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Forest Stair

This Forest Stair in Stokke, Norway offers an amazing view and a raised perspective to see the rest of the Sti For Øye sculpture park. The design for the stair was whittled down from an original set of 20 ideas, Saunders Architecture refers to this process as ‘form of Darwinism’. Only the most fit concepts survive.

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House to Catch the Mountain

The name sums it all up. House to Catch the Mountain designed by Japanese Tezuka Architects was completed this February.

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Nannberga

General Architecture did a fantastic job on the renovation work of this summer house in Arboga, Sweden. I am really intrigued by the classic nature of the design and the local northern European vernacular that the building fits into.


Apartment 17-B

Don Draper’s apartment in the current season of Mad Men is looking glass into what mid-century modern was like to live in. David A. Keeps wrote a great article for La Times which details a lot of the furniture and textiles used or at least referenced in Apartment 17-B.

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Haus Fohren

Haus Fohren in Austria was designed by Architekt Di Bernardo Bader. A single volume divided into spaces suitable for specific uses features wood surfaces as the main material both inside and out. The simple structure is excentuated by the high level of craft in all of the carpentry and construction.

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Inbetween House

A simple house wooden house like this in an idyllic setting in a forest seems perfect. Japanese architects Koji Tsutsui designed this cabin as an escape to relax and enjoy the surroundings.

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Villa B

Villa B on the shores of Lake Starnberg in Germany is a modernist gem. The simple geometric shape constructed out of beautiful natural materials was designed by Munich based Fink + Jocher.

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Haus W

The shape of this house and it’s overall a-typical design are what initially caught my attention. Looking more like a submersible or a great sea creature cresting up out of a green wave. Haus W in Berlin is a dark mysterious wonder on the outside and a light open and modern dream dwelling on the interior. It features a broken floor plan with an interesting play between the height separation between spaces. This gives the house a much more grand feeling and allows the spaces to be separated with out walls, which would cause the space to feel boxy and small. Haus W is a project by the awesome Berlin based firm Pott Architects.

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Dental Office

Posting this Monday morning at 10am seems rather apt as it seems like a very logical time to have dentist appointment scheduled. That said this dental office designed by Estudio Hago is a definite cure for a case of the Mondays and your fear of the dentist. The stark minimalism and light airy environment could even make getting a route canal more palatable.

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Belavali House

This house designed by Studio Mumbai looks and feels as though it has existed on this lot since before time itself. Your eye travels across the landscape and only stops on the house once you realize it isn’t completely part of the natural environment. The five-acre plantation, which makes up the property seamlessly fades into the courtyard of the house and on into the interior. Design like this is a beautiful example of what contemporary architecture can be when vernacular and texture are studied as thoroughly as form.

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Photographer’s Studio

Overall I am not totally in love with this studio, but the way it is sited just up the steep shore from the lake and the way the glass cube interacts with nature throughout the changing seasons is awesome. I particularly enjoy the cube blending into the snowy landscape. The interior is astonishingly unimpressive. A stark box furnished with generic modern fixtures and sparse furnishings. The floor to ceiling shades create an amazing diffused light, which I am sure was a requirement of the client(a photographer). Design of this building was by gh3 architects.

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Hanaha House

Japanese architects mA-style designed the Hanaha House a simple and subtle. The combination of light wood and white stucco is has a nice airiness to it. I also really like the different kinds of windows used. On the interior facing the courtyard a series of picture windows unites the interior with the exterior. On the facade of the house the windows are small and placed with a sort of deliberate randomness.

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Cube Office

Of all the amazing workspaces I have come across this one certainly takes the cake. Peter Frazier of UIArchitects created the dream office out of this simple cube protruding from the forest overlooking Chuckanut Bay in Bellingham, Washington.


La Dia Cottage

Renovated Swiss mountain farmhouses are one of the most beautiful structures in existence. This particular one was originally built in 1862, and was renovated with the focus being a balance between conservation of
heritage and necessary updates. Charles Pictet did a wonderful job of that and stayed very true to the original homes structure and reorganizing it’s contents and layout. The result is a home which fits it’s surroundings, but is a more contemporarily appropriate.

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Håkansson Tegman House

Hakansson Tegman House is a single story home in Höllviken, Sweden, which was designed to have a very direct connection with nature and the outdoors. Design was carried out by Johan Sundberg. The walls feature a mix of slated wood and glass. This allows it to be wide open to the outdoors, while also maintaining a nice level of privacy.

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River Side House

Of all the things that continually astonish me about architecture; the ingenuity it takes to create a beautiful building on an a lot with such a laundry list of limitations is right there at the top of the list. Mizuishi Architect Atelier rose to one such challenge and the River Side House was born. On an awkwardly shaped, minuscule Suginami, Tokyo they were able to create a house with a nice sense of privacy protected from the street. The open and airy quality of the interior seems nearly impossible after seeing the exterior, and even then they were able to create 3 completely separate floors.

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Summer House Skåtøy

This summer house in Skåtøy Island, Norway is all you need in a summer house. Just over 1000 square feet is modern, but still fits in with it’s surrounding so perfectly. The interior is a simple wood and exposed concrete, which echoes the rocks and trees from the outside. The design was carried out by Oslo based Filter Arkitekter.

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Silver Beaver

Part of me just really loves the name of this houseboat, Silver Beaver, and another part is in love with the simple yet perfectly crafter interior. Sparse and refined with plenty of light and open space despite a relatively small footprint. Confused Direction has conquered the house boat with this beautiful modern design. I would take to the water in a heartbeat if I could live in this house.

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Casa de Lavra

Open to the breeze or buttoned up to weather the storm, Casa de Lavra designed by Nuno Merino Rocha is a perfectly poised at the crossroads of minimalist and rustic. No more than exactly what is required. A big open living space with a wood burning stove, a cozy kitchen tucked under a large open sleeping loft, and a variety of windows and doors which open to connect the inside with it’s natural surroundings.

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Casa Ubiracica

Completed in 1997 Casa Ubiracica in São Paulo, Brazil fits its surroundings, but simultaneously evokes an energy that this house was commissioned by Picasso or some great Brazilian artist I have never heard of. The colors and perfect execution, of what can best be described as lived in modern communicates the innate balance in the life of an artist. The pursuit of aesthetic perfection constantly affected or undermined by the organic aspects of life. So much of Brasil Arquitetura’s works share this theme. A stark juxtaposition between the natural and the man made, which makes their buildings beautiful and modern, but also comfortable and livable.

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