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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.

Cubo Design Architect pairs blackened wood with concrete for house in coastal Japanese city

Located in the city of Odawara, in the vicinity of a 15th century castle, Hafye is designed to create the feeling of being suspended in mid-air – hence the top-heavy design. This unusual form, described by locally based Cubo Design Architect as animal-like, was developed directly in response to the brief set by the client. "The client, who was born and raised in Odawara, wanted a relaxing home where he and his family could look out on this familiar, yet constantly changing landscape" said the team. "The gently linked rooms are divided into zones by differing floor elevations and ceiling heights, but one can enjoy the views and natural light from each space. " Gonzalo Claro hides rooftop extension of Chilean house behind dark waterproof membrane. Chilean architect Gonzalo Claro has renovated a family home in Santiago, reducing the ground floor footprint but adding a level for bedrooms.

Gonzalo Claro hides rooftop extension of Chilean house behind dark waterproof membrane

The Las Quilas house was completed in 2015 for a young family that wanted a home that would integrate seamlessly into the neighbourhood. Claro described the project as "a house shaped as a house". "The proposal intends to combine the complexity of the interior with a formal simplicity, an edification without ornaments nor decoration," said the architect, who set up his studio in 2012. First, the architect's intervention involved cutting the existing house in half, to make room for a garden at ground level. An additional storey was then built above the preserved portion of the structure. Visitors enter the 300-square-metre home through a central vestibule that directs their gaze to an inner courtyard filled with vegetation. Jan Sofka takes cues from Japanese home for rural residence near Cape Town. Stone, brick and wood introduce subtle textures to this house near Cape Town, which was designed by architect Jan Sofka to resemble a Japanese home spotted on Dezeen.

Jan Sofka takes cues from Japanese home for rural residence near Cape Town

Hoptoad house was initiated in 2013 by entrepreneur Sven ten Bokkel Huinink, who was looking to build a second property on his existing smallholding in Noordhoek, a village around 30 kilometres south of the city. Ten Bokkel Huinink was struggling with how to introduce another building onto the site in a way that wasn't too disruptive to the adjacent farmhouse and its natural surroundings. Rammed Earth Architecture. Casa Candelaria Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre Tuscon Mountain Retreat Windhover Contemplative Center Gateway to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve Torcasso Residence.

Rammed Earth Architecture

De Rosee Sa uses cobbled courtyards to bring light into London house. A trio of courtyards covered in cobbles and surrounded by glass break up this London home, which has cedar-lined walls that reference the old timber store it replaces.

De Rosee Sa uses cobbled courtyards to bring light into London house

London-based architecture studio De Rosee Sa designed the house for a client who lived across the road from the old timber storage yard. He bought the site located between terraces and a row of 16 garages to prevent it being overdeveloped. The architects were challenged to design a residence in line with strict planning restrictions stipulating that the structure matches the height of the former single-storey shed. It was also not possible to create openings in the two 37-metre-long boundaries as they are party walls with the neighbouring structures. Instead, three internal courtyards and a series of skylights are used to bring plenty of natural light into the long-and-thin residence aptly named Courtyard House. Enclosed courtyards frame views of trees and sky at house in a Japanese forest. Architects Megumi Matsubara and Hiroi Ariyama arranged this house in the forest near Karuizawa around five courtyards to provide views of vegetation both inside and outside the building.

Enclosed courtyards frame views of trees and sky at house in a Japanese forest

Matsubara teamed up with Ariyama of Tokyo studio Assistant to design the guest house and private gallery for an art collector in Nagano Prefecture. The single-storey residence is situated in a clearing enclosed by dense woodland and nestles up to the existing trees, which cast constantly shifting patterns of light and shadow onto its rectangular roof. BRUT architectes builds low energy PEN.DU house in france. Mar 21, 2017 BRUT architectes clads low energy house in france with translucent panels in northwestern france, BRUT architectes has designed a low energy dwelling conceived as a large greenhouse. built for a young family, ‘PEN.DU’ is situated on a relatively large plot of land in a residential area of pénestin. externally clad with translucent paneling, the scheme comprises a large wooden platform, elevated above the ground and topped with an enclosed volume that contains the home’s primary living accommodation. all images by maxime castric covered with a pitched roof, the remainder of the house has been conceived by BRUT architectes as an experimental greenhouse that remains somewhat open to the elements. incorporating swings, netting, and a climbing wall, these areas provide space for both storage and recreation. an adjacent workshop is also included as part of the project, positioned to protect the western façade from prevailing winds. open areas provide sheltered space for recreation.

BRUT architectes builds low energy PEN.DU house in france

Claesson koivisto rune wraps entire swedish pool and spa in parquet tiles. Mar 20, 2017 claesson koivisto rune wraps entire swedish pool and spa in parquet tiles stockholm-based firm claesson koivisto rune has completed a pool and spa facility nestled in the picturesque countryside south of sweden. composed of two volumes with an outdoor pool for the summer and an underground spa with an indoor pool for winter, the scheme has been built neighboring a 1796 neoclassical mansion. all images © ake e:son lindman the simple gabled structures are clad completely in white, chevron tiles emphasizing the sharp form and provide a stark contrast to the green background. the idea of using on pattern was taken and translated from the parquet flooring seen in the adjacent mansion. based on a raised, grey podium that has been laser cut also with the parquet pattern, on of the two house volumes serve as a roofed outdoor kitchen and dining place, while the smaller and narrower house conceals the stairwell down to the indoor spa.

claesson koivisto rune wraps entire swedish pool and spa in parquet tiles

Save natasha kwok I designboom. House L27 by dIONISO LAB is arranged around a curving courtyard in northern Portugal. Straight walls are in short supply at this house in Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal, which curls around the edges of a curving cobbled courtyard.

House L27 by dIONISO LAB is arranged around a curving courtyard in northern Portugal

Architect José Cadilhe of local studio dIONISO LAB designed House L27 in a suburban area of the city on the northern outskirts of Porto. The recently developed neighbourhood comprises orthogonal plots that typically accommodate houses at the centre, with small gardens squeezed around the periphery. In response to the proportions of the site, Cadilhe devised an alternative layout that maximises the available space by extending all the way to the perimeter and placing the outdoor areas at the centre. "One of the main premises for this project was to guarantee a strong sense of intimacy and relationship between exterior and interiors areas," said the architect. Cousins & Cousins adds laminated timber and glass extension to brick house in Hackney.

A spiralling steel staircase connects the living spaces inside this timber and glass extension to a semi-detached property in north London.

Cousins & Cousins adds laminated timber and glass extension to brick house in Hackney

Local studio Cousins & Cousins was asked to improve the existing layout of the house in Hackney and add a rear extension to provide the extra space needed by the clients' growing family. The two-storey addition spans the space between the boundary walls at the back of the traditional brick property, and extends the lower-ground floor into the garden. A lightweight structural framework made from glue-laminated timber contains new spaces that are lined with glazing to enhance the bright and spacious feel inside. Hexagonal wooden lattice wraps Mexico City home by Felipe Assadi and Francisca Pulido. This concrete home shaded by a wooden screen by Chilean architects Felipe Assadi and Francisca Pulido is elevated off the ground, allowing plants to grow underneath the structure.

Called Casa Roel, the family dwelling was designed in collaboration with Mexican architect Isaac Broid. Palinda kannagara introduces nature into linear house in sri lanka. Mar 09, 2017 palinda kannagara introduces nature into linear house in sri lanka an economical house with close connections to nature was built in the battarmulla area in sri lanka for a young family by palinda kannagara. challenged with a narrow plot of land that sits within a larger family home, the spaces have been designed around the garden and water elements on site. all images © sebastian posingis. Office mian ye completes meadow house in potomac, maryland. Mar 09, 2017 the meadow house by office mian ye deeply connects to nature and light nudged into the natural slope of the site as a one story block, the meadow house by NYC-based office mian ye seems out of context with the mansions of potomac, maryland — yet in harmony with its surroundings. the project visually and physically blends open exterior spaces with more private ones without compromising the integrity of either. the landscape acts as a bridge, creating a seamless flow between in and out, living and sleeping areas.

68 Moore Road, Wayland. Palinda kannangara casts concrete oculus guest house in sri lanka. Mar 03, 2017 palinda kannangara casts concrete oculus guest house in sri lanka located in jaffna in sri lanka, architect palinda kannangara completed the ‘oculus’ guest quarters for the neighboring jaffna wind power plant designed to serve as accommodation for visiting engineers and employees. the scheme integrates existing exterior site elements with a newly formed concrete structure that opens out to the lagoon and mud flat landscape. despite the simple structure and its relatively low-budget, the building is a striking and functional addition to the rural location. all images © mahesh mendis.

IROJE KHM builds 'flying house' for a pilot in incheon. Feb 28, 2017 IROJE KHM builds 'flying house' for a pilot near incheon's international airport in korea, IROJE KHM architects has built a distinctive all-white residence in a developing area of incheon, the country’s third largest city. named ‘flying house’, and located close to incheon’s airport, the dwelling has aptly been designed for a young pilot and his family. the theme of aviation has been directly applied to the building’s architecture, with soaring roof canopies and dramatically ascending elevations. all images by sergio pirrone IROJE KHM, a seoul-based firm led by hyoman kim, sought to redefine traditional notions of korean architecture with a completely contemporary residential program. enclosed behind tall white walls, the dwelling is organized around a centrally positioned courtyard. from here, stairways lead over the roof of the structure, creating a climbable landscape that enables secluded outdoor living.

RUIZSOLAR arquitectos shapes el vigilante house in chile. Feb 28, 2017. Stacked and rotated black volumes set on stilts make up Chilean seaside house. Chilean architects 2DM twisted the upper volume of this blackened timber house away from its stilted base to offer a variety of views to the sea in Chile's Cardenal Caro Province. Californian home by Blaze Makoid steps down a forested hillside. American firm Blaze Makoid Architecture has used blackened wood, glass and stone to create a rectilinear, multi-level holiday home near Lake Tahoe that looks toward a mountain range. 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.

When Ricardo Bofill stumbled upon a dilapidated cement factory in 1973, he immediately saw a world of possibilities. Arquitectura-g camouflages country house into its landscape outside barcelona. Feb 27, 2017. 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 - 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. FCP Arquitectura's Mooe House contrasts white walls with iron screens.

Folding House by A2 Architects cranks and folds along a narrow site. Nova Tayona designs Canadian beach house hidden from the ocean. Five of the best houses in Colorado on Dezeen. 10 of Tel Aviv's best examples of Bauhaus architecture. Buenos Aires house by Federico Sartor has concrete walls and lake views. Vazio s/a cerrado house in brazil. Studio Octopi adds glass-fronted extension to White Lodge house. Uji House by Alts Design Office features a deliberately complex layout.

J House by Pitsou Kedem features a raised roof, latticed walls and a bridge. designs playful house-is residence in tokyo. RZLBD's Opposite House in Toronto is split down the middle. Double-sided tape secures cladding to LA residence by Studio Pali Fekete. Beebe Skidmore takes cues from Arts and Crafts style for Portland home. Selencky Parsons adds stepped extension to 1960s terraced house. AZO sequeira arquitectos reconstructs house in bonfim.

ACDF creates Quebec home with cantilevered living room. Santorini house by Kapsimalis Architects made of white blocks. Denizen Works adds burnt wood cladding to house in London. Carol A Wilson reuses ranch's foundations to build Maine home. Jérémie Souteyrat photographs 20 contemporary Japanese houses and their owners. Scott Edwards creates acoustically separate spaces for Portland family. Loyn & Co's earth shelter against Gloucestershire hillside.