In Limpopo, South Africa there’s a beautiful renovation of a huge two-story 1132sqm villa. To fight against the excessive heat of the area, an ingenious plan was developed based on a natural cooling system via numerous water features, the pool and the large glazed openings which allow the sun to enter only during wintertime. Continue reading
In Antiparos island, Greece there’s a two-story building called Cliffhanger, that testifies to the concept of architecture following topography. The site offers an exceptional vantage point over the Mediterranean Sea – like hanging over a cliff. With 250sqm of total floor area, two different volumes compose the house: one is directly related to the ground while the other is aiming to the sky. Continue reading
When traditional artisans are called to build a house with a twist of modernity the result can only be one: an outstanding example of how to merge local wisdom with contemporary values. Bapagrama Stone House incarnates this rare achievement in Bangalore, India. A single story building with a total floor area of 111sqm captures our attention for its eloquent relation with the surrounding rural context. Continue reading
Do you believe in magic? The following project will show you the power of magic in architecture. Recycling old shipping containers for a variety of needs is today’s trend, especially when the source of the new construction is left exposed as a manifest of its flexibility. 3x Shipping Container Home presents a different approach to prefab architecture, as container units serve as the structural framework but the final building doesn’t show any kind of reference to its recycled structure. Continue reading
A patio house usually offers privacy and intimacy. Sky Catcher House in Atsugi, Japan shows how to achieve such a delicate task. Windowless facades reaffirm the need for privacy as well as the lattice sliding front door: a covered parking area is placed separately from the main building, connected by a trail of concrete slabs. Once inside this two-story 105sqm house, an open courtyard bordered by living spaces and enclosed with floor-to-ceiling glass windows welcomes inhabitants. Continue reading
Imagine a small prefab totally assembled with natural materials and implemented within 5 days? The answer is Whitstable EcoPerch, a luxury 48sqm cabin with a combined kitchen, dining, living area and bedroom that can comfortably accommodate four people. This flexible modular structure can also be adapted to serve as a home office, garden studio or even a classroom. Continue reading
Wouldn’t it be amazing to live in a house that reflects its surroundings? Espinar House fulfills such a challenging task by using a special skin material: cellular polycarbonate panels. Situated on a mountain site near Madrid, Spain, this two-story prefab home takes advantage of its unique location by enhancing every type of relation with the natural context, either in social or private areas. Continue reading
Located in a low-rise residential area in Bangkok, Thailand, this contemporary three-story villa is like a white shining cubic volume emerging from the lush garden area, partially floating over a water blanket that serves as a lap pool. This home is not the only volume on the lot, as it was built next to the original house, connected by an entrance hall. Continue reading
Affordable homes can be modernly chic – and green too! – as recycled shipping containers are becoming the next building blocks of architecture. Check out our favorite top 10 container houses from around the world.
A real point of interest can be found in France in the form of a beautiful cross-shaped family home constructed from four colorful shipping containers.
Photography: Javier Callejas. Continue reading
A dark black cabin rests silently in the natural surroundings of Virrat, Finland. A single story building with a project area of 78sqm captures our eyes for its gloomy yet extremely charismatic presence – especially in the snowy wintertime. Four-Cornered Villa offers a sense of integrity, like if this sort of inhabitable piece of coal had always been there…However, there’s life inside this cross-shaped plan… Continue reading