Origami is a traditional Japanese art of folding paper. The purpose of this fine art is to focus on transforming a flat sheet of paper into a sculpture. The principles of Origami are also being used in architecture and this House in Konoku is a living example.
In Yokohama, Japan, an unusual concrete house rises from the ground as an inhabitable origami… Designed for a married couple, this refreshing conceptual building has 65 sq. m. of constructed area cleverly disposed on two levels. Continue reading
Time has long been associated with water. From the rivers running to the seas to the currents and tides! Now picture yourself living in a house standing 65 meters above sea level…That’s the D House!
A small cliff-top home located in Matanzas, Chile, with 96 sq. m. of constructed area serving a couple and their son. And what a lucky family they turn out to be… Despite the outstanding location chosen for this coastal home, this two-story house was carefully designed to enhance all the potential of such a fine site. Continue reading
Architecture should always be about positive thinking and its main goal should aim to the most unreachable of things where heaven is the limit… and the ISM House literally points in that direction!
This small seaside house in Chiba, Japan, has 78 sq. m. of constructed area and dominates the landscape with its acute white arrow form. Just like a flower that erupts from the ground, this artificial body with its unusual volumetric configuration claims all the attention. A vital question has instantaneously jumped into my mind: Can an arrow be inhabitable? Let’s find out… Continue reading
Prepare to be surprised by the following project…In Tokyo, Japan, there’s a marvelous house brilliantly erected between two existing buildings. Its unusual form results from the fully metallic facade along with the slight kink in the entrance zone, which reminds us the appearance of a conventional gate. However, what caught my eye was its unique interior… Continue reading
A house that assembles the form of a wardrobe in the unique alpine landscape…This tiny little piece of architecture almost seems to be taken from a magic fairy tale! Once again, size isn’t an obstacle to obtain the most perfect balance between client’s needs and site conditions.
In Madesimo, Italy, a micro retreat for weekends by the name of Wardrobe has an unusual constructed area of only 35 sq. m. reflecting the most suitable and discrete presence between two existent buildings. Continue reading
In Styria, Austria, a new concept of modular housing was born, aimed for a special purpose: tourism! The Hypercubus testifies the capacity of architecture to respond to various needs and possibilities. This tiny housing unit uses existing resources in its composition, and thanks to its mobile construction, the Hypercubus can be easily transported to any kind of location offering flexibility and freedom of use! However, what really blew my mind as I first saw this tiny building was its volume and shape… A twisted cube seems to be defying gravity with its strange sloped position. Continue reading
Traditional constructions have a certain charm, maybe because of the organic dimension that constantly comes with the presence of natural materials like stone or wood. La Palissa House contains that exquisite quality!
Located in Baix Emporda, Spain, an old building from the XVIth century was rehabilitated and improved with modern life comfort, resulting in a contemporary holiday home with a tempered combination between the old and the new. Continue reading
Reinventing a heritage building is always a hard challenge for architects…especially when continuity assumes the conceptual bridge between past, present and future. I’m talking about the priceless value of tradition as an element to be preserved as a vital part of a profound rehabilitation.
The Seaside Single House used to be an old agricultural warehouse in Tuscany, Italy. Its ruins gave birth to an outstanding project with only 90 sq. m. of building area. Placed at the top of a mountain, overlooking the sea and the surrounded islands, this small seaside house accomplished the most out of almost nothing! Continue reading
Once again, Japanese architects remind us how less can be definitely more! In a drastically constrained area, Life in Spiral presents an inspired concept for domestic living spaces…
An exceptional promenade staircase turns this tiny four story building (total floor area of 109 sq. m.) into an amazing trip through all spaces of a conventional housing program! A spiraling stairway captures our interest even before we enter the house: the transparent facades deliberately expose this dynamic element to the city of Tokyo! It’s almost like an urban sculpture, don’t you think? Continue reading
A small modern farmhouse rests quietly in the countryside of Iowa… This 88 sq. m. building irradiates a peaceful and serene atmosphere to the pastoral acres that surround it in all directions. Carefully positioned, the Yum Yum Farm blends modern design with a rural landscape – Quite a challenging union for such an apparent opposite elements… Continue reading