Simple, Functional House by Takahashi Maki

Set in Saitama, Japan, this small house has been built on a site of 38 square meters (409 square feet) of which the building occupies just 21 square meters (226 square feet). The three-storey dwelling has been designed by the Japanese architecture firm Takahashi Maki and Associates, who have called it “White Hut and […]

K2S Architect’s Contemporary Island Cabin

This contemporary timber clad cabin was designed and built for a family from Helsinki. The cabin, which is intended to be used as a summer retreat, can be found on the Finnish island of Lepäinen. The building was designed by K2S Architects and construction was completed back in 2009.

The plot is set along the […]

Stream Belmont – Seattle’s LEED Certified Apartment Block

This apartment complex is Seattle’s newest and greenest up-scale (and relatively small scale) housing solution. Called Stream Belmont and located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, the complex was designed by NK Architects. It aims to meet the LEED Gold certification, and contains a number of sustainable features.

The 70-unit apartment building was constructed with a […]

Mini House 2.0 by Jonas Wagell & Sommarnöjen

The original Mini House was essentially a simple, elegant shed, suitable for use as a weekend retreat, or a guest house. Designed by Jonas Wagell, the Mini House contained a total of 15 square meters (161 square feet) of usable floor space, and could be shipped as a flat-pack kit to the owner’s site.

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A Tiny Writers Retreat in Asker, Norway

This angular cabin juts out from the hillside of mostly rural Asker, Norway. The cabin has been designed by the Norwegian architecture firm, Jarmund/Vigsnæs Arkitekter, for a local writer who needed a quiet, contemplative getaway.

The cabins sharp geometric form is due to the unusual boundaries of the site, among other constraints like the […]

Nui House – A Simple and Stylish Home

This small house, dubbed Nui House, is located in Ikoma City, Japan. The house has been designed by local firm, Yashihiro Yahomoto Architect Atelier, on the behalf of a young couple. The owners required all the typical functions of an ordinary home, as well as a sounded-proof studio for recording music.

Nui House […]