Architecture

Casa Del Acantilado by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

Casa Del Acantilado by Fran Silvestre ArquitectosWhite boxes might be a cliche for modernist houses, but when placed against the clear blue skies and emerald waters of the Mediterranean, the appeal of a dazzling white villa is easy to understand. 

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AA House by Office of Architecture in Barcelona

AA House by Office of Architecture in BarcelonaNestled in a forest clearing in Sant Cugat del Vallès, north of Barcelona, is a remarkable house which looks sculptural and futuristic in equal measures.

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House in Selva di Val Gardena by Rudolf Perathoner

House in Selva di Val Gardena by Rudolf PerathonerThe skiing season might be over, but that doesn't stop us from dreaming about the perfect mountain escape, especially if the chalet in question is as stylish as this.

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La Fabrica by Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

La Fabrica by Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura"Industrial style" conjures up images of loft apartments, exposed brick walls and perhaps a few concrete accessories. 

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Backwater by Platform 5 Architects

Backwater by Platform 5 ArchitectsDiscerning tourists have long flooded to the Broads, a network of picturesque lakes and waterways in Norfolk and Suffolk. 

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Kloof Road House by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Kloof Road House by Nico van der Meulen ArchitectsThe desire to leave a mark in the world is part of human nature. 

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The 7th Room by Snohetta

The 7th Room by SnohettaThe renowned Treehotel in Sweden has just added the 7th room to its eclectic collection of treehouses.

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Tobogan House by Z4Z4 Architects

Tobogan House by Z4Z4 ArchitectsAt first glance this unusual structure in a suburban plot on the outskirts of Madrid looks more like an industrial installation than a family home.

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Gordon's Bay House by Madeleine Blanchfield Architects

Gordon's Bay House by Madeleine Blanchfield ArchitectsAs we freeze our socks off in the frigid northern European winter, our fantasies turn to the sunny shores of Australia with its promises of sun, sand and beautifully designed houses.

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EFH Hochleitner House by LP Architektur

EFH Hochleitner House by LP ArchitekturAfter the excesses of Christmas, wouldn't it be great to start the new year in a state of zen?

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Vista Mini House by Escape

Vista Mini House by EscapeFed up with city life?  Long for an escape to the rural idyll but can't quite afford a country mansion?

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House D in Bregenz by Dietrich Untertrifaller Architekten

House D in Bregenz by Dietrich Untertrifaller ArchitektenConcrete and wood are great design bedfellows, as this slick and serene house in Bregenz by Dietrich Untertrifaller Architected illustrates.

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Haus am Weinberg by UNStudio

Haus am Weinberg by UNStudioIt is rare to find a contemporary house as in tune with its surrounding landscape as the Haus am Weinberg, designed by architects UNStudio.

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Newberg Residence by Cutler Anderson Architects

Newberg Residence by Cutler Anderson ArchitectsThose who fancy a water feature in their backyard should take a closer look at the Newberg Residence designed by Cutler Anderson Architects, winner of the American Institute of Architects 2016 Housing Award for excellence in housing design.

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Backstage in Zermatt by Heinz Julen

Backstage in Zermatt by Heinz JulenSummer is here and our mind turns to... ski?

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Mirage House by Kois Associated Architects

Mirage House by Kois Associated ArchitectsIf the greatest trick the architect ever pulled is to make a building disappear, then Kois Associated Architects must be master magicians of the trade.

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Villa Kogelhof by Paul de Ruiter Architects

Villa Kogelhof by Paul de Ruiter ArchitectsIf your idea of sustainable living conjures up images of ramshackle farmhouses with free roaming pigs and disproportionately large wind turbines you should take a look at this futuristic villa designed by Paul de Ruiter Architects.

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A'tolan House by Create + Think Studio

A'tolan House by Create + Think StudioPerched on a rocky outcrop on the eastern coast of Taiwan overlooking the Pacific Ocean is a low slung villa which combines a strong masculine design with naturalistic touches which fits in with the landscape perfectly.

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W.I.N.D. House by UNStudio

W.I.N.D. House by UNStudioThe Netherlands is famous for its flowers and also for its great design, so it is perhaps appropriate that Amsterdam-based UNStudio would design a house in the province of North Holland that somewhat resembles a flower.

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Hut on Sleds by Crosson Architects

Hut on Sleds by Crosson ArchitectsAs summer approaches our thoughts drift towards the sea, with fantasies of lazy days at our own retreat on the beach.

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Private House IV by De Bever Architects

Private House IV by De Bever Architects Dutch houses are renowned for their large windows which maximise sunlight in their often deep and narrow interiors and which also reflects the Dutch people's spirit of openness and transparency.

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Scale of Ply by NOJI Architects

Scale of Ply by NOJI ArchitectsPlywood is often seen as a cheap and cheerful material, beloved of design students and a staple of DIY projects. 

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Concept Glass Houses by Santambrogio

Concept Glass Houses by SantambrogioThey say people who live in glass houses should not throw stones, even though glass used in modern buildings can probably withstand a fair few rocks given advances in material technology. 

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RDP House by Daniel Moreno Flores and Sebastian Calero

RDP House by Daniel Moreno Flores and Sebastian CaleroContainer houses are not uncommon but few are as stylish as the RDP House in Pichincha, Ecuador.

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Indigo Jungle Studio by Marc&Co

Indigo Jungle Studio by Marc&CoThe architects at Marc&Co have designed a bijou studio nestled in a sub-tropical garden in Brisbane which shows how to combine the work environment with the great outdoors.

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Hillside House by SB Architects

Hillside House by SB ArchitectsMany houses promise green living but few live up to expectations; the Hillside House just outside San Francisco, designed by SB Architects, is a rare exception.

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Collage House by S+PS Architects

Collage House by S+PS ArchitectsIndia is a kaleidoscope of colours, shapes and patterns.

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Writer's Shed by Surman Weston & Deane

Writer's Shed by Surman Weston & DeaneSmall can be exquisitely beautiful, as this writer's cottage at the end of a suburban garden shows.

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House in Utsunomiya by Suppose Design Office

House in Utsunomiya by Suppose Design OfficeOn a quiet residential street in the Japanese city of Utsunomiya sits an unexpected house.

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Mima Light House from Mima

Mima Light House from MimaArchitectural practice Mima has designed a modular house which is truly at one with nature.

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Edgeland House by Bercy Chen Studio

Edgeland House by Bercy Chen StudioNestled in the woods outside Austin in Texas, not too far from the Colorado River, is a stunning house remarkable as much for its sculptural presence as for its eco-credentials. 

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Villa Schoorl by Studio Prototype

Villa Schoorl by Studio PrototypeSchoorl may sound like a misspelt educational institution but is in fact a picturesque village nestled amongst the largest sand dunes in the Netherlands.

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Stamp House by Charles Wright Architects

Stamp House by Charles Wright ArchitectsYou may be forgiven for thinking this is a preview of the villain's lair in the next James Bond movie, but this is in fact a family house which boasts remarkable environmental credentials as well as striking good looks.

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La Casa En El Bosque by Grupo Arquitectura

Nestled in the forests on the outskirts of Mexico City is an extraordinary house that is thoroughly contemporary yet completely at one with nature.

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The Ancient Party Barn by Liddicoat & Goldhill

Barn conversions rank high in many people's dream of country living and this remarkable conversion in Kent by architects Liddicoat & Goldhill reminds us why.

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Nasu Tepee by Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP

In a highly urbanised country like Japan it is a dream of many to be able to live in the countryside. 

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Under Pohutukawa House by Herbst Architects

Should one live by the sea or in the forest?

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House H by Hiroyuki Shinozaki

Japanese architects (and their clients) have a well earned reputation for producing adventurous designs for residential buildings.

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The Pod by Whiting Architects

This house in Lorne in Australia by Whiting Architects sure makes a bold statement.

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Antiroom II Floating Pavilion

Elena Chiavi, Ahmad El Mad and Matteo Goldoni have created a poetic floating pavilion in Valletta, Malta.

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Wooden House in Zilvar by ASGK

This delightful weekend retreat is located in a leafy village in the East Bohemia region of the Czech Republic.

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Sharma Springs by Ibuku

In the Far East, bamboo has been used as a building material for millennia, much praised for its strength, versatility and sustainability.

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Renovated Mazot in Sarreyer by Alp'Architecture

Regular readers may think we are obsessed with industrial style lofts, but in fact we are also partial to small but perfectly formed abodes.

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House at Goleen by Niall McLaughlin Architects

People often complain about modern houses being little more than sterile white boxes which fail to blend into their surroundings.

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Indemann Watchtower by Maurer United

The Indemann Watchtower is a 118-foot high robot-shaped viewing platform in the former mining district of Inden in Germany.

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Hendee-Borg House by WOJR

This exceptional house in Sonoma, California was designed by WOJR for two artists who use the house as their residence as well as their studios.

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Nine Elms Bridge by Bystrup Architecture

The completion of the Millennium bridge in 2000 seems to have kicked off a renaissance of bridge-building across the Thames in London.

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Split View Mountain Lodge by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

As winter advances our thoughts turn to snow and the pleasures of being ensconced in a warm, inviting mountain lodge with picture postcard views.

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The Floating Kayak Club in Vejle by Force4Architects

Vejle is a town at the mouth of the Vejle fjord in Denmark, and jutting out into the fjord from the front of the harbour is this remarkable kayak club designed by Copenhagen-based Force4Architects.

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Story Pod by AKB

Hot on the heels of the artists-designed pop-up libraries in Indianapolis comes another brilliant mobile book exchange, this time in the town of Newmarket in Ontario, Canada.

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House in the Hills by Only Victories

For many people (usually men, admittedly), a car is his most treasured possession.

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Downtown LA Loft by Patrick Tighe Architecture

Regular readers of this blog may accuse us of being obsessed with industrial style loft spaces.

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