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Copper House 2: bounded by the valley

Body and soul…A true building always captures our attention when it irradiates theses two qualities. Nothing is indifferent in the Copper House in the eyes of the beholder! A rusty skin structure nestled in a rural property in Talca, Chile.

This unique piece of architecture has 165 sq.m. of living space, surprising everyone with its unconventional volume and shape! The name simply defines it – Copper is the magical ingredient for this exquisite project, functioning as the outer skin for the roof and wall surfaces. Continue reading

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Froschkoenig: the Power of Color

Looking at the picture above, it’s impossible to ignore the color of this building. And to say “color’’ in trying to describe the visual characteristics of this house, is such an understatement… This is a crazy rainbow explosion, absolutely mind-blowing! No wonder that at first sight everything else – form, function, interior design of the building – become somehow unimportant and distant. Continue reading

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House & Garden: mysterious vertical garden

A garden for a house… Simply refreshing and unconventional architecture! Placed in Tokyo between two tall buildings, this tiny four-story house, with 66 sq.m. of building area, reveals itself to the street as a vertical garden!

Isn’t it strange that flowers vases and plants (along with the use of curtains) can really function as a facade, providing the required privacy and intimacy of a life at home? Let me introduce you to this fabulous project by Japanese architect Ryue Nishizawa… All that emerges in this anonymous front is a full-height window, which becomes the main solution to separate interior from exterior spaces. Continue reading

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AichingerHaus: Behind the Curtains

You must have seen all sorts of contemporary interior design projects where the exterior surroundings actually gets treated like an interior space, bringing indoors – outside. For example, a massive sofa is taken outdoors to the yard or deck or a sparkling chandelier is hung onto a tree.. It excites!

Hertl Architects went further with their “interior design” experiments and enveloped an entire building in white fabric. What you see is a large, two storied cube-shaped family home, wrapped up in white cloth. Well, I don’t know about you but I love it! Continue reading

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La Tour de Bebelles: A triangle prefab in the forest

A virgin natural site is always vulnerable to intrusive actions such as constructions…In Otter Lake, Ontario, there’s a small holiday home that assumes the precious example of how to preserve safely the most wildest of landscapes! La Tour de Bebelles represents a fine testimony of a variety of strategies to minimize man’s impact on such remarkable surroundings. Continue reading

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Sugoroku Office: Industrial Soul

This unique urban container office and living space belongs to daiken-met architects in Gifu, Japan. It’s approx 1,198 sq. ft. in size and consists of 7 shipping containers which are held together by a steel mobile frame. Continue reading

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Salbke: A social Open air library

This project has become a landmark of Salbkeneighbourhood in Magdeburg, Germany. Vivid colors, unusual forms, pavilions, funny elevations and layouts attract attention to this public space. But what is the function of this place?

This is an open air library, which has been created and used by the residents of the neighborhood themselves. The books just lay on the shelves on the walls of the project’s pavilions. Continue reading

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House of a Photographer II: a Mediterranean sculpture

There´s a sculptural white house facing the Mediterranean Sea in Tarragona, Spain… Inspired by a Picasso’s cubist painting, Carlos Ferrater created a magical architectonic composition that matches the wild coastal landscape with abstract fluid forms!

A weekend home for a photographer is placed in a 250 meters long by 18 meters wide plot perpendicular to the sea. The construction is set far back from the water and because of periodic flooding it stands on a platform 60 cm above the ground. The remaining space is full of low palm trees creating the most perfect symbiosis between nature and architecture! Continue reading

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Reinchenberg Castle: a medieval tower home

Living in a medieval castle with all the modern comfort… Isn’t that truly amazing? the Reinchenberg Castle can surprise anyone with its magical atmosphere.

A solitary tower in Tubre, Italy, testifies the only remains of Reinchenberg Castle dating from 1150. Restored in 1998 as a holiday home, this 2 meter thick wall tower (with 84 sq.m.) has a 7-floor metallic cylinder inside its empty body. From the ground to the rooftop, every floor has its own function and follows the next ascendant order: storage, toilet, entrance, dining room, library, bedroom and solarium. Continue reading

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The Nerima House: Summer Breeze

This house, located in Nerima, Japan, is like a summer breeze: fresh and playful. The main elevation is divided into three blocks. Set apart, each stripe of the building volume is gradually narrower than the previous. The voids between them are also filled with the building body that is set back by a certain depth and height.

There are also large openings – the main house entrance and a balcony – in these “further set” blocks. This distinguishes them even more so from the “stripes”, which are solidly white, with playfully located windows. Continue reading