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Mirror Houses by Peter Pichler Architecture

By : Dennis Franklin | 16 Dec 2014 10:15 pm | Homes

The Mirror Houses are two vacation rental homes located in the South Tyrolean Dolomites of Italy and their highly impressive design was created by the practice of Peter Pichler Architecture with mirrors on the backside to reflect the landscape back. The houses offer a great view of the nearby vineyards and of the mountains from the interior that was created to provide optimal daylight and natural ventilation. Each of the houses has a single bedroom and they reflect each other…

Innie & Outie by William O’Brien Jr. Architects

By : Dennis Franklin | 16 Dec 2014 3:00 am | Homes

The Innie & Outie is a group of residential structures with two types of courtyard buildings which were designed to remind the passers-by of the primitive formations with an aesthetic created by David Moses, Nicole Wang, Travis Williams and Linda Yifei Zhang from the practice of William O’Brien Jr. Architects. The project is located in Qingpu, Shanghai, China and basic construction techniques were employed for the homes, juxtaposing the warm wood against the gray façade for a stronger impact. The…

Mazama House by Finne Architects

By : Dennis Franklin | 15 Dec 2014 9:45 pm | Homes

The Mazama House located in Methow Valley, Washington was designed by the Finne Architects practice who also created some of the furniture pieces inside specifically for the project so that the whole project would integrate well with the secluded landscape on the edge of the North Cascades. The house is comprised of two volumes that contain different programs and the extensive natural environment around the house provided a great view while also requiring a careful design. The bedroom wing spreads…

Rock House by JVA Architects

By : Dennis Franklin | 13 Dec 2014 4:45 pm | Homes

The Rock House makes the choice for the name evident once you take a look at the pictures, replacing an older residence on the site in Vestfold, Norway. The architects Einar Jarmund, Hakon Vigsnaes, Jan Stavik and Nikolaj Zamecznik from the JVA Architects practice brought the landscape into the design in an impressive way to be in complete harmony with the site. The summer house integrates some of the pre-existing stone walls and the rock formations act as walls themselves…

Prefab Retreat by Noem

By : Dennis Franklin | 13 Dec 2014 1:20 pm | Homes

The Noem architectural practice created this prefabricated residential project in 2014 which is located in Castellon de la Plana, Spain, offering a vacation home for a couple that wanted to have a place where they could bring their friends or family. The most efficient choice was to create several prefabricated modules from wood that would be easy to set up and then provide sufficient comfort with automatic controls. The orientation is toward south east to maximize the thermal comfort during…

Lakewood Art Studio by KZ architecture

By : Dennis Franklin | 12 Dec 2014 2:20 pm | Homes

The Lakewood Art Studio is an extension to a home located in Florida which was designed by the KZ Architecture practice in a natural setting with a nearby lake and mature oak trees. The beautiful surroundings had to be integrated into the design so the outdoor areas were better landscaped with a more contemporary layout. The clients are a family with three children and the mother is a painter so she needed an artist studio which was created to serve…

Crump House by Room 11

By : Dennis Franklin | 12 Dec 2014 12:18 pm | Homes

The Crump House is a warm contemporary residence set in the middle of the natural landscape in Tasmania, Australia and it was designed by the Room 11 architectural practice with an orientation toward the north to take advantage of the expansive views of the Derwent River and the nearby city of Hobart. Spreading over a surface of 1453 square feet, the house has a layout spread over a single floor with the living areas shaded by the overhanging roof and…

Casa Vogue by Alessandro Sartore

By : Dennis Franklin | 11 Dec 2014 1:30 am | Homes

Casa Vogue is a residential project designed by the architect Alessandro Sartore to integrate into the natural landscape of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with the plants allowed to pass through the structure and thus bring more texture into the living areas. The project was designed for a dentist and art collector who wanted a house that had some of the characteristics of a showroom but with the warmth of a family retreat instead of the magazine cover look that is…

House in Rubianes by Nan Arquitectos

By : Dennis Franklin | 10 Dec 2014 9:30 pm | Homes

The House in Rubianes is a small residence located in Pazo de Rubianes, Pontevedra, Spain which was designed by the practice of Nan Arquitectos as a concrete block with glass to connect it with the surrounding natural landscape, so that it could serve as a holiday retreat. The project spreads over a surface of 49 square meters and has parallelepiped geometry at the ground floor with an opening toward the south. The design is eco-friendly, minimalist and focuses on efficiency…

LR Sustainable House by Tecto Architecture

By : Dennis Franklin | 10 Dec 2014 11:29 am | Homes

The Tecto Architecture practice designed the LR Sustainable House located in Buzau County, Romania with a style in which the orientation and shape of the building try to take advantage of the natural light. The south side is glazed and the location on the highest part of the site allows the home to enjoy a great view of the surroundings with the forest and plains nearby. The curves of the natural terrain were left unmodified so that the structure wouldn’t…

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