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Waikanae House

Despite a funky mod beach sensibility this vacation house has a refined comfy interior, and looks out over the ocean and Kapiti Island. The design by Parsonson Architects is a definite nod to modernism, especially their interest in what architecture of the future would look like.

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Forest Bath in Nagano

A triangle form cut right into the side of the house creates a perfect protected patio to enjoy the forest. Kyoko Ikuta Architecture Laboratory created this light and open yet private summer residence for the clients to experience the trees and outdoors.

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Casa Pantalon

Derived from the form of the letter V, this house designed by Eduardo Castillo Arquitecto used this shape create two private and separate volumes connected by a common space. This separation is based on a typical Chilean home where the rooms for the children, kitchen, and baths would be separate or detached from the section for the parents. The house is made from a palette of generic rustic building materials, which if they were composed with less skill could easily look more like a shanty than the interesting house they became.


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Sakae Restaurant

In Yokohama, Japan sits a small locavore restaurant designed to heighten the experience through an enlightened approach to user experience. The space was designed by Kentaro Yamazaki of YKDW, is focused around a single communal dining table situated right next to the kitchen. Sakae has taken term open kitchen and pushed it to all new lengths. This creates an environment that reminds me more of my dream kitchen and dining room for a home than a restaurant. Their method makes a great amount of sense as locavore cuisine is highly impacted by preparation and cooking techniques. So every guest is involved as an observer in how and what the kitchen is concocting.

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Burd Haus

Bird houses are definitely an over looked area as far as design goes. I don’t really think birds are discerning about the shapes and forms their dwellings take, but color must definitely have a deciding factor. I would love to spice up my yard with one of these colorful modern little residences by Burd Haus, and hopefully get one or two flying little critters zipping in and out.

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The Shed

This renovation carried out by Richard Peter Associates is nothing short of amazing. They have converted a dilapidated commercial outbuilding into more than a living space, they have created a home. Playing off the rich accents of a turn of the century architecture, such as the raw brick and massive beams the main structure stands nicely opposed to the modern finishing work and minimalist aesthetic in general.

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The Crib

Small scale prefab buildings are in my opinion some of the more interesting buildings being created today. The Crib designed by Broadhurst Architects is system that executes this concept to the fullest. With three customizable footprints The Crib can really fit into any environment. I could definitely see using one of these for a backyard studio, a small vacation getaway, or if you are up to the task a super minimalist home.

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GP House

Use of a classic material like wood shingles for the entire exterior of a house is awesome especially when it is juxtaposed with super modern windows. Designed by Italian architects Geza did a great job of creating something that is modern and unique, yet still blends in with the vernacular architecture of the surrounding area.

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Foster Loop

Foster Loop cabin is located on a beautiful piece of land with interesting yet simple topography in Mazama, Washington Balance Associates. This house was more of an upgrade than outright new construction, the existing residence being tents. The family had used the property for camping in the summer for many years and now have just decided that a house fits their needs better now. One thing that really strikes me about this design is the connection and openness to the outdoors the windows, indoor/outdoor space and catwalks create. Most of Balance Associates has a calm utilitarian feel to it, melded nicely with warm woods and other natural materials, which make often stark modern forms more comfortable.

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Free Domky

Looks like I am going for a prefab theme today. One classic and one contemporary. The Free Domky structure, which can be customized to include anything from a living space to a small retail store encapsulated the simple single module. Also it is small enough to fit on a flatbed trailer and light enough to be hoisted into place by a crane. I have left off shots of the interior because despite their efficiency of size and space I don’t feel they stand up to the beauty of the exterior.

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Jens Risom Prefab

Better know for his furniture design, Danish American Jens Risom is credited with being one of the first designers to bring Scandinavian design over from Europe. This house was built for Risom and his family in 1967 as a summer retreat on a secluded lot out on Block Island. Using a somewhat standard post and beam prefab structure from a local builder and added some design touches of his own. The one main accent which made the house so iconic is a fenestrated facade spanning from the peak of the roof right down to the porch. A glass wall like this ushers in a huge amount of light and also provides an unobstructed view out to the ocean from almost anywhere in the house. In 1967 just after completion the house was featured in LIFE magazine and these two photos are from group, which accompanied the article.

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Farmhouse Extension

To design an extension to this classic stone farm house, French architects Puig Pujol used a unique approach. Using a nice match of modern ingenuity and engineering the extension spans under a slight hill sloping up form the existing structure. With a single exposed facade of windows the subterranean annex maintains a cozy yet airy appeal. The exterior framing offers a nice space to stack chopped wood, which softens some of the metal work and blends it into the natural surroundings and the aged stone work of the original house.

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Little Big House

On a slope of Mount Wellington in Tasmania, Australia sits the wonderfully simple Little Big House. The two volume construction designed by Room 11 was sited with great intent. Siting and window placement were highly considered in the design to create a very private setting.

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Summerhouse in Danish Kandestederne

The true intrigue of this summerhouse, for me lies in the utterly basic palette of materials, which are very intrinsic to both the area and type of building. However the forms that compose the building and it’s layout are actually extremely modern. This juxtaposition is softened by the material choice and nicely blends into the wind blow dunes surrounding it. Summerhouse in Danish Kandestederne designed by CF Møller Arkitektfirmaet.

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House in Oberweisenthal

A beautiful setting for an amazingly sustainable house perched on a mountain in Oberweisenthal, Germany. I had some trouble finding information about the architect, but my search did yield some interesting results. This house was designed and fabricated by Fasa AG and is highly energy efficient with a whole facade of solar panels.

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House Karlsson

I can’t decide whether House Karlsson is more of a derivative of the stereotypical red barn or a small industrial building. The modern levered shutters, and the exterior paint color masquerade as though they were fabricated from metal, but are much more a kin to the simple wood construction of an early twentieth century barn. Once you make it to the inside though you are greeted with open minimalist spaces that seem wonderfully disguised by the understated facade. The design was carried out by Stockholm based Tham & Videgård Hansson Arkitekter.

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House Morran

Falling somewhere between simple modern home and rustic cabin House Morran is both utilitarian, and cozy. A tough balance to strike, but Johannes Norlander Arkitektur seems to do it flawlessly. I also really admire the juxtaposition between the stark black plywood exterior and the soft warmth of the raw wood interior. A renovation goes to show you how much can be aesthetically changed using even a minimal palette like plywood and paint.

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Yeta Cabin

In our hyper connected world I find many people yearn to have a simple escape from it all. A cabin like this one designed by Lab Zero is perfect. The construction is even super cool, with the stacked logs, which I am sure creates a insulated quiet space. Based on the size of this little cabin it bares a large amount of amenities including a photovoltaic system allowing the house to live completely off the grid.

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The Houl

The Houl is a highly sustainable, zero carbon rating house. A long single story plan with a glass wall facing the amazing valley below. If you observe the number and placement of the windows including the extremely open side facing the view you can definitely tell that Simon Winstanley architects thought significanftly about how the house would interact with nautural light.

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Harpa Concert Hall

The Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland hangs on the edge of the sea with panoramic views of both the water and mountains. So it stands to reason that Henning Larsen Architects would want to mimic the natural surroundings in the structure. For the facade they collaborated with Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson who created a design which so vividly captures the colors and movement of the sea, and also since the glass is highly reflective actually interacts with the changes of light and texture of the water.