Brick House

Annandale, Australia –  Bastian Architecture Built area:    79.0 m2 Year built:    2015 Photographs: Justin Aaron Brick House is a renovation and extension project of an old worker’s cottage. The old wall was made out of bricks. Because of this, the architects decided to use the same material throughout the house. The bricks used in the project […]

Dark Light House

Melbourne, Australia –  MRTN Architects Built area:    150.0 m2 Year built:    2017 Photographs: Tatjana Plitt The original Dark Light House was built in the 1960s as a holiday home. Understandably, the current owner wanted to give the house an upgrade. They wanted to make some additions to accommodate the needs of a modern family. However, the […]

Down Up House

France – Avignon-Clouet Architectes Project Year :     2011 Developed Area :     50.0 m2 Down Up House is an extension project of an old ground floor flat, a building constructed in the 19th century. Because of the very limited landscape, the architects had to make sure that they make full use of the available […]

Woonschip VC

Cas Oorthuyskade , Amsterdam, Netherland – Marcel van der Lubbe, Jannie Vinke Project Year :     2016 Developed Area :     150  m2 Photographer:     Luuk Kramer Woonschip VC is an actual cargo ship that was converted into a sailing houseboat. The brief was very specific:  the owners wanted space, sustainability, and high quality of […]

Allen Key House

Sydney, Australia – Architect Prineas Project Year :    2016 Developed Area :    220.0 m2 Photographs :     Chris Warnes Budget constraints often force architects to cut down on something. But this addition to the Allen Key House doesn’t look like there were any constraints from the get-go. Charming and quaint in design, this […]

House in Smilovci

Smilovci, Dimitrovgrad municipality, Serbia – Modelart Arhitekti   Project Year :     2017 Developed Area :     111.0 m2 ( 1198.8 Sq ft2 ) Photographs :     Stefan Ivković Smilovci is an unassuming little village in Serbia. According to data from the 2011 census, their total population is 114. For the most […]

Enough House

enough house

Nova Scotia, Canada – MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Project Year:     2015 Developed Area :     64.81 m2 ( 700.0 ft2 ) Photographs:     William Green, James Brittain Located on the Atlantic coast, the surrounding farm is built by the sea on the historic ruins of Nova Scotia, Canada. This house was built within structures […]

A small residence in Hawthorn

Hawthorn VIC, Australia – Alexandra Buchanan Architecture Project Year :     2015 Photographs :     Itsuka Studio Living close to a city centre inevitably leads to compromise. Hawthorn is an inner city suburb of Melbourne that was developed in the late 19th century. Blocks are small and the houses compact. The owners wanted the […]

The Big Little House

Fitzroy North VIC, Australia – Nic Owen Architects  Project Year :     2013 Developed Area :     155.0 sqm ( 1674 Sq ft2 ) Photographs :     Christine Francis A traditional Victorian residence renovated to accommodate the needs of a growing family, the Big Little House pays respect to tradition while keeping functionality in mind. […]

Cowshed House

Multi-award winner - Cowshed House by Carter Williamson

Sydney  Australia  –  Carter Williamson Architects Year built:     2012 Photography:     Brett Boardman By old world standards, Sydney is a young city. The suburb of Glebe was developed in the mid-19th century. It’s an area of mostly small lots, terrace and semi-detached homes interspersed with the occasional mansion. Somewhere in the midst […]

Spiegel Haus – inner Sydney living

inner-city living - Spiegel Haus Sydney

Alexandria Sydney  Australia  –  Carter Williamson Architects Photography:     Brett Boardman Sydney’s inner suburbs were subdivided in the mid to late 1800’s. Little thought was given to the Australian climate or to the needs of those intended to live on these lots – typically low paid unskilled or semi-skilled workers.  The lots are small, many […]

Like a glove – the Dovecote Studio

Dovecote Studio - Exterior

Snape Maltings, England – Haworth Tompkins Year built:     2009 Photography:     Philip Vile Dovecote:  A shelter with nest holes for domesticated pigeons. Snape Maltings was an abandoned industrial site before being reborn as a music and art centre by none other than Benjamin Britten. The existing ruins used here, once formed a two-storey brick dovecote. The ruins […]

Bay Lake Cabin

Bay Lake Cabin - Exterior

Bay Lake, Minnesota – Albertsson Hansen Architecture, Ltd Year built:   1930’s Year renovated:     2013 Photography:    Scott Amundson It’s always a tough decision – demolish or rebuild. The plain truth is that it costs around twice the cost per square foot to renovate than it does to do a new build. But there […]

Loft Remodeling

Loft Remodeling - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota – Christine Albertsson Photography: Dana Wheelock Click on any image to start lightbox display. Use your Esc key to close the lightbox. You can also view the images as a slideshow if you prefer  If you liked this project, you will also like viewing …  

Leachachan Barn

Once a barn - now a vacation home

Loch Duich, Scotland – Rural Design Architects Built area: 120m2 Completion: 2011 Photography: Nigel Rigden Leachachan Barn, once used as a byre for working horses, sits on the southern shores of Loch Duich looking out at the Five Sisters of Kintail. The barn has been redesigned and transformed into a modern house while retaining the original […]

Gahanna Residence

Gahanna Residence - Columbus, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio – Michael Matrka, Inc It’s interesting that Michael Matrka describes himself as a master renovator and builder rather than the other way around. But when you look at this example of his work, you can understand why. It is always much easier to start with a clean slate and new design than it is […]

The Temperance Tavern

Five bedrooms, five 1/2 bathrooms and 221 years of memories...

Gilmanton, NH – Roy Sanborn Built area: 5,500 sq. ft.  (509 m2) Land area:     1 acre  (4,000 m2) Year built: 1793 Price:     $550,000 Older than the oldest residential building in Australia, yet cheaper than the average Australian home!  Australians have the dubious record of the most expensive homes in the world. […]

Green Oasis – Cat Heaven

A paradise for pets

Santa Barbara California  USA  –  Trillium Enterprises, INC The design brief was a peaceful, get away from it all, paradise. The result is this four bedroom, two and a half bathroom home where people and animals co-exist surrounded by lush gardens and playful colours.   The design is totally cat friendly with cat walks everywhere.  And […]


Layer upon layer upon layer - 24H Architecture

Lake Övre Gla, Sweden  –  24H Architecture Netherlands based firm, 24H have an enviable record having designed and developed some of the world’s most interesting architecture. It seems that no material or concept is ‘out of bounds’ for them with finished projects ranging from the latest alloys, steel and glass, through to bamboo, rammed earth […]

Koya No Sumika

A young couple's sanctuary...

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 shoji. Even modern Japanese homes […]

Villa Alfhem

1904 revisited...

Stocksundstorps  Sweden  –  BA Sjösteen Lot area: 1628 sqm Built area:     257 m2  (2,775 sq. ft.) of living + 67 m2  (723 sq. ft. storage/basement) Year Built:     2004 Year Renovation: 2009-2010 Traditional homes always seem sturdy and substantial. Of course the reason might just be that those that were never sturdy […]

Haus am Moor

All timber was sourced and milled locally

Vorarlberg, Austria – Bernardo Bader Architects Lot area:     900 m2   (9,720 sq. ft.) Built area:    170 m2 residence and 50 m2 office  (1,830 sq. ft. + 540 sq. ft.) Year built:    2013 Photography:     Adolf Bereuter The Bregenz Forest is known for it’s natural beauty, it’s cheeses and it’s traditional Bregenzerwald […]

Urban Townhouse

Urban Townhouse - New York, USA

New York, USA – GLUCK+ Year built: 2009 Photography: Raimund Koch and Erik Freeland Click on any image to start lightbox display. Use your Esc key to close the lightbox. You can also view the images as a slideshow if you prefer 😎 You’ll find a link to a video below the image gallery. If […]

Moor Street Apartment and Office

Moor Street Studio - Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne, Australia – Clare Cousins Photography: Shannon McGrath Another great example of ‘walk to work’, in this case through an interconnecting doorway that separates two large warehouse apartments. From a warehouse to a residence and office, this project exemplifies how buildings can be upcycled rather than demolished for urban renewal projects. This renovation gives justice to the […]