A Lake Cottage in Bolsover, Ontario, Canada by UUfie / photographed by Naho Kubota.
Words from the architects:
Lake Cottage is a reinterpretation of living in a tree house where nature is an integral part of the building. In a forest of birch and spruce trees along the Kawartha Lakes, the cottage is designed as a two storey, multi-uses space for a large family. The structure, composed of a 7m high A-frame pitch roof covered in black steel and charred cedar siding. A deep cut in the building volume creates a cantilever overhang for a protected outdoor terrace with mirrors to further give the illusion of the building containing the forest inside.
Fourteen openings in the main living space reveal both inhabited spaces, skies and trees. The abstract nature of the interior spaces allows the imagination to flow, and those spaces that could be identified as a domestic interior can suddenly become play spaces. A solid timber staircase leads to a loft which gives the feeling of ascending into tree canopies as sunlight softy falls on a wall covered in shingles stained in light blue.
Using local materials and traditional construction methods, the cottage incorporated sustainable principles. The black wood cladding of the exterior is a technique of charring cedar that acts as a natural agent against termite and fire. Thick walls and roof provide high insulation value, a central wood hearth provides heat, deep recessed windows and operable skylights provide ventilation and diffused natural light.
The amazing ‘Factory’, Sant Just Desvern, Spain by architect Ricardo Bofill.
In 1973 Ricardo Bofill found a disused cement factory, an industrial complex from the turn of the century consisting of over 30 silos, subterranean galleries and huge machine rooms, and he decided to transform it into the head office of Taller de Arquitectura. Remodelling work lasted two years. The factory, abandoned and partially in ruins, was a compendium of surrealist elements: stairs that climbed up to nowhere, mighty reinforced concrete structures that sustained nothing, pieces of iron hanging in the air, huge empty spaces filled nonetheless with magic.
A wonderful example of beautiful simplicity – a corrugated aluminum ‘house for mother’ in Sweden, designed by förstberg arkitektur och formgivning (FAF)
‘House for mother’ by förstberg arkitektur och formgivning (FAF), is located in linköping, sweden, and is part of the linköpingsbo 2017 housing exhibition. the dwelling is divided into two parallel volumes slightly shifted from each other, thus creating spaces both in front of and behind the building. oriented to a park in the north, and an alley in the south, the two adjacent gables emphasize the overall theme for the area in general: narrow plots and a variation of housing types. the first form contains the kitchen, dining room and living room, with the bathroom and laundry room housed in a smaller cabin within the structure. the second volume, partly in two levels with a less inclined roof, accommodates the bedrooms and a small studio. the façades and roof are covered with raw, corrugated aluminum in juxtaposition to the warm interior with an exposed timber structure and walls lined with plywood. the polished concrete flooring folds up along the perimeter of the building and transforms into a bench and shelf. (Text via designboom.com / all images courtesy of förstberg arkitektur och formgivning (FAF)
Ausbau Apartment Wiesbaden is a minimalist house located in Wiesbaden, Germany, designed by Studio Oink. A small apartment in a popular area in Wiesbaden, familiarly, quiet and bright, these were some wishes of the flat owners. The designers created a light atmosphere with a touch of nature by using natural materials and old furniture.
They painted the walls in “grey” and “patina” to make it more open and roomy. They also exposed the original wood flooring and placed ceramic tiles with a special finish on the kitchen wall. Most furniture is tailor-made for each room, so that the owner would have plenty of storage for the small apartment.
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‘House N’ in Chiba, Japan designed by Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects and photographed by Fumihiko Ikemoto / Hiroyuki Shinozaki and Sota Matsuura – have created a house that encapsulates a young family’s vision for both their present and their future. With its simple and perfect design, the building provides a subtle and comforting atmosphere. Clean not sterile, calm not cold, this home is a breath of fresh air, designed to be a living symbol of a family’s life by utilizing its large roof and structure where shape, symmetry and quality materials take centre stage.
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Barcode Room by ‘studio 01’ – Alex Knezo and Akinori Hamada who designed a studio apartment made for a single resident and allows itself to be transformed into a space where one can live and friends can gather. Furniture-walls move freely from side to side on a track. storage is embedded within these bars, permitting the resident to customize the size of space to fit a variety of uses. (via designboom)
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The Treehouse at Loch Goil, Scotland, as part of the 5-star hotel and popular wedding location ‘The Lodge’ / photographed by Craig & Eva Sanders
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In one of Tokyo’s densest neighborhoods Ryue Nishizawa has built House & Garden, a four-story study-residence for two writer-editors. The intention of the architect – Kazuyo Sejima’s partner in SANAA – was to come up with a transparent and totally permeable building. Rooms are joined with gardens, blurring the lines between interior and exterior, and spaces are fragmented. Climate comfort is achieved through fine glass walls placed at strategic places and with rails and curtains organizing everyday life. In an urban environment where lighting conditions are not ideal, the building seeks to bring in as much sunlight as possible by interspersing gardens with roofs on all floors, and creates a plant screen that protects the privacy of the inhabitants while allowing in daylight. / photographed by Iwaan Baan
Modern Townhouse in Gelukstraat, Ghent, Belgium by Dierendonck Blancke Architecten. Designed as a small 89 sqm house extension on this very small plot in the centre of city, the architects came up with a very simple yet innovative design solution, featuring an only 2mm thick black PVC-film as outer cladding. / photographed by Filip Dujardin
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Hawthbush Farm, Sussex Downs, England designed by Mole Architects
“In the place of an existing 1970s extension to the original 17th-century farmhouse, Mole Architects designed a new brick and steel structure that looks a little less jarring and out of place. Opting for a middle ground between ultra-modern radical and outdated rural pastiche, the new extension appears edgy and updated, while remaining sympathetic to the integrity of the old farmhouse. By combing natural materials like wood and copper with a barrel vaulted room featuring spectacular views of the landscape, this new extension brings new meaning to country-chic.”
(text via architizer) / photographs by David Butler
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‘Lens House’ a modern 70 sqm office extension to an existing 400 sqm nineteenth century house in Islington, London by Alison Brooks Architects / photographed by Paul Riddle.
Villa Extramuros in Arraiolos, Portugal by Vora Arquitectura / photographed by Alexandre Gempeler and Adrià Goula . read more at archdaily
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‘House SK’ – A couple of first concept / draft design images of our very first commission project for a weekend / holiday house for a small family in the Greek countryside. More to come soon!
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Walstrom House, near the Santa Monica mountains just outside of Los Angeles, designed in 1969 by Californian architect John Lautner. / photographs by Jon Buono
Beautiful photograph of a romantic, rustic weekend cottage and garden placed right on a canal in Bruges, Belgium / photographed by Imogen Cunliffe
Beautiful modern swedish town house in Landskrona, Sweden by architecture office Elding Oscarson
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The Timmelsjoch Experience Pass Museum, Brenner Pass, Italy by architect Werner Tscholl / photographed by Alexa Rainer
The Hunt House, on Fire Island, by architect Andrew Geller / photograph by Nina Leen
Skylight House, by Chenchow Little Architects, Australia
We would like to live there…
House in Koamicho, Japan by Suppose Design Office