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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 ...

“Álvaro Siza. Viagem sem Programa”

A major Portuguese architect, Álvaro Siza is the subject of the eponymous title penned by Raul Betti and Greta Ruffino and released by Red Publishing. The Portuguese-language book contains a first-person narrative, told through interview, and delves into Siza’s views on project ethics and historical centers as well as life in Porto and his personal relationships in the art world. Illustrated with photographic portraits and 53 pencil and ink sketches ...

Small Paris Apartment with Attic Bedroom

Designed by Schemaa, this Paris apartment makes the most of its small space. The minimalist interior features cupboard storage inside the alternating-tread staircase at the center of its plan. In order to keep clutter at bay, there is full cabinetry in the kitchen, a bookshelf in the doorway between the kitchen and living rooms, and storage along the wall of the cozy attic bedroom. With all of the little items ...

Renovated Apartment in Barcelona

Nook Architects designed this Barcelona apartment as part of a series of renovations in the same building. Like in their earlier projects, they focused on centering the darker “night” rooms and placing “day” rooms at the edges, where they see more light. To this effect, the bedroom and bathroom are in the middle of the plan, while the kitchen, den, and terrace can be found on the outside. In this ...

Rugged Steel Cabin in Washington State

Designed by Olson Kundig Architects and built in the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State, the Sol Duc Cabin is stilted and clad in steel for utmost protection against the elements. The stilts elevate the retreat above flood-level and the steel deck, sliding panels, cantilevered roof, and walls make the design impenetrable. These metal components were assembled off-site in order to minimize the impact on the natural environment. When occupied, the ...

House for Mother by FAF Architects

FAF Architects brings us House for Mother, a series of three volumes, set in Linköping, Sweden. The largest, the entrance, holds the kitchen, living, and dining rooms; the second leads to the studio and bedrooms; the third and last contains the bathroom and laundry room. House for Mother is sided and roofed with corrugated aluminum. On the interior, wooden ceilings and plywood walls give way to polished concrete flooring, giving ...

House of the Infinite in Cadiz

This house by Alberto Campo Baeza stands on the beach in Cadiz, Spain, overlooking the Atlantic. Built in reference to a jetty, the home juts out from the natural slope of the land. The boxy, monolithic structure is made of Roman travertine, referring to the nearby remains of Roman fisheries and more distant ruins of the same history. The private home is accessible by walking through a trench of sand. ...

Woodsy Beach House in Whitstable, England

This small getaway home is a handsome addition to the rows of beach houses in Whitstable, England. Slightly elevated on galvanised steel stilts, the structure is close to the seaside and ready for the water. The exterior is clad in cedar shingles and the interior is lined with sawn softwood. The sea is readily visible from the front porch and glass wall, while the country is waiting behind the back ...