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Water Villa: a floating barcode


In Europe, some of the finest houseboat designs can be seen along the canals of the beautiful city of Amsterdam. Water Villa testifies a contemporary approach to this type of floating architecture. This three-story houseboat has 250sqm of constructed area and is moored on a canal in the south west of the city. The most distinctive detail of Water Villa relies on its timber cladding that resembles a barcode composition: wooden vertical stripes hide and expose the interior spaces creating a dynamic facade that changes its appearance by night. Continue reading

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Torquay House: on the beach


Torquay is a township in Victoria, Australia – as it is famous for its surf beaches, it becomes quite clear that we are talking about one of the most perfect spots in the world to have a beach house… Torquay House reflects this outstanding environment for both surf and beach lovers. Continue reading

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House W: home, by the sea


House W answers a very challenging issue: the creation of a weekend home on a site stuck between a driveway and a cliff where a small beach can be found below. Also windy coastal towns like Huentelauqueen, Chile present a serious challenge to those who are looking to live near the sea…The solution to this one was based on a pragmatic concept: the patio-house typology. Continue reading

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AIBS House: a secret swimming pool above the Atlantic Ocean


AIBS House is located at an altitude of 159 meters, where an impressive sight of the infinite Atlantic Ocean is waiting to be appreciated. We’re talking about a two-story building with a total floor area of 400sqm carefully conceived to blend in the rocky topography of the sloped Spanish shore. Continue reading

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House at Goleen: enjoy the silence


On the south coast of Ireland, where geological values are predominant and characteristic, a special house extension makes the best of its surrounding nature. House at Goleen is composed of four mono-pitched extensions to an existent rural house with total of 300sqm of constructed area. Continue reading

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Tower Studio: an outstanding landmark


This amazing structure looks more like a imaginary sculpture, than a building. It’s situated in Newfoundland’ Shoal Bay, serving as one of the six artist studios designed for the Fogo Island Arts Corporation. The 50 sq. meter, twisted body of this tower is undoubtedly the most outstanding landmark of the region, as its silhouette beautifully dominates over the landscape, attracting attention to this art object. Continue reading

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Onjuku Surf Shack: there’s a black house over yonder

A weekend house by the sea – who wouldn’t love to have one? In Chiba, Japan there’s a black building called Onjuku Surf Shack made for a Tokyo-based couple that wanted a second home near the Pacific ocean. Continue reading

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Connemara Cottages: Restored & United


The Atlantic Coast of Ireland, the location of Connemara, the relics of two ancient cottages.. Sounds inspiring, doesn’t it? What remained from the original cottages were the basements and the lower parts of the walls. The architects restored the structure, using the same local material – the big-scaled stone which offers the variety of natural hues from greenish and gray through white and beige… Continue reading

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Summerhouse Lagno: Keeping It Simple


Simple geometrical forms are precious in the hands of skillful architects; simple forms present the ultimate beauty if treated right. As a proof, I’d like to share this next project with you. The Summerhouse Lagno is a private residence, situated on the edge of the forest and the coast line of Stockholm’s Archipelago. Continue reading

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VNC House: following the slope of the land


There are about 70 beaches on Milos, a volcanic Greek island in the Aegean Sea. Known for its natural beauty, this exceptional piece of land has now a new enhancing feature: VNC House. Designed as a holiday home, VNC House nestles into the landscape on the south coast of the island beside a new orchard of olive trees and a stone guesthouse. Continue reading