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Small Paris Apartment with Attic Bedroom

Designed by Schemaa, this Paris apartment makes the most of its small space. The minimalist interior features cupboard storage inside the alternating-tread staircase at the center of its plan. In order to keep clutter at bay, there is full cabinetry in the kitchen, a bookshelf in the doorway between the kitchen and living rooms, and storage along the wall of the cozy attic bedroom. With all of the little items ...

Renovated Apartment in Barcelona

Nook Architects designed this Barcelona apartment as part of a series of renovations in the same building. Like in their earlier projects, they focused on centering the darker “night” rooms and placing “day” rooms at the edges, where they see more light. To this effect, the bedroom and bathroom are in the middle of the plan, while the kitchen, den, and terrace can be found on the outside. In this ...

Rugged Steel Cabin in Washington State

Designed by Olson Kundig Architects and built in the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State, the Sol Duc Cabin is stilted and clad in steel for utmost protection against the elements. The stilts elevate the retreat above flood-level and the steel deck, sliding panels, cantilevered roof, and walls make the design impenetrable. These metal components were assembled off-site in order to minimize the impact on the natural environment. When occupied, the ...

House for Mother by FAF Architects

FAF Architects brings us House for Mother, a series of three volumes, set in Linköping, Sweden. The largest, the entrance, holds the kitchen, living, and dining rooms; the second leads to the studio and bedrooms; the third and last contains the bathroom and laundry room. House for Mother is sided and roofed with corrugated aluminum. On the interior, wooden ceilings and plywood walls give way to polished concrete flooring, giving ...

House of the Infinite in Cadiz

This house by Alberto Campo Baeza stands on the beach in Cadiz, Spain, overlooking the Atlantic. Built in reference to a jetty, the home juts out from the natural slope of the land. The boxy, monolithic structure is made of Roman travertine, referring to the nearby remains of Roman fisheries and more distant ruins of the same history. The private home is accessible by walking through a trench of sand. ...

Woodsy Beach House in Whitstable, England

This small getaway home is a handsome addition to the rows of beach houses in Whitstable, England. Slightly elevated on galvanised steel stilts, the structure is close to the seaside and ready for the water. The exterior is clad in cedar shingles and the interior is lined with sawn softwood. The sea is readily visible from the front porch and glass wall, while the country is waiting behind the back ...

Temporary Housing Beyond Tents and Hotels

Designed by B-and-Bee, this stacked bedroom structure was recently used at Gentse Feesten in Belgium. The honeycomb system stands up to four pods high, housing 50 people on 100 square meters of land. The bottom levels are reachable from the ground, and industrial stairs provide access to the top roosts. Clad in larch wood, the pods can be entered through fabric-covered doorways. Inside, the furnishings are sparse; there are just ...

German Family Home with a Porsche Room

The T-Bone House Space Sculpture by Coast Office Architecture is an eccentric family home in the countryside of in Stuttgart, Germany. Built among an orchard, the Rems Valley home prioritizes the garden view, introducing glass-walled rooms on two levels and on either side of the construction. These rooms shine with contemporary elegance, thanks to details such as brown slate flooring, seamlessly built-in cabinets, and button tufted fabric wall panels. Each ...

Sustainably Designed New England Island House

The Island House by Peter Rose + Partners is composed of four structures: a vacation home, a garage, a storage shed, and a boathouse. Built on the island of Chappaquiddick nearby Edgartown, Massachusetts, the holiday residence offers unadulterated views of Nantucket and Cape Poge Bay. Letting nature take precedence, the architects redrew the road so that any traffic would be out of sight. Shaded by locust trees, the house is ...

Green Roofed House in the Hills

Built into the hillside of Cap-à-l’Aigle, a village of Charlevoix, Canada, the Malbaie V Residence by MU Architecture is a boxy two-story house with a 100% green roof. The verdant feature insulates the home, regulating temperature rise and loss in the summer and the winter. It also adds to the heightened naturalism of the design, symbolically mirroring but visually contrasting with the regionally-sourced red cedar exterior. On the ground floor, ...