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

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

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

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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Lake Joseph Cottage: Comfortable luxury

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This modern cottage is perched on a rock ledge overlooking Lake Joseph in Seguin Township, Ontario. It’s a family home with a total space of 3,600 sq. ft., featuring large glazed openings and an extensive screened porch that cantilevers out beyond the sloping terrain. Tastefully designed, this lake house is all about comfort and luxury. Continue reading

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Villa Astrid: among the stones

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This modern villa in Gothenburg was inspired by its dramatic West Swedish landscape. The challenge was manifested in the difficult site terrain, the oblique angle of the steep cliff to the view, and the development limitations of 3 meters high eaves and a roof pitch of between 14-30 degrees. Continue reading

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