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Buddy’s House

Simple forms become complex jewels when artfully defined by materials. This modern sleek home, designed by Sergey Makhno architectural workshop, is rich in contrast and light. The larger upper floor, wrapped in ebony steel and black brick, overhangs the lower level walls of natural concrete. A two-story rectangle is framed again in steel, pierced with sheets of glass, and its end walls wear sliced rounds of oak. The wood is a natural unifying element that bridges the highly contrasting hues of brick, steel, concrete, and glass. A separate building with faces of brick, concrete, and timber rings is centered within two steel roofed open areas. One acts as a carport and the opposite an outside living place. Continue reading

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Sao Victor Lofts

Ah, triangular buildings! This one in Oporto, Portugal was constructed in the 19th century with a footprint of 52 sq.m. A2Office molded the original structure in to a building with four modern studio apartments. Stripping it down to its remaining viable components was the first step. These included the solid log floor joists, which were given a boost in strength. The top floor corner construction was removed, as it did not meet today’s standards. Historic documents guided the creation of facade colors, interior shutters, and new windows. A new timber stair resides where the former narrow and dilapidated once traveled the four levels. Continue reading

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Doboz Bar Budapest

Enveloped by the World Heritage site of the old Jewish Quarter in Budapest is an exciting new bar. Now the entertainment district of this historic site, the Doboz (meaning “box”) bar is a purely modern intervention on the exterior. The design by 81font architects projects up through the enclosed courtyard of the eclectic 1880s stone facades of the former residential buildings. With a storied history as a hospital during World War II and the home of a rabbi and his seven daughters most recently, the buildings lay abandoned and neglected during the late 1900s. Continue reading

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Captians House

There is such beauty in simplicity. A steeply wooded site in rural Pennsylvania is home to two interlocking rectangles. Designed by Bromley Caldari Architects, it hugs the rocky site that overlooks the Delaware River. At the same time, it’s as if you’re in a treehouse. Continue reading

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Nahahum Canyon Residence

This cabin, located north of Cashmere, Washington, is both natural and luxurious. Balance Associates Architects delicately and dramatically carved the two-level 1,650 square foot retreat in to the canyon at its base. Continue reading

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Mill St. House

With a bit of luck in an agreeable planning commission and a talented architectural team, this Victorian home’s expansion and renovation lovingly marries new and old. Moloney Architects applied for and was granted permission to design an addition that could duplicate the original home’s four-meter high ceilings. This was a crucial element in crafting the gallery like space desired by the home owners. Continue reading

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Saint Roch-de-l’Achigan City Hall

A former convent’s prayers were answered and new life was injected in to the 1881 structure. Affleck de la Riva architects resurrected the historic structure in to the city hall and municipal offices. Valued as a symbol of the community the limestone masonry walls are a symbol of stability. With 1560 sq.m over three floors and more space within the copper clad mansard roof, it is a spacious city hall for the small farming community. Continue reading

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Carbon Positive House

Carbon neutral housing is truly catching on and hopefully homes that contribute more than they require will do the same. Archiblox, an Australian design-build company, ups the sustainability game with their Carbon Positive House. This means that the prefabricated homes produce more energy than they need to operate, and can provide that energy to the existing energy grid. Continue reading

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Ik House

Simple living for empty nesters is well deserved. In the Osaka home that Yosuke Ichii designed for an elderly couple, space and maintenance are pared down to basics. Just 100 sq.m., the small L-shaped house pivots around a mature camphor tree. Continue reading

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Wanaka House

On 86 protected hectares along the mountainous shores of Lake Wanaka, an unpretentious home quietly resides like an anonymous benefactor. RTA Studio remarkably complied with the strict environmental requirements of The Mount Aspiring National Park World Heritage area. The contemporary house minimizes its energy use as required by the Resource Management Act. Continue reading