l-shape-house-aad

YAK House

Sometimes the more limited the space, the more inventive the design. Nowhere is this more true than with the YAK House by Ayutt and Associates Design (AAd) – a project that maximizes a modest plot of land to produce a beautiful modern home in Bangkok, Thailand. Despite the lot being compact, the client wanted to emphasize exterior garden space as being central to the conceptual force behind the design. A massive cantilevered second floor activates the garden space below, resulting in overlapping volumes of transitional zones. Continue reading

harbour-office-design-pa

Harbour Master’s House

Many things come to mind at the first glance at the Harbour Master’s House, but only one that rings loud: it’s a building that can just as easily be mistaken for a boat. Pietri Architects have taken a literal approach to designing this public meeting space that rests adjacent to the Mediterranean Sea in the French town of La Londe-les-Maures. The pavilion boasts three ‘decks’ that stack on top of one another in a fashion that can only be described as ‘nautical.’ Continue reading

narrow-plot-villa-apa

Villa Schuler

Nestled amongst churches, collective housing, and an old mansion in Boudry, Switzerland sits a bold statement in modern architecture. Andrea Pelati Architecte created this 690 square meter multi-family residence that is meant to offer pristine views and serene living, all while the homeowners are nearly encapsulated – isolated from the goings on of the neighbors. As seen from the street, Villa Schuler belies its true size due to the dark-colored exterior that sets the home into the background. Additionally, a portion of the home that would otherwise occupy a lot of space, the garage, tunnels itself beneath the home. Continue reading

modern-villa-design-k

Villa K

Villa K is a wondrous architectural object plucked from the imagination of ARCHITECTENCSK and placed on the landscape so as not to disturb the natural beauty surrounding it. An unusual floor plan curves around the site, following the natural topography where it can and protruding over when it can’t. Every existing tree becomes a landmark. Every undulation turns into an opportunity. This luxury home takes advantage of site and stage in a way few are able to do – and it does so with undeniable style. Continue reading

modern-home-ls-architecture

Maison Terrebonne

Sometimes the best way to honor what’s come before is to build upon where it left off. That was the notion given to la SHED architecture when they designed this stunning contemporary home in place of a dated, worn, and very much ordinary suburb home. The old home was stripped down to its foundations, which is exactly where la SHED began designing. The result is a stroke of architectural brilliance that is nothing short of extraordinary. Continue reading

bridge-design-cirkelbroen

Cirkelbroen

Copenhagen is well known for its immersive and engaging network of canals, waterfront boardwalks and, as you see here, pedestrian bridges. This unique example – designed by famous Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson – takes design cues from surrounding architecture mixed with a formal dedication to the local boating culture. It’s called the Cirkelbroen, and it aims to bring city dwellers closer to the water that is such a large part of the place they call home. Continue reading

modern-villa-vancouver-splyce

The Russet Residence

It all starts with a site: a majestic plot of land nestled on a sloped bank of the Pacific Ocean in West Vancouver, B.C. Throw in overlapping cubes of concrete and glass, warm accents of wood and light, and a breathtaking waterfront view and you’ve got yourself a recipe for architectural bliss. Splice Design gives us the Russet Residence – a sprawling modern mansion that emerges from a direct formal and material response to existing topography and native vegetation. And did I mention the view? Continue reading

modern-rental-chkr6

The Creative House

The Creative House, by Z_Lab Design Group is… well… creative. A common predicament that many face when confronted with an extreme renovation such as this home is “do we tear it down or do we keep it?” Understandably, local zoning and permitting restrictions may fully or partially dictate what can be done, but in the instance of the Creative house, in Seoul’s Changsin-Dong district, Z_Lab took on a full renovation in every sense of the word. Continue reading

miniature-architecture-kp

Grow Up Miniature Architecture

“Grow Up” is the name of a breathtaking exhibit created by Katarina Pridavkova, a Slovakian surrealist painter and sculptor. Pridavkova spent a year in Mallorca, Spain and was inspired by its streets and beauty. She in turn created an exceptional piece of miniature architecture that invites its viewers to enter a magical world of colorful homes with sculptured balconies and loosely hanging cables on the rooftops and imagine what it would be like to grow up in such an environment. Continue reading

modern-family-home-wfa10

The Wind Vault House

The Wind Vault house, by Wallflower Architecture + Design, has quite an interesting presence upon approach. The exterior of the home is visually striking – a merger of interesting shapes derived from the raised “concrete tube” design. The facade is distinctly concrete, however, as if completely hollowed out, the open ends of the home are clad in horizontal wooden louvers that are both functional and aesthetically appealing. Continue reading