Green Orchard

The pursuit of something dramatically different may have led Paul Archer Design down the path towards what is now a very unique example of a net-zero English home. Just outside Bristol, on a tranquil wooded home site, sits a house that is as drastically different from its landscape as it is from its traditional countryside counterparts. Continue reading

Longley House

The Longley House, by Room 11, takes mountainside living and turns it on its edge – literally. This house, located in the Lower Longley area of Tasmania, Australia, is a true testament to stark contrasts. Continue reading

Cascading Creek House

The folks at Bercy Chen Studio LP bring to Austin, Texas the Cascading Creek House; a tour de force of technological marvel all wrapped up in a modern and un-imposing package. The 12,000 square foot size of the home seems to melt away into the hillside, due mostly in part to its low roofline and use of separate wings that branch out towards the horizon. Built with the surrounding landscape in mind, each of these wings has a limestone wall running down the centerline – acting as a sort of “spine” that helps to define the living and public spaces. Continue reading

The Nashville Residence

The Nashville Residence, by Bonadies Architects, perfectly embodies traditional farmhouse style with modern, luxurious living. Located in Nashville, Tennessee, this sprawling estate actually sits perched atop a Civil War Battle Site – a land that has well withstood the test of time. The home is both a renovation and expansion, and it perfectly manages to capture the traditional elements commonly found throughout the region. Continue reading

Lausanne House

Color blocking a bungalow transition accentuates the cubic forms. Hatem+D designed this transformation in Quebec City. To satisfy their clients’ current needs of more space, modern amenities, and enjoyment of their expansive wooded lot, the architects went both up and out. Continue reading

The Barcelona Residence

Nestled amongst the densely packed urban landscape of Barcelona, lies a unique residence by none other than Barcelona’s own – Mateo Arquitectura. What makes this home stand out becomes apparent from the first glimpse of the facade. Continue reading

Sorel Residence

Driving through surburbia searching for something that stands out from the crowd can often be an exercise in futility. However, when one passes by the Sorel Residence by Naturehumaine, neighborhood monotony quickly becomes a thing of the past. Who would have thought that by offsetting two rectangular floor spaces and draping them in a gabled roof something so unique would result within the town of Sorel, Quebec. Continue reading

Old Country Mansion

Many of us who may dream of restoring a home within the Mediterranean countryside would have simply turned our noses up at the site of an age-old foundation and retaining wall. However, Josep Lluís Mateo of Mateo Arquitectura dove head-on into the reconstruction of this Old Country Mansion in La Garrotxa, Girona. The Barcelona-based firm realized early on that this foundation was more than just lost ruins; it was a perfect canvas upon which to create a true work of art. Continue reading

Buddy’s House

Simple forms become complex jewels when artfully defined by materials. This modern sleek home, designed by Sergey Makhno architectural workshop, is rich in contrast and light. The larger upper floor, wrapped in ebony steel and black brick, overhangs the lower level walls of natural concrete. A two-story rectangle is framed again in steel, pierced with sheets of glass, and its end walls wear sliced rounds of oak. The wood is a natural unifying element that bridges the highly contrasting hues of brick, steel, concrete, and glass. A separate building with faces of brick, concrete, and timber rings is centered within two steel roofed open areas. One acts as a carport and the opposite an outside living place. Continue reading

Doboz Bar Budapest

Enveloped by the World Heritage site of the old Jewish Quarter in Budapest is an exciting new bar. Now the entertainment district of this historic site, the Doboz (meaning “box”) bar is a purely modern intervention on the exterior. The design by 81font architects projects up through the enclosed courtyard of the eclectic 1880s stone facades of the former residential buildings. With a storied history as a hospital during World War II and the home of a rabbi and his seven daughters most recently, the buildings lay abandoned and neglected during the late 1900s. Continue reading