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


Royal Wolf HQ: a landmark for recycled shipping containers


Once again recycled shipping containers prove their worth. This time as an amazing building complex serving as the administrative and office site of the industrial company Royal Wolf in Victoria, Australia. Designed by Room 11, this is a pure manifest of how to efficiently adapt an industrial object – like a shipping container – to a higher function. Continue reading


Villa 1: Y-shaped house


In the heart of a forest in The Netherlands there’s a house full of mystery and grace: Villa 1 by Powerhouse Company. A Y-shaped volume sets the stage for a generous distribution of the domestic program: every arm is carefully oriented on the site and towards the sun. Continue reading


Little Big House: Tasmanian timber box


On the slopes of Mount wellington, Tasmania one can find a small two-story building with a profound sensible approach to its natural surrounding context. Untreated timber cladding creates a chameleon-like effect to this compact house, which enhances even more the relation with nature through the use of reflective mirrored glazing. How can two constructive elements produce such integrity and respect towards Mother Nature? Little Big House is the answer to this question. Continue reading


Tower House: invoking medieval values


An enigmatic dark building punctuates the skyline of the beautiful city of Portland: it’s called Tower House. This four-story volume is situated on a steep hill and its silhouette resembles a tower. The reason behind this conceptual approach results from the vertical distribution of the program – a direct spatial consequence of the site’s topography. Like in a medieval tower, a black pedestrian bridge establishes the contact between the street and the building. Continue reading


TBone House: alphabetized


Designed by Coast Office Architecture, TBone House is a surprising three-story building in Stuttgart, Germany, which unexpectedly references the letter T in its unusual form. Continue reading


Tind: modern prefab reflecting tradition


A prefab home can be a great opportunity to experiment new approaches in architecture. Tind by Stockholm-based Claesson Koivisto Rune proves how contemporary design can reflect traditional architectural values, as it reinterprets the Swedish vernacular house with its gabled roof shape. Continue reading


Village House: five to one summer home

Located in Sjaelland, Denmark this 110 sqm summer home presents an unusual complex of five interconnected gabled cabins. A five-fingered plan organizes the program: the cabins overlap one another to create a central living area that opens out to a series of wooden outdoor decks. The living room, kitchen and dining area occupy three of the cabins, while the fourth contains a master bedroom and the last one is reserved for two smaller bedrooms. Continue reading


Allens Rivulet House: a mix of spaces in Tasmania


Somewhere in Tasmania between green fields and trees there’s a special two-story building of 346sqm called Allens Rivulet House. A brilliant mix of context and program is reflected in a sequence of fully enclosed to semi-enclosed spaces. All rooms are arranged in response to a spatial key element determined by the client: the kitchen. Continue reading


Passion House Prefab: heavy is the new lightweight

A new vision of prefabricated architecture seems to be emerging from Estonia: Passion House. A 40sqm single-story building reveals a different way of thinking about the traditional lightweight concept associated with prefab architecture, pushing the boundaries to another type of meaning: can a prefab home be as heavy as a conventional building? Apparently, the answer is yes… Continue reading