The Cabin

Czech Republic – Jan Tyrpekl Area:     12.5 m2 Year Built:     2016 Photographs:    Antonín Matějovský The Cabin is a rather unique shelter. It’s actually a timber refuge that sits on top of a concrete bunker. The bunker is a World War II relic – a defensive outpost of some sort. Today, it serves as […]

Tess + JJ’s House

South Yarra, Australia – po-co Architecture Area:     117.0 m2 Year Built:     2016 Photographs:     Tatjana Plitt Building Tess+JJ’s House presented several challenges. The site was compact and old and should fit a family of four. There should also be very minimal neighbourhood disturbance. Pulling this off was quite a feat for the architects. The […]

House with Gable

Roßleithen, Austria – mia2/Architektur Area:     156.0 m2 Year Built:     2017 Photographs:    Kurt Hörbst House with Gable is a simple, uncluttered retreat in a sloping site in the Austrian mountains. It was designed to let the structure blend well with the surrounding landscape. In essence, the house brings the outside vista indoors. Glass, timber, and […]

The Family Bach

Hanmer Springs, New Zealand – Cymon Allfrey Architects Area:     126.0 m2 Year Built:     2017 Photographs:     Stephen Goodenough The Family Bach is an interesting piece of architecture nestled in the lush New Zealand landscape. It is composed of several structures built around a shared outdoor space. The vibe is rustic contemporary, laid-back yet modern. […]

House on the Mist

La Calera, Colombia – Alfonso Arango Area:     24.0 m2 Year Built:     2018 House on the Mist is a small weekend retreat with stunning views of the Andes mountains. It’s simple in structure – compact but not stuffy. It offers just the right amount of space for comfortable living. It has a bathroom, kitchen, and […]

Upper Jeptha Lake Retreat

Grand Junction, United States – Wheeler Kearns Architects Area:     89.1 m2 Year Built:     2015 Photographs:     Tom Harris Upper Jeptha Lake Retreat is a small, unassuming structure in rural Michigan. It sits near a lake as the latest addition in a family compound. Although small in size, the structure does pack a punch with […]

Villa G

Sweden – André Pihl Area:     143.0 m2 Year Built:     2017 Villa G occupies a wooded plot of land near the shores of an island. It was specifically designed to take advantage of the views of the sea. The home is a replacement to an old summer house that was built in the 60s. Three […]

Harfagar House

Matanzas, Chile – WMR Arquitectos Area:     140.0 m2 Year Built:     2014 Photographs:     Sergio Pirrone Timber and metal frame work together to create Harfagar House, a contemporary home in Matanzas, Chile. It is a cantilevered house that sits on an elevated lot. Taking advantage of the topography, the house was designed to capture the stunning […]

Effegi House

Trequanda, Italy – Archiplanstudio Area:     35.0 m2 Year Built:     2018 Photographs:     Davide Galli Effegi House is a rustic-themed home with modern fixtures. Because it is located in a traditional Tuscan village, the design was traditional, too. The homeowners wanted to give the place an upgrade and were very specific with what they wanted. They asked […]

DWC House

Tucson, United States – Rob Paulus Architects Area:     170.6 m2 Year Built:     2015 Photographs:     Liam Frederick Building DWC House was challenging for the architects. They were working on a tight budget, with a rather unusual program, on a tricky site. The client did not have any preconceived notion regarding the design. However, there’s […]

Arturo House

Mar del Plata, Argentina – Moirë arquitectos Built Area:     200.0 m2 Year Built:     2017 Photographs:    Ramiro Sosa Arturo House is designed for a young family from Argentina. The brief called for a home that is both open and private. To be specific, they wanted their very own retreat that is closely connected to […]

Little House

Seabeck, United States – mw|works architecture+design Project Year:  2015 Area:  105.9 m2 Photographers:  Andrew Pogue Little House is a compact and modern cabin located inside a Washington forest. The architects wanted something efficient, easy, and uncomplicated. The result is this small structure clad in blackened cement and black cedar. The two-story cabin has light and […]

Casa el Vigilante

Zapallar, Chile – RUIZSolar Arquitectos Project Year:  2015 Area:  100.0 m2 Photographers:  Pablo Casals Aguirre Case el Vigilante was designed as a shelter and as an observation point. It overlooks the South American landscape. The house features a lounge and kitchen on the first level. Upstairs are two bedrooms and a restroom. The lower level […]

Urban Treehouse

Berlin, Germany – baumraum Project Year:  2014 Area:  34.0 m2 Photographers:  Laura Fiorio The Urban Treehouses, considered to be “unusual dwellings,” are found inside a large garden. They do not sit on a tree; rather, their shapes resemble that of a tree. It is four meters in height and has everything one would need to […]

Slash House

Asia, Peru – Conrad San Roman Flores Project Year:  2016 Area:  203.0 m2 Photographers:  Renzo Rebagliati Slash House stands in a community made up of beach houses. With an elongated plot of land, the architects had to work with a challenge. The brief was to maximize space, to put in as many rooms as possible. […]

Quiet House

Saint-André-de-Sangonis, France – ARTELABO Architecture Project Year:  2015 Area:  80.0 m2 Photographers:  Marie-Caroline Lucat Quiet House is an intimate, introverted house with stunning views of a vineyard and a valley. It has four recurring volumes. These volumes were arranged in a way that it created four courtyards in a compact space. With its back to […]

Shatura House

Shatura, Russia- Le Atelier Project Year:  2016 Area:  219.0 m2   Shatura House is located in area densely populated with private houses. The neighbourhood is composed of an eclectic mix of house designs. It’s basically “anything goes,” – from huge brick castles to DIY home projects. The challenge for the architects is on how to […]

Two Wooden Towers

Pörtschach am Wörthersee, Austria – Sonja Hohengasser & Juergen Wirnsberger Project Year:  2016 Area:  172.0 m2   Two Wooden Towers is a semi-detached home that is quite unique in form and structure. Instead of a monolithic building, it’s divided into two separate volumes, creating a space in between. The towers are actually part of a […]

House T

Gamlitz, Austria – Atelier Ulrike Tinnacher Project Year:  2015 Area:  170.0 m2 Photographers:  Simon Oberhofer House T sits in the expansive, rolling landscape of a peaceful Austrian vineyard. It is found on top of a hill, blending naturally with its surroundings. It’s where an old vintner’s house used to be. After being remodelled in 2015, […]

The Maintenance-Free House

Nyborg, Denmark – Arkitema Architects Project Year:  2013 Area:  156.0 m2 Photographers:  Jesper Ray, Helene Høyer Mikkelsen The Maintenance-Free House teaches us not to judge the book by its cover. This simple wooden structure was built to last for 150 years. Basically low-fuss and hassle-free, it requires no servicing during its first 50 years. Yes, […]

Weekend House Wachtebeke

Wachtebeke, Belgium – GAFPA Project Year:  2014 Area:  130.0 m2   The homeowners wanted a peaceful, relaxing hideaway. They wanted a place to stay to unwind from their busy city life. Weekend House Wachtebeke is situated in the middle of a meadow, meant as a private dwelling. To emphasize privacy, the house is oriented with […]

Retreat House

Michigan, United States –  John DeSalvo Design Built area:    130.0 m2 Year built:    2010 Photographs: David Robert Elliot Retreat House is a compact beach home that was built near Lake Michigan. It serves as a sanctuary for a busy doctor and her husband who live fast-paced lives. The couple wanted a hideaway where they can relax, […]

The Aluminum Cabin

Norway – JVA Built Area:     90.0 m2 Year Built:     2013 Photographs:     Nils Petter Dale The Aluminum Cabin is a seaside retreat that overlooks the sea. It stands on a stone cliff and features atypical design ideas. The most notable characteristic is that its façade is made out of seawater-resistant aluminium. As […]

Pigeon Loft

Zapallar, Zapallar, Valparaíso Region, Chile – Schmidt Arquitectos Asociados Built Area:     90.0 m2 Year Built:     2014 Photographs:     Pia Melero Pigeon Loft is a small house sitting on top of a wooded section of a forest. A unique feature of the house comes from its materiality. Majority of the house was made […]