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Barn-Inspired Weekend Home in the Hamptons

Located in Remsenburg, a rural town neighboring Westhampton, New York, the Barn House was renovated by D’Apostrophe Design. The structure was originally built in the 1980s as a faux barn but now serves as weekend home for Le Pain Quotidien CEO Vincent Herbert and his family. The design resembles a barn even more than before, as the wood cladding was salvaged from a 200-year-old outbuilding. Gray with age, the exterior ...

Contemporary Istanbul Loft

The Karakoy Loft is an Ofist design in Istanbul, Turkey. Handsomely laid out on an open plan, the design balances the warm iroko wood of the ceiling with the cool stone flooring and black metal built-in storage. Sunlight comes in through the skylights and a series of large windows, giving the space an effortless glow. The two-bedroom flat is feature-packed with a floating staircase, a wood-burning fireplace, and concrete kitchen ...

Japanese House Extension with Atrium

This striking design was created by mA-style Architects for a young couple living in Yaizu of the Shizuoka Prefecture of Japan. Extending the main house, the contemporary volume offers a more quiet, private place of escape. The extension is connected by a corridor so that guests enter the new area with intention. The space is made on a two-level open plan with a ground floor and an atrium. Straight lines ...

Contemporary House in Casablanca

This wood-clad house can be found in the valleys of Casablanca, Chile. The Orlando Etcheberrigaray home frames a single, North-facing view of the mountains, while allowing light to come in through the wooden slats, sliding glass doors, and a courtyard. Made with nature and sustainability in mind, the house is raised so that its construction disrupts as little of the earth as possible. The design brings people outside onto the ...

The Plywood House

This house is a refurbished Victorian in London, England, designed by Simon Astridge which flourishes thanks to the juxtaposition of the old and the new. These contrasting features come together at the home’s central plywood staircase. The concept for the home was to limit the palate of materials to concrete, plywood, brick, natural stone, and sky. This last “material” features largely within the project through the use of frameless glazing ...

Historic Home Renovated in Treviso, Italy

Massimo Galeotti Architetto renovated this historic home in Treviso, Italy. They exposed and recovered the original wooden beams, which had been covered by previous renovations. Additionally, they brought in new windows, enhancing the views of St. Ambrogio Church and the surrounding harbor. They also installed a new, timber volume, a radical yet minimalist change to the architecture. Ultimately, their updates blend contemporary and historical aesthetics, bringing the two together in ...

MIrrored “Breath Box” Wind Shelter

The Breath Box, a wind shelter by NAS Architecture, was created for the 2014 Festival des Architectures Vives à La Grande Motte. The naturalist design reflects the seaside view and catches the wind in motion. Constructed with wooden slats and hanging mirror panels, the installation celebrates wind more than it deters it, ultimately serving as a fresh way to engage with land, sea, and sky.

Tintaldra Cabin

This quaint little home looks to the mountains from its location on the southern banks of the Murray River in Victoria, Australia. Created by Modscape, a firm which specializes in sustainable, prefabricated structures, this house is designed to remain incognito in the Australian countryside. From the road it appears to be a small service shed, and that is just what the owner—who spends large amounts of his time overseas—is looking ...

Factory-Turned-Loft Residence in Brooklyn

This Brooklyn loft was renovated earlier this year by SABO project. Once a die cast factory built more than 100 years ago, the space was converted into a residential development in the 1980s. Gutting the apartment, the architects exposed some of the original structure, such as the industrial columns found in the kitchen and the bathroom. The roughness of these elements complements the contemporary backdrop of white and natural wooden ...

Norwegian Boathouse

Found in Hudøy, Norway, this Snøhetta design has a simple, rustic exterior with wooden slats and a metal door. Inside, the decor is sparing, yet there is a wooden loft and several colorful bunks installed. The bunks can be used as storage space or as sleeping areas, and there are enough of them to host an overnight boating adventure with friends and family.