House of Shimamoto: clear sign of privacy


House of Shimamoto by Container Design makes the most of a tiny site in Osaka, Japan. We’re talking about a two-story building with a compact space of only 86sqm that puts to the test the real meaning of ‘Small is Beautiful’. An L-shaped plan organizes the program in a sequential spatial order: the front door is placed away from the street while the facade has almost no windows – both emphasizing a clear sign of privacy. Continue reading


House D: glazed pedestal awash in green


Picture yourself relaxing in a comfortable living room with a splendid view over a verdant land with mature fruit trees. That’s House D! This two-story building in Switzerland makes the most of an incredible natural landscape. A pitched roof volume appears to hang over a glazed pedestal – an ingenious strategy to minimize the impact of the building in such a green context. Continue reading


D Residence: traditional or contemporary?


In Lengau, Austria, a complex of two old rural houses has been transformed by LP Architektur into a place of retreat, while keeping the delicate fusion of traditional and new values. The bigger building shelters the main house while the old stable functions as the guest house. Continue reading


GSC House: small contemporary fortress


GSC House is a two-story building located on a hill slope facing a lake in Zurich, Switzerland. A need for privacy was one of the main goals, which resulted in a strategic position of the two volumes, taking advantage of the steep topography. In the future, an unapproachable but cultivated jungle will keep curious eyes from this small contemporary fortress. Continue reading


Atelier S: 17th century barn conversion


A 17th-century barn gives place to a new studio and exhibition space in Weinstadt, Germany. This beautiful renovation project by Coast Office Architecture demonstrates the everlasting adaptability of traditional buildings to modern necessities. In fact, the design followed a simple direction: maintain the original aesthetic and identity of the ancient timber structure by using traditional methods and techniques to reinforce the damaged barn. Continue reading


Kempson Road Residence: double height glass extension


Kempson Road Residence, by Giles Pike Architects, is an 1870’s brick house in London that has been updated with an impressive double-height glass extension in the back of the building. Five floors where completely refurbished following a clear intervention that balanced old and new: existing materials like brick and wood established a rich tectonic dialogue with new elements like steel and glass. Continue reading


Keperra House: infinite sense of space


Keperra House testifies the magical sense of space inside a small building in the suburbs of Brisbane, Australia. This brilliant house was conceived by Australian studio A-CH serving a single dweller at the end of a garden of an existing property. A monolithic concrete volume is partially covered by a shinning metallic skin that provides a glowing aura to the house. Although small in scale, there’s a bunch of little surprises waiting to be discovered inside this tiny home of 45sqm! Continue reading


Borreraig House: stone and larch in the Isle of Skye


Organic materials of stone and larch compose a holiday house in the beautiful Isle of Skye in Scotland. Borreraig House by Dualchas Architects is a pure tectonic manifest of integrity and simplicity. The house is divided into three rectilinear volumes, each one with a simple pitched roof. Exterior walls are clad with horizontal larch panels while exposed stonewalls define the perimeter of the site. Continue reading


Two Houses and Two Studios: 4 in 1


As we all know, sometimes appearances can deceive… In Brittany, France there’s a unique complex of intertwined living and working spaces in the form of a single building: Two Houses and Two Studios by RAUM. The purpose of such an unusual design was to create a hybrid program that gathers two holiday houses and two studio flats that can be rented by one or more families. A brilliant strategy was adopted in order to balance this game of opposites: volumetric fragmentation of the program. Continue reading


Lake Cottage: reflecting nature as an extension


A small two-story cabin forms an extension to a woodland house in Ontario, Canada, surrounded by a dense forest where white snow seems to rule during wintertime. This unusual 65sqm volume was erected in order to shelter a brand new dining and living room. An impressive black-pitched roof seems to be floating between the trees and the existing house. This optical illusion is created by a mirrored paneled exterior reflecting the surrounding trees, while a sheltered area marks the entrance to the front of the cabin. Continue reading