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Montblanc House in Japan Contains a Rooftop Terrace

Called the Montblanc House, this small building is home to a family of four in Japan. Set in Okazaki, Japan, the house has been designed by architecture firm Studio Velocity for a young couple, their 3-year-old daughter and their newborn.

Montblanc House, like several of the other Japanese houses I’ve featured, contains a residential, […]

Russian Sauna Is Built In The Style Of A Fairytale House

Like something straight out of a fairytale, this small getaway isn’t actually a house but a sauna. The unique retreat has been designed by architecture studio Artecology, led by Andrey Bugaev. The building is set in Russia, where bathhouses aren’t all that uncommon.

The immediate forest surroundings help reinforce the “fairytale” concept. The structure […]

Camera Lucida – A Minimalist Studio by Christian Tonko

This small studio has been created by architect Christian Tonko on the behalf of an artist. The owner needed a space where they could paint and sculpt. The building, called Camera Lucida, is designed to cater for this need, as well as providing varying light conditions under which the owner can work.

The structure […]

A Small House Built Over a Swimming Pond by HPSA

This small house is set in Gramastten, Austria, and has been designed by local architecture studio, HPSA. The house, which features a swimming pond to the front of the property, was completed in 2014 and has been aptly named “House at the Pond”.

The house was constructed on an existing garden and swimming pond […]

Elevated Toda House in Hiroshima Features Views of the Sea

The Toda House by Japanese architect Kimihiko Okada is one of the most interesting Japanese houses I’ve ever seen. The entire house is raised off of ground level on steel columns, and wraps around itself while also increasing in height.

The house is set in a residential area of Hiroshima. It features views […]

A Small Holiday Home Set on the Dutch Island of Vlieland

Set on the Dutch island of Vlieland, this small holiday home features a fully retractable façade that allows it to open up to the outside environment. The house has been designed by architecture studio Bloem and Lemstra Architects on the behalf of a client.

The zoning in which the holiday house is placed is […]