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

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

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

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

The Boathouse: Above the Lake

A house that is floating over the water – floating over the beautiful surface of a lake surrounded by peaceful, green banks – would be a retreat dream for many of us. This one, located in the UK, is one such dream holiday house. Continue reading

Beach House: a lighthouse by the lake

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to enjoy a house by the lake in an urban context? In Ljurg, The Netherlands there’s a three-story building that accomplishes such a desire! Positioned on a sandy site facing the IJ Lake, this house has a total floor area of 240sq.m. with a privileged access from the street. Continue reading

Seal Rocks House 4: surf, beach and patio house

Did you ever hear about Seal Rocks in New South Wales, Australia? It is a small coastal settlement famous for its many premier surfing beaches… A little paradise on Earth, perfect for leisure and relaxation! The project that I’m about to present is a fine example of how to synchronize architecture and nature in a very efficient way.

Seal Rocks House 4 is a holiday home with a building area of 219 sq.m. developed on a single floor. The conventional domestic program was simplified and optimized to obtain the perfect adjustment between site and construction. There’s just one bathroom, a big outdoor shower and one living space… but plenty of room on the hammock deck or on the day bed. Outdoor spaces are clearly transformed into daily living spaces… Continue reading

Villa 921: against all odds

Architecture is always related to the deep notion of shelter…Against all kinds of adversities, men created a process to erect an artificial body that could protect themselves from all kinds of menace! I’m beginning this post with a special introduction because the following project deals with a very fresh and innovative attitude against the most ancient of the threats: destructive typhoons!

Villa 921 is a concrete bungalow built on a remote Japanese island which its main purpose is related to the primary need of shelter and protection. A peculiar context always leads to unusual results! Continue reading

Yacht House: your own private marina

Described by Wallpaper as “one of 30 best young architects office in the world”, Poland-based moomoo has done it again. This time they created a unique modern home with a bold statement, for a client with a passion for motor yachts. The design doesn’t only incorporates a style that relates to the boat, but also a place to anchor the yacht within the house’s structure. Interesting, right? Continue reading


D House: straight to the top

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