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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 ...

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 ...