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Refurbished Antwerp Transit House

Once a private residence, this building was recently transformed into a transit house where homeless people can stay while finding jobs and independent housing. Located in the Merksem district of Antwerp, Belgium, the building retains its original brick facade and staircase. The marble fireplace and sleek kitchen furnishings are new but complement the vintage flooring and detailed woodwork. Bovenbouw Architecture refurbished the house, installing new ceilings, wiring, and fittings and ...

Hazukashi House

The Hazukashi House by ALTS Design Office is a small home in Kyoto, Japan. An irregular pentagon, the two-story resembles a Monopoly house. Its simple exterior is painted white and features three stacked windows which lengthen the look. Inside, the living room has a high ceiling, following the stairs up to the second floor. The woody den and dining room is the heart of the design, and the smaller rooms ...

Renovated Haight-Ashbury Flat

This 19th-century flat in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury has been renovated multiple times, most recently by Mork Ulnes Architects. In updating the two-story home, the architects opted to keep both the Victorian and the 1960s details, such as the decorative door frames and exposed brick, while bringing the overall design to the present day with more contemporary elements and flow. The butcher-block stairway and bridge is one of their standout additions. ...

Imal House

Designed by Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates, the Imal House is a long two-story built on a narrow plot in Okazaki, Aichi, Japan. The family home contains many overlapping spaces, including a corridor that doubles as a study and a garden that can serve as a dining or guest room, so that people may flow through the entire space and never feel cramped in one small room. Embodying minimalism, the interior ...

Mighty Mouse Apartment

Playfully named after Mighty Mouse, this studio by architect Nicholas Gurney can be found in Woolloomooloo, Australia. A small space with strong features, the apartment takes after the cult favorite cartoon and rocks a palette of white, gray, black, yellow, and red. The white walls and gray marble floors make the area seem larger by reflecting the natural light coming through the windows. Meanwhile, the matte black kitchen draws the ...

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 ...