small glass and stone home extension

SPE House

The SPE House is a project about landscape, and about re-establishing the direct connection between an existing French villa and the beauty that surrounds it. Designed by Ellena Mehl Architects, the home features a linear glass addition that reaches from the stone and Terracotta facade of the existing structure to open new lines to gardens, courtyards, and the serene natural splendor of the French countryside. It is a focused work of architectural surgery, cutting only where necessary to reinforce everything great about the original work. Continue reading

Modern courtyard house design

Avocado Acres House

The Avocado Acres House by Lloyd Russell Architects is a modern homage to the case study houses of the 50s and 60s that put Los Angeles on the architectural map. It is defined by a long rectangular interior and a single shed roof, made visually interesting by a large u-shaped void strategically removed from this primary form. The home is programmatically simple, and relies on a richness of light, space, and materiality to produce a worthy contemporary take on the early modern classics. Continue reading

Buddhist shrine design

Waterside Buddhist Shrine

Worship spaces represent a very sacred genre of architecture. The designer is tasked with not only creating an aesthetically and acoustically beautiful object, but there must be something about the resulting spaces that is somehow elevated above human cognition. This is no easy task, but one handled with an expert sense of solemn isolation in the Waterside Buddhist Shrine. ARCHSTUDIO designed the structure to exemplify the tenets of Buddhist worship, focusing primarily on the unspoken connection between man and nature. Continue reading

Modern Extension For A Victorian Cottage

Shadow Cottage Daylesford

This residential addition is named for the way in which it is revealed from the shadows of the existing structure. With regards to materiality, form, and functional space, the design accomplishes just that. The team at MRTN Architects were tasked with retaining the character and charm of an old Victorian, which before undergoing this contemporary renovation was considered for a quick trip to the landfill. But, the designers and clients thought better, deciding rather to celebrate the beauty of the existing home, and adding a sensible bit of space that acts to pay homage to the history of the site. Continue reading

small sustainable house design as 1000x667 - Up-Cycle House

Up-Cycle House

The Up-Cycle House follows a very simple, but strict ethos of ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,’ resulting in a closed-loop reinvention of an existing small family home that is architecturally beautiful and environmentally responsible. Where the home did need fixing, architect Alexander Symes did so emphatically, but with recycled materials that adhered to the zero-waste nature of the project, always being sure to enhance the natural aesthetic of things that already exist as they don in the environment. Continue reading

Modern Family Home With Open Space Design

1st Avenue Residence

Stuck firmly within the urban fabric of bustling Montreal is this contemporary work from Architecture Microclimat. It challenges the traditional residential street front that is mostly comprised of gabled roofs, cracking lap siding and once tidy picket fences. There’s nothing conventional about the 1st Avenue Residence, as it’s monolithic geometric facades and deep set insertions are poised to reinvent the cityscape and infuse modern inspiration into the directly surrounding areas. Continue reading

Luxury Summer House Design

Infinity House

Parts of Norway are among the most remote, naturally stunning locations on the planet. The Infinity House by Vladimir Konovalov Architecture takes full advantage of one such place, planting an isolated modern cabin in a place most humans wouldn’t have the fortitude to dare reach. The house is unique not only it where it exists, but in how it is expressed from a material, spatial, and architectural standpoint. Continue reading

Small House All In White Mediterranean Style

Quiet House

The Quiet House by ARTELANO is all about context. It’s stark white stucco siding is set plainly against the rustic French countryside in which it resides – choosing to be an undefined architectural object within a historic setting that is as stunning as it is unusual. It is mostly introverted, only peaking out around the corner to appreciate the view, and creates a staggering sense of isolation that allows visitors to view its interior beauty in a self-contained vacuum. This removal of context is what makes entering and leaving this small home such an abrupt and disorienting experience. Continue reading

Small Prefab Cabin Made Out Of Cardboard!

Wikkelhouse

The WikkelHouse manages to look at structure, design, and architecture from an unworldly angle, using methods and materials that fly in the face of what we know about how to build of a house. Designed by the good people at Fiction Factory, the prefabricated WikkelHouse is built almost entirely from corrugated cardboard, and offers an approach to sustainability that makes even the most eco-friendly of structures look like a coal factory. Continue reading

Modern Infill House Design Four Storey Duplex

Double Duplex

With real estate prices on the rise in most major metropolitan areas around the world, developers, architects, and designers are teaming up to think up new and interesting ways to promote increased density. The Double Duplex by Batay-Csorba Architects is one such project, investigating a more appropriate allocation of valuable land and making an emphatic architectural statement in the process. Continue reading