Grow Up Miniature Architecture

“Grow Up” is the name of a breathtaking exhibit created by Katarina Pridavkova, a Slovakian surrealist painter and sculptor. Pridavkova spent a year in Mallorca, Spain and was inspired by its streets and beauty. She in turn created an exceptional piece of miniature architecture that invites its viewers to enter a magical world of colorful homes with sculptured balconies and loosely hanging cables on the rooftops and imagine what it would be like to grow up in such an environment. Continue reading


The Wind Vault House

The Wind Vault house, by Wallflower Architecture + Design, has quite an interesting presence upon approach. The exterior of the home is visually striking – a merger of interesting shapes derived from the raised “concrete tube” design. The facade is distinctly concrete, however, as if completely hollowed out, the open ends of the home are clad in horizontal wooden louvers that are both functional and aesthetically appealing. Continue reading


Chalet Dag

When you hear the word chalet, you likely think of a winter retreat nestled on a hillside in some place exotic, yet off the beaten path locale. As such, you’d likely make an additional assumption that a chalet is a “quaint and charming” European cottage that quite possible skimps on the finer things in life. Well, Chevallier Architectes is here to prove you wrong with the Chalet Dag in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France. Continue reading


The Ya House

Located along a quiet residential street near the foothills of Mount Shigi, Japan, sits a home that is a vast departure from the neighboring houses. As if illuminated by an overhead spotlight, this small white-roofed gem by Yosuke Ichii Architects makes a bold statement that simply cannot be overlooked. Continue reading


The Kensington Residence

In a world where shipping container homes and other modular prefabs tend to steer homeowners away with their sterile design and overall lack of emotion, Arkit architecture steps in with a brilliant solution; the Kensignton Residence. Located in Kensington, Victoria, the Australian-based firm brings its design and engineering prowess to the forefront with this unique prefabricated double residence. Constructed off site in three modules, this home, when assembled onsite, washes away any pre-conceived notions one may have about average modular builds. Continue reading


Berri Residence Extension

For a couple living in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, their passion for contemporary architecture took shape in the form of a new addition onto their existing 1940’s style duplex. The Berri residence extension (named after the street upon which it resides) is architect Naturhumaine’s way of creating a new epicenter for the home. Continue reading


Chalet Piolet

Chevallier Architects, of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France, faced a rather unique (yet not uncommon) challenge with Chalet Piolet; the usable volume of the 1442 square foot old shed could not be expanded. Per local planning and zoning regulations, Chevallier had to creatively work within the space provided in their efforts to reflect “boldness, contemporary lines, high quality materials, and environmentally-friendly solutions”. Continue reading


Power House

Situated along a street in Highbury, North London, where each row house is a near-facsimile of the next, sits the Power House. This is a home that clearly screams “I’m different” at the top of it’s lungs. This Nordic-inspired refurbishment of an English town home, by Paul Archer Design, is a striking entry into the logbooks of 21st century modern living. From the outside, a vertical wood-slat facade is a far cry from the traditional brick structure it sits adjacent to. Yet somehow, it looks as though it is a natural extension to the pre-existing structure. Continue reading


El Ninot Market

Mateo Arquitectura has been turning out some of the most spectacular residential and commercial projects in Barcelona of late, and the El Ninot Market is no exception. A long-standing market in Barcelona, El Ninot has always been not much more than a large covered grocer and produce area. Rather than disturb the integrity of the original venue, Mateo Arquitectura decided to conserve and repair the original structure. They were able to accomplish the feat all while bringing El Ninot into modern day. Continue reading


House In Tamatsu

Located on a lot of only 43.21 square meters in Osaka, Japan, the House In Tamatsu by Kenji Architectural Studio is a huge departure from the two-story wooden home that once occupied this site. A decidedly minimal structure, the House In Tamatsu is a fresh approach to comfortable living on a small footprint. Continue reading