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Here’s one typical city lot and a doubly surprising solution to the challenges of a dense neighborhood and lack of natural light. In Montreal, a lot spanning between two streets takes up back-to-back residences, designed by Blouin Tardif Architecture-Environnement. Split equally in half the lot hosts two nearly identical three-story brick street facades. The richly colored wooden entry and garage doors recess in to coves on opposite sides. Continue reading

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Glade House

A soft and gradual connection to nature, was the goal of this renovation of a 1950s house in Auckland, New Zealand by Strachan Group Architects (SGA). The architects have maintained the typical-of-its-era low-pitched roof with exposed rafters whilst crafting a home both sensitive to it’s suburban context and past. Continue reading

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The Photographer’s House

The home of renowned architectural photographer, Zsolt Batar, was designed in collaboration with his long-time architect friend, Bence Turanyi, of T2.a Architects. In a forest outside of Budapest, their meeting of ideas and philosophies comes to life in 120 sq. m. With a shared respect for nature and living light on the land, their solution incorporates longevity and sound economics. Continue reading

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C2 House

The C2 House, a geometric and enigmatic structure, serves as a musician’s private weekend home. Located in Kawagichiko, Japan, not far from the famous Mt. Fuji, the geometrically precise appearance of this small house took much of its inspiration from the site’s challenging wooded slope and extreme weather conditions, both in summer and winter. Continue reading

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The Adaptable House

The Adaptable House is a single family home of 146 sq.m designed by Henning Larsen Architects. Located in Nyborg, Denmark, the name of the house stemmed from the desire of the architects to design a flexible dwelling which could adapt to the changing needs of a family through life. In addition, the architects hoped to save time, resources and CO2 output by working with standardized parts and materials. Continue reading

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Three.one House

At just 8 m. by 12 m., the Three.one House by JYA-rchitects is a genius solution to compact, efficient, extended family housing. A small extension creates exterior storage and an enclosed entrance. Each unit is independent with compact open living on the main floor – kitchen, living, dining. A bathroom and storage tuck in to the back corner aside the stair. The stair wall provides storage as it leads to the sleeping loft above. Continue reading

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A-Frame Rethink

This is not your childhood or your grandmother’s 1960s hip A-frame home. Well, it’s not any longer… At the maximum size the lot can support and with the standard original spiral stair (six feet in diameter) taking center stage, a leaking roof, and failing foundations, this transformation, by Bromley Caldari Architects, was no day at the beach. Continue reading

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XXS House

Providing a very compact living area of a mere 43 sq. m, and hence its name, the XXS House serves as a couple’s holiday home in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Designed by Dekleva Gregoric Arhitekti, this small urban retreat sits in a protected medieval historical village, featuring a predefined volume which cannot be changed. The primary challenge for the architects was how to integrate all residential functions into a XXS house. Continue reading

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Bridge House

Designed by Branch Studio Architects, the Bridge House has idyllic vistas along the coastline of Melbourne and a unique perspective through a former railway. A site with this much beauty offers distinct challenges as well. Salt air, winds, and extreme temperatures require durable materials and systems that can take care of themselves. Building on and harnessing the site’s attributes make this a self-sufficient low maintenance home with sea views from every room. Continue reading

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Delta House

The Delta House, by Danish architecture firm CEBRA, takes a fresh look at maximizing the beauty of a sloped site. Upon arrival the upper floor entrance carves out in a welcoming gesture. The notch reveals an inner roof top terrace with a garden view to the side. Visual connection through the house and to the site beyond is made immediately through glass doors and windows. From the entrance it appears to be a ground hugging structure. Yet the modern home’s size only revealed once inside. Continue reading