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House in Ishikiri: a small house with a sense of space

Sometimes even the smallest of buildings can shelter an infinite sense of space: House in Ishikiri in Osaka, Japan reveals the secret behind such a wonderful experience. A small three-story house of 99sqm was designed by Tato Architects and is located on the hillside of Mount Ikoma. At first sight, one can be deceived by the composition of three separate volumes that transform this house into something poetic and unexpected… Continue reading

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Barbacoa House: small brick house exposed

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In Barcelona, Spain there’s a small house that takes a conventional building material like hollow bricks to a higher level. No plaster or any kind of cladding was used to disguise the raw appearance of this material. In fact, those were the reasons behind the concept of this unique 91sqm single-story home. Continue reading

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House in Tsurumaki: hexagon + rectangle = a home

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House in Tsurumaki is a tiny two-story building designed by Case Real in Tokyo, Japan. The most remarkable thing about this small house of 61sqm lies in its simplicity and grace. A pitched roof volume seems to rest on a pedestal, both clad in the same grey-blue material. Continue reading

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House in Yagi: indoor courtyard family home in Japan

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In architecture, behind every facade there’s always something new to be discovered. In Hiroshima, Japan there’s a small two-story family home of 112sqm that conceals an unexpected mystery: an indoor courtyard with an earth floor and a central tree located at the heart of this unique house. Continue reading

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Warburg House: energy efficiency for small buildings

In Alberta, Canada there’s a small building of 69sqm called Warburg House that sets a whole new standard of energy-efficiency. Bioi Architects developed a series of innovative construction techniques to achieve the perfect atmosphere for a compact pitched roof volume. Two basic solutions were adopted to guarantee the perfect blend with the climate and context of the site: first, the re-use of the barn typology as the main concept, and secondly, orienting the program for maximum southern exposure plus heavy insulation. Continue reading

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Boisset House: capturing the Alps in a tiny chalet

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What was once a tiny 16sqm chalet of a family of farmers has been totally renovated. Located in Orsieres, Switzerland and developed by Savio Fabrizzi, this small traditional alpine house has been transformed into a contemporary holiday home in the Swiss alps. Continue reading

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Casa de Bloques: small concrete weekend home in Uruguay

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A small concrete weekend home close to the sea in La Pedrera, Uruguay. Interesting… This compact single story house of 96sqm rests quietly beneath a dense eucalyptus forest. The distribution of the program follows a simple scheme: an exterior deck area precedes the entrance to a small interior space which consists of two bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen and living-dining room. Simple. Continue reading

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House of 33 years: a prefab house built in three different cities

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How can a house be built in three different cities? That’s the magic of prefab architecture. House of 33 years in Nara, Japan is a small home of 104sqm composed by a steel-framed structure that conceals three separate sections. The entire house works as a prototype for a vast range of prefabricated materials like steel, timber, concrete, corrugated plastic and glass panels. Each part of this two-story building was simultaneously built in three cities: the roof shell was developed in Nara, rooms were built in Aomori using local timber while a section of the first floor was conceived in Sendai. Continue reading

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House in Fujizakura: 3, 2, 1, lift off!

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3, 2, 1, lift off! In Fujizakura, Japan there’s a compact house defying the basic rules of gravity. This small single-story family home of 67sqm stands above the ground on a single central pillar. Located on a sloping site, the enigmatic black volume seems completely suspended, floating among the surrounding pine trees. Continue reading

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IK House: Small family home and Nature

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In Japan there’s a wonderful example that proves how nature can be a precious ally to solve an architectonic challenge like IK House. This compact two-story home was conceived taking an ancient tree as its starting point. An L-shaped plan with a total floor area of 104sqm seems to embrace this surviving fragment of nature as a sign of respect and worship. Continue reading