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DIY Tiny Cottage - Wall lying

Reading room? Home office? Playroom for the kids? Artists’ retreat? Sewing room? There are lots of ways to use this tiny cottage. Who doesn’t want to have his own private space and be away from the madding crowd once in a while? Well, if you work at home, love reading, or are into crafts, this tiny […]

DIY Tiny Cabin – Small but Sturdy

After a long week of work, we deserve a nice and quiet place to escape. How about this tiny cabin? We love log cabins. They are durable and they are a wonderful depiction of a time long gone and life more natural. You don‚Äôt necessarily have to make your city home into a log cabin, […]

Weaving In The Woods

Weaving Studio – Prentiss Architects Location:  San Juan Island, Washington State USAYear Built:    2010Built area:    1250 sq ft (116 m2) I’ve only visited the San Juan Islands once. I was the guest of Ted Brewer, an extraordinary naval architect. I can’t recall how long the trip took from Seattle but it was worth every […]

3 Needs – Three Studios

The Cooper Joseph Studio - work, rest and listen

If you work from home, you probably know how good it is to have a dedicated studio – a place to stay focused away from the everyday household distractions. In this album, there are three very different studios. The first is for a writer, the second for a sculptor and the third, is as a […]

Fantastic Tree Houses for the child within…

If the idea of a tree house doesn’t stir your imagination, you might want to check that your heart is still beating ūüėÄ ¬†The great news is that there are lots of inspired adults around the world determined to fulfil their childhood desires! If looking for a unique and fun-filled vacation option, why not consider […]

The Wooden House

Kanji Dol, Slovenia ‚Äst¬†studio PIKAPLUS Built area:¬† ¬† 82.0 m2Year built: ¬† ¬†2015Photographs:¬†Miha Bratina The Wooden House is a striking hexagonal house in the middle of undulating hills. Its backdrop, a lush evergreen forest, makes the house picture-perfect. Both inside and outside, the structure is clad in timber. The material was chosen for its ability […]

The Studio Fiskavaig

Isle of Skye,¬† Scotland –¬†¬†The Rural Design Studio Built area: ¬† ¬†30.0 m2 Year built: ¬† ¬†2016 Photographs: David Barbour Grassy knolls surround Studio Fiskavaig, a small holiday home in the Isle of Skye, Scotland. The design is basic and simple. It’ll only take a year to build, interiors included. The Studio is a part […]

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 […]

The Many Faces of a Polyhedron

Habitable Polyhedron - Bogota, Colombia

Habitable Polyhedron Bogota Columbia –¬†Manuel Villa Built Area:¬† ¬† ¬†7.5 m2 (81 sq. ft.) Year Built:¬† ¬† ¬†2009 Photography:¬†¬†Sergio G√≥mez Originally designed for the backyard of a couple with a young child who wanted a “shelter” while enjoying the outdoors, the Habitable Polyhedron obviously has many possible uses. ¬†Guest accommodation, a home office or a […]

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 […]

Casa Kike – 16,000 books and a grand piano

Casa Kike - Costa Rica

Beachfront ¬†Cahuita ¬†Costa Rica ¬†–¬†Gianni Botsford Architects Year Built: ¬† ¬† 2007 Surely, one of the toughest gigs an architect must face would be designing a home for his father. But in this instance, Keith Botsford, a writer, gave free rein when he decided to retire from Boston, USA to Costa Rica. The over-riding requirement […]

The Baumraum Treehouse

Pendelhof Tree House by Baumraum - Bremerhaven, Germany

Hechtel-Eksel, Belgium –¬†Baumraum Bookings: ¬† ¬†¬†The Treehouse Photography: ¬† ¬† ¬†Markus Bollen The inspired team at Baumraum have built more than 40 treehouses to date – in Europe,¬†Brazil¬†and the USA. ¬†Based in Bremen, they have¬†focussed on experimental constructions on the ground, in trees and by or on water for children and adults. The designs are […]

Bamboo Courtyard Teahouse

Bamboo Courtyard Teahouse ‚Äď HWCD Associates

ShiQiao, Yangzhou China – World Consulting & Design (HWCD) Building Area: 400m2 Completed: May 2012 Yangzhou is a city located to the north-west of Shanghai. It is home to Huaiyang-style cuisine which ranks as the top of all eight famous Chinese cuisine styles. Focussed on pastries and snacks as the key components, it’s customary for […]

The Transatron Project by Patrick Buckle

Transatron Project by Patrick Buckle

Having purchased a small vacant block of land I was keen to find an affordable and comfortable solution to make use of the beautiful mountain location and escape the city for weekends and holidays. After a career of building things to be delivered quickly and efficiently in theatre, I began a search for compact and […]

Southern Highlands Studio

Fire safety was a primary design consideration

Bullio ¬†NSW ¬†Australia ¬†– ¬†Benn and Penna Architecture Year built: ¬† ¬† 2013 There are some places in Australia where the risk of bush fires is ever-present. When the bush burns, it does so at a terrifying speed since the native eucalyptus exude a highly flammable oil through their leaves. Houses need to be designed […]

Takasugi-an, ‚ÄúA Tea House Built Too High‚ÄĚ

Takasugi-an, ‚ÄúA Tea House Built Too High‚ÄĚ

Nagano Prefecture, Japan – Terunobu Fujimori Photography: Edmund Sumner Teahouses are an essential component of Japanese culture. ¬†They are very quiet. restful places typically designed and built by the owners to increase¬†intimacy¬†with the space. Takasugi was designed and constructed by architect¬†Terunobu Fujimori¬†on a family plot in Chino, Nagano Prefecture. The tree-bound tea house sits atop […]

Under the Moonlight House

A four season retreat...

Mt. Hotham Victoria Australia – Giovanni D‚ÄôAmbrosio 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 […]

Two tents with a twist

Two tents do battle with the western sun

Khanh Hoa, Vietnam ¬†– ¬†a21 studio Built Area: ¬† ¬†¬† 26 sqm (280 sq. ft.) Year built: ¬† ¬†¬† 2014 Photography:¬† ¬† ¬† a21 studio Vietnam is a tropical country. It’s hot most of the year. An exposed hillside facing due west is far from the ideal spot to build. Despite being in a popular […]

The Water Temple

The Water Temple

Ljubljana, Slovenia – Kieran Donnellan Year built: 2012 Photography: Courtesy of Water Temple Workshop MEDS ‚Äď Meeting of design students – was founded in 2010 by students from different countries and different departments of design. It was created with the intention of integrating architecture, interior architecture, industrial design, graphic design into a cohesive group. The […]

The Sunset Garden Studio

The Sunset Garden Studio

Bellevue, Washington –¬†McConnell Built Year built: 2008 Photography: McConnell Built Seattle based Andy McConnel had nothing more in mind than a practical tool shed when he first planned this structure.¬† The concept changed and grew to become a peaceful retreat for his step-mother, who was recovering from cancer.¬† It gave her a peaceful sanctuary in […]

The Poteet Loft Porch

The Poteet Loft Porch

San Antonio Texas ¬†– ¬†Poteet Architects Imagine a warm, balmy night, good friends, a glass of wine and a soft breeze as you enjoy the outdoors. ¬†Sounds wonderful until the bugs start joining the party. Here’s a very nice solution that adds a lot of usable space without breaking the bank account. Like decks, a […]

The Long Studio

The Long Studio - Norfolk UK

Norfolk ¬†UK ¬†– ¬†Threefold Architects Photography: ¬† ¬†¬†Charles Hosea Designed from the ground up to be owner-built and proud of it. Set within the flatlands of rural norfolk and inspired by the local agricultural vernacular this zero carbon artist’s studio was designed to capture the sky.   This simple, linear, black clad building occupies a […]

The Kernan Teahouse

The Darling Teahouse - Stoney Creek, Connecticut

Stoney Creek, CT ¬†USA ¬†– ¬†Naomi Darling Architecture Photography by Sean Kernan This stunning, minimalist teahouse is in Stoney Creek, Connecticut. ¬†Designed by architect Naomi Darling, it features local and recycled materials¬†to achieve a simple elegance.¬†The stone came from a local quarry, while bamboo was harvested on-site. ¬†The roof is made of recycled metal. “Tea, […]

The Hanging Tea House

The Hanging Tea House - David Jameson Architect

Washington DC ¬†– ¬†David Jameson Year built: ¬† ¬† 2009 Approximate Area: ¬† ¬† 16 m2 (173 sq. ft.) Photography: ¬† ¬† Paul Warchol Bronze, timber and bamboo give this ‘me space’ the look and feel of a Japanese tea house. Suspended from a pair of steel arms, it hangs like a lantern in the […]