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Tres House

This facade, with its web-like organic lattice is the show stopper of this modern home in Boca del Rio, near the Port of Veracruz, Mexico. Yet behind the facade lies a cleverly designed, by Gerardo Ars Arquitectura, home of 220 sq.m., for a family of five. Continue reading

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The Star House

Driven by intense requirements of privacy and sea views in every room, AGi designed a modern holiday home to accommodate a family and their guests. In Kuwait and sited where the desert meets the water, the house’s 5,000 sq.m. size is revealed only through exploration of the interior and the grounds. Continue reading

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Anjalendran: Architect of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a beautiful island off the southeast coast of India. I admit I don’t know much about Sri Lankan architects however when I first caught a glimpse of C. Anjalendran’s work I knew I had to buy this book: “Anjalendran: Architect of Sri Lanka” by David Robson.

By using the simplest of materials mixed with rich local traditions, Anjalendran is a master in bringing inside and outside spaces into one. In fact, his amazing work is all about light and space. However, his work doesn’t stop at architecture, it also includes landscaping, furniture design and decoration. The end result is pure magic. Continue reading

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DB House

At the heart of this home is a swimming pool. And what radiates from that is a study in the manipulation of volumes through light and varying shades of transparency. Designed by Avignon-Clouete Architectes, the house in Nantes, France is an ambiguous white square on the exterior. The northern entrance facade is sheathed in wide, tall, rhythmic panels. Exposed black hinges are the only sign of what may be the entrance. Continue reading

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Siamoises Mentana-Boyer

Here’s one typical city lot and a doubly surprising solution to the challenges of a dense neighborhood and lack of natural light. In Montreal, a lot spanning between two streets takes up back-to-back residences, designed by Blouin Tardif Architecture-Environnement. Split equally in half the lot hosts two nearly identical three-story brick street facades. The richly colored wooden entry and garage doors recess in to coves on opposite sides. Continue reading

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Glade House

A soft and gradual connection to nature, was the goal of this renovation of a 1950s house in Auckland, New Zealand by Strachan Group Architects (SGA). The architects have maintained the typical-of-its-era low-pitched roof with exposed rafters whilst crafting a home both sensitive to it’s suburban context and past. Continue reading

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The Adaptable House

The Adaptable House is a single family home of 146 sq.m designed by Henning Larsen Architects. Located in Nyborg, Denmark, the name of the house stemmed from the desire of the architects to design a flexible dwelling which could adapt to the changing needs of a family through life. In addition, the architects hoped to save time, resources and CO2 output by working with standardized parts and materials. Continue reading

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A-Frame Rethink

This is not your childhood or your grandmother’s 1960s hip A-frame home. Well, it’s not any longer… At the maximum size the lot can support and with the standard original spiral stair (six feet in diameter) taking center stage, a leaking roof, and failing foundations, this transformation, by Bromley Caldari Architects, was no day at the beach. Continue reading

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Bridge House

Designed by Branch Studio Architects, the Bridge House has idyllic vistas along the coastline of Melbourne and a unique perspective through a former railway. A site with this much beauty offers distinct challenges as well. Salt air, winds, and extreme temperatures require durable materials and systems that can take care of themselves. Building on and harnessing the site’s attributes make this a self-sufficient low maintenance home with sea views from every room. Continue reading

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Delta House

The Delta House, by Danish architecture firm CEBRA, takes a fresh look at maximizing the beauty of a sloped site. Upon arrival the upper floor entrance carves out in a welcoming gesture. The notch reveals an inner roof top terrace with a garden view to the side. Visual connection through the house and to the site beyond is made immediately through glass doors and windows. From the entrance it appears to be a ground hugging structure. Yet the modern home’s size only revealed once inside. Continue reading