Kobayashi Residence: an unpredictable weekend retreat

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Controversy often comes with new perspectives over some conventional ideas…Kobayashi Residence is a pure controversial project because of its unpredictable mix of inhabitable concepts: a hybrid construction that joins rustic camping with wood cabin architecture. Can you believe that?

In Chichibu Mountain, Japan lies an unbelievable example of turning a weekend retreat into something fresh and original without failing the basic purpose of sheltering a family in the middle of a deep forest. Continue reading

Casa Cher: concrete, glass and pine trees

If I told you about a concrete summer house in Bueno Aires, Argentina, built on a dune surrounded by pine trees, with an extensive glazing front and back facades to take in the views… Would you believe it? Casa Cher is not a fantasy… Continue reading

La Muna Residence: between contemporary and rustic values

In Aspen, Colorado there’s a house that shows us how to turn a rustic building into a fresh and contemporary home. La Muna Residence is a brilliant renovation of an old ski chalet, with 325sqm of constructed area, surrounded by mountains, forests and streams.

This three-story house gives us a perfect example of how to discretely blend architecture with nature: three organic materials – regional wood, stone and steel – are extensively explored in order to obtain a silent relationship between artificial and natural universes. Continue reading

Pavilion Siegen: beyond the lakeshore

Weekend retreats are always a good opportunity to embrace innovative solutions in architecture… A small program usually stands as the main purpose behind this fine chance to achieve beauty and comfort. Pavilion Seigen works as a weekend fishing retreat that hangs quietly over the edge of a lake in Siegen, Germany.

No bedrooms, no kitchen, no living or dining room, just a place conceived exclusively for fishing activities. Kind of unusual, don’t you agree?
But let’s get in touch with this small temple that seems to be floating over the lake. Continue reading

Summer House: tradition + nature = architecture

The concept of tradition in architecture is often related to a basic character of a society still maintained in the present, with origins in the past. Preserving is always a difficult challenge for architects, especially in modern times. Difficult, but not impossible… and Summer House can prove it in a very efficient way.

This holiday cabin is positioned in Bohuslan, Sweden near the western seafront. A traditional Swedish farm house worked as the starting point to obtain a contemporary intersection between this ancient typology and the modern needs of living. Continue reading

Case Inlet Retreat: within the forest

How would you describe your dream holiday home in a forest site? The following project may bring some clues to help you figure this out…This extraordinary weekend retreat is positioned in southern Puget Sound, along the eastern edge of the Case Inlet and was conceived as a modern comfort statement gently adorning a forested slope.

Named after its location, the Case Inlet Retreat has a total floor area of 260sq.m. full of inspirational views over the Olympic Mountains and the Puget Sound. The single floor plan is developed with the purpose of benefit from a strong relation with the surrounding trees. How? In a very simple gesture: under a flat roof with generous deep overhangs, social spaces like the living room and kitchen open towards the landscape. Continue reading

Hut on sleds: a moving getaway Cabin

In the northern coast of New Zealand, where tides continuously erode sandy beaches, there’s a small tower building that discreetly observes these natural movements. The type of program and distinctive characteristics of Hut on Sleds – such as the ability to move from place to place – turn this unique beach cabin into a marvelous inhabitable experience. Continue reading

Trunk House: life inside a bird’s nest

The following project is all about ecological thinking…In the heart of Victoria’s Central Highlands a small modern cabin is perfectly involved within a wild forest, kindly baptized as the Trunk House! In fact, the formal conception of this weekend retreat gently pursuits the shape of a bird’s nest… But can it really be similar to such a delicate form of shelter? Definitely, yes! Forked tree branches were used to achieve this outstanding result. Continue reading

Summer Retreat: a modern coastal cabin

Soft, smooth and tender…These are qualities that architecture should always embrace to achieve the most suitable atmosphere for its dwellers. And wood seems to always assume a privileged role in this equation.

In Fuglevik, Norway, a modern summer retreat reminds us how the ingenious use of organic materials always lead to the conquest of such noble qualities… A small wooden volume with 130 sq. m. of living space establishes a symbiotic connection with its environment: from the concept to its conception! Just follow these simple coordinates: ocean, trees and wooden planks. Continue reading

Bridge Studio: On the Edge

The Shorefast Foundation and the Fogo Island Arts Corporation were looking to build six artist studios in different places on Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada. The aim of this initiative is to help preserve local Islanders’ traditions and to breathe new life into the island through art and culture.

Here is one of the studios. Oh, and do not be fooled – this is a real photograph – Boldly situated on the edge of water, the modern white cube studio looks unreal amidst the rocky and hilly, yet very peaceful surrounding. Continue reading