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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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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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Geo Washplane

I am torn between two worlds right now. The past and the future. I love the texture and history of objects that have been used over and over. Simultaneously the future is painted so interestingly by the design of fixtures, architecture, technologies, and everything else in the physical world. Designed by Omnivo the Geo Washplane so beautifully illustrates this futuristic design.

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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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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Hood Canal Boathouse

Architects Bosworth Hoedemaker revived this building from a 1950s boat shed into a rich light filled little escape. Obvious inspiration was drawn from nautical design and the utilitarian interior ends up being equal parts function and comfort. The Hood Canal Boathouse as it has been named can open up on warm days to embrace the amazing view or be all shuttered up to greet a storm. Simple explorations in living space such as this are really inspiring to me because they help us understand how we can live with less space and thus a smaller foot print.

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