Little Lantern: Secretive Addition

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In a park-like neighborhood of San Antonio, Texas, a sweet limestone cottage of just 1,400 sq.ft. has been quietly enlarged, doubled in fact, to accommodate a modern family. The additions were designed with high respect to the original builder and character of the home and the area. Continue reading

Ground and Above Roof House: Light Manipulation

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In Osaka, Japan, this family home for a couple and their two children rises to meet the lack of privacy and day light. The double height volume of the ground floor offers a typical arrangement of a shared kitchenette, dining, and enclosed storage. Though you may miss those when you enter the glass front door and are face to face with an igloo like structure! Or is it an olive green tent? Continue reading

Mill Valley Cabins: Idyllic Studios

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On a steep and lushly wooded site, long-time residents wished for studios in which to paint and practice yoga… personal spaces to expand their existing hillside home. What Feldman Architecture created is the stuff of dreams for me. Two separate studios, one for his painting, and one for her yoga and to act as a guest house, were notched in to the hillside. Creating two individual buildings minimized disturbance of the site. Continue reading

Swallow House: Many Flights

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In any situation it is best to go with the flow or bend like a willow and not break like an oak. The design of this home bends and flows with its challenging sloping site. In fact it uses the site to create a dynamic modern house whose light filled spaces contradict its small size of 124 sq.m. Continue reading

Flat 40: Floating Screen Wall

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This extraordinary family home in Japan is surrounded on three sides by traditional residences and one seven story apartment tower looming on the other. I’m always delighted to see beauty built from adversity. The solution employed here is called ukikabe, or floating screen wall. Continue reading

Catskills Suburban Home: Modern Modular

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This is not the typical suburban home in my neighborhood, though I wish it was. A modern factory built house, also known as prefab, of just over 2200 sq.ft. sits unpretentiously in a grassy woodland niche. Resolution: 4 Architecture has over 30 of these prefabricated homes under their belt and their portfolio shows the unique potential that lies in this method of home designing and building. Continue reading

Light House: A tiny foot print prefab

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I’m a big fan of living lightly on our stunning planet and love my modern comforts as well. In Light House, by Camera Buildings, your home can be comfy in its tiny foot print. At an overall size of under 100 sq.ft., this small home is 8’-4” x 12’-0”. It’s built for you in a factory in British Columbia so on-site building headaches do not exist, except for the foundation that you’ll need. Continue reading

Filter Studio: Home Delivery, Prefab Style

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If you’ve been dreaming of a tiny space created just for you that you can use for virtually any purpose your heart desires, this stylish prefab studio by Camera Buildings is for you. With a standard footprint of 12’-8” by 8’-5” for a total area of less than 10 sq.m., it often requires no building permit. The standard studio interior ceiling height is 6’-8” so that delivery to your house is easy as well. Continue reading

Topo House: mimicking the landscape

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In the gently rolling hills of Blue Mound, Wisconsin, this home is an extrusion of the topography on which it lies. Two opposing folded plates stretch out from the hillsides creating an elegant form in tune with its host surroundings. The lower plate appears to have been literally lifted from the surrounding meadow with its green roof. Steel covers the upper roof plane which dramatically extends beyond the home’s walls to provide protection for a terrace and shading for the house’s interior. Continue reading

Looping Timber Extension in London

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I firmly believe that the best designs are born from challenges, as limitations offer incredible opportunities for genius. In this study and dining room conservatory addition, Barnaby Gunning Architects devised a stunning and modern addition to a registered home in London. The neighboring house built a two story addition that left this home with an overwhelming blank brick wall. The solution was to cover the brick wall with a small first floor study and a garden level conservatory to be used as a dining room. Continue reading