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Tiny Belgian Office with Green Roof

This small space serves as a tiny office for a graphic designer based in Uccle, Belgium. Designed by l’escaut architectures, the structure has just enough room for a conference table, a wood stove, shelving, and a desk. Inside, a large window and a skylight provide natural lighting, which reflects off of the raw wooden interior. Outside, one can admire how the workspace is built into the slope of the land ...

Tiny Summer Home Clad in Blue

Built on a farm in the country outside of São Paulo, Brazil, the OZ House is a tiny home and summer getaway by Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados. The house includes two bedroom suites with private bathrooms and an open plan kitchen and den. Clad in blue, the home is a bright, contemporary point from which to enjoy nature. The glass walls keep the view open, and the porch beckons guests ...

French Farmhouse Converted into Summer Home

This historical farmhouse in the Loire Valley region of France was converted into a contemporary summer home by the Parisian firm Septembre Architecture. The architects restored the stonework and the roof, treated the wood, and installed floor heating, insulation, and glass doors and windows. They whitewashed the walls but left the wooden beams, lintels, and rafters naturally finished for contrast. On the ground floor, they centralized an open plan living ...

Country Home with Panoramic View of Rural Montreal

The Roy-Lawrence Residence by Chevalier Morales Architectes is a Canadian country home in Sutton, Montreal. As the family’s roots go back to Switzerland, the design includes accents such as a Swiss chalet. The house’s Swiss elements and contemporary look give it a distinct appearance. There are three layers to this angular building, such that the wooden frame stands on a concrete base and is shaded below a large roof. On ...

Weekend Home on the Cliffside of El Arco

This angular building was created by WMR Arquitectos as a family’s weekend retreat on the cliffside of El Arco, Chile. The contemporary design makes use of natural materials, softening its look and complementing the environment. The wooden facade fits in with the surroundings, the stone foundation echoes the texture of the sand, and the glass of the windows reflects the sky. Even inside, the house directs attention outdoors. On the ...

Mirrored Lookout in Scotland

Created by Angus Ritchie and Tyler Daniel for the Scottish Scenic Routes Initiative, this eco-centric lookout can be found nearby Scotland’s Loch Lomond in Trossachs National Park. The small structure is made of birch plywood and mirrored stainless steel. A natural resting point, the building melts into the surrounding environment, allowing for an uninterrupted view of the glen. Photography by Ross Campbell

Communal Apartment in Barcelona

Renovated by Miel Arquitectos and Studio P10, the Salva46 apartment is now designed for what the architects call “shared micro living.” This means that the updated space is compact and communal, so that two individuals can, in theory, live in the same small apartment without stepping on each other’s toes. There are two personal spaces, one on each side of the shared den and kitchen, where roommates can bond over ...

Architectural Installations for SALT Cultural Festival

Created by architect Sami Rintala of Rintala Eggertsson and artist Joar Nango for the SALT cultural festival, this architectural installation is spread out on the beach so that revelers engage with the environment to “discover” the spaces. The project includes a kitchen, a sauna, a tent, and a viewing deck, all of which blend contemporary style with traditional materials. The angular buildings sometimes stand on stilts or feature irregularly shaped ...

Space-Saving Family Home in New Zealand

Built in a suburb of Auckland, New Zealand, this Dorrington Atcheson Architects design is composed of a main house and a smaller storage building. The family home is divided into a central pavilion and two wings, one for the parents’ bedrooms and bathroom and another for the children’s. The pavilion is walled in glass, which brings natural lighting into the kitchen and the lounge below. These highly visible spaces look out ...

Private Home on a Chilean Cliffside

The Rocas House by Studio MK27 stands on a cliffside plot in Chile. A boxy two-level home, the contemporary design is clad in wood and stone. In addition to the main structure, two stone side walls shade the entrance, fostering a sense of privacy. Inside, the neutral palette of the dark and light walls and wooden floors and ceilings maintains a sense of quietude. The lower level unveils spacious areas ...