The Wooden House

Kanji Dol, Slovenia –  studio PIKAPLUS Built area:    82.0 m2 Year built:    2015 Photographs: 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 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...

Two tents with a twist

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....

Southern Highlands Studio

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....

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...

Like a glove – the Dovecote Studio

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...

DIY Tiny Cabin

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 a life more natural. You don’t necessarily have to make your...

Quietude

Vancouver, Canada - Henry Yorke Mann - Architect Built area:     300 sq. ft + 40 sq. ft. porch and 100 sq. ft. basement  (28 m2 + 3.7 m2 + 9.25 m2) Year built:     1999 Builder:     Ken Silbernagel Photographer:     Stuart Bish Sometimes we come across an architect...

DIY Tiny Cottage

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...

RR’s Cabin

Somewhere in America Built:     1830  (approximately) Restored:     2003 - 2013 We don't know much about RR other than that he is a retired mathematician.  Some 10 years ago he stumbled across the ruins of an original settler's cabin. Although most of the cabin was unsalvageable, enough...

The Many Faces of a Polyhedron

Habitable Polyhedron Bogota Columbia - Manuel Villa Built Area:     7.5 m2 (81 sq. ft.) Year Built:     2009 Photography:  Sergio Gómez 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,...

COTH… Cottage on the Hill

Michigan  USA - Zinta Aistars Lot size:     10 acres (2 hectares) Built area:   200 sq. ft. (18.5 m2) Year built:   Unknown Renovated:  2012/13 Standing on a hill in the woods of south-west Michigan is a whimsical cottage named COTH by its writer owner, Zinta Aistars.  Although...

Bamboo Courtyard Teahouse

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...

Casa Kike – 16,000 books and a grand piano

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...

Weaving In The Woods

Weaving Studio - Prentiss Architects Location:  San Juan Island, Washington State USA Year Built:    2010 Built 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...

Three Needs – Three Studios

If you work from home, you probably know how good it is to have a dedicated work area - a place to stay focussed 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...

The Long Studio

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,...

A New Australia House

Niigata Prefecture Honshu Japan  -  Andrew Burns Architect Year built:     2012 Built Area:     120.0 sqm Photography:     Brett Boardman Niigata sits on the edge of the Sea of Japan on the main island of Honshu, some 100 kilometres west of Fukushima. The project was born following the collapse of the original...

The Baumraum Treehouse

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...

Forest Pond House – a meditation space and playhouse

 Hampshire UK - TDO Architecture Area:     6 m2  (64 sq ft) Year Built:     2012 Photography:     Ben Blossom The Forest Pond House is in rural Hampshire.  Designed as a space for both meditation and a children’s den it sits at the bottom of a family garden in...

Glamping in Bordeaux!

Bordeaux,  France - Bruit do Frigo OK - so like me you're probably curious about a company that calls itself 'Noise from the Fridge".  My French and Google Translate aren't enough to answer all the questions I had but here is the summary... In a fascinating experiment, these shelters are...

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 :D  The great news is that there are lots of inspired adults around the world determined to fulfil their childhood desires! Of course, you may have to fight...

Tea House with Hanging Garden – A1 Architects

Concept only - A1 Architects This concept is so simple yet so lovely we thought you might enjoy it.  Imagine this in your garden somewhere, birds singing as you read without interruption, breathing in the serenity, hearing leaves rustling in a light breeze.  Sold? Click on any image to start lightbox display....