The Rake Showroom: Re-Usage of windows

I live in a city which has hundreds of historical buildings, many of them are under state protection as monuments of architecture, and the whole center of the city stands under the UNESCO protection. Yet, almost once a month I bump into the original wooden windows (because they are so old and “bad-looking” and need professional restoring) being thrown away and new ones (often plastic ones) are put in.

The problem lies in many aspects, but let me focus on the idea where the windows are taken out of their native place. At best, a professional carpenter-restorer has the opportunity to take the original handles and knobs and re-use them in other projects. Unfortunately, in most cases the original substance goes to waste.

I’m not sure if the designers of the Rake project have analyzed the problem in such a way, but what they did create is fresh, cool and intriguing. They collected the windows from the nearby building that was being demolished and reused them in the new-made cube pavilion in Trondheim, Norway. Windows of different sizes and looks were gathered to form the facades, whereas doors form the ceiling. Continue reading


The Horinouchi House: Why I’m in Love

As I saw the Horinouchi House in Tokyo I was immediately fascinated! It was love at first sight, and I’m not exaggerating. First of all, the shape of the house is really catchy, even if you don’t admire the proportions or color, the image of the house itself is so positive that I’m sure you can’t help smiling (…because I am, all the time, while writing this).

Some people might laugh at me (again, it’s always good to give somebody a reason to smile), nevertheless I’m deeply convinced that this project is a fine example of what modern architecture is all about: to give one’s imagination some food, not to leave one careless, to be interesting, and to be positive in its idea and message. To me, all of this is carried out beautifully in the Horinouchi House. Continue reading


House On Mt. Merino: Generosity on the Hudson

The simplicity of this house is manifested in its generosity. Big spaces, gorgeous white, exquisite warmness of wooden cladding – it is so Mediterranean I can almost smell the Basil. Only the sultry silhouettes of Federico Fellini’s femmes-fatale are missing here. Continue reading


Oeken Pavilion: modern rural architecture

This black chunk of building is surprisingly inviting. It invites you to explore what the heck is this weird dark block doing on the peaceful lawn. Some of you might consider it dull or think some other unworthy things, but you will be mistaken! Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to one of today’s biggest trends – modern rural architecture (in case you are not in the loop). Continue reading


Nomadhome: a place of change

Gerold Peham believes that one’s home is not only meant for living, but also is an expression of one’s individual living philosophy. He also thinks that our home is a place of change, a place where your living circumstances may change from time to time (which they do as I’m looking at my ‘suddenly’ pregnant cousin). As a result, he invented the nomadhome – a ready-to-live, modular structure, which can be put wherever you like and can be easily made smaller or bigger. Continue reading


007 House: the ultimate Bachelor Pad

Located in Tucson, Arizona, this 1,500 sq. ft. home was built for a single man in his mid 30’s. Being a married woman of 25, I’m not a big specialist in bachelor pads, but this is what I would call ‘The ultimate bachelor pad’.

It’s got everything a modern young man would dream of: extravagant minimalism, dark wall surfaces, classic pieces of furniture – all wrapped up in a post-modernistic spirit of interior design. Continue reading


Barn House: My Heart’s In The Highlands

“Wherever I wander, wherever I rove,
The hills of the Highlands for ever I love”

Oh, the Highlands, the piece of nature so beloved by the great Robert Burns. But let’s not get too lyrical… it’s not the hills of the Highlands themselves I am going to tell you about, it’s a peculiar house on a lake which caught my attention this time. The Leachachan Barn is situated on the banks of Loch Duich in the Western Highlands of Scotland. A pretty barn house, I would say, with an area of 1,200 sq. ft. and magnificent views of the surrounding mountains and lake. Continue reading


Small Prefab House: B-Line

This small modern prefab house, designed by Hive-Modular,is called ‘B-Line Small 002′ and is situated in Minneapolis.However, its name is the only complicated thing about this 1,420 sq. ft. family home.

Clear lines, unambiguous colors, unpretentious, yet functional form is displayed throughout this house – its windows, roof, siding of the walls, and the harmony of volumes – all these elements make the house what I call ‘architecturally good and/or proper’. What you see is the HOUSE itself (not design, not some style of architecture etc.), you just see a properly made home for people who are content with their lives and the spaces they live in. Continue reading


The Rolling Huts: The Herd

The Rolling Huts, situated in Mazama, WA, seem to show an up-to-date understanding of camping. Six small modern cabins are grouped together but orientated towards the view of the mountains.

I really like this ‘radiating’ master plan solution: the huts seem to be a herd of peaceful animals that have just stopped at the meadow to get some rest and enjoy the landscape views. They don’t interact with each other, the only interest of each hut is the powerful landscape views. And so, they just stand still and watch. Yet, their physical vicinity doesn’t let them forget that they are a group. It couldn’t be better for visitors, who stay there for the weekend: undisturbed by views of other huts’ dwellers, but at the same time feeling sure you can always borrow some salt from your neighbors.
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Wardell Sagan Residence: stacked

So it’s not the first time we show you a design of a modern shipping container home… Now, what makes this project so interesting is the fact that it features two containers, stacked on top of each other, not as an exterior shell but inside a building. Continue reading