At some cases an architect’s mind really strikes us with the ultimate of ideas! This project is one of such stunning cases. The Polish architect Jakub Szczesny noticed an extremely narrow space between the side elevations of two apartment house blocks and was excited with a void stripe, so unexpectedly discovered by him in one of the residential quarters of Warsaw.
His moment of inspiration resulted in a brand new single person home! A wild and bold idea – however it got its client attention, an Israeli writer, Etgar Keret. The architect said that the building presented “a fantastic set of impossibilities”. Let’s take a closer look. Continue reading
In Osaka, Japan there’s a narrow house that captures our attention with its singular bright appearance… Built for a family of four (parents + two kids) in a very tight urban site, this three-story building replaces an old residence suffocated by the lack of natural light due to its closeness to the surrounding buildings. Continue reading
Are you familiar with Micro Machines? The Original Scale Miniatures (called either “Micro Machines” or simply “Micros”) were a line of toys originally made in the mid 1980′s and throughout the 90′s.
Well, at the beginning of the 21st century, a tiny house for students was created in Sweden. And Micro is definitely the right word to define this 94sq.f. home, radically organizing the minimum functional needs for a student to live in a very modest way. Continue reading
Architecture often reveals the most outstanding results when it comes to dealing with full privacy. In Hiroshima, Japan an unusual windowless metallic facade defines the boundary between the city and the domestic space. This apparently “blind” inhabitable volume is called House in Saka… and behind this small walled world, a compilation of gardens and terraces are waiting to be discovered. Continue reading
I would describe this house as a separate flat, taken out of a residential house and set separately as an independent unit. The apartment is located on an extremely limited site and is itself extremely small. However, it allows you to perceive this house as something airy, and the reason for the unusual exterior of the house! Continue reading
In Kyoto, Japan, a little tower is proudly shinning in its suburban surrounding… I’m talking about the W Window House, a three story building with a tall silhouette that has a total floor area of 72 sq. m. However, the most outstanding detail of this small narrow house is the improbable balance that was created between this shimmering steel building and its lower vernacular neighbors. Continue reading
A box in box… A usual concept for architects mainly used to solve various challenges. In Tokyo, Japan, a concrete house explores this unique conceptual solution. A three story building with a total floor area of 99 sq. m. plays a curious volumetric game with two different “boxes”. One proclaims a heavy appearance being firmly rooted into the ground while the other aspires a lighter suspended condition. It’s almost like concrete and glass working as Siamese twins! Or simply a reminiscent image of a drawer pulled out from a box… Continue reading
Living in a traditional farm with all the modern comfort – Isn’t this the most amazing combination of all? In Soglio, Switzerland, a vacant structure previously used as a barn has turned into an exquisite single family house.
However, I can assure you that this fine building transcends all the usual solutions of redevelopment… Craftsmanship stands as a distinctive symbol of the magical merge between traditional and contemporary aesthetics. Continue reading
Architecture is a useful tool when it comes to turn old lifestyles into a concrete reality…In Hubbars, Canada, an elderly couple has its youthful artist ambitions recovered in a small building called the Moore Studio! An inspirational platform where their artistic aspirations can grow once again, and also a quiet place for the couple to enjoy the surrounding landscape with their dogs, fully released from the stress of city life. Continue reading
In Ikoma City, Japan, prefabricated architecture shows once again all its value and quality. The modern Niu House proudly arises between traditional Japanese style homes. This two story building (with a total floor area of 76 sq.m.) is all about innovation and originality…Let’s take a trip together through this exceptional tiny house where Small is definitely turned into the new Big! Continue reading