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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rock House: A Luxurious Shelter Among the stones

This amazing coastal summer house is situated on a rocky seashore in Vestfold, Norway, and its walls seem to organically grow out of the rocks. The 3,229 sq. ft. house partly stands on the walls of an old building, with a layout stretched parallel to the coastline.

The design concept of this building is definitely not unity. Although the house is very harmonious, it is perceived rather as a row of spaces, than as a solid building. Such a concept makes the spaces – both inside and out – more vivid, structural, and unexpected… I love it! Continue reading

Villa by the Ocean: Remote Resort

Today I invite you to Europe’s Atlantic coast. Imagine infinite, deserted sea beaches, peaceful and unpopulated landscapes. And a modern seaside villa, situated just at the foot of the ocean waves.

The more exact location is Stavanger, Norway. The building volumes of this 2,798 sq. ft. villa are perfectly blended with their surroundings. The house consists of three one-story, flat-roof volumes. Naturally, the coastline has an inclination towards the ocean and this slight slope is used in order to dissolve the building in the environment. Continue reading

Prefab Home in Cap Ferret: living among pine trees

Let me tell you about a steel prefab home in Cap Ferret, France… This contemporary coastal home sits on one of the last remaining non-built sites at the shoreline of Arcachon Bay, where an irregular soil of sand dune is covered with vegetation and 46 tall pine trees that descend towards the beach…

By utilizing a prefabricated structure the architects obtained fine results such as avoiding site destruction and also the waste of time related to traditional construction methods. Now tell me, how does a 180 sq. m. building area not disturb one single tree or vegetation? Continue reading