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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

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Appeltradgarden Atrium Townhouse

Situated in an apple orchard in Gothenburg, Sweden, Appeltradgarden is an enticing proposal for a suburban life imbued with nature and community. Clear forms, sustainable materials, simple variated details, and a clear connection to landscape were just some of the elements which convinced jurors to award this 75 unit residential townhouse development the WAN and Property Awards in 2011. Continue reading

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Chemin Bord du Lac

A distinctly modern addition has been created, by architect Henri Cleinge, for a multi-generational family home in Montreal, Canada. The original home, built by the Hudson Bay Company, is 200 years old and built of immense thick stone walls and heavy timber framing. It’s occupied by the great grandfather and the grandparents. Residing in the new brick, weathered steel, and glass two-story addition, the parents enjoy expansive views of the lake. Originally the street lay on the lake side. Now the street lies on the opposite side, opening the water side to incredible views. Continue reading

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Hivehaus

The Hivehaus, by UK-based architect Barry Jackson, is a spectacular twist on ordinary and even extraordinary prefabricated buildings. Hivehaus offers all of the common benefits of prefabs such as fast construction time, high energy efficiency, easy permitting if small in size, and customization to satisfy your personal wishes. Yet based on the structure of a bees nest’s honeycomb, the hexagonal shape offers infinite possibilities. And all of its perks are wrapped in a comforting nurturing volume. Continue reading

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Edgeland House

Taking its cues from Native American pit houses, this home, by Bercy Chen Studio LP, embraces and burrows in to the earth. On a former brown field site, adjacent to the Colorado River, the house captures nature’s resources in time tested and modern ways. Continue reading

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House in Frogs Hollow

Avid cyclists have a unique perspective on their weekend retreat’s site on the Niagara Escarpment that overlooks Georgian Bay. Their proximity to the 100 acre site through biking and observing the paths of horses and snowmobiles convinced them to straddle the landscape. Continue reading

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Itamar’s Cave

Designer and artist Itamar Paloge carved his own home in to a mountain side in Jerusalem. His extensive studies and experience in a variety of creative endeavors, including jewelry, sculpture, and classical drawings are evident here. For it seems that only a skilled artist can happily live without unnecessary ornamentation. Here the lack of rigid geometry along with the texture and imperfections of nature and hand craftsmanship create unparalleled warmth. Continue reading