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Lake House in Graz: Clear Intentions

There’s a sense of purity and clarity and ease in the form of this house on the shores of Lake Graz in Austria. It’s as if the owners insisted on leaving all their cares behind, along with material frivolity as well. The nine meter in length rectangular home nestles at the base of a hill and reaches for the lake. Crisp and even wooden deck boards prevent the home from diving in yet redeem themselves through their open air dining room. And they cleverly store a canoe underneath on the lake side. Continue reading

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Poplar Garden House: Summer Living in The Netherlands

Near the center of the Dutch city of Groningen, the Tuinwijck allotment, or community, gardens allow small buildings for garden storage or for summer living. Architect Haiko Meijer of Onix designed this seasonal home for his family. Continue reading

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Dutchess County Residence: a black steel-framed guesthouse

A single-story building, designed by Allied Works, appears to float among lush vegetation and trees. The volume serves the purpose of a guesthouse, as a part of a larger site plan that includes an art gallery and a private residence, spread out on 450 acres of meadow and forest in Dutchess County, NY. Continue reading

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Ermitage Cabin: A tiny back-to-black retreat

Get ready to discover a precious architectonic pearl hidden on the island of Trosso, Sweden. Ermitage is a tiny wooden cabin with only 20sqm, designed by French studio Septembre, that conceals a wonderful nature-lover retreat: a sauna and bedroom/living room perfect for two! Continue reading

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Tea Houses: three teas = three houses

In Silicon Valley, California there’s a complex of three small buildings situated among ancient oak trees, each one with its own purpose. As a whole, this unique project reflects quiet and peace – a pure connection with nature completely safe from everyday distractions. Once again Nature has inspired the birth of an exquisite piece of contemporary architecture. Continue reading

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Waldhaus Cabin: timeless architecture

A small cabin in Leipzig, Germany demonstrates the modern approach of Atelier St to architecture’s traditional values. Waldhaus is located in a dense pine tree forest, along with several other cabins, respecting the traditional use of flared pitched roof form and dark wood exterior. Waldhaus evokes a timeless presence, while inside, modern interiors are stripped down to minimal essentials. Continue reading

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Le Nichoir: forest retreat for nature-lovers in France

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In Lorraine, France lies an outstanding example of Eco-friendly architecture: Le Nichoir, one of four ecological forest retreats situated in the deep dense forest of Le Vent des Forets. This small cabin has only 20sqm but is prepared to accommodate up to four people. It’s part of an experimental project, brought forth by the French designer Matali Crasset, and the inhabitants and volunteers of the nearby villages, which creates a place in the forest where visitors can simultaneously experience architecture and environment. Continue reading

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Canyon Barn House: Raw Restoration

In the Cascadian foothills, a three bedroom cabin retreat nestles in a sleepy valley. The former working barn appears to have always been a home. It seems as though it was continuously well maintained and perhaps the owners just popped in a few new lights and doors. The truth is that the retreat is the result of a meticulous attentive restoration by Seattle-based mw works. Continue reading

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The tiny 12 square feet Innermost House

It seems that Diana Lorence and her husband Michael have been aiming to find their personal true essentials and sense in life. They have begun their quest and experienced a seven year adventure much different to what you might be thinking. An Innermost adventure. An Innermost House. Leaving all kind of luxuries and even prerequisites of modern life, much like electricity, behind, they set up home in the middle of the Californian woods in a tiny wooden cabin designed by Diana’s husband himself with the basic size of 12 square feet. Continue reading

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Four-Cornered Villa: chromatic contrast

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A dark black cabin rests silently in the natural surroundings of Virrat, Finland. A single story building with a project area of 78sqm captures our eyes for its gloomy yet extremely charismatic presence – especially in the snowy wintertime. Four-Cornered Villa offers a sense of integrity, like if this sort of inhabitable piece of coal had always been there…However, there’s life inside this cross-shaped plan… Continue reading