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Countryside / Suburb House


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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Plus House Larvik (ZEB Pilot House) / Snøhetta

The Plus House, Norway’s first Multi-Comfort House was inaugurated in September in Larvik. The construction of this boldly contemporary house, designed by the architect firm Snøhetta, is the initiative of two Building Distribution Sector brands: Optimera and Brødrene Dahl. They worked with ZEB (Norway’s Research Centre on Zero Emission Buildings),..

Sawmill House / Archier Studio

This is a house which gently encourages its inhabitants to be gregarious without robbing them of the joy of solitude. Its open plan and flexible nature enables internal spaces to be joined or separated by a series of operable walls. Internal and external boundaries are blurred as entire walls and roofs peel back to welcome sunlight, nature and the sky...

Premaydena House / Misho + Associates

Premaydena House by Misho + Associates, Set in a breathtakingly beautiful Arcadian landscape of rolling farmland and forested hills with a sublime view of Norfolk Bay, this house is a subtle re-purposing and a thoroughly appropriate application of the Japanese aesthetic in a distinctly different climate and landscape using contemporary materials, notably steel...

A House for Essex / FAT Architecture and Grayson Perry

The development of a twobedroom guesthouse on the site of an existing derelict farmhouse near the Stour Estuary in Essex. It was designed by the London-based FAT Architecture practice with Britain’s best-loved cross-dresser, Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry, as a holiday rental for the Living Architecture company, the idea of Alain de Botton...