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Norwegian Micro Cluster Cabins

The Micro Cluster Cabins can be found in the hills of Vestfold, Norway. A Reiulf Ramstad Architects design, the cabin complex is divided into three volumes to maintain the family’s sense of privacy. Meeting traditional and contemporary aesthetics, the design juxtaposes details such as gabled rooftops, wood cladding, skinny vertical windows, a courtyard, and a glass wall. Inside, the home is starkly painted in white and lofted to make the ...

Sustainable Family Home in Sydney, Australia

In Sydney, Australia, Andrew Burges Architects renovated a 1940 house into this sustainable single-story home for a large family of six. They increased the natural lighting, connected the indoor space to the garden, and installed hydronic underfloor heating beneath the polished concrete floors. They reused the original brickwork to line several walls throughout the home, saving resources and giving each room a varied texture. Modernizing the space, they installed American ...

Dutch House with Chimneys

This house with two chimneys was built by Onix Architects in Bosschenhoofd in the Netherlands. Clad in naturally finished wood, the home has a light, crisp look that contrasts with the weathered facade of the old farmhouse, now used as a studio. The modern addition nonetheless features traditional elements such as a saddleback roof and the aforementioned chimneys. These components root the design in colloquial architecture, even as its styling ...

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, ...