by on January 31, 2019
House MK reimagines a traditional Austrian farmhouse by giving it a contemporary new extension. The original structure is a prime example of the region's vernacular architecture with white granite block walls and a clipped gable roof. While these historic characteristics were preserved for the existing residence, the addition takes on a more modern form. The buildings rough-sawn spruce cladding and an asymmetrical gabled roof are reminiscent of a barn, a current complement to the former farmhous...
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by on January 4, 2019
Combining sustainable design and a rustic material palette, the Tumble Creek Cabin is a net-zero mountain retreat. The vacation home is nestled within Washington State's Cascade Mountains. Known for its extreme winters, designers had to use a mixture of solar panels, passive solar strategies, and a Tesla Powerwall to allow the residence to operate off-grid. While the oversize sloped roof gives the exterior a modern silhouette, it also filters the sun during the winter and summer months to help h...
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by on January 4, 2019
The By the Way House sits in the Polish countryside overlooking a nearby river. Rather than drawing inspiration from the pristine landscape, the home takes its shape from an unconventional entity — its long, winding driveway. The concrete road twists and turns around the property not to disturb any of the existing trees. At the middle of the site, the driveway lifts off the terrain, folding itself into a two-story dwelling. The solid material forms the ceiling, walls, and roof, giving the struct...
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by on January 4, 2019
Located in SoHo's historic Maltz Building, the Squarespace Offices brings the expansive, open-area workspaces of Silicon to New York City. The headquarters spans 100,000 square feet over three floors and a rooftop deck. Replicating the company's minimalist aesthetic, the design relies on a limited material palette of concrete, wood, and leather to create color and texture, resulting in a sophisticated atmosphere. The interior is comprised of multiple open workspaces allowing employees to connect...
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by on January 3, 2019
Utilizing off-grid systems and sustainable materials, the Tehachapi Sawmill House is a refreshing approach to desert living. The home is modeled after a campsite made from three wings arranged around a central fireplace. Located in the main living area, the hearth acts as a fire pit drawing inhabitants in to gather around the flames. Crank open the wall of windows and the room transforms into an open-air pavilion that expands out to an outdoor terrace. The interior utilizes salvaged materials wh...
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by on January 3, 2019
Rather than setting up half a dozen cookie cutter shops across the globe, Aesop aims to create individual experiences inspired by the local scenes. From Italy to Japan, every store is a unique tribute to its vibrant location. For instance, Aesop James Street is housed in a semi-translucent fiberglass shell, the same material found in the kayaks and surfboards along the coast of Queensland, while the tile-lined interior of Aesop Century City is an homage to the backyard swimming pools of Los Ange...
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by on January 3, 2019
Just as its name implies, the Chameleon Villa disguises itself to blend into the lush Bali landscape. The home is built on a steep slope. Its concrete facade emerges from the mountainside like an ancient temple. Draped in greenery, its clean lines fade away. The interior draws inspiration from traditional Balinese architecture, comprising itself of multiple pavilions. Each one houses a different function, allowing them to flow freely or be closed off as desired. To further immerse the structure ...
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by on January 2, 2019
From the exterior courtyard to the warm wood interior, the Marin County Shack is a weekend retreat you'll never want to leave. The home was originally built in the 1930s. While most of the house has been renovated, it was full of rare treasures like old growth redwood siding, original Douglas Fir ceilings, and a Sonoma stone fireplace that was salvaged for the new project. A two-story addition connects to the existing structure offering a living room and upper-level master suite with views reach...
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by on January 2, 2019
Sited in a grove of second growth cedar on an island in the state of Washington, the Whidbey Retreat is where a pair of artists get inspired. The property is made up of the main house, two artist studios, and a garage. Although surrounded by a rustic landscape, the buildings take on a contrasting industrial presence created by a palette of concrete, galvanized metal, polycarbonate, and bright primary hues. Inside, concrete floors and white walls provide a neutral interior that allows the artwork...
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by on January 2, 2019
Solid. Harsh. Unassuming. At least that's what Casa Zicatela is giving on the outside. But beyond its concrete barrier is an intricate network of stone staircases and open-air spaces. Located near the beach in Oaxaca, Mexico, the monolithic structure is made entirely from board-form concrete. Massive steps lead you down to a mini oasis with grassy courtyards woven around pools of water. Rooms are arranged around the central terrace where exposed concrete dominates the palette. Interiors are acce...
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by on January 2, 2019
Surrounded by the mountains of Rio de Janeiro, Casa Terra mimics the rusty colors of the neighboring peaks with its own reddish hue. The home is laid out as a series of irregular interlocking volumes. These units are formed by rows of pigmented concrete extending out from a central walkway. Each pair of perpendicular walls is capped with a glazed facade, forming the individual rooms. Paired with the home's hilltop plot, these glass walls afford extensive views of the landscape while also opening...
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by on January 2, 2019
At just 180 square feet, the A45 House proves that size really doesn't matter — as long as its masterfully designed. The tiny home is inspired by classic A-frame cabins but with a modern twist. The design literally rotates 45 degrees giving the exterior a unique, crystal-like form and expansive 13-foot ceilings. Inside, Nordic influences shape the interior with exposed timber frames, Douglas fir flooring, and a cedar sauna-styled bathroom while floor-to-ceiling glazing puts you upfront with natu...
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