Sonnenschiff… a solar village to work, rest and play!

  Australia gets more sunshine than any other country on Earth. It is, and always has been a pioneer in solar energy developments. Yet it is Germany, not Australia, that leads the world in solar energy production. Sun Ship (Sonnenschiff) and the integated Solar Village (Solarsiedlung) in the city of...

When silos meet containers!

Newtown, Johannesburg, South Africa - Citiq One doesn't need to look hard to find unused, unloved buildings in the older parts of our cities.  Warehouses have become sought after properties with their thick walls and high ceilings while other, less desirable properties are often left to slowly decay. If you've...

Redfern warehouse conversion

Redfern  Australia  -  Baker Kavanagh Architects Year built:     2010 Photography:     Brett Boardman Redfern sits right on the edge of Sydney's CBD. For most of the 20th century it was the place most Australians did not want to live. It had a fearsome reputation for drug and alcohol fuelled...

Sea Ranch Residence

Sea Ranch, California - Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Built area: 1,030 sq. ft. house, 550 sq. ft. guest house   (95 m2 + 51 m2) Year completed: 2007 Photography: David Wakely A pleasant mix of simplicity, atmosphere, timber hues and the view make this home a special place. The whole is...

Buena Vista Park Home

Buena Vista Park, San Francisco, California  - Because We Can Old homes often lose their charm through insidious modification. Little by little, change by change, each small in itself, until all the character and attributes of the original design are buried. This one time mansion had been converted to flats...

29 square metres in Moscow

Moscow, Russia - Anton Grishin Apartment:    29 m2  (312 sq. ft.) Year built:     2013 Small may be beautiful but have you ever really considered living full time in a space only marginally bigger than a hotel room? Clearly, in a space this size, storage is everything unless...

The Clock Tower Penthouse

Brooklyn, New York - Corcoran Real Estate Group Original Build:     1915 Rebuilt:     2013 Built area:     6,813 sq. ft.  (631 m2) Photography: Corcoran Real Estate Group Ever wondered what $18 million might buy? No, we haven't either but we now know. It will get you...

Koya No Sumika

Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan - mA-style Architects Built area:     77.8 sqm (840 sq. ft.) Year built:     2013 Photography:     Kai Nakamura When two adult families share a home, stresses inevitably arise. The Japanese are masters at respecting privacy. Traditional homes have - quite literally, paper-thin walls or screens called...

Live Beautifully in a Scandinavian Loft With Two Terraces

Stockholm, Sweden - Scandinavian design Minimalism, simplicity, and functionality best represent the Scandinavian design concept. Despite the clean lines and minimalist concept, the overall design evokes a fullness of life through the innovative use of space. This Scandinavian loft with two terraces would be a dream dwelling for anyone who...

Unique 500-Year-Old Cloister Conversion

Barcelona  Spain  -  MinimDesign Built area:     199 m2  (2,150 sq. ft.) Year converted:     2010 Photography: José Hevia Cloister:   "a covered walk in a convent, monastery, college, or cathedral, typically with a colonnade open to a quadrangle on one side." Evolution: 500 years a cloister, 20...

Two Families – One Patagonian Holiday Home

Rio Negro, Argentinean Patagonia  -  G2 estudio Built Area:    396 m2  (4,277 sq. ft.) Year Built:    2010 Materials:      Concrete, steel, local stone and timbers Photography:  Laila Sartoni Aptly named Ribbon House folds and bends to create a home as dramatically stimulating as the landscape within which...

Moving up in Italy

Torino Italy  -  Point Architecture Year:     2010 Most Europeans live in homes significantly smaller than those in the 'New World'. In fact, according to a BBC report (2006), the average Euro home is about half the size of their Australian or North American counterpart.  No matter how you...

La Cornette – designed multi-family vacationing

Quebec  Canada  -  YH2 Architecture  Awards:  1st Prize of jury, Prize of Excellence of Architecture Residential building category single-family type Ordre des architectes du Québec, 2011 Site area:   2000 m2  (21,500 sq. ft.) Built area:    3000 sq.ft Photography:     Francis Pelletier / Loukas Yiacouvakis Based on the philosophy that...

The Ryan Residence

King Scrub (near Brisbane) Australia  WD architects Cooran Queensland In the words of architect, Andrew Webb: The Ryan residence pushes the boundaries of sustainable design while being an inspiring, comfortable and innately functional place for the family to live together and grow. The house is highly energy-efficient and employs a range...