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Renovated Italian Villa

Renovated by XiT Architetti Associati in 2011, this Italian villa graces the sunny countryside of Oderzo. The architects removed previous additions, exposing the original structure, which dates back to the early 1800s. Then, they polished the house inside and out, transforming it into a contemporary family home. The exterior nods to historical styles while emboldening the look with details such as steel-framed arches. Inside, the house stays with a neutral ...

Scott & Scott Architects Studio

Scott & Scott Architects recently did their own studio, refurbishing the lower level of their East Vancouver home. Built in 1911, their building has served as a butcher shop and then a grocery store in its past lives. Today, the small space looks like a traditional house except for the large window which exposes the ground floor to both natural light and neighborhood inspiration. Inside, the walls and ceiling are ...

Bavent House by Hudson Architects

A 2011 construction in Scotland, the Bavent House is a four-bedroom family home designed by the United Kingdom’s Hudson Architects. The house echoes the typology of traditional beach huts but modernizes the look by increasing the size and geometric irregularity of its forms. The exterior is clad with black zinc and natural Iroko timber, and the roof is covered with ventilated zinc, which resembles the tar of colloquial architecture. A ...

Camusdarach Sands House

Designed by the Raw Architecture Workshop of London, this three-story home can be found in the Scottish highlands. The gabled house has a strong facade with angular lines, dark timber cladding, and a concrete foundation and basement. Altogether, the hard lines and shades of gray define the house as a distinct part of the rugged hillside. Inside the home, the palette lightens up with white walls, pale wood, and a ...

Industrial House in Chiba, Japan by Yuji Kimura

This factory-inspired house was designed and made by Yuji Kimura in Chiba, Japan. Boxy and industrial, the exterior is cladded with galvanized steel and studded with square windows in varying sizes. At one corner, the garage is visible through a sliding mesh door. Directly above the garage yet hidden from view, there is an enclosed balcony, accessible by sliding glass door from the uppermost level. Inside, natural wood serves as ...

House M-M by Tuomas Siitonen Office

A 2013 construction, House M-M was built by Tuomas Siitonen Office for Finnish actress Vilma Melasniemi, actor Juho Milonoff, their young children, and their extended family. The three-story home is located in the Oulunkylä neighborhood of Helsinki beside the grandparents’ 100-year-old villa. The new structure is composed of a ground floor with a sauna and a utility space and two upper-level apartments, one for the young family and one for the ...

Mahali Mzuri Safari Resort

Designed by Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Limited Edition, Mahali Mzuri is a resort safari camp located west of Nairobi, Kenya, inside the Olare Motorogi Conservancy. The resort is made up of twelve tented suites and accepts just twenty-four guests at a time, guaranteeing low-density tourism and minimizing the impact on the surrounding environment. In the name of sustainability and community responsibility, the elevated tents echo local architecture and are ...

Refurbished Antwerp Transit House

Once a private residence, this building was recently transformed into a transit house where homeless people can stay while finding jobs and independent housing. Located in the Merksem district of Antwerp, Belgium, the building retains its original brick facade and staircase. The marble fireplace and sleek kitchen furnishings are new but complement the vintage flooring and detailed woodwork. Bovenbouw Architecture refurbished the house, installing new ceilings, wiring, and fittings and ...

Hazukashi House

The Hazukashi House by ALTS Design Office is a small home in Kyoto, Japan. An irregular pentagon, the two-story resembles a Monopoly house. Its simple exterior is painted white and features three stacked windows which lengthen the look. Inside, the living room has a high ceiling, following the stairs up to the second floor. The woody den and dining room is the heart of the design, and the smaller rooms ...

Renovated Haight-Ashbury Flat

This 19th-century flat in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury has been renovated multiple times, most recently by Mork Ulnes Architects. In updating the two-story home, the architects opted to keep both the Victorian and the 1960s details, such as the decorative door frames and exposed brick, while bringing the overall design to the present day with more contemporary elements and flow. The butcher-block stairway and bridge is one of their standout additions. ...