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backyard house: a colorful display

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Megan Lea decided it was time to improve an 11’x14′ patch of ground in her backyard. And what could be better than to grab the opportunity to create a charmingly small getaway, that is also useful and comfortable, and most importantly, environmentally responsible. Continue reading

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Labacaho House: Horizontal vs. Vertical

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A series of horizontal platforms formulate this 400 sq. meter home. Modern living rooms, shaded by overhangs, take in the panoramic views over a beautiful terraced valley in Spain. Continue reading

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Roly: Small Glass Extension

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This small outbuilding is only 40 sq. meters. It has been extended and transformed into a compact house, which currently serves as a bed and breakfast. Steel sheets were introduced to the existing structure, to create a mezzanine floor – and extended outdoors, to create a living room space enclosed in a glass box. Continue reading

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Small 3way House: the only way is up

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This unique Japanese house is all about versatility. It would probably be the dream home for people who enjoy climbing of all sorts since it offers three means of vertical transportation – ladders, stairs, and a climbing wall.

This unique design creates versatile living spaces, allows sunlight and air to flood the interior, and connects the ground and rooftop levels. Continue reading

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Prefab Cabin: Oldie But Goodie

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This beautiful prefab cabin serves as Jens Risom’s getaway home. It’s nestled among Bayberry fields on Block Island, a popular summer tourist destination, located approx. 13 miles south of the coast of Rhode Island. Continue reading

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Les Heures Claires: Clean Lines

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This beautiful modern home resides in the suburbs of Belgium. It has been delicately transformed into a contemporary residential building with a fresh perspective on the relationships of inside and outside, occupants and structure. Continue reading

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Prefab Eifel Home: a+

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A couple who always wanted to live in a modern house, but didn’t want to leave their beautiful garden, decided to build their new home on the same plot and keep their old farmhouse for their children.

Located in the German Eifel, custom designed by a+ architects and prefab built by Thoma, this prefabricated home is actually quite simple; the design is based on two volumes – a large ‘living tube’ and a garage – connected by a glass entrance overlooking a beautiful old apple tree. Continue reading

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Genets 3: Clearly modern

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This beautiful modern home is perceived as a single level structure, however its interior features various levels and space configuration, making it efficient while still keeping its minimal contemporary chic. Its horizontal form features white long lines, and a flat roof which overhangs walls of glass and protected outdoor spaces. Continue reading

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Interview: Bachbox

We spoke to Stepan Skala from Bachbox, and discovered that a box is not just a box – it’s a stylish portable shelter, designed for extreme environments, with an outer steel shell and four large folding decks which completely enclose the building when not in use. Continue reading

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Bottle Houses: The {re}cycle of Glass

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Nowadays, almost each and every one of us is familiar with the concept of recycling. However, one man has taken it to another level. That man was Edouard T. Arsenault, who started collecting bottles from his community, and in the spring of 1980, at the age of 66, he began his construction of the Bottle Houses. Continue reading

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