Cabin at Longbranch

Longbranch, WA 98351, United States - Olson Kundig Project Year :     2003 Developed Area :     112 m2 ( 1200.0 ft2 ) Photographs :     Kevin Scott, Benjamin Benschneider In a place where the tide meets the stream, a quiet structure sits quietly, proudly displaying the combined beauty of...

The Trunk House

Nature recreated  -  Paul Morgan Architects Regional Victoria  Australia We present hundreds of homes every year, so it's hard to nominate a favourite - but this is definitely 'right up there'. Set on a forested site in Victoria’s Central Highlands, the ‘Trunk House’ connects the occupants with their natural environment....

The Drew House

The Town of 1770  Central Queensland  Australia  -  Simon Laws/ Anthill Constructions As the saying goes "a picture tells a thousand words" and it certainly holds true with this very unique home near the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland. The house aims to create a kind of luxury campsite nestled amongst...

Redmond House – Nils Finne

Redmond WA  USA  -  Nils Finne Photography: Benjamin Benschneider Credit must always go to the tradesmen when you see quality work. But often that end result is the vision of the owners and the architects and/or designers on the project. Our experience is that architects usually have an 'A' list of...

Arkiboat Houseboats

Sydney  Australia - Drew Heath Architects While the design and build may take place in Sydney, there is no doubt these are very mobile homes! Apparently frustrated by the lack of design thought invested in available houseboats, architect Drew Heath went from saying 'Somebody should design a better houseboat' to...

Chongwe River House

 Chongwe River - Zambia This four bedroomed house is built around a frame of natural wood creating the organic shapes that were then plastered. Continuing the all natural theme, all furniture in the sitting are was carved from a single fallen winterthorn tree. Coloured pebbles taken from the river are used to decorate the...

Beached yet anchored!

Western Port Vic Australia - BKK Architects Year built:     2009 Built area:     349m2+   (3,770 sf) Photography:     Peter Bennetts   Sitting on a coastal plain with strong exposure to both wind and sun, this home was awarded as the 2011 AIA Residential winner in the over...

Cottage Point House

 Sydney  Australia  -  Richard Cole Architecture Year Built:     2013 Photography:   Simon Wood Sydney sits on a massive sandstone basin. It surfaces in may places but nowhere as spectacularly as along the Hawkesbury River, an hour north of the city. The tiny settlement of Coal and Candle Creek pre-dates...

Two Hulls House

Nova Scotia, Canada - Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Completion Year: 2011 Photography: Greg Richardson Water calms and refreshes. It cleanses the soul.  A bath at night, a glass of cool water, or even just the sound of the waves all help us breathe out the tension in our lives. This waterfront home creates...

Leachachan Barn

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...

Housing Boreraig

Glendale, Scotland - Dualchas Architects Year: 2011 Photography: Andrew Lee, James Benedict Brown, Courtesy of Dualchas Architects Low walls of stones as barrier and its light charcoal exterior demonstrate that this house is an adaptation of the blackhouse. Indeed, it does not seem to be out of place in that...

Casa B – dressed in yellow

Segovia  Spain  - ch+qs arquitectos Built area: 150.0 m2 Year built: 2011 Photography: FG + SG A landscape of meadows, walls, ash and streams, a landscape where absolutely everything turns yellow at some time through the year - flowers in spring, the Castilian summer heat. the cereal crops at harvest, the leaves...

Dragspelhuset

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,...

Villa Valtanen

Lappland, Finland - Arkkitehtitoimisto Louekari Built area: 55.5 sqm Year built: 2012 Photography: Lauri Louekari and Kaisa Siren Those wanting to disappear from the world temporarily might find this award winning log house interesting. Surrounded by forest trees and remnants of old fires, this hideaway resembling tarred timber blends in...

Bouddi Beach House

Bouddi Peninsula, Australia - Castlepeake Architecture What started as a private retreat for one of Australia's great entrepreneurs, developed over time to become one of the country's most exclusive and luxurious getaways.  The development is less than 90 minutes north of Sydney's CBD. It sits in one of the world's...

Dani Ridge House

Big Sur  California  USA  -  Carver + Schicketanz Year built:     2011 Lot size:     30 acres  (12 hectares) Built area:     2,000 sq. ft.  (185 m2) Cor-ten steel, reclaimed timbers, rock walls, limestone floors, laminated beams and a green roof ensure that this ocean-side vacation home...

Casa Camino a Farellones

Santiago  Chile -  Bernado Valdes Site area:     7,000 m2  (75,600 sq. ft.) Built area:     230 m2  (2,484 sq. ft.) Year built:     2006 Located on the north side of the River Mapocho Valley foothills, this home focuses on the outlook and the client's need to get...

Balancing Barn Vacation Home

Thorington, Suffolk, UK  -  MVRDV Year Built:     2007 - 2010 Built Area:     210 m2  (2,268 sq. ft.) Photography:    Edmund Sumner Awards:     Red Dot Award 2011, Cologne, DE; RIBA Regional Award 2011; Nominated for  Brit Insurance Awards 2011, London, UK; Winner public vote 2011, RIBA Manser Medal, London,...

A House Among and Within the Loblolly Pines

 Loblolly House - Kieran Timberlake Location: Taylors Island, Maryland, USA Built area:    2,200 sq ft  (204 m2) Named after the tall pines that characterize its site on the Chesapeake Bay, this home "seeks to deeply fuse the natural elements of this barrier island to architectural form."   Positioned between...

River-frontage in Aspen…

Aspen Colorado USA  -  David Johnston Architects Unfortunately, we haven't been able to get any additional information on this home but we've decided to show it anyway since it has some very nice features. We have to assume that the house is built well above the 100 year flood levels otherwise it's...

Bowen Mountain House – a lifetime away from Sydney

Bowen Mountain NSW  Australia - CplusC Architecture We probably all have a different image of what a mountain home looks like.  Of course, by world standards, Australian mountains are nothing more than big hills, but a weekend retreat just 80 kilometres (50 miles) from Sydney would be on many Sydneysider's wish list....

Shell House

Kitasaku, Nagano, Japan - ARTechnic architects Site Area:    1,711 m2 (18,417 sq. ft.) Built Area:    329 m2 (3,541 sq. ft.) Year Built:     2008 Photography:     Nacasa & Partners Inc. This innovative vacation home sits in the woods of Karuizawa, Japan.  Designed by architect, Kotaro Ide, of...