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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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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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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The first thing that drew me to this house was is placement. So delicately poised amongst the trees and above the river. I am also in love with the interior, utterly simple and utilitarian, but everything is finished with a certain elegance. Design for this project was carried out by London based Featherstone Young Architects.
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This house rests among a grove of Pohutukawa trees in New Zealand. Herbst Architects designed the house to blend in among the trees, and I have to say it worked. Less camouflage and more unity. A residence that can coexist with it’s surroundings instead of having to concur them with pavement or overzealous landscape planning.
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After a visit to Orcas Island many years ago the client for Eagle Ridge Residence decided she would one day live there. Decades went by and finally she was able to purchase a small forested lot with a variety of trees and views looking out over the San Jaun and Canadian Gulf Islands. Gary Gladwish Architects solved the design for this house by creating equal parts finished and unfinished space. The section that was left raw is for both storage and studio space, but will eventually be converted to more additional living space. Another important aspect of the design are the glass walls, which were constructed in such a way that they can slide out of the way opening the interior to nature and in turn the views.
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The main section of the house is composed of a 15th century stone barn. The structure has been updated and retrofitted to contain an extremely modern living space, which includes expanses of glass connecting sections of the house. MOOARC based their design for this house on the The Nolli plan of Rome 1748 to create a high level of fluidity and amalgamation of different spaces and their varying uses.
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The use of concrete and wood makes for a very classic and warm looking space, which is very surprising. The forms and lines are derived from typical local homes, but the use of materials really sets this place apart. Also the way it is sited and interacts on the street side. Design was carried out by Swiss duo Lacroix Chessex.
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I find myself posting about Andersson-Wise multiple times per week and I think that is a true testament to the skill.
Amongst ponderosa pines and looking out over a shale cliff onto Montana’s Flat Head Lake this modern cabin is equally a home as it is an observation point. From he protected porch or the cantilevered deck that juts out into the trees I can definitely see how you could just sit back and take in the beauty of the outdoors. An ever increasing need I feel is to have a greater, or at least stronger bond and friendship between architecture and nature.
Finally a thermostat, which in addition to not being completely hideous can and will save on energy and in turn money. Tony Fadell formerly in charge of the iPod and then iPhone platforms at Apple has gone out on his own and begun to define a neglected space. Household consumer electronics are normally defined by the entertainment devices and controls we use, but going forward each element of a household from the thermostat, like Nest to the hot water heater to the lighting controls, should and will integrate a higher level of interaction and energy efficiency. Nest is not the first, but based on it’s amazing combination of technology and aesthetics I would have to say that it will change the game. I just pre-ordered mine!
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I have had a growing infatuation for cabins and architecture which is related to a similar minimalist and naturalist need and aesthetic. A style I have always loved for it’s corky vernacular design, but also for its simple functional sensibilities are the coastal and beachside homes of Scandinavia.
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The work of Andersson-Wise is always inspiring and each project is so unique, while embodying their style and sensibilities.
“In considering an addition to the original stone lodge at this Lake Travis property in Texas, USA, the notion of a tower was born out of several factors: taking advantage of views, minimizing the footprint on the site, and accommodating the rising flood plain elevation.”
When I first came across this Floating House by Mos I would have sworn it was in Sweden or Norway or something. The location, concept and execution seemed more forward thinking than we tend to see in North America. The structure itself is a ultra modern minimalist box, which floats atop a structure of steel pontoons. This allows the house to handle the ever changing water levels. The location itself is completely mind boggling. Tucked in an inlet on Lake Huron, among a mix of solid rock beaches and shabby pine trees the views from and of the house are other worldly.
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Porch House is another great example of the highly functional design sense of Lake Flato architects. This design in particular hinges on the ability of their structures to become a part of the natural environment and allow the living spaces to flow in and out of the outdoors.
Urban architecture does not have to be complex or exemplify an Architect’s prowess. To see the value in keeping things simple and without embellishment is rare among architects. A perfect single family living space within the hustle and bustle of a city. The Kameren St. House fits all the necessary requirements for an urban dwelling and even a couple many of us have learned to live without. A private outdoor patio backyard combination and amazing natural light exposure that seems to beam through the entire house.
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