Arch Wall House

What a unique way to define a duplex home. The Arch Wall House by NAF Architect & Design Co. uses the two homes’ connection as a separation. It is not only a powerful division, but also a connecting drive and distinguishing element for both homes. Continue reading


Holy Cross House

Deep narrow urban lots come naturally with many opportunities. Architect Thomas Balaban maximized these in increasingly popular ways. The three level, three bed, three bath 300 sq.m. home clearly contrasts its traditional neighborhood in materials. Yet its volumes are subtle, familiar, and inviting. Continue reading


Panorama House

On a stunning site with forests and valleys and grassy marshes, taking advantage of all of them is key. Blouin Tardif Architecture-Environnement did just that by flipping a traditional cottage. By placing the private sleeping quarters on the ground floor, daily living spaces enjoy the splendid natural views. Continue reading


Modern Boathouse

You may not yet have dreamt of a place for relaxation along with boat storage. Now you will when you immerse yourself in to this creation by Weiss Architecture & Urbanism Limited. Picture an island in the archipelago of Georgian Bay in Ontario. It’s a four-season getaway with unlimited natural beauty where still waters reflect the mostly evergreen forest that springs from the rocky land. Continue reading


Graz Showroom and Residence

A car showroom and residence in Tokyo is a genius execution of geometry. Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP Co., Ltd. created a private family home above a showroom for imported cars. Both floors encompass just over 600 sq.m. Continue reading


Nasu Teepee

In Nasu, Japan, an area well regarded as a summer resort, a married couple built a home whose form harkens back to ancient Japanese, African, and Mongolian structures. The clients and their architect, Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP Co., Ltd., made all decisions to mitigate the negative effects of building on the wooded site. This resulted in a unique assemblage of teepee like rooms that act independently and as a cohesive home. Continue reading


Contemporary Farm House

Farm houses have a charm that’s admired and desired. This modern version designed by Plan Bureau delivers the vibe of a restored barn without all of the surprises. Conceived as a nearly 900 sq.m. two story home, the brick and wood clad volume is classic in form. In fact, both buildings are classic rectangles with gabled roofs. Continue reading



An ancient Polish home type was the inspiration for this modern family home in mid-north-eastern Poland. SDA Architekti used historic forms and materials and manipulated them to enhance contemporary life. Continue reading



The G-Pod, designed by architect Dan Sparks, is not your average shipping container home. This transformative building comes fully equipped. The re-purposed container shells are smartly outfitted to fulfill every need for compact living off the grid. This makes them useful in many situations from urban to remote. Of course their ability to ship easily, rapidly, and globally makes them a fast housing solution. Continue reading


Half and Half House

Corner lots carry loads of responsibility. NAF Architect and Design created a home whose halves share that role in distinctly different manners. Human nature compels us to always take the shortest route and on a vacant corner property, we’d take that diagonal short cut. That bypass is used here to create the intersection of a flat roof home with a gable roof house. The home sensitively addresses the nature of the corner lot. Continue reading