OS House: a green roof on a Spanish coastline

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A modern two-story holiday house sits on a 30 meter-high cliff facing the Spanish Bay of Biscay coastline. With its magnificent vantage point it has to deal with an unstoppable force of nature: the Northern sea wind. A suspended black volume seems to float over the cliff, like a piece of rock that has been patiently carved by the harsh sea wind. Continue reading

Mothersill Residence: integration and integrity in Water Mill, NY

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When a vacation home blends the landscape with existing pieces of architecture, the result can only be outstanding. Water Mill, NY is the location of this fine example of integration and integrity. Designed by Bates Masi Architects in conjunction with interior firm Damon Liss and landscape architect dL Studio, this beautiful family home of 559sqm includes an existing small house and studio originally built in 1962. Continue reading

Low Cost House: container modules for a home

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In South Korea, a family of seven stood behind the development of an ingenious project with a very tight budget. A single-story home of 100sqm was carefully designed with various prefabricated materials. Recycled shipping containers assume the main role in the construction, minimizing time and waste of material. A pitched roof structure shelters a composition of three container modules: one for the service areas – kitchen and bathroom – while the other two serve as living and sleeping areas. Continue reading

House Re: a modern prefab family home in Slovenia

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Environment always has a crucial role in architecture: House Re proves how this vital element can also obtain the best architectonic result. In Vrhnika, Slovenia there’s a two-story prefab home of 307sqm perfectly rooted within a forest landscape. A pitched roof volume seems to erupt from a sloped site in a very eloquent way – almost like one of the numerous trees that surround the entire perimeter of this contemporary family home. Continue reading

De Lemos Wine Showroom: winding pathways on a rugged hillside

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De Lemos Wine Showroom in Viseu, Portugal offers wine tasting surrounded by an overwhelming landscape. This remarkable concrete building perfectly blends with the rugged topography. The ingenious conceptual approach of the architect Carvalho Araujo was using glass walls that angle back and forth to generate a winding plan, which carves its way through the rugged silhouette of the rocky hillside. Continue reading

House on a Warehouse: Living on a pedestal

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In Chicharo, Portugal, an 80’s warehouse was the starting point for a new approach to a conventional domestic brief. The concept was quite simple: designing an independent box volume that will rest over the existing structure. With a gentle ramp leading to the front door, carefully positioned between a pine and a centennial olive tree, the new house enjoys an elevated vantage point with great views from every room. Continue reading

House in Vila Boim: living among oak and olive trees in Portugal

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House in Vila Boim, a weekend home in Alentejo, Portugal, turns traditional values into innovative architectonic solutions. Local materials and traditional techniques, such as white stucco walls and ceramic tile roofing, were used as the main source to obtain the perfect blend between architecture and nature. At first glimpse, this contemporary home seems to deceive us for its integrity and similarity with the surrounding architecture. A second look proves otherwise… Continue reading

Boisset House: capturing the Alps in a tiny chalet

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What was once a tiny 16sqm chalet of a family of farmers has been totally renovated. Located in Orsieres, Switzerland and developed by Savio Fabrizzi, this small traditional alpine house has been transformed into a contemporary holiday home in the Swiss alps. Continue reading

Casa de Bloques: small concrete weekend home in Uruguay

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A small concrete weekend home close to the sea in La Pedrera, Uruguay. Interesting… This compact single story house of 96sqm rests quietly beneath a dense eucalyptus forest. The distribution of the program follows a simple scheme: an exterior deck area precedes the entrance to a small interior space which consists of two bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen and living-dining room. Simple. Continue reading

Mesocore Homes: a new kind of prefab

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As an Eco-friendly architecture buff I was glad to hear about a new kind of prefab called Mesocore Homes. It’s actually an interesting hybrid combo consisting of a shipping container and prefabricated components. This unique house ships as a 20′ container, but once placed at the final building site it expands to a 1000 sq ft green sustainable home with off the grid capabilities. Continue reading

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