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Rural Tourism at Monte Novo da Cruz

The high-end hotel Monte Novo da Cruz can be found on the Alentejo Coast in Odemira, Portugal. The total property includes the owner’s home and a new guest building for family friends and people exploring in rural tourism. Designed by [i]da arquitecto, the contemporary addition provides outdoor dining and both rooftop and ground floor lounging areas. The relaxing space opens up the rooms to views of the sky and the ...

The Family Playground House

Called the Family Playground, this home was created by House Design 好室設計 in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. Mixing traditional and contemporary elements, the pairs restrained concrete walls and wooden floors with colorful details such as intricately patterned tiles and a forest green chalkboard wall. One element in particular, the pipe dividers, stand out for their blend of classical and industrial imagery and their dual Fung-shui and storage purposes.

Rhine Valley Home

This k_m architektur home is a modern, golden vision surrounded by mountains and valleys. Made up of right angles, the house is sharply contemporary in silhouette. Clad, in copper, glass, and wood, the exterior glows and will age naturally over time. The warm color of the facade makes the cool blue swimming pool a point of contrast and focus. The long, narrow pool is accessible via the deck and fully ...

Industrial Apartment Renovation in Milan

Renovated and restored by Cristina Meschi, this Italian apartment serves as a low-maintenance home base for a single owner who often travels for work. The 30mq (30 square meters) space embodies a relaxed industrial feel, thanks to its exposed brick and concrete walls. Cabinets and other storage solutions keep the city-sized studio clutter-free, and stainless steel ladders make the most of the space’s height. The bedroom is lofted for extra ...

Norwegian Micro Cluster Cabins

The Micro Cluster Cabins can be found in the hills of Vestfold, Norway. A Reiulf Ramstad Architects design, the cabin complex is divided into three volumes to maintain the family’s sense of privacy. Meeting traditional and contemporary aesthetics, the design juxtaposes details such as gabled rooftops, wood cladding, skinny vertical windows, a courtyard, and a glass wall. Inside, the home is starkly painted in white and lofted to make the ...

Sustainable Family Home in Sydney, Australia

In Sydney, Australia, Andrew Burges Architects renovated a 1940 house into this sustainable single-story home for a large family of six. They increased the natural lighting, connected the indoor space to the garden, and installed hydronic underfloor heating beneath the polished concrete floors. They reused the original brickwork to line several walls throughout the home, saving resources and giving each room a varied texture. Modernizing the space, they installed American ...

Dutch House with Chimneys

This house with two chimneys was built by Onix Architects in Bosschenhoofd in the Netherlands. Clad in naturally finished wood, the home has a light, crisp look that contrasts with the weathered facade of the old farmhouse, now used as a studio. The modern addition nonetheless features traditional elements such as a saddleback roof and the aforementioned chimneys. These components root the design in colloquial architecture, even as its styling ...

Wicker Nests Hang from the Trees

This hanging nest is part of an installation by architect and designer Ana Rascovsky. Called Nido, or Nest in English, the project suspends wicker cocoons in trees in Tigre, a rather secluded part of northern Buenos Aires, Argentina. Woven from wicker strands and hung with rope, the hideaways are lightweight yet strong. They welcome passersby to come inside and relax, enjoying the space between earth and sky.

Sebastopol Residence

This elegant home, located in Sebastopol California, was designed by Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects in 2008. The residence stretches from one stand of redwood trees to another, with windows lining the facade to hilight the excellent view. Clerestory windows on the southern side of the house allow for a great deal of natural light to enter the main living spaces. The house utilizes an open plan, taking full advantage of ...

Sustainable Extended Family Ranch in California

This Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects house was designed for a large family in Marin County, California. Spacious and rich in features, the ranch serves as a home base for the extended family. The kitchen and dining area seats 16 people, and there are multiple bunks to sleep a crowd. The stone courtyard is expansive enough to welcome everyone outside, where they can enjoy the plunge pool, the hot tub, and ...