Nowhere but sajima: a tube-shaped house


Have you heard about the Miura Peninsula? In Kanagawa, Japan there’s a peninsula that functions as a bed town to those who work in Tokyo, being also popular as a touristic destination for visitors from all over Japan. Nowhere But Sajima is an extremely unique weekend coastal home – a part of the Nowhere Resort located on the harbor of a small fishing village. A three-story volume with a building area of 64sqm presents a curious triangular plan full of spatial surprises… Continue reading


Malbaie V Residence: framing rivers and mountains


La Malbaie is a municipality in the province of Quebec, Canada, situated on the north shore of the Saint Lawrence River, at the mouth of the Malbaie River. Malbaie V Residence is a two-story weekend home located on a hill slope facing an astonishing view over the river and the surrounding mountains. A total floor area of 223sqm makes the best of a steep site, distributed in a composition of two volumes that clearly separates social from private areas. Nevertheless, each one of them takes advantage of the magnificent context by extending the interior outside via large terraces. Continue reading


Casa Till: a beautiful seaside prefab

The perfect getaway retreat in South America is located on a 200m-high and 10km-long cliff of the Chilean coastline. It takes 5km to get to the nearest village from Casa Till, a remarkable prefab building made exclusively by local materials and techniques. A structural grid was conceived in order to obtain the maximum standard solutions in the constructive process: a single-story volume is entirely built in pinewood for its resistance and also for its local abundance turning it into a cheaper choice. Continue reading


Water Villa: a floating barcode


In Europe, some of the finest houseboat designs can be seen along the canals of the beautiful city of Amsterdam. Water Villa testifies a contemporary approach to this type of floating architecture. This three-story houseboat has 250sqm of constructed area and is moored on a canal in the south west of the city. The most distinctive detail of Water Villa relies on its timber cladding that resembles a barcode composition: wooden vertical stripes hide and expose the interior spaces creating a dynamic facade that changes its appearance by night. Continue reading


Torquay House: on the beach


Torquay is a township in Victoria, Australia – as it is famous for its surf beaches, it becomes quite clear that we are talking about one of the most perfect spots in the world to have a beach house… Torquay House reflects this outstanding environment for both surf and beach lovers. Continue reading


House W: home, by the sea


House W answers a very challenging issue: the creation of a weekend home on a site stuck between a driveway and a cliff where a small beach can be found below. Also windy coastal towns like Huentelauqueen, Chile present a serious challenge to those who are looking to live near the sea…The solution to this one was based on a pragmatic concept: the patio-house typology. Continue reading


AIBS House: a secret swimming pool above the Atlantic Ocean


AIBS House is located at an altitude of 159 meters, where an impressive sight of the infinite Atlantic Ocean is waiting to be appreciated. We’re talking about a two-story building with a total floor area of 400sqm carefully conceived to blend in the rocky topography of the sloped Spanish shore. Continue reading


House at Goleen: enjoy the silence

On the south coast of Ireland, where geological values are predominant and characteristic, a special house extension makes the best of its surrounding nature. House at Goleen is composed of four mono-pitched extensions to an existent rural house with total of 300sqm of constructed area. Continue reading


Tower Studio: an outstanding landmark

This amazing structure looks more like a imaginary sculpture, than a building. It’s situated in Newfoundland’ Shoal Bay, serving as one of the six artist studios designed for the Fogo Island Arts Corporation. The 50 sq. meter, twisted body of this tower is undoubtedly the most outstanding landmark of the region, as its silhouette beautifully dominates over the landscape, attracting attention to this art object. Continue reading


Onjuku Surf Shack: there’s a black house over yonder

A weekend house by the sea – who wouldn’t love to have one? In Chiba, Japan there’s a black building called Onjuku Surf Shack made for a Tokyo-based couple that wanted a second home near the Pacific ocean. Continue reading