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Farmhouse Renovation

Historic stone farmhouses always make an amazing base for an architectural renovation. This specific one in Serra de Janeanes, Portugal is absolutely stunning. The original stone structure is accentuated by expanses of white, glass, and light wood. Carried out by João Branco the update to this house has created some unique spaces and beautiful rooms, which would have been impossible to create in a new construction building.

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Summerhouse

From the outside Summerhouse in Lagnö, Sweden is a series of geometric concrete shapes, but once you are inside it gives way to a open, light and airy space. Muted tones are punctuated by crisp expanses of natural wood and deliberately placed pieces of black furniture. The house was designed by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter and these amazing photographs were shot by Lindman.

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SayBoat

I have always thought it would be great to live on a house boat. SayBoat, designed by Czech architect Milan Řídký seems like it would be the perfect choice if I were to take to take up residence on the water. The house is small, but the layout makes it far more spacious than a normal boat. The exterior balances modernism and classicism to fit in with the more common canal house boat style, but the interior is ultra modern with very clean lines.

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Green Box

This amazing glass cabin designed by Italian studio act romegialli repurposed an existing garage and retained some structural elements to create the footprint for this weekend retreat. AR placed a galvanized metal and glass framework on top of the existing slab and stone pillars. To add privacy and help the structure blend into its surroundings it was planted with a variety of annual and perennial climbing plants. The result is a hyper organic facade that truly blends and grows out into the earth around it. In contrast the interior is ultra-simple and almost industrial in finishing.

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H House

Tamás Dévényi’s house just outside of Budapest is edged by a forest and idyllic fields. The shingle covered structure is both simplistic and specific. Designed by local architects Budapesti Műhely. Engaging the surroundings through use of a covered patio space which connects the house to its site and the outdoors.

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Mountain Cabin

As always the simplicity is what first drew me to this house. After staring at the images for a while the thing I began to notice was how it was sited and landscaped. Far too many homes and their accompanying property have a landscape design that feels right out of a Lowe’s ad spot or a home and garden magazine. The natural rough sort of plants and trees, as well as the exposed rock of this plot are to me so much more interesting and inviting. A home is a enough of an imposition on the natural landscape sometimes and the best counterstroke is to allow nature to embrace it and for them to harmonize together.

This Mountain Cabin looking out towards the Rondane mountains in Oppland, Norway was designed by Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk.

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House in Yoro

A living space where the presence of the family would always be felt. Using this as the client brief Keiichi Kiriyama of Airhouse Design Office led the design of this open flowing single family house in Yoro, Japan.

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Moor Haus

Moor Haus is lovely utilitarian single family house designed by Bernardo Bader in Krumbach Germany. The design lies somewhere between a high-design barn and a sleek modernist dwelling. This is achieved partially through a restricted palette of materials and finishing, as well as a simplicity of shape, form and plan.

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Leis Houses

Peter Zumthor has long been one of my favorite architects. His designs strike a great balance between classical Swiss structures, and more modern approaches in both materials and construction. These small Chalets in Leis are a prime example of a Zumthor’s take on the classic Swiss mountain huts.

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A House in Kitashirakawa

Built in 1980 this two story house was renovated after a new owner purchased it. Their intent was to make the interior more open and gain access to more natural light throughout the day. They also wanted the the updates to fit their more modern aesthetics. Architects Méga were in charge of the design and management of the project.

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Mountain House

Atelier Bow Wow is often best known for their ingenious designs on minute Tokyo plots. The Mountain House they designed in Nevada City, Nevada has a similarly small footprint just over 1200 square feet with a cantilevered roof hovering above the house itself. The roof is reminiscent of a tent fly and provides a large protected outdoor deck space from which almost 360 degree views of the property can be observed.

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Birkenhead House

Fit into a funky triangular lot on the edge of Auckland inner harbor. The Birkenhead House designed by Crosson Clark Carnachan Architects was designed with its neighbors in mind. The unique shape and position of the lot made it a challenge to locate and place the dwelling in such a way so that fit in with the directionality of the other homes nearby.

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Machi House

Designed by Hiroshima-based UID Architects House replaced a traditional Japanese townhouse. Similar to the classic Machiya design, they replicated a courtyard in the center of the home which offers a protected well lit natural space and garden. One of my favorite parts is the before and after images, which you can see after the jump.

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Coal Mill

Situated on the banks of a river in Libčice nad Vltavou, north of Prague. This structure was originally part of a factory complex which manufactured screws. The building itself was the coal mill and was built in approximately 1900. Beginning in 2006 Atelier Hoffman director Patrik Hoffman has been working to renovate the building and make it into a living space. The result is absolutely amazing. A beautiful marriage between the historic industrial structure and clean modern design.

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Di-Va House

On a previously unoccupied lot in the residential Croix-Rousse neighborhood of Lyon. Designed by Tectoniques the DI-VA House was completely prefabricated offsite and went up in under a week. The open staircase and the open atrium style first floor give the house a nice airy open plan feeling even though the footprint of the house is compact.

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Cornelius & Voge’s House

Architects Cornelius + Voge have a portfolio of work that is packed full of projects ranging from insightful urban planning to comfortable innovative residential solutions. Of course the house they designed for themselves is a very comfortable simple space with subtle details which really make space.

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House Kekkapaa

House Kekkapaa is a super rad live work style home tucked up in North Espoo, Finland. Designed by POOK Arkkitehtitoimisto the house looks out over a bay. The combination of comfort, functionality, and minimalism looks like it would really be beneficial for a live work home.

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Mishima House

Small family homes in Tokyo often feature some of the most ingenious spacial construction and uncommon layouts. Designed by Keiji Design this single family home uses a staggered almost stair like construction to offset the floors and give double ceiling height and increase the feeling of large open spaces. I particularly like the use of raw industrial materials, which have a great aesthetic and can be cheaper and more durable than normal consumer grade finishings.

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Lake House S

There are few things more relaxing than a simple cabin on a lake. Architects Luger & Maul completed Lake House S in 2007. The structure is a refined minimalist approach to a lakeside cabin with great elements which add privacy and make it a great retreat.

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A Room With a View

Aesthetically I am often drawn to images shot from a unique angel or perspective. Especially ones using an aerial or birds eye view. This collection of images by Menno Aden really caught my attention because of the juxtaposition between the simple or mundane settings and such an abnormal way of seeing such a setting. Aden has more images in the series that show hospital rooms and other different types of rooms. I thought, however it worked best when only rooms in houses were viewed together giving them an added uniformity.

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