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Krampon

Any architect loves a challenging steeply sloped site. Shogo Aratani Architect & Associates used the dramatic drop of 11 meters from the top to the bottom to their clients’ advantage in Nishinomiya, Japan. Three volumes, totaling 140 sq.m., firmly step down the rocky slope on concrete foundations. Wrapped predominately in black painted horizontal wood siding, three rectilinear forms display the perfect amount of grace and solidity. Continue reading

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GucklHupf

What a fascinating study in the power of the built form and our ability to adapt it to our immediate needs. The deceptively simple wooden box was designed and built by architect Hans Peter Wörndl for the regional festival in Mondsee, Austria, in 1993. With 48 sq.m. over two and one half levels the temporary, and now removed, home reveals its potential through highly anticipated exploration. Continue reading

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La Cabotte

La Cabotte is the name given to small wine growers’ huts. It is also the spirit emanating from this multi-purpose structure on a vineyard in Bollène, France. The project required a wine tasting room, an office, and wash areas for the wine growers, totaling 58 sq.m. h2o Architectes gave each purpose a separate volume radiating from a shared entrance core. These individual branches take in varying views of the vineyards and mountains. Continue reading

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C2 House

The C2 House, a geometric and enigmatic structure, serves as a musician’s private weekend home. Located in Kawagichiko, Japan, not far from the famous Mt. Fuji, the geometrically precise appearance of this small house took much of its inspiration from the site’s challenging wooded slope and extreme weather conditions, both in summer and winter. Continue reading

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Three.one House

At just 8 m. by 12 m., the Three.one House by JYA-rchitects is a genius solution to compact, efficient, extended family housing. A small extension creates exterior storage and an enclosed entrance. Each unit is independent with compact open living on the main floor – kitchen, living, dining. A bathroom and storage tuck in to the back corner aside the stair. The stair wall provides storage as it leads to the sleeping loft above. Continue reading

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XXS House

Providing a very compact living area of a mere 43 sq. m, and hence its name, the XXS House serves as a couple’s holiday home in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Designed by Dekleva Gregoric Arhitekti, this small urban retreat sits in a protected medieval historical village, featuring a predefined volume which cannot be changed. The primary challenge for the architects was how to integrate all residential functions into a XXS house. Continue reading

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Itamar’s Cave

Designer and artist Itamar Paloge carved his own home in to a mountain side in Jerusalem. His extensive studies and experience in a variety of creative endeavors, including jewelry, sculpture, and classical drawings are evident here. For it seems that only a skilled artist can happily live without unnecessary ornamentation. Here the lack of rigid geometry along with the texture and imperfections of nature and hand craftsmanship create unparalleled warmth. Continue reading

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House in Takamatsu

This diminutive home of just under 80 sq.m. houses a multi-generational family in modern yet ages-old Japanese clarity. A small and simple rectangular box wrapped in charred wood, is deceptive in the feeling of spaciousness that is hidden within. The entrance facades angles slightly back, to avoid crowding the street. A singular opening nearly touches the corner. It’s a covered entrance pocket with storage as well. The white coating makes it pop against the ebony siding. Continue reading

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Flag Pole House

Making the most of a tiny, narrow building site in a densely populated city such as Tokyo is no easy feat. The flag pole house, a sculptural home, inside and out, is born from a spatially challenged site. Stretching out long and lean in both vertical and horizontal directions, the architects were able to maximize the compact interior space for complete and comfortable functionality. Continue reading

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House Snapped: sliced with the finest Japanese steel

Located about 25 km north of Central Tokyo, this compact house sits on a small L shaped lot in an area of typically dense housing. Faced with the common Japanese need to squeeze a comfortable home onto a tiny (108sqm) site, Naf architects came up with the simple, powerful idea of “snapping” a stereotypical gable roof box to correspond with the bend in the lot. It feels like a scaled down barn that has been surgically sliced with the finest Japanese steel and opened out to create two separate volumes. Continue reading

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