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Countryside / Suburb House

7.8

Konieczny’s Ark / KWK Promes

Konieczny’s Ark is an unusual, one-storey house built in Brenna near Cieszyn (southern Poland) on one of the steep slopes of the Beskid Mountains. It is made of concrete and heavily glazed. Its simplicity is contradicted by the innovative structure on which the building rests. Due to the steepness of the slope, designers from Konieczny’s KWK Promes design studio decided to treat the house like a bridge, allowing rainwater to flow harmlessly underneath...... Read More...
8.1

K Valley House / Herbst Architects

K Valley House, Designed by husband-and-wife team Lance and Nicola Herbst of Auckland-based Herbst Architects, includes recycled elements such as corrugated iron and timber. Both of these houses are inspired by the shapes and materials of traditional rural buildings, sited in countryside near Thames. The house acts as a place of retreat for its clients...... Read More...
6.7

House Hafner / Hornung and Jacobi Architecture

House Hafner in Germany, This beautiful and unusual project is designed by Hornung and Jacobi Architecture. This exclusively designed residential property is situated at the end of a cul-de-sac, next to a forest in a rural area in southern Germany. It provides a high level of privacy as it is protected from prying eyes by the woods and the valley. As a result, the design of the building is very open...... Read More...
7.9

Elizabeth II / Bates Masi + Architects

Sag Harbor-based studio Bates Masi + Architects defy the conventions of modern design, through placing acoustically tuned ‘sprung cedar boards’, that ensure residents can hold parties without disturbing their neighbours, at the forefront of the design. The Elizabeth II House is situated in Amagansett, a hamlet on the southern shore of Long Island. The location of the house, in the heart of a bustling resort town, became the focus of the design...... Read More...
6.9

Fayland House / David Chipperfield Architects

Fayland House, design by David Chipperfield Architects. The house sits in a country meadow north of London in the town of Buckinghamshire. The architects helped return the landscape to its natural state, reintroducing wildflowers and even grazing cows, and designed the house on a single expansive floor that sits comfortably in the landscape, grounds given the very British "Area of Natural Beauty" designation in 1965...... Read More...
7.8

Hiža cottage / PROARH

Hiža is a cottage designed by Zagreb-based Proarh Studio. The objective of the project was a contemporary reinterpretation of traditional cottage architecture from the region Zagorje, Croatia. The hardest part was finding the craftsmen who could lay down the straw roof and the straw facade in a traditional way but with up-to-date details, like the crossing from the roof to the vertical facade...... Read More...
7.2

Eyrie twin cabins / Cheshire Architects

Eyrie twin cabins on the Kaipara Harbour by Nat Cheshire of Cheshire Architects. The winner of HOME magazine's 2014 New Zealand Home of the Year award. Each have a footprint of just 29 square metres. These little buildings, with their air of thoughtful austerity, are among the few contemporary structures that can boast a genuine lineage to New Zealand’s bach heritage...... Read More...
6.8

Flint House / Skene Catling de la Peña

Flint House, at Waddesdon in Buckinghamshire, designed and realised by Skene Catling de la Peña, architects. This mineral and poetic work inspired by the geology of the site is, An example of an innovative piece of architecture that suggests a typology for the one-off house that is not an object in the landscape but is of the landscape...... Read More...
7.2

Mirror Houses / Peter Pichler Architecture

The Mirror Houses are a pair of holiday homes, set in the marvellous surroundings of the South Tyrolean Dolomites, amidst a beautiful scenery of appletrees, just outside the city of Bolzano. They were designed by architect Peter Pichler. After 30 years in their farmhouse outside Bolzano, in northern Italy, and with their children grown up, Josef Ebner and Angela Sabine Staffler found themselves with surplus space and decided to convert part of the property for rent...... Read More...
7.1

The Pond House at Ten Oaks Farm / Holly & Smith Architects

The Pond House at Ten Oaks Farm is located on a large rural plot in Southeast Louisiana, USA. Created by Louisianan firm Holly & Smith Architects. Twenty years after he began with a master plan for the 16-acre former Sontheimer dairy farm, architect Michael Holly finally has his dream house. The Pond House at Ten Oaks Farm is an award-winning getaway retreat for Holly and wife, Denise, having recently won the Baton Rouge Chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ prestigious Gold Rose Award...... Read More...
7.6

Compact Karst House / Dekleva Gregoric Arhitekti

This small, compact stony house’s design suits the needs of the young family while also following contemporary technological principles and the tradition of these local, almost windowless structures. The proto-house concept is a monolithic mono-material volume inserted with two wooden proto-houses connected within the shared, open gallery...... Read More...
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The Mill / WT Architecture

A mill conversion designed by WT Architecture, An old mill in the Borders has been converted into a stylish holiday home, retaining much historic character. Spaces are utilitarian and durable. The timber home slots into the existing structure, rising above the original wall head with a clerestory from which light spills down. The stepping of the building introduces half levels...... Read More...