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St Andrews Beach House / Sean Godsell Architects

St Andrew’s Beach on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula is unusual in that it is one of the few locations in Australia where construction is permitted right on the foreshore. Normally the coastline is protected as government owned land however in St Andrew’s there are buildings sited on the beach which face the Southern Ocean. Our site is elevated and exposed to magnificent ocean views and in winter, gale force winds...
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CZ House / SAMI Arquitectos

Portuguese design studio SAMI Arquitectos have designed the House CZ in São Roque do Pico, Ilha do Pico, Açores, on the hillside of a Portuguese island. Named CZ House, the stained wooden residence is composed of four rectangular volumes, connected at the centre by a glazed living room...
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Scrubby Bay House / Patterson Associates

Scrubby Bay House on Banks Peninsula, designed by Patterson Associates Architects. The Annandale farm setting and the architectural vernacular of this house belie its massive scale – the ceilings rise from 3.4 metres to 5.5m at the apex. Natural materials enhance therobust design – the exterior features cedar, while the interior is fully lined with macrocarpa timber...
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Seaview House / Jackson Clements Burrows Architects

The beach-front property contains three individual masses connected through translucent bridges that reflect the vernacular of the past and the possibilities of the future. This house, called Seaview House by Australian practice Jackson clements burrows architects, located in ittle beachside community of Old Barwon Heads, Victoria...
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Wind-Dyed House / acaa – Kazuhiko Kishimoto

This residence commands a sweeping view of the ocean from its perch on the steep hills that lead down to Sagami Bay in Kanagawa Prefecture, central Japan. In order to minimize the home’s visual impact on the rich natural landscape surrounding it, the architects kept the structure low and molded it to the contours of the land...
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Mima House / Mima Architects

MIMA House is an exquisite dwelling manufactured in northern Portugal. It is unique for its ability to be reconfigured by the owners in project and also post-delivery. The interior walls consist of lightweight panels that can be easily relocated or removed by two people. Several years have been spent refining the concept in order to arrive at a finished product that would be quick to manufacture, easy to assemble, of good quality and affordable...
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Hansha Reflection House / Studio SKLIM

Hansha Reflection House by Studio SKLIM is a two-storey detached family home with a courtyard and roof deck situated at the entrance of Misakimizube Koen. Fronting a lake and flanked by Sakura trees, the house totals 124 square metres. It is arranged with the living space upstairs with a large window looking out to the street, perfect for keeping an eye on your fellow suburban neighbours...
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Hewlett Street House / MPRDG – MPR Design Group

MPRDG - MPR Design Group have designed this exquisite house on Hewlett Street in Bronte, Australia. This project differs modern architectural forms. Two rectangular tubing with rounded corners form the second and third floor. The house is fully painted in white. Only the interior feature bare concrete and light wood textures. In the main living areas give due attention to natural light...
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Optical Glass House in Hiroshima / Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP

Surrounded of the tallest buildings in the center of Hiroshima, Japan, emerges almost nanoefeito, a small glass house near a passing cars and trams. And to obtain the highest level of privacy, the architect Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP developed a garden that allows imposing total tranquility to the external environment of the project...
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V4 House / Studio mk27 – Marcio Kogan

Brazil-base Archiects Studio mk27 - Marcio Kogan has create V4 House in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The contemporary house 600 sqm of residence V4, which took four years to built, consists of just one large living room with three open areas...
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Live Work Home / Cook + Fox Architects

The Live Work Home is a sustainable, social response to Syracuse’s 21st century concerns as a post-industrial American city. Inspired by the legend of the Three Sisters, a lesson in strengthening agricultural biodiversity, the flexible home “seeds” the neighborhood with many different building types, driving a positive cycle of long-term investment...

Clifftop House Maui / Dekleva Gregoric Arhitekti

Familiar with dense urban environments in Europe, the architects had a very different challenge in Maui. Their concept combines several “houses” under a common roof. The roof also serves as a folded wood deck and integrates the house with the landscape. Each separate “house” is a U-shaped volume with a bedroom and bath that each open to the ocean view...

Mirador House / 2.8x arquitectos

The house was designed by 2.8X architects, located in Lima, Peru. This house occupies a steep ground so requires a special design, especially in the car park and the scenery in the neighborhood. The main objective of the customer, an elderly woman, is to start a new phase in his life and feel the atmosphere of renewal and modernity...

Nakahouse / XTEN Architecture

Nakahouse is an abstract remodel of a 1960's hillside home located on a West facing ridge in the Hollywood Hills, just below the Hollywood sign. To the South and West are views of the Beechwood Canyon; to the East is a protected natural ravine, with a view of Griffith Park Observatory in the distance...

Narigua House / P+0 Arquitectura

Red concrete house by Mexican architect David Pedroza, P+0 Arquitectura this Narigua house in the mountains in Northern Mexico. The idea was to adapt the architecture to the environment and to use bigger volume. Three main outdoor open blocks were developed with multiple decks...
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Shearer’s Quarters / John Wardle Architects

The Shearer's Quarters by John Wardle Architects, is located on a working sheep farm on Bruny Island. The plan transforms along its length to shift its profile from a slender skillion roof at the west to a broad gable at the east. It is clad externally in galvanized iron and lined internally with timber...
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Fogo Island Arts Studio & Residencies / Saunders Architecture

The Shorefast Foundation and the Fogo Island Arts Corporation has commissioned the Newfoundland-born, Norway-based architect Todd Saunders to design a series of six artists’ studios on various Fogo Island locations. The organization is committed to preserving the Islanders’ traditions and aims at rejuvenating the island through the arts and culture. Whose work is frequently site-specific to the North Atlantic and draws upon the region’s wood-building tradition...
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Clifftop House Maui / Dekleva Gregoric Arhitekti

Familiar with dense urban environments in Europe, the architects had a very different challenge in Maui. Their concept combines several “houses” under a common roof. The roof also serves as a folded wood deck and integrates the house with the landscape. Each separate “house” is a U-shaped volume with a bedroom and bath that each open to the ocean view...
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azuris House / Renato D’Ettorre Architects

Sydney based Renato D'Ettorre Architects have created a slice of heaven on picturesque Hamilton Island.A series of connecting pavilions are positioned to harness views across the Coral Sea, with the material palette allowing the building to integrate with its surrounding bushlands...

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Jungle House (Casa na Mata) / Studio MK27

Jungle House (Casa na Mata) by Marcio Kogan’s Studio MK27, with Samanta Cafardo and Diana Radomysler. Jungle House features a rooftop infinity pool with views over a Brazilian rainforest. The House blends nature and contemporary architecture beautifully. To take full advantage of the scenic landscape, the architects placed the primary living spaces alongside the pool on the building's uppermost floor...
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Tin House / Henning Stummel Architects

Tin House, The 216m² home of architect Henning Stummel in Hammersmith & Fulham, a compound of huts in an orange-red seamed metal finish set around a courtyard, that open up inside into one house. A house has been separated into its constituent components; each room is a pavilion topped with a trapezoid rooflight. The rooms are used to create a composition that addresses the irregularities of the site and resolves the lack of privacy. The resulting top lit spaces respond to the changing moods of the day...
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Landscape House / Mabire-Reich Architectes

House extension in Nantes, France. The extension was designed by Marie-Hélène Reich and Antoine Mabire as an addition to their own home, which had become too small for their growing family. The new structure features successive terraces connected by ramps which form an itinerary that opens to a patio...
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Oak Pass Main House / Walker Workshop

This 8,000-square-foot house in Beverly Hills, California, does not appear to be nearly as large as its size indicates. This stems from the fact architect Noah Walker and his design-build Walker Workshop placed two-thirds of the house below-grade, in order to protect trees on the site and reduce the scale of the house, all the while maintaining views of its surroundings...
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Croft House / James Stockwell Architect

Croft House by James Stockwell Architects is a small holiday house that clings to the wind swept South Coast of Victoria Australia. Designed in response to the natural forces surrounding its coastal location. It uses the harmonic sine curve geometry to form a protective shape that is in turn sculpted for views, so at once protective, shield like and open and embracing...
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Nev House / Ken McBryde + Nev Hyman

Ken McBryde + Nev Hyman, An Australian duo has created a series of cyclone-resistant prefabricated shelters named Nev House. This is a low cost rapid deployment solution that has the potential to significantly impact economic, social and environmental issues in any country. A home made from recycled materials that goes up in just a few days...
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Shokan House / Jay Bargmann

Jay Bargmann of Rafael Viñoly Architects has designed a house for his family in the Catskill Mountains Forest Preserve, New York. The house stands just below a mountain summit, at the edge of the Ashokan reservoir, The project relies on this wild landscape to offer a dwelling which mimics the environment, becoming part of the surrounding views and the nature (water, trees...) Steel, glass, concrete, ceramic and wood are left exposed and unadorned throughout the building...
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Covert House / DSDHA

The home of architects Deborah Saunt and David Hills of DSDHA, Set out to design their family home as a testbed for their ideas on sustainability. Their experiments, carried out under restrictive Conservation Area planning conditions, resulted in an unorthodox, semi-underground house that challenges what it means to design a contemporary domestic space close to the city centre...
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Termitary House / Tropical Space

The Termitary House is the renovation of a two-storey home. Vietnamese architects, Tropical Space, refurbished an old house and added a perforated grille of brickwork to an existing concrete slab structure, it is built of solid brick only, which meets the extreme climatic conditions of this region. The building is constructed to use the small available space as best and economically as possible...