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Small House in Ritto, Japan by Alts Design Office

The Ritto House by Alts Design Office is a small home built in the Japanese city of the same name. Behind the unassuming exterior is a light-filled space with sliding doors fluidly dividing the private rooms and the living area. Light spills from above and pours in from a long wall of windows, reflecting off the natural wooden floors and white walls to illuminate the entire space. Matching the interior’s ...

Le Cercle Fermé by Martine Feipel and Jean Bechameil

Created by Luxembourg-based artists Martine Feipel and Jean Bechameil, “Le Cercle Fermé” (“The Closed Circle”) is an otherworldly museum installation of warped interiors. Echoing Jacques Derrida’s post-modernist idea of pushing past the limits of place, the alternate interior space distorts classical images of grandeur. Its hallway ripples as if water-damaged. Its drawers and cabinet doors bend and no longer fit in their slots. There’s an Alice in Wonderland quality to ...

The Naked House by Marc Gerritsen

For photographer and designer Marc Gerritsen, making his dream home a reality turned his three-story plan turned into a five-story villa. The finished house is built into the hillside of Koh Samui, Thailand. Described by Gerritsen as “luxury monastic,” the spacious home makes use of simple materials—concrete, wood, steel and glass—in order to return to life’s simple wonders, from sunlight and fresh air to quietude and openness. The stunning living ...

Mountain Lodge in Geilo, Norway

Made by Reiulf Ramstad Architects, this mountain lodge serves as a family holiday home in the snow of Geilo, Norway. The irregular volume is composed of three corridors holding the two living areas and the bedrooms. Inside and out, the house makes use of natural wood, which gives the space a light yet warm look. The interior boasts handsome details such as the three-panel windows and inviting window seats. As ...

Pop-Up House by Multipod Studio

Invented by Multipod Studio, the Pop-Up House is a passive building that can be made quickly and without specialized tools. Its dark gray insulating blocks and wooden panels absorb and distribute solar energy. The materials are lightweight, allowing for quick and easy installation, and recyclable, conserving earth’s resources. Building a Pop-Up House is not a gruelling or technical process. The designers claim it’s as simple as building with Legos. All ...

West Melbourne Loft by Adrian Amore Architects

Formerly a butter factory, this West Melbourne loft apartment was transformed by Adrian Amore Architects. Today, the ground floor is open plan, and the white walls on the lofted level curve around like ribbons. Connected by a sculptural stair, the two levels have a strong sense of unity and the grandeur of a museum. The space is accented by sliding doors, which open into rooms and out onto the roof ...

A Writer and Illustrator’s Studio

Found in Hackney, London, this writer and illustrator’s studio draws from the lighter elements of children’s books and myth. The WSD Architecture design allows light to spill through its cedar slats, such that the studio is backlit at night. During the day, the workspace is flooded with natural light, which shines through the sliding door, windows, and skylight. The pale interior reflects the sun and stars with whitewashed pine and ...

Savioz House in Ayent, Switzerland

Originally built in 1882, this stone structure functioned as a barn during the winter and as a home during the warmer months. In 1980, a floor was installed, brick was laid, and the roof was updated so that the building could be used as a holiday home. Today, the cottage shows all of the materials previously used for its facade, including the concrete newly added by Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes. The ...

Lake Joseph Boathouse by Altius Architecture

This private boathouse was built by Altius Architecture, Inc on Lake Joseph in Parry Sound, Canada. Made in the image of a classic Muskoka boathouse, the new construction has rooms for two boats on the lower level and a living area upstairs. The design also features a second-floor balcony, a raised walkway, and a spacious deck that holds enough chairs for a party. Intended for seasonal use, the boathouse welcomes ...

Raan Stern’s Space-saving Studio in Tel Aviv

Is design the occupation of space, or its reduction?  Raan Stern’s modular Tel Aviv apartment demonstrates the later. Measuring 15-square meters, the artist’s studio consists of 36 customized storage compartments, two desks, pegboard display walls and a folding bed. “The artist creates and collects different kinds of art pieces, most are 2D but also some small sculptures, books and old materials,” explained Ranaan Stern. “We needed different kinds of storage ...