Architecture

Coastal Pavilions at Freycinet Lodge by Liminal Architecture

The Freycinet national park in Tasmania is full of natural wonders to explore, but the Coastal pavilions at Freycinet Lodge may just succeed in tempting visitors to stay in all day.

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Hiro-En House by Matt Gibson Architecture + Design

This Victorian villa in Melbourne has been extended by Matt Gibson Architecture + Design to create an uplifting space which more than fulfils the homeowners' brief to optimise their outdoor living space.

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The Bach Family House by Cymon Allfrey Architects

 How to combine outdoor living with the need for privacy? The answer, according to Christchurch-based Cymon Allfrey Architects, is to build a cluster of three wood cabins around a communal courtyard.

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Tarumi House by Hata Tomohiro Architect & Associates

  Popularised by the ancient Romans and a mainstay of classical architecture, there are few architectural features as dramatic, imposing and graceful as the humble arch.

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Katskills Refuge by Corpus Studio

Paris-based Corpus Studio came up with a design concept which looks resolutely contemporary but yet totally in tune with the timeless beauty of the surrounding countryside.

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Sarreyer Mountain Barn Conversion by Rapin Saiz Architectes

  This petite mountain abode designed by Rapin Saiz is a good example of how great design can turn even the smallest spaces into the most charming homes.

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Cabin at Trolltind by Rever & Drage

The Norwegians' love for the great outdoors is matched by their fondness for the great rustic cabin. This example in Norway is an unusual showcase of cabin style.

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Springing Stream House by Wei Architects

 Renovating a derelict farmhouse is not a project for the faint-hearted.  It takes real skill and dedication to understand the local vernacular and reinterpret it for contemporary living.

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Pound Ridge House by Tsao & McKown

Those who have misgivings about living in bungalows (a principally British affliction) should take a close look at this stunning rural retreat, which showcases the allure of single-floor living beautifully.

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Kiah House by Austin Maynard Architects

Kiah House by Austin Maynard ArchitectsThe brief for Austin Maynard Architects is to extend and update a Victorian style weatherboard cottage in Melbourne in order to create a modern family home fit for both work and relaxation.

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Captain Kelly's Cottage by John Wardle Architects

Captain Kelly's Cottage by John Wardle ArchitectsCaptain Kelly was a well known mariner and adventurer who made numerous discoveries around Australia and New Zealand in the 19th century.

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Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab ArchitectureWhen asked to design a vacation home at a beautiful location in the Rockies, the team at Skylab Architecture adopted the humble triangle as the key design feature to great effect.

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Pavillion of the Lake by depA Architects

Pavillion of the Lake by depA ArchitectsIf the greatest trick of the devil is to convince the world that he does not exist, then perhaps the cleverest trick of the architect is to make a building disappear.

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Peak House by Satoshi Kurosaki at Apollo Architects & Associates

Peak House by Satoshi Kurosaki at Apollo Architects & AssociatesThis small house by Satoshi Kurosaki is a masterclass on how to maximise light and openness in a hemmed-in urban plot. 

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Oriel Window House by Shinsuke Fujii Architects

Oriel Window House by Shinsuke Fujii ArchitectsJapan has long been a playground for residential architects, who have to be extra creative in order to squeeze the maximum amount of space into restricted plots.  

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Tongling Recluse by RSAA / Büro Ziyu Zhuang

Tongling Recluse by RSAA and Ziyu ZhuangThe residents of this house in the Anhui province of China may think of themselves as recluses, but there is no chance of staying out of the spotlight with a home as beautifully harmonious as this.

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Anzac Bay House by Vaughn McQuarrie Architects

Anzac Bay House by Vaughn McQuarrie ArchitectsIf cleanliness is next to godliness then simplicity must be the favourite companion of the design gods.

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Clerkenwell Cooperage by Chris Dyson Architects

Clerkenwell Cooperage by Chris Dyson ArchitectsClerkenwell may now be synonymous with architects and furniture showrooms, but beneath this genteel veneer lies a deep industrial heritage with brewers, jewellers and printers once jostling for space around its narrow streets.

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North Carlton Green House by Zen Architects

North Carlton Green House by Zen ArchitectsIt is a dream of many to have an urban abode surrounded by nature, a circle which is squared beautifully by Melbourne-based Zen Architects.

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COMED House by AD2 Architekten

COMED House by AD2 ArchitektenIf architecture is about creating grand design statements, this extraordinary family house in Vienna certainly succeeds in projecting its style and personality.  

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Michigan Lake House by Desai Chia Architecture and Environment Architects

Michigan Lake House by Desai Chia Architecture and Environment ArchitectsThe shores of Lake Michigan are not part of the prairies, but this distinctive house designed by Desai Chia Architecture and Environment Architects certainly evoke the spirit and grandeur of the great plains.

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Container Living by Contained

Container Living by ContainedContainer conversions are nothing new, but few are as stylish and luxurious as the ones from Australia-based Contained.

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The Fantastically Sculptural Architecture of Cyril Lancelin

The Fantastically Sculptural Architecture of Cyril LancelinFantasy homes require architects with imagination and daring, qualities which French architect Cyril Lancelin clearly has in abundance.

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Cabin at Longbranch by Olson Kundig

Cabin at Longbranch by Olson KundigSeatle-based architects Olson Kundig is renowned for their designs of palatial residences.

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Infinity House by Vladimir Konovalov

Infinity House by Vladimir KonovalovSomewhere in the wilderness of northern Norway an architect's fantasy rural retreat takes shape in the form of a glass and concrete structure as stark and beguiling as the surrounding landscape.

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Tree House by Malan Vorster Architecture

Tree House by Malan Vorster ArchitectureUnlike the rickety and ramshackle nature of most tree houses in the popular imagination, this charming abode in a heavily forested area outside Cape Town follows a rigorously geometric arrangement but still manages to blend perfectly into its woodland surroundings.

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Light Corridor by Figr Architects

Light Corridor by Figr ArchitectsThose who have misgivings about living in bungalows are sure to change their minds after seeing the Light Corridor house by Australian architects Figr.

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Bunny Run Boat Dock by Andersson-Wise Architects

Bunny Run Boat Dock by Andersson-Wise ArchitectsAs spring turns slowly into summer, our thoughts drift to lazy days by the water, perhaps with a drink in hand and a barbecue sizzling nearby.

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Cantilever House by Design Unit

Cantilever House by Design UnitAn industrial style building may not appear to be a natural fit for a rainforest location, but this stunning house in Kuala Lumpur by Design Unit architects shows how industrial style features can work in harmony with nature.

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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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