers at this housing complex on the Lebanese coast feature folding shutters and sliding glass walls that allow sea breezes to cool the interiors. The Courtowers are a cluster of four family properties in the Amsheet region of Lebanon, which were designed by Beirut architecture office Hashim Sarkis Studios for a plot facing the Mediterranean

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Bourgeois Lechasseur erects memorial on fish factory ruins in Quebec

This monument to seamen by Canadian studio Bourgeois Lechasseur Architects stands on the site of a fish processing plant that was destroyed in a fire. Called The Place des Gens de Mer, or The Square of Seafarers, the memorial is situated in the heart of Cap-aux-Meules – a village in the Magdalen Islands. Part of the Quebec

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Shoreham Beach House by ABIR Architects features gabion walls filled with beach pebbles

ABIR Architects used pebbles found on the beach to create the layered facade of this house in the English seaside town of Shoreham – which featured in last night’s episode of UK television show Homes By The Sea. East Sussex-based ABIR Architects designed the Shoreham Beach House for owners Adas and Catherine Nicholson, who moved to the town More

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Colourful beach huts will double as coastal defence wall in southern England

A row of brightly coloured beach huts and an elevated promenade will be integrated into this sea wall designed by Snug Architects to protect the coastal English town of Milford-on-Sea (+ slideshow). The Southampton-based studio collaborated with Ramboll engineers on the project, which will replace a row of beach huts destroyed by a severe storm in 2014 and improve the More

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Nova Tayona designs Canadian beach house hidden from the ocean

Toronto-based architect Nova Tayona has completed a house near the beach in Nova Scotia, from which the ocean can be heard but not seen (+ slideshow). The four-bedroom Lockeport Beach House in the coastal province is raised on stilts and nested among a forest adjacent to the cove. “The clients were charmed by the cozy quality More

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Rhode Island coastal retreat by Roger Ferris comprises multiple gabled forms

This holiday home in Rhode Island by US studio Roger Ferris + Partners consists of a cluster of gable-roofed volumes, influenced by vernacular architecture in rural New England (+ slideshow). The Ocean House is located on a coastal site in the quaint town of Little Compton. Totalling 5,500 square feet (511 square meters), the residence More

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“World’s tallest moving observation tower” filmed by drones ahead of opening this week

With the Marks Barfield-designed i360 in Brighton set to open to the public this week, drones have shot new footage of the structure billed the “world’s tallest moving observation tower” (+ movie). The British Airways i360 tower comprises a giant glass-and-steel doughnut that moves up and down a 162-metre-high pole, offering views of up to 42 kilometres in all More

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10 of the most significant Modernist summer houses in Fire Island Pines

As the Fire Island Pines resort off New York’s Long Island recovers from its annual summer party, architect and Pines Modern founder Christopher Rawlins has chosen 10 of his favourite Modernist retreats dotted among the dunes (+ slideshow). Located approximately two hours’ journey from Manhattan on a long, thin slither of land, Fire Island Pines More

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seaside tranquility in Knokke, Belgium / Vincent Van Duysen

Spaces that master the just-enough-but-not-too-much balance truly have my admiration. This Belgian residence by Vincent Van Duysen has minimal lines, wide open spaces and soft tones. Notice the super long rug that connects both ends of the living space…

House Over the Sea by Elliott + Elliott faces a bay in Maine

Local architects Elliot + Elliot have completed a seaside residence that juts out over the rocky Maine shoreline (+ slideshow). The two-bedroom home, named House Over the Sea, is located in the town of Surry. From the street, the house keeps a low profile. The single-storey horizontal volume has few openings, which reduces southern exposure. But More

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Avanto Architects builds coastal sauna in Helsinki with a faceted timber “cloak”

Wooden slats and bleachers provide the multi-faceted volume of this waterfront sauna by Avanto Architects, allowing visitors to climb the roof for a better view of the sea or to lounge in the sun (+ slideshow). Named Löyly, the coastal sauna is located in Hernesaari, a former industrial area of Helsinki that is currently being redeveloped to include housing and parkland. The building also houses More

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Tidal waters wash underneath Seashore Chapel by Vector Architects

Beijing studio Vector Architects has built a concrete chapel on a Chinese beach, but raised it up above the sands so that seawater can wash underneath (+ slideshow). Named Seashore Chapel, the sculptural building provides a small place of worship for Beidaihe, a seaside town east of Beijing. It is the closest building to the sea anywhere in the More

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Open Studio completes coastal retreat on Australia’s Mornington Peninsula

This weekend retreat on the Australian coastline was designed by Melbourne firm Open Studio to peep over the tree canopy, offering views of a creek that runs alongside the beach (+ slideshow). With window walls and balconies at both ends, Residence J&C is designed to make the most of its scenic setting in Somers – a More

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Guy Hollaway Architects completes seaside houses reminiscent of British beach huts

These seaside houses in Margate, England, feature pitched roofs intended to resemble traditional beach huts, and fully glazed gable ends that make the most of the sea views (+ slideshow). The 11 properties were designed by local firm Guy Hollaway Architects for developer Harriss Property and are located to the west of the town centre on the site of the former Royal More

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We Like Today’s Sea Lanes aims to reconnect Brighton and Hove residents with the sea

Design studio We Like Today has unveiled plans to “revive and repopulate” an area of Brighton and Hove’s sea front, with a brightly coloured scheme made from a series of hut-like structures (+ slideshow). Brighton-based We Like Today, the firm behind London’s shipping-container shopping centre Boxpark, has teamed up with developers Copsemill Properties for the Sea Lanes. The project aims to More

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T Weekend Residence by Process5 Design lets residents dine and bathe in sea breeze

Osaka studio Process5 Design created this weekend retreat in western Japan to accommodate activities that are usually impossible in a city house (+ slideshow). Named T Weekend Residence, the three-storey house offers residents various spots to read or dine amid a cool sea breeze, and even allows them to bathe with a view of rolling hills and a wide-stretching coastline. “It is a More

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Honeymoon retreat by Andrew Patterson nestles on shoreline of a New Zealand peninsula

This tiny stone cottage by Patterson Associates provides a remote honeymoon retreat on the rugged coast of a New Zealand peninsula (+ slideshow). Seascape Retreat is one of four luxury villas located on a working farm on the Banks Peninsula, an outcrop south of Christchurch formed from the eroded remnants of two large volcanoes. Auckland-based architect Andrew Patterson tucked the cottage under More

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Winning bridge selected for Cornish castle associated with King Arthur

Engineering firm Ney & Partners and architects office William Matthews Associates have been selected to design a bridge for the historic English castle village where, according to legend, King Arthur was conceived. Located on the Cornish coastline, the £4 million bridge will provide a new pedestrian crossing between Tintagel Castle and the adjacent headland, which once were linked but have separated as a result of erosion. More

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Seaside cultural centre by ARX Portugal boasts an intricate wooden framework

Architects office ARX Portugal has completed a beachside civic centre on Portugal’s Costa Nova, featuring an exhibition hall facing out to sea and a series of sloping rooftop terraces (+ slideshow). Built on the dunes that separate the coastline from the road, the Centro Sócio-Cultural da Costa Nova provides a series of community facilities, including a health More

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GilBartolomé Architects creates cavernous “Gaudiesque” residence with a zinc-shingled roof

A wavy zinc-covered roof covers the front of this residence by Madrid practice GilBartolomé Architects, which is dug into a steep cliff face overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in Spain’s Granada province (+ slideshow). The property called House on the Cliff was designed by architects Pablo Gil and Jaime Bartolomé for a young couple who bought a difficult hillside plot, which has a More

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A Concrete Seaside Retreat By Rose + Partners

On a seaside slope in Chilmark, Massachusetts sit six concrete prefabs designed by architects Peter Rose + Partners. The residential retreat was built to be in harmony with its surroundings, with gaps between each unit amplifying the sounds of waves and sea breezes. In response to the potential threat of erosion posed by coastal bluff, […]

Call for entries to Lighthouse Sea Hotel competition 2016

Dezeen promotion: entries are open for architects and designers to submit proposals for the renovation of an abandoned lighthouse in Sicily. Organised by Young Architects Competitions (YAC) and Valore Paese Fari – a government-funded heritage protection project – the brief requires entrants to imagine a new use for a lighthouse on the Sicilian coast by […]

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Pitsou Kedem’s House by the Sea features stripy aluminium walls and a cantilevered bedroom

Horizontal slits create lines of shadow across the facades of this beachfront house in Israel by Pitsou Kedem Architects, which has a cantilevered upper storey that projects towards the Mediterranean Sea (+slideshow). The property was designed by Pitsou Kedem’s Tel-Aviv studio for a couple and their three children, and is located in the northern Israeli village of Shavei Tzion, […]

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Century-old farmhouse on Jeju Island gets a whale-inspired makeover by Z Lab

South Korean studio Z Lab has renovated a 100-year-old farmhouse on Jeju island, and renamed it Blind Whale in reference to the curves of its two smooth grey roofs (+ slideshow). Located south of the Korean Peninsula, Jeju Island is a settlement dating back to the 14th century. At one time it served as a place […]

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Alma-nac skews upper level of Split House to capture best view of the sea

The top of this house for two former politicians near Hastings, England, has been angled and cantilevered to capture views of the sea and provide a covered parking space beneath (+ slideshow). Split House by London-based architecture firm Alma-nac replaces a 1950s bungalow and dilapidated barn in the village of Fairlight, on England’s south coast. […]

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Concrete painter’s studio by Felipe Assadi nestles into a rocky hillside on the Chilean seafront

This concrete painting studio by Santiago studio Felipe Assadi Architects is half-submerged in the cliffside gardens of a house on the Chilean coastline (+ slideshow). Felipe Assadi worked with architects Francisca Pulido and Alejandra Araya on the Workshop for a Painter, which sits beside the owner’s concrete home on the Los Vilos coastline near Santiago. The architects – who also designed […]

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Concrete blocks frame a private sculpture collection at Balmoral House in Sydney

The concrete volumes that make up this house on Sydney’s seafront are arranged in a bridging formation to frame sculptures belonging to its art-collector residents (+ slideshow). Architects Clinton Murray and Polly Harbison, based in Melbourne and Sydney respectively, used large expanses of concrete to create a neutral-toned backdrop for the richly textured and brightly coloured artworks in the clients’ […]

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14 of the best contemporary beach houses and seaside holiday homes

Beach houses have long been associated with traditional clap-board architecture. But as growing numbers of city-dwellers opt to holiday at home rather than travel abroad, architects have been tasked with reinventing the vernacular. These are 14 of the best examples from the pages of Dezeen. House of the Infinite by Alberto Campo Baeza Spanish architect Alberto Campo Baeza approached the design for […]

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Beachfront facilities building by Link Architectes nestles against a hillside near Saint-Étienne

This beachside cafe and toilet block on the banks of the Loire River near Saint-Étienne, France, was designed by French studio Link Architectes to look like it emerges from a hillside (+ slideshow). The Saint-Victor-sur-Loire Leisure and Services Centre is located beside a popular beach outside the city, close to to an inland port on the Loire River. It provides […]

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ECE Architecture installs a mirrored beach hut on the English coast

The beach huts traditionally found in English seaside towns informed this temporary mirror-clad cabin installed by ECE Architecture beside the coast in Sussex (+ movie). Located on Worthing beach in the south of England, the small timber-framed structure has the same gabled form as a typical beach hut, but all four of its walls and its […]

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Beach house by Ruhl Walker Architects designed to “curve and shift” with the landscape

This beach house by Ruhl Walker Architects is raised above the landscape, helping it to have a minimal impact on the fragile coastal ecosystem of its Cape Cod setting (+ slideshow). Encompassing 2,800 square feet (260 square metres), the House of Shifting Sands sits on a sloped waterfront site in the small Massachusetts town of Wellfleet, located in […]

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Angular seaside tower by Gruff and MSA contains a viewing platform that moves underfoot

When visitors step inside this viewing tower on the coastline of Lincolnshire, England, an inner chamber tilts forward so the nearby beach becomes visible through a pair of aligned horizontal slots (+ slideshow). The tower was developed by London architecture studios Gruff and MSA in response to a competition organised by Lincolnshire County Council and local arts […]

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Lightweight pergola flanks new sailing school for Sotogrande’s Royal Maritime Club

A steel-framed pergola covered in willow reeds shades the frontage of this seaside sailing school in Cádiz, Spain, by architects Héctor Fernández Elorza and Carlos García Fernández (+ slideshow). The sailing school was designed by Héctor Fernández Elorza and Carlos García Fernández for the Royal Maritime Club in the resort of Sotogrande and is located on […]
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Rough-sawn pine used to build low-cost Hostal Ritoque in Chile

Chilean architects Alejandro Soffia and Gabriel Rudolphy were set a strict budget for this seaside guesthouse complex, so they used standard dimensions to get as much value as possible out of their building materials (+ slideshow). Located at the northern end of a beach in Quintero, part of Chile’s Valparaíso Region, Hostal Ritoque is made […]

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