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Ik House

Simple living for empty nesters is well deserved. In the Osaka home that Yosuke Ichii designed for an elderly couple, space and maintenance are pared down to basics. Just 100 sq.m., the small L-shaped house pivots around a mature camphor tree. Continue reading

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Dalarna Summer House

A summer house in rural Sweden reclaims materials and childhood daydreams. Architect Leo Qvarsebo designed the five-level retreat for his family. A meadow on the edge of a forest is an idyllic location. And the scarcely populated site provides unfettered connection with nature. Continue reading

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Scape House

Surrounded by traditional clay tiled Japanese homes, this contemporary hillside house stands out with its clever geometry. And that interplay of form and light serves a purpose inside and out. Daylight, views, and privacy were paramount to the young client family. To achieve these goals, FORM / Kouichi Kimura Architects pushed and pulled surfaces and volumes around carefully selected vistas. Continue reading

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Wooden Box

Skilled manipulation of simple wooden boxes creates a home that emanates Japanese simplicity and flexibility. Keisuke Kawaguchu + K2 Design created a modern home derived from centuries of proven Japanese architectural elements. The house makes the most of the natural environment while maintaining a calm privacy. Continue reading

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Chiquet Flood House

To overcome the possibility of flood waters entering this new home, Ben Adams Architects elevated the house 7.5 feet above the flood plain on concrete piers. Replacing a former dwelling, the single-family modern home is refreshingly unique to the community alongside the Thames in Weybridge. Continue reading

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Mini Studio

Once again, creativity takes limited space to new heights and spatial richness. FRENTE Arquitectura carved a small artist studio in to the plot of a former storage space in Mexico City. In this residential neighborhood, they were restricted to a tiny area of just 27 sq.m. Day light is an artist’s best friend yet worst enemy if it’s too direct and glaring. Their challenge was to maximize useful light, garden views, and the sense of space. Continue reading

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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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