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Mountainside House with a View

Realized by Kidosaki Architects Studio in Nagano, Japan, this home is built into the cliffside, from where it juts out and takes in the view of the surrounding mountains. The minimalist design makes use of cool neutral colors and plain, clean materials such as wood and glass. With windows on all sides, the house places emphasis on the natural world beyond it. 45g Photography

Tokyo House with Unusual Plan and Gabled Roof

A project by Kiyotoshi Mori and Natsuko Kawamura of the architecture firm MDS, the Naruse House was designed for an irregular plot in Tokyo, Japan. The home rests at the intersection of three suburban streets, where its unusual plan makes economical use of space. Balancing its specific needs with traditional style, the designs has ordinary features such as a gabled roof, square windows, black wooden cladding, and a concrete foundation. ...

Energy-Efficient Italian Villa with an Award-Winning Pool

Villa A was renovated and extended by A-OMA architects in Catania, Italy. The architects kept the original pitched roof, lava stone, and wood, while adding sustainable features, steel, and glass. To conserve energy and give the house elemental beauty, the team installed a solarium, a watery cooling wall and pool, and a roof garden. The double-duty pool includes areas for swimming, diving, and hydromassage, so it’s no surprise that this ...

Architectural Cat Houses for a Cause

These stunning cat houses were created for Architects for Animals’ “Giving Shelter” fundraiser in Los Angeles. The designs drew a crowd of not-so-crazy cat people, and all proceeds went to FixNation, a Californian spay-neuter nonprofit. Kind and contemporary, the designs please feline friends and design-conscious guardians alike with their geometry, texture, and clean look. The cat houses were designed by various architects: Formation Association, HOK, Perkins + Will, DSH architecture, ...

Wooden Home in Hiroshima

This wooden home is an UID Architects project called +node. Built in beside a small forest in Hiroshima, Japan, the two stacked volumes offer undisturbed views of the natural surroundings. The design lessens the boundary between indoor and outdoor spaces through the use of floor-to-ceiling glass windows and a spacious deck, which beckons the residents to come out from the plywood-lined interior. Photography by Hiroshi Ueda

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 ...