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Energy-Efficient Japanese Farmhouse

The Yatsugatake Villa was designed by MDS for an elderly couple retiring from the city to Hokuto-City, Japan. A contemporary Japanese farmhouse, the angular home is clad in wood and roofed in steel. Key features include a garage with a gravel drive and tinted glass walls that can be pulled away to frame views of the surrounding countryside. The walls are panelled with rice paper so that they absorb the ...

Bavaria Road Studio in London

Once a Methodist Chapel, this double-height space now serves as an office and studio apartment. Refurbished by West Architecture, the dual-function space is now lofted. There is an open plan kitchen and living room below, and a laminated birch plywood balustrade above. The plywood structure supports the mezzanine and increases the sense of privacy by concealing the sleeping area. Top and bottom levels are connected by the handsome folded plate ...

House JA in Guarda by Filipe Pina + Ines Costa

House JA was extensively renovated by architects Filipe Pina and Ines Costa. Standing in Guarda, Portugal, the home blends old and new elements as well as urban and rural influences. The resulting house has the sleek look of a contemporary flat and the character of a rustic farmhouse or barn, all housed in a historic building. Outside, the stone facade is framed by black cubic structures. Inside, the polished floors ...

Island Grooming Retreat in Spain

This unique retreat was created by the Barcelona-based creative Mariana De Delas for “grooming, contemplation, and delicacy.” The project draws from the idea of cleaning and caring for a horse, as well as other definitions of grooming. Built on the island of Cabrera in Majorca, Spain, the gauzy design offers the client an escape from the rigor of urban life. The plot is in the middle of a barley field ...

Houseboat Sauna Available for Rent in Finland

Saunalautta is a houseboat sauna now available for rent in Finland. Promising a wholly relaxing vacation, the seafaring spa includes a rooftop observation deck, a barbeque spit, bunk beds, and hammocks in addition to a sauna below. Made of recycled wood, the extravagant experience actually is humbly and sustainably crafted so guests can pamper themselves without environmental guilt.

Port Hope Farmhouse

Located on a hundred-acre farm in Port Hope, Ontario, this Canadian home was designed by Teeple Architects. The contemporary design makes use of a variety of materials including charcoal zinc, wood, glass, and concrete. A complement to the ground source heating, many of these components provide natural insulation for the spacious rooms. Additionally, the floor-to-ceiling windows, courtyards, and clerestories bring natural lighting into the space, making it as energy-efficient as ...

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 ...