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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

510 Cabin

Wofford Heights, United States - Hunter Leggitt Studio Built Area:     102.19 m2 Year Built:     2012 510 Cabin sits on a semi-arid landscape, near Lake Isabella in the southern part of Sierra Nevada. Summer season can get very hot in the area. The architects had this to consider aside...

Whistler Cabin

Whistler, BC V0N, Canada - Scott & Scott Architects Built Area:     178.0 m2 Year Built:     2016 Photographs:     Scott and Scott Architects Whistler Cabin is a weekend retreat for a family who loves snowboarding. Its design is an ode to the typical chalet of the 70s.  A-frame...

Polycarbonate Cabin

Guanaqueros, Coquimbo, Coquimbo Region, Chile - Alejandro Soffia Built Area:     30.0 m2 Year Built:     2016 Photographs:     Juan Durán Sierralta Polycarbonate Cabin is a compact dwelling that shows us quality need not be expensive. It’s like a model home – affordable and aesthetically appealing but nonetheless functional. The...

Woody15

Isdammen, Norway - Marianne Borge Built Area:     17.5 m2 Year Built:     2014 Photographs:     Jonas Adolfsen Woody15 is a small and quiet retreat that sits inside a remote forest, right beside a lake. It is a basic one-room cabin that lets the picturesque views make up for its...