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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 ...

Historic Home Renovated in Treviso, Italy

Massimo Galeotti Architetto renovated this historic home in Treviso, Italy. They exposed and recovered the original wooden beams, which had been covered by previous renovations. Additionally, they brought in new windows, enhancing the views of St. Ambrogio Church and the surrounding harbor. They also installed a new, timber volume, a radical yet minimalist change to the architecture. Ultimately, their updates blend contemporary and historical aesthetics, bringing the two together in ...

MIrrored “Breath Box” Wind Shelter

The Breath Box, a wind shelter by NAS Architecture, was created for the 2014 Festival des Architectures Vives à La Grande Motte. The naturalist design reflects the seaside view and catches the wind in motion. Constructed with wooden slats and hanging mirror panels, the installation celebrates wind more than it deters it, ultimately serving as a fresh way to engage with land, sea, and sky.