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Andreas Gruber embeds minimal concrete house into the Italian hillside. A three-storey house made entirely of concrete has been set into the steep slope of the Eisack Valley in South Tyrol by local architect Andreas Gruber.

Andreas Gruber embeds minimal concrete house into the Italian hillside

The mountainous setting in northern Italy came with a number of restrictions and regulations, which called for an innovative design that was sympathetic to its Alpine surroundings. "The special climatic conditions in the Alps, as well as the requirements of the national energy saving guidelines, forced us to think about how the application of building materials can be optimised without the production of waste," explained Andreas Gruber. "In order to meet these requirements, unique details have been developed that work without composite construction.

" The residence named Habitat Andergassen Urthaler is constructed from a porous variety of concrete known as Dämmbeton. Vector Architects adds curving vaulted roof to refurbished house in Chinese port. Mami House is a "mini bunker" built for a couple on a very tight budget. Faced with the difficult task of delivering a family house for less than €100,000, Portuguese architect José Carlos Nunes de Oliveira designed this cuboidal concrete property.

Mami House is a "mini bunker" built for a couple on a very tight budget

Nunes de Oliveira, who leads architecture studio NOARQ, was initially asked by the clients to build them a 160-square-metre home for just €80,000 (approximately £67,000). He told them it was impossible, so they increased their budget to €100,000 (£84,000). Lake Flato creates vertical waterfront home in rural Texas. The top floor of this tall holiday home by US studio Lake Flato is situated above the tree line, enabling impressive views of a lake in Texas Hill Country.

Lake Flato creates vertical waterfront home in rural Texas

The Blue Lake Retreat is located in Marble Falls, a small town situated about 50 miles (80 kilometres) northwest of Austin. Rectangular in plan, the three-storey residence rises up from a hillside and overlooks a lake. The home's verticality was conceived in response to the site's steep topography. "Leveraging this design opportunity for its greatest potential, the narrow three-story residence dramatically culminates at the top floor, which is set just above the tree line, providing nearly a 180-degree view of the lake beyond," said Lake Flato, a firm based in San Antonio, Texas. Floating steel staircase takes centre stage at granite house by Marcos Miguélez. A staircase featuring cantilevered treads connects the library and living room at the centre of this rough granite-clad house in the Spanish town of Magaz de Abajo.

Floating steel staircase takes centre stage at granite house by Marcos Miguélez

Local architect Marcos Miguélez was asked to create the first home for a young couple with an interest in contemporary architecture. Antonin Ziegler covers abandoned barn in zinc plates to create rustic home in northern France. Zinc plates protect the ageing wooden structure of this barn in the French village Notre-Dame-de-Bliquetuit, which was been transformed into a house with its own spa by Antonin Ziegler.

Antonin Ziegler covers abandoned barn in zinc plates to create rustic home in northern France

Parisian architect Ziegler and his studio chose zinc as a replacement for the weatherbeaten cladding of The Barn house, which stands on the edge of the wheat field where it was formerly used to store fodder for horses. The metallic cladding is left untreated in the expectation that a patina will develop across its surface and give an impression that the building has always been there. Tatiana Bilbao's Ventura House "grows organically" across a forested hillside.

This house by Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao comprises a cluster of five-sided concrete blocks that emerge from a forested hillside to offer panoramic views towards the city of Monterrey.

Tatiana Bilbao's Ventura House "grows organically" across a forested hillside

The family home was designed by Bilbao's Mexico City studio to occupy a steeply sloping plot with an awkward topography. The uneven terrain informed a proposal that extends across the site, composed of a series of connected volumes arranged to optimise the available views. With its outlook over the nearby metropolis, the hillside property evokes images of properties in the Hollywood Hills captured in the mid 20th century by photographer Julius Shulman. "This reference was a starting point and an inspiration to begin our design, based a pentagon module as a design parameter, which derived from a spatial diagram and the topography," Bilbao's team explained. Each pentagon is positioned to follow the landscape. The private rooms are housed in units that step gradually up and around the edge of the slope. 10 Unbelievable Hidden Homes. A hidden triangular home built into the earth in Austin, Texas Austin's Edgeland House is a unique, triangular home designed by Bercy Chen Studio that is built into the earth and covered with a thick layer of sod.

10 Unbelievable Hidden Homes

It is highly efficient, and can stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer from the added thermal mass and insulation—and you certainly can't see it from the street! Stacked windows face a 116-year-old tree in Panovscott's Sydney cottage extension. Australian architecture firm Panovscott has overhauled a federation-era cottage in Sydney, adding a stacked extension onto the rear of the building with large picture windows that overlook the garden.

Stacked windows face a 116-year-old tree in Panovscott's Sydney cottage extension

Anita Panov and Andrew Scott built the extension with the intention of connecting the old house, dated 1917 with a 116-year-old Jacaranda tree that also sits on the property. Once part of the Gelding Brothers Victorian Nursery, the cottage was passed down by its previous owners of 90 years to the current inhabitants – along with the history of the Jacaranda and the nursery. The extension project is named Jac, in tribute to the tree, and is intended as a reflection on the way a structure ages in relation to its surroundings. "This relationship between time and, more immediately, the cottage and the tree, enabled us to establish an architecture that is a hybridisation of those references," said the architects.

Four steps lead down gently to the large room which is level with the garden. Stone-walled house in Taiwan provides residents with Pacific Ocean views. Taipei-based Creat+Think Design Studio used stone excavated from the site to build this house on a slope in Taiwan overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Stone-walled house in Taiwan provides residents with Pacific Ocean views

The architects dug out the hillside to create a stepped terrain for the house, located on the eastern seaboard of Taiwan facing the sea. HGA creates cedar-clad cottages for classical musicians in Vermont. US firm HGA Architects and Engineers took cues from Cape Cod-style homes while conceiving a series of cabins for world-renowned musicians spending the summer in rural New England.

HGA creates cedar-clad cottages for classical musicians in Vermont

The Marlboro Music Cottages are located on the 500-acre (202-hectare) campus of Marlboro College, tucked in the foothills of Vermont's Green Mountains. Each summer, the campus hosts the Marlboro Music School and Festival, which began in 1951. Approximately 80 distinguished classical musicians stay at the verdant campus for seven weeks, homing their craft and hosting public performances.

Past attendees include Yo Yo Ma, Jonathan Biss and Murray Perahia. Edmund Sumner reveals decade-old photographs of Ryue Nishizawa at his seminal Moriyama House. Photographer Edmund Sumner has revealed decade-old images of one of Ryue Nishizawa's most famous buildings, Moriyama House – a full-size model of which was recently installed inside London's Barbican. After visiting the Barbican's "highly impressive" exhibition The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945, which includes a full-size model of the Tokyo house, Sumner dug out his photographs from when the building was first completed in 2005.

Moriyama House is one of the last projects Sumner chose to shoot on film before transitioning to digital. Among the images are rare portraits of Ryue Nishizawa, who leads the Pritzker Prize-winning architectural firm SANAA with Kazuyo Sejima. "I was surprised to see how gritty Moriyama House was the first time I visited it. Maas Architecten merges a thatched cottage with a glass greenhouse. A gabled greenhouse appears to slide out from beneath the thatched roof of this villa, completed by Maas Architecten in the Dutch countryside. The property was designed by Lochem-based Maas Architecten for a site on the edge of the town of Berlicum in the Dutch province of North Brabant. It was designed to combine regional forms and materials with contemporary details.

Trees grow up inside narrow Vietnam house by Nguyen Khac Phuoc Architects. Trees grow up through the central atrium of this five-metre-wide house in Vietnam, designed by Nguyen Khac Phuoc Architects to offer its residents respite from noise and smog. A House in Trees occupies a narrow five-metre-wide plot in Tu Son town in Bac Ninh, a province east of Vietnam's capital that is facing rapid urbanisation. It provides a home for a couple and their two teenage children. The challenge facing Hanoi-based Nguyen Khac Phuoc Architects was the high levels of noise and smog in the area.

To combat this, the architects created two large voids at the centre of the property. These act as a buffer to the pollution and also allow the residents to enjoy outdoor space. Planted terraces are interspersed among living spaces at Vo Trong Nghia's Binh House. Vo Trong Nghia Architects has completed the latest in its House for Trees series – a property in Ho Chi Minh City featuring gardens set on top of multiple stacked levels that are visible through openings in the concrete walls. Nghia's studio designed Binh House for a family of three generations, who wanted to feel connected within the home whilst also enjoying some privacy.

The House for Trees series aims to reinstate the traditional connection between buildings and nature that existed in Vietnam prior to recent rapid urbanisation in the country. Previous examples of the architect's attempts to reintroduce greenery to residential projects have included a house with a large tiered garden on its roof and a property made up of plant-pot-like concrete boxes with trees growing from their tops. Bernardo Bader perches larch-clad home over concrete plinth in Austrian mountains. This timber-clad residence by Bernardo Bader Architects appears to be raised on stilts above chunky concrete foundations in the mountainous Vorarlberg region of Austria. Haus am Stürcherwald sits at 1,000 metres above sea-level in the village of Laterns, and was designed to resemble the Walser farmhouses that populate the area. Many of these traditional multi-storey and often wooden houses feature pitched roofs with covered balconies.

Bader's design is a contemporary take on this style, featuring sawn-larch slats and a gabled roof. Steel chain curtains cover skinny Osaka house by FujiwaraMuro Architects. Chimney house in slovenia by dekleva gregorič architects. Mar 31, 2017. Inbetween Architecture transforms "terribly dated" 1970s Melbourne house to open up lake views. Inbetween Architecture has renovated and extended a dated brown-brick property in Melbourne's Doncaster suburb to improve the quality of its living spaces and capture views of nearby Ruffey Lake. Cross-shaped house by Elliott Architects stands in English woodland. Elliott Architects has completed a family home in Northumberland made up of two intersecting volumes clad in opposing materials of slate, cedar and brick to represent different elements of its forest setting.

Undermountain House. Think "barn" and the first image that pops into your head might lean more towards "rustic animal house" than "super-modern residence" — that is, until you get a look at Undermountain House by Brooklyn architecture firm O’Neill Rose Architects. House in Mukainada is a Hiroshima home that straddles a circular path. Chvoya uses steeply pitched roof to create a vantage point over a bay in western Russia. Cubo Design Architect pairs blackened wood with concrete for house in coastal Japanese city. An angular, blackened wood structure sits atop two concrete blocks to form this house in Japan's Kanagawa Prefecture, designed by Cubo Design Architect. Gonzalo Claro hides rooftop extension of Chilean house behind dark waterproof membrane. Jan Sofka takes cues from Japanese home for rural residence near Cape Town. Rammed Earth Architecture. De Rosee Sa uses cobbled courtyards to bring light into London house.

Enclosed courtyards frame views of trees and sky at house in a Japanese forest. BRUT architectes builds low energy PEN.DU house in france. Claesson koivisto rune wraps entire swedish pool and spa in parquet tiles. House L27 by dIONISO LAB is arranged around a curving courtyard in northern Portugal. Cousins & Cousins adds laminated timber and glass extension to brick house in Hackney. Hexagonal wooden lattice wraps Mexico City home by Felipe Assadi and Francisca Pulido. Palinda kannagara introduces nature into linear house in sri lanka. Office mian ye completes meadow house in potomac, maryland. 68 Moore Road, Wayland. Palinda kannangara casts concrete oculus guest house in sri lanka. IROJE KHM builds 'flying house' for a pilot in incheon.

RUIZSOLAR arquitectos shapes el vigilante house in chile. Stacked and rotated black volumes set on stilts make up Chilean seaside house. Californian home by Blaze Makoid steps down a forested hillside. Worktop extends from kitchen to garden in Sydney residence by Benn + Penna Architecture. Architect Turns Old Cement Factory Into His Home, And The Interior Will Take Your Breath Away. Arquitectura-g camouflages country house into its landscape outside barcelona.

CO-AP adds contemporary concrete and glass extension to semi-detached Sydney home. Yoshiyasu Mizuno uses sharply angled roof to disguise scale of Terada House. Kubota Architect Atelier's Fu House combines delicately tapered surfaces with sturdy concrete walls. Seattle waterfront home enjoys carefully chosen views through lush vegetation. Ström architects cantilevers 'the quest' bungalow in england. Robert Konieczny uses drawbridge to create ark-like house on a steep Polish hillside. MGAO proposes two-shed residence in melbourne, australia. Field office elevates corten dwelling next to mount macedon, australia. Eight mid-century houses that prove Palm Springs is a modernist mecca. Slanted wooden walls form holiday home in upstate New York by Hariri & Hariri.

Locking up at night may take a while with this 72 door beach house. Dormer windows protrude from mono-pitched roof of House in Tokushima. Block Architects adds trellises and steel-bar walls to Vietnamese house. Tokyo home by Fujiilab comprises cluster of protruding white boxes. Minimal Hollywood house by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos juts out from steep hillside. 10 desert houses that make the most of arid landscapes. NMD Nomadas' concrete and glass house features skinny swimming pool. This Narrow House In Japan Only Looks Tiny Until You Look Inside. Jun Igarashi uses plywood boxes to separate studio from home for Japanese painter. Stacked concrete blocks and roof deck give diners sea views at South Korean cafe.

Govaert and Vanhoutte create bachelor pad with underground club near Ghent. Buenos Aires Costa Esmeralda Concrete Rooftop Pool House. Villa Agava presents closed facade to the street but opens up at the rear. 7 Picturesque Houses Built Into Nature. Gundry Ducker adds sooty brick and glass extension to London house. Walls of glass, stone and wood line courtyards at Pitsou Kedem's House F. Architecture For London uses slate and brick for London house extensions. Kerstin Thompson adds underground tasting room to Australian winery. Kenzo Tange and Toyo Ito feature in MAXXI Japanese house exhibition. Seoul house by Moon Hoon features small windows and diagonal markings. Lorenzo Guzzini references Japanese tea houses with simple alpine home. Grey brick Amsterdam townhouse by 31/44 Architects. McInturff Architects renovates home without furniture in Maryland.

Carney Logan Burke uses rammed earth to build home-office extension. Glass doors open onto decked terraces at Taiwanese house renovation. Lund Hagem's cabin is designed to withstand Norway's harsh winters. Gallery-like corridors connect blocks at house by 05 AM Arquitectura. Scenario Architecture founders add glass-roofed extension to their home. House Built From Ruins in Portugal. Nordic's Villa Vatnan is a hilltop house with a view over a Norwegian city. Garden roof covers beachside house in Australia by ArchiBlox. White masonry sauna defines courtyard in Minnesota retreat. Modernist-inspired house in Tel Aviv features a cantilevered upper storey. Óscar Miguel Ares Álvares creates "abstract and hard" care home.

Pedro Reyes teams rough concrete with crazy paving for Mexico City home. Sorrento House is a modern take on Australian seaside architecture. Land-locked Tokyo house by Front Office features elevated terraces. Struere builds Hollywood home to help revive mid-century modernism. Rob Kennon's Goulburn Valley House is surrounded by a colonnade. Industrial Homes: expressing the structure within using raw building materials - Inspiration - modlar.com.

Four angular white volumes form house in Mallorca by OHLAB. Iranian holiday home is black on the outside and white on the inside. Dark extension added to Federation house in Sydney by Studioplusthree. Chunky concrete walls enclose HDPF's Haus Meister near Zurich airport. STC arquitectos builds la viña dwelling in argentina.