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Y Hutte

The designs of Kengo Kuma and Associates have a certain communication or connection with the natural environment. They unobtrusively became a part of their surroundings as much as a new sapling or patch of tall grass. Y Hutte in Eastern Japan illustrates this approach while also showing their unwillingness to use ornate or superfluous forms or finishing techniques. Simplicity in form and construction makes this small cabin a wonderful living space.

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Janne Sarrio Second Nature

Growing up skateboarding Janne Sarrio was a hero of mine. His impact on the progression of skateboarding is undeniable. His passion for skateboarding is spoken of more as artistic expression than of a competitive or athletic one. Riding around the world touching its surfaces and learning how to move through it pushed him towards his transition or “Second Nature”. From rider to creator, artist, architect and engineer. Element created this film which I think successfully captures how Sarrio has shifted his medium, but his passion and artistic drive have remained.


Edge Prefab House

The Edge Prefab House consists of a single volume, a narrow box with high ceilings. The interior is centralized around an open full height living area and kitchen. On either end the is a raised loft which is occupied by an office or master bedroom respectively. The space created beneath the lofted sections is used for several uses including housing the bathroom, a guest bedroom, storage and the utilities of the house. My favorite part of both prefab architecture and the design of small living spaces is the necessity to pare everything down to the bare essentials both in fixtures and square footage. Designed by Revelations Architecture this small prefab living space truly demonstrates how living smaller can still be as beautiful as having a 5000 square foot monstrosity. In many cases more beautiful.

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Summit Shelter

Towards the end of the summer the heat always starts to wear on me and I start dreaming of winter, snow, and places like this. Summit Shelter designed by Tilla Theus is perched atop Weisshorn Arosa a pristine and beautiful mountain in Southern Switzerland. The modern structure is clad in sleek geometric metal siding, and panoramic windows offering 360 degree views.

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Kern House

Constructed in 1996 Kern House was designed by Austrian architects Baumschlager Eberle. The exterior lattice structure provides a certain level privacy while letting in the maximum amount of light. The second story also provides a nice vantage point over the beautiful green surroundings.

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Hanare House

Hanare House in Chiba, Japan designed by Schemata Architects is grafted onto the mountain side. The structure is a beautiful harmony between industrial grade prefab metal and simply constructed wood. The juxtaposition gives the house a stark minimalist look, which will be very flexible to different occupants and their personal aesthetic.

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Wind Dyed House

Perched on a cliff above the ocean, Wind Dyed House takes its name from the ocean breeze whipping up the mountainside and altering the appearance of colors and materials. The walls of the structure were approached in order to not impede movement between rooms and indoor and outdoor space, as well as sight. This was especially important in terms of the view and also for privacy as the front of the house faces the road. Sitting in Yokosuka, Japan the house was designed by ACAA.

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Edge House

This house designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson caught my attention for two key reasons. For its aesthetic and location. Edge House was commissioned by the clients to be perched atop a hill on their property in Kent, Connecticut. The town of Kent is only a short drive from where I grew, and where I still spend a large portion of my summers. A long wall that protects the front yard from the neighboring property is a particularly strong element. It helps visually counterweight the section of the house jutting out over the hill.

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Rémy Zaugg Studio

Having a comfortable, functional, and inspiring space to work in is one of the most important aspects of staying productive. This studio designed for the Swiss painter Rémy Zaugg is a workspace I feel confidant I could work well in. The light and airy interior gives off the feeling of work completed. The design was completed by Herzog de Meuron in 1995, but as much of their work does, still feels current today.

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Patchwork House

A somewhat uncomplicated yet strategic exterior cloaks an interesting and open interior. Patchwork House by Pfeifer Kuhn Architects uses translucent glass panels on the ceiling to make sure the house maximizes the daylight.

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Shimada House

Perched on a hill overlooking Kobe, Japan this prefab module is an amazing contemporary cabin. Tato Architects designed this single volume two story residence with a glass walled first floor and a more protected living area.

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Dove House

Architects Gundry Ducker designed Dove House as an extension onto the back of a terraced victorian townhouse in London. The kitchen is so minimalist and clean, I would absolutely love to cook in there, and clean for that matter. All the surfaces look like you could so easily wipe them clean. The protected outdoor deck area is really beautifully handled, I am curious though how the dark stained larch wood reacts with sun. It seems like it could really heat up.

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Wahaca Southbank

If you have tuned in to campsite for a while you already know that I have a penchant for cargo container architecture. This new outpost of the Mexican food chain Wahaca in London’s Southbank Centre is a pretty cool dinning space. The stacked shipping containers create a cozy modern interior and a vibrant billboard like look from the street. The restaurant was designed by SOFTROOM architects. My only wish is that the photos captured the hustle and bustle of the restaurant at the dinner rush, which I am sure would get across the more lively day to day operation there.

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Crescent House

I tend to be skeptical of any architectural designs, which are as space age or organically shaped as this one. However something about the Crescent House designed by Shigeru Ban Architects really makes it resonate with me. The way the curvature of the glass front accentuates the view is remarkable. Also the way the house is sited almost tucked into the hill gives it a great perch.

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Ovo 2 Lossy

Ovo 2 Lossy is a small but amazing renovation project carried out by De Vylder Vinck Taillieu. The house originally built in the late 19th century had a great canvas to work on top of. DVVT added subtle modern touches both inside and out, which blend in while also giving the house a much more unique look. One of my favorite elements is the skyway connecting two previously separate structures. The connection is covered with the same material as the roof, so it fades into the roof line and looks like it has always been there.

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Seattle Library and the Homeless

Great architecture is more than a building. The Seattle Central Library designed by Rem Koolhaas and Joshua Prince-Ramus of OMA/LMN executes this sentiment to a T. This short film by Tomas Koolhaas(the architect’s son) intertwines some beautiful shots of the building with a conversation a local homeless person. As he navigates into the center of the building the man talks about the resources and solace that the library has given him. Not just an escape from the rain, but access to books, computers, and even instruments. These are the simple things we take for granted, but without them it would unimaginable to stay positive and get back on your feet.


Barn Redevelopment

Swiss mountain cabins and barns are one of my favorite types of structures. The simplicity of form and materials coupled with the natural surroundings are of unparalleled beauty. This renovation by Ruinelli Associati was originally a small barn used by farmers and has been converted into an amazing holiday home.

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Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Of course Renzo Piano has the most amazing studio possible. Between the multiple open floors and the sloped glass roof facing the ocean this place looks like the best place to work ever. Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Punta Nave was built in 1991 and looks out over the Lingurian Coastline.

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LaCucinaAlessi

The new one-piece kitchen by Valcucine and Alessi is the dream of any minimalist individual or a cleanly home chef. Rounded corners, a lacquered sheen, and lines akin to that of a futuristic car make the kitchen unit equal in value as a cooking surface and as a sculptural object. Design for LaCucinaAlessi was tasked to Wiel Arets Architects who specialize in clean and minimal design for structures, furniture, and interiors.

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Villa Ladybird

Designed by Johan Sundberg as a summer house, but still keeping the winter climate in mind. With almost equal parts indoor and outdoor space the house makes enjoying the warm summer air easy from either area. The structure is single story and barely juts above the surrounding vegetation keeping its visual impact of the landscape discreet.

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