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Villa 921: against all odds

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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

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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

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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

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Ranco House: between architecture and nature


A house on a mountain, placed between mineral sculptures and native trees, and the best of all: its shape results from an outstanding sensibility towards Mother Nature! The Ranco House is a respectable sized two-story building with 600 sq. m. of constructed area… yet no rocks or trees were damaged in its construction process! Amazing, don´t you agree? Let me explain how a massive volume like this one reaches such an apparent impossible outcome. Continue reading

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Shoal Bay House: two pavilions + island = a home


Hawke’s Bay is located on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island. Surrounded by one of the most amazing landscapes of the planet, this unique region is recognized not only for its natural attributes but also for its award-winning wines.

The Shoal Bay House is a living part of this incredible equation! To achieve such a rare condition an important path was taken to obtain a major goal: respect the rural ancient architecture from the early 1900’s. Then a second step was brilliantly accomplished: becoming acquainted with the whole history of the site and study wood (native raw material used for construction) as a traditional, as well as a modern, building material. Continue reading

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Seaside Single House: the priceless value of tradition


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

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Island Retreat: camping re-interpreted


In Waiheke island, New Zealand, a modern re-interpretation of the ancient tent provides the most amazing place for contemplating nature…Like our ancestors nomad shelters, this beautiful coastal home, by the name of Island Retreat, captures the essence of a small camp. Continue reading

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Summer Retreat: a modern coastal cabin


Soft, smooth and tender…These are qualities that architecture should always embrace to achieve the most suitable atmosphere for its dwellers. And wood seems to always assume a privileged role in this equation.

In Fuglevik, Norway, a modern summer retreat reminds us how the ingenious use of organic materials always lead to the conquest of such noble qualities… A small wooden volume with 130 sq. m. of living space establishes a symbiotic connection with its environment: from the concept to its conception! Just follow these simple coordinates: ocean, trees and wooden planks. Continue reading

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CZ house: A prefab surrounded by sheep

In Pico Island, Portugal, there’s a modern prefab home that shares its surroundings with special creatures: sheep! Yes… a rural scenario in this amazing land, placed in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, is now richer by the presence of a fine example of contemporary prefabricated architecture! Continue reading

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Recreational Island House: Exquisite Tranquility


This holiday home in Breukelen, the Netherlands, has nothing superfluous in it. The modern shell with two glass walls as gable facades, located on the deck at the edge of the water, will satisfy the demands of the most sophisticated and tried retreat-seekers.

226 sq. ft. of protected, yet open space of the cabin offers high comfort and the feeling of being alone with nature. Thus, the eternal choice “fashionable living conditions versus closeness to nature” is really not relevant here: you’ve got both! Continue reading