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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.

Tintaldra Cabin

This quaint little home looks to the mountains from its location on the southern banks of the Murray River in Victoria, Australia. Created by Modscape, a firm which specializes in sustainable, prefabricated structures, this house is designed to remain incognito in the Australian countryside. From the road it appears to be a small service shed, and that is just what the owner—who spends large amounts of his time overseas—is looking ...

Factory-Turned-Loft Residence in Brooklyn

This Brooklyn loft was renovated earlier this year by SABO project. Once a die cast factory built more than 100 years ago, the space was converted into a residential development in the 1980s. Gutting the apartment, the architects exposed some of the original structure, such as the industrial columns found in the kitchen and the bathroom. The roughness of these elements complements the contemporary backdrop of white and natural wooden ...

Norwegian Boathouse

Found in Hudøy, Norway, this Snøhetta design has a simple, rustic exterior with wooden slats and a metal door. Inside, the decor is sparing, yet there is a wooden loft and several colorful bunks installed. The bunks can be used as storage space or as sleeping areas, and there are enough of them to host an overnight boating adventure with friends and family.

A New Kind of Flat: Topanga Cabin

This rustic cabin, located in Topanga Canyon in California, was designed by Mason St. Peter—a graduate of the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. While visiting a friend in a similar studio, St. Peter was inspired and began to work with the owner to create a space of their own using his materials. The exterior is sided with refurbished wood slats and filled with picturesque details like the ...

Secluded Vacation Home in the Pyrenees

Once a poultry hut, this historic building was transformed into a small vacation home by dmp arquitectura. The architects kept the traditional stone exterior but modernized the interior with smooth walls and large windows. Tucked away in the Pyrenees of Huesca, the secluded village home echoes traditional architecture such as the XII century Romanesque church down the path. At the same time, the softened design makes for a comfortable escape.

Contemporary Stone Farmhouse

This farmhouse was designed by 3+1 architekti for a client who wanted to return to his hometown, the village of Košťálov, Czech Republic. The home mirrors the colloquial architecture in material. Salvaging limestone and basalt from an old barn, the primary volume is made of stone like most of the surrounding structures. The secondary volume is clad in wood, a new yet natural addition. The two spaces are linked by ...

Urban Beehive Condos

What’s all the buzz about? Real estate is going up in the bee world, thanks to Norwegian architecture and design firm Snøhetta. These “beehive condos,” currently perched on top of the Vulkan Bigård project at Mathallen, are giving our little winged friends a sweet place to stay in the city. The natural wooden structures are carved with an all-over honeycomb pattern. While it’s unlikely that bees care about the frills, ...

Long Brick House by Földes & Co. Architects

Built in in Pilisborosjeno, Hungary, this Földes & Co. Architects construction reimagines the classic brick house. The exterior is made of light, pinkish bricks, a softer color than one usually sees. The bright hue makes the gabled roof and long plan seem fresh. Inside, the home features a fireplace, built-in shelving, large windows, painted rafters, a spacious window seat. Altogether a cozy design, this contemporary country home borrows from the ...