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Photographer´s studio over boat house: life in a glasshouse

It’s simply astonishing…On the edge of a lake in Ontario, Canada, there´s a wonderful architectural masterpiece! A reinterpretation of the archetypal glass pavilion in a landscape houses an apartment, studio and boathouse for a photographer.

This beautiful coastal home features a rectangular plan of only 54 sq. m. that seats the stage for a generous open configuration: boats are stored at the lake’s water level while the studio and apartment are placed on the upper floor and mezzanine above. Continue reading

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Dreams of Greece: A Seaside Home

When you look at the images of this home, you can tell it’s a Greek seaside home by its thick rounded edge white-washed walls, all curvy and soft, and that distinguishable white and blue color palette. It’s all bright, airy and light, balanced out with some strong rustic accents. But then there’s an interesting twist in the decor – a sort of elegant french country flair. Continue reading

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The White House: Restoration on the Isle of Coll

The first interesting thing about this project is its location. The Isle of Coll is a small Scottish island that belongs to the Mull island group. I have never been there, however I wouldn’t be surprised if it were packed with cool old ruins (you see, I love old stuff) of sombre homes where brave Scotsmen used to live with their clan.

So when I bumped into the project I’m going to tell you about, the Scottish landscape was just as I imagined. Moreover, the White House project and its attitude towards the old structure were the perfect restoration project for the region. Continue reading

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Sunset Cabin: a modern ‘primitive hut’

Picture yourself on a slope of a beautiful lake´s shore surrounded by trees waiting for the sunset. Now imagine a private retreat where all of this is possible while lying down in bed or even while having a shower. That´s Sunset Cabin! Continue reading

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Chucaknut Drive Residence: Architecture As a Way To Observe Nature

When I took the first look at the Chucaknut Drive Residence, situated on the coastline of Washington State overlooking the San Juan Islands, I thought to myself: “We’ve seen it long before! Is this going to be called the new architecture? But that’s just like the 30’s with their window divisions, large glass areas, and simplistic facades… Beautiful? Yes, but nothing catchy.”

However, something made me take a second look at this lovely coastal home. Perhaps it was the charming peaceful nature the house resides in and therefore has to confront it. But is ‘confronting nature’ the right expression for this project? Looking at the large quadrate-divided window facades of this 1,400 sq. ft 2-storey home, and the wooden structure of its roof, I suddenly felt I should look out of the window from the inside of the house and… that was it! I got the idea of the architects! Take a look yourself… Continue reading

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Reeve Residence: How to blend in

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I love it when architects manage to successfully blend their architectural creations into the surrounding landscape. And the Reeve Residence is no different – a 2,800 sq. ft. coastal home beautifully nestled into a cliff face on Lopez Island, Washington. Continue reading

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Foreman Point: as the level drops

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Located on the shores of Lake Muskoka, Ontario, this 1,350 sq. ft. family cottage follows the contours of the site as it slopes to the lake. As a result, the ground floor level drops, creating a split level of varying ceiling heights. Continue reading

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Shawanaga Bay Cabin: A Small coastal cottage

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This small coastal cottage serves as a lovely family home overlooking Ontario’s beautiful Georgian Bay. The design is based on an open concept living/cooking/dining pavilion that connects to two levels of sleeping quarters. Continue reading

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Cliff House: Off the grid, Cutting edge

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Set on a rugged rock formation overlooking one of Ontario’s spectacular lakes, the Cliff House is a beautiful piece of architecture. This coastal retreat isn’t just pretty on the eye, it is self sufficient and completely off-grid, in-tuned with the site’s unique views, light, and breezes. Continue reading

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Geometrie Bleu: a seaside retreat with a twist

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This unique seaside retreat is located on the windswept and largely treeless Havre-Aux-Maisons – a popular summer destination for Quebecers. The area is known for its colorful farmhouses, and the Geometrie Bleu (featured above) is inspired by the local traditions, but with a twist… Continue reading

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