The Ryan Residence

Rammed earth meets straw bale

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 of innovative sustainable materials, fixtures […]

A French Resurrection

A French Resurrection

London, England – Blee Halligan Architects Photography: Sarah Blee In 1981, Londoners Anthony and Gillian Blee purchased the ultimate fixer-upper. The property in southwestern France was idyllic, but its old mill, built in 1822, and three flanking outbuildings had fallen into terrible disrepair. “We really wanted to capture the ruinous quality of this old building […]

The Green School of Bali

The Green School of Bali

Bali, Indonesia – John and Cynthia Hardy Builders: PT Bambu Rainforests continue to disappear at an alarming rate.  Environmentalists and designers, John and Cynthia Hardy have experienced the loss and degradation first hand in their adopted home, Bali.  The Hardys wanted to motivate communities to live sustainably, thereby protecting those forests. Building sustainably with bamboo is a key part […]

The Green Village

Being connected with nature

Bali, Indonesia – PT Bambu Built area: 18,700 m2 (201,285 sq. ft) Year built: 2010 Photography: Courtesy of Bambu Indah Collection The infinite joy of bamboo Some time back we showed you the magnificent Green School of Bali.  Using totally sustainable materials and practices, Elora Hardy and her team built, what must surely be, every child’s […]

Garage Transformation

Garage Transformation

Washington, United States – Michelle de la Vega Built area: 23 m2 (250 sq. ft.) Photography: Ira Lippke Michelle de la Vega is a visual artist, designer, welder.  Here is her conversion of an old, disused garage into a 23 m2 (250 sq ft) mini-home. The roof was raised 1.2 metres (4ft) to accommodate a lofty sleeping area and a […]

Tiny Beach House on Rails

Tiny Beach House on Rails - Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand

Coromandel Peninsula New Zealand  –  Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects Year Built:    2011 Photography:   Jackie Meiring Update:  Best Exterior Innovation at the 2012 NZ Timber Design Awards. This beach front property is in a coastal erosion zone. Building approval is withheld unless the home is relocatable. The owners, architects and builders of this home took […]

We found your beach shack!

We found your beach shack!

This is relaxed living at its absolute best.  It’s green, clean and anything but mean.  And it’s affordable as long as you’re happy to move to Costa Rica.  We’re thinking about it ;-} Click on any image to start the lightbox display.  Use your Esc key to close the lightbox.  You can also view the […]

Under the Moonlight House

A four season retreat...

Mt. Hotham Victoria Australia – Giovanni D’Ambrosio Australia doesn’t have many areas where it snows and even then, it doesn’t stick around for long!  (Australia’s highest mountain, Mt. Kosciuszko, is only 2,228 metres (7,310 ft) above sea level.)  A very good season in our ski fields is about 10 weeks.  If you build an alpine cabin […]

The Safe House

The Safe House

Near Warsaw, Poland  –  KWK PROMES Lot size:     2,500 m2 (27,000 sq. ft.) Built area:   566 m2  (6,112 sq. ft.) Worried about security?  Here’s your solution…The ‘Safe House’ was designed by Polish architect, Robert Konieczny. It’s a massive concrete cube with moveable walls! The house was a shortlisted entry for the 2009 […]

London’s Rainbow House

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Portobello Road  London  –  AB Rogers Design and DA.Studio Year built:     2010 / 2011 Built area:     316m2  (3,396 sq. ft.) Portobello Road may be famous, but it’s also very busy. This amazing home was designed and built to create a magical escape from the external world. The house is pure art and purer […]

The Nautilus House

The Nautilus House

Mexico City  –  Javier Senosiain / Arquitectura Organica   This is one of the world’s truly amazing homes!  The Nautilus House was built for a couple with two young children who wanted to feel more at one with nature.  Senosiain practices what he describes as bioarchitecture to help clients ‘find a natural space’. Probably best […]

The Lilypad House

The Lilypad House

Sydney  Australia – Jorge Hrdina Architects Year built:     2010 Photography:    Brett Boardman The appropriately named Lilypad House is the work of Australian studio Jorge Hrdina Architects. The design objective had two primary purposes in mind – total wheelchair accessibility and to provide the owners with a “sanctuary from typical suburban consolidation”. The twin […]

The Klein Bottle House

The Klein Bottle House

Mornington Peninsula, Australia – McBride Charles Ryan Built area: 258 m2 (2,777 sq. ft.) Year built: 2008 Photography: John Gollings No – this is not a bottle house. A “Klein Bottle” is a shape with no discernible inner or outer surfaces. The multi-award winning Klein Bottle House, designed by Melbourne architects, McBride Charles Ryan applies the […]

The Hobbit House

The Hobbit House

Wales – Simon Dale What do you get when you cross a minimum budget with a maximum concern for the environment – a low impact woodland home. Using almost entirely recycled materials, or resources already on site, Simon Dale and Jasmine Saville built their hobbit home in only 4 months and on a $3000 budget […]

The Hemloft

The Hemloft

Whistler British Columbia – Joel Allen Gone forever now, but what an interesting story this is! Built on public land, this home lead the owner (borrower of public space?) to a new beginning. Built from materials sourced free on Craigslist, it’s proof of human resourcefulness. “Like so many wonderful accomplishments, the HemLoft sprang from broken […]

The Cloud House

The Cloud House

Melbourne Australia   –  McBride Charles Ryan Take a much renovated, century old house in a great location, add in a young, new family with very different needs and you get The Cloud House. When you view the modest façade of this home, it is impossible to imagine the extent of the changes and additions behind the door. […]

The Fennel House

The Fennel Residence - Portland , Oregon

Portland , Oregon  –  Robert Harvey Oshatz Designed:    2001 Completed: 2005 Photography: Cameron Neilson We have a strong bias toward this architect and have featured a few of his homes here and elsewhere.  His designs are very organic and he pays tribute to Frank Lloyd Wright as a foundation to his skills.  On his site, Oshatz writes: […]

A Log Cabin on Wheels…

A Mobile Log Cabin

Hans Liberg Music Studio Holland – 2010   Photography by Thomas Mayer Don’t like the view?  Move… this amazing log studio is on wheels!  Further proof of the beauty of small buildings.  Designed by Dutch designer, Piet Hein Eek, this music room/studio is built on a wheeled chassis for easy transportation.  Look closely and you’ll notice […]

Lalaland

Lalaland

Canggu, Bali – Valentina Audrito Built area:      560 m2 (6,027 sq. ft.) Photography:  Moch Sulthonn Lalaland is the affectionately named home of architect Valentina Audrito of design practice “Word of Mouth”. The home is an amalgamation of three separate buildings that have been refurbished to the architects own eclectic tastes. Lalaland is considered […]

Looking inward with Japanese courtyard architecture – Small Homes

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If someone asked you to visualize a Japanese home, you’d probably think timber and Zen gardens courtyards. They exist, but population pressures and the growth of mega-cities has put such homes way beyond the reach of most people. Over the next couple of days we’ll show you the modern version of the classic inward focused […]

Camp Treehouse

Camp Treehouse - Camp Wandawega

Elkhorn, Wisconsin – Camp Wandawega There is a lovely story behind this unique house. When the property was first purchased by a couple, her father hung a swing in the branches of this tree to “christen” it. Shortly after this, her father passed away, and the tree contracted a disease. Rather than cut it down […]

Adelaide’s 1880’s Renovation

Himeji Gardens Adelaide

What happens when you fall in love with a tiny Victorian era home and then outgrow it? You’re loathe to move because you love the convenience of city living. That was the dilemma facing this North Adelaide couple. The suburb is a stroll from the city centre yet is surrounded by vibrant parklands. Restaurants abound […]

CrossBox

CrossBox

Rennes, France  –  CG ARCHITECTES Built Area:   104 m2  (1,123 sq. ft.) + decks and carport Year Built:     2011 Take 4 x 40ft containers, strict French building codes, a heavy dose of imagination and a willing client.  Now mix them together and the result is the CrossBox. We don’t have any costs on […]

The Containers of Hope

Container of Hope

San Jose  Costa Rica  –  Ben Garcia Saxe Such a meaningful name!  The architect’s notes tell this story far better than we ever could: “Gabriela Calvo and Marco Peralta dreamed of living in their fantastic property outside of the city of San Jose, where they could be with their horses and enjoy the natural landscape […]