Norwegian Retreat Designed for Extreme Weather

Completed in 2014, and called The Rabot Tourist Cabin, this retreat is one of many offered by the Norwegian Trekking Association. The cabin has been designed by JVA, and it’s set not far from the Okstindan glacier in Northern Norway, on a site that’s 1,200 meters (3,937 feet) above sea level.

The building itself […]

Small Apartment Uses Clothes As Partitions

This modern two story building in Shiga, Japan, serves two different uses. The ground floor acts as a cozy café, whereas on the second floor you’ll find a small and somewhat unusual apartment. The building was designed by architects Sumiou Mizumoto and Yoshitaka Kuga of Alts Design Office.

The cafe/apartment is situated along the […]

Dachi Papuahvili’s Micro Shipping Container Home

This conceptual design from Georgian architect Dachi Papuahvili, is an interesting take on tiny houses and how to live in them. The concept home is cross-like in form and is intended to provide a living space for a resident member of a church.

The structure of the micro-home is to be built using shipping […]

Making the Most of a Confined Lot – Frame House

Set in Nakano-Ku, Tokyo and designed by architecture firm APOLLO Architects & Associates, this small house utilised modern construction techniques to save both time and cost. Completed in June 2014, the house has been built for a young couple.

The structure of the house made use of a FRP (Fibre Reinforced Polymer) formwork, into which […]

Hiyoshi House – A Small Simple Home by EANA

Set on a small plot of land at a cross-section between two streets, this compact house in Japan has to find a balance between privacy and window openings. Called the Hiyoshi House, the building has been designed by EANA on the behalf of a young couple.

According to the architects they had to […]

Studio Space for Writing by CCS Architecture

These four small buildings are set on over 600 acres of rolling hills, woodlands and meadows in Woodside, CA. The standalone studio units are part of The Djerassi Resident Artists Program, which is designed to provide quiet accommodation for artists from around the world.

The project is a memorial to Diane Middlebrook, a writer […]