Humble Homes Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:31:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A Weekend Retreat Featuring A Green Roof and Natural Render Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:31:20 +0000 Designed by Japanese firm Hiroshi Nakamura Architects, this small house acts as a weekend retreat for the owners who work in the city during the week. The house is built with a number of locally available natural materials and features an amazing green roof.

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Referred to by the architects as “The Living Grass Roof House”, it’s set on the coast of the Boso Peninsula in Japan. The house attempts to cross the divide between man-made and natural surroundings, which it does through its green roof and unusual exterior.

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The structure of the retreat is actually composed of concrete, but due to its proximity to the coast the it had to be protected from chloride in the sea water. The solution came in the form of local soil from the building site mixed with a resin and cement. The mix was then applied to the concrete structure by the owners.

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The exterior finish gives the retreat a much more “earthy” appearance, and it would be easy to mistake it for a cob building. Unlike the outside, the interior is a modern contemporary home. Both the front and back faces of the house feature floor-to-ceiling glazing that provide amazing views of the peninsula’s coastline. They can also be used to open up the central living area almost entirely.

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Unfortunately there’s no floor plan available, but from what we can see, the house features an open plan living room, dining area and kitchen. One end of the retreat presumably contains the family bathroom, while the other is likely to feature a few bedrooms.

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The roof makes use of the same soil applied to the walls. Unlike some green roofs this one was seeded, making it a true green roof (others simply are simply finished with the hardy sedum plant), bursting with the local flora and further establishing its link between the natural and man-made.

For more Japanese Houses check out this cool, and very narrow contemporary home. Or, The Near House, another small house that’s been slotted into a narrow lot. See all Japanese Houses.

Via Trendir
Photos: Hiroshi Nakamura Architects

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Yo!Home – A Transforming Tiny Apartment by Simon Woodroffe Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:29:36 +0000 This small apartment concept was recently revealed by entrepreneur Simon Woodroffe. Woodroffe, who is responsible for starting up the the YO!Sushi and YOTEL chains, has dubbed the latest addition Yo!Home. The design aims to fit all the features of a two-bedroom house into a small apartment.

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As you would expect, the interior finish is contemporary throughout, with a lot of the apartment’s features being hidden behind doors and panels. There’s no sign of a window in this concept design but plenty of appropriate artificial lighting have prevented the space from being dark and dingy – no doubt the real version of this home would include a few windows.

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Yo!Home contains a large sunken living room with loads of seating that forms a u-shape. Set above the seating area is the bed. It’s inset into the ceiling, and at first glance appears to simply be a decorative feature. The only give away are the two tracks in the wall that support the frame. A mechanical system hidden behind the back wall allows the bed to be lowered and raised with ease, transforming the space into a bedroom.

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A dining table is concealed within the depth of the raised floor. The two floor panels covering the table can be flipped round to create seats, and the table, which is large enough to accommodate four people, pops up from the center.

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The entire kitchen can also be closed-off or revealed thanks to a series of doors. Closing it off allows Yo!Home to maintain its uncluttered look. It’s a simple galley kitchen with everything you’d expect to find in a modern home. One other feature is the living rooms ability to be transformed into a home cinema – a screen drops from the ceiling and is used in conjunction with a projector in the back wall.

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All in all Yo!Home contains two bedrooms, a living room, a home cinema, an office, a bathroom, a kitchen, adining room, and a wine cellar. It also has the ability to be reconfigured with a series of moveable partition walls, allowing you to customize spaces as you see fit.

For more small apartments check out this tiny condo in New York that makes the most of its small footprint with a mezzanine. Or, this funky micro-apartment in The Netherlands. See all apartments.

Via Contemporist
Photos: YO

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The Black and White Apartment by Crosby Studios in Moscow Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:58:51 +0000 Redeveloped by Crosby Studios, this two-bedroom apartment in the center of Moscow takes inspiration from Brooklyn style studios. The apartment block was originally built in 1900 and features tall ceilings with large windows making it possible to replicate the style of Greenpoint and West Villiage boroughs.

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Simply named “Black and White Apartment”, it contains a total of 689 square feet (64 square meters). One of the main priorities for the clients was creating a bright, light and airy living environment. To aid the passage of light throughout the interior, solid partition walls were removed and replaced with a large glass divider.

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The interior is finished almost entirely in a bright white, with black highlighting the frames of doors, windows and furniture. To reveal the true height of the ceiling, the plaster was removed. During the removal process the architects and clients decided that they liked the bare bones ceiling and left it as is.

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The apartment features a large open plan living room, dining room and kitchen on the front face of the building. The more private spaces, such as the bedrooms and bathroom, can be found to the rear behind the glass divider. The main living area is about 33 feet (10 meters) in length, with no less than five windows to light it.

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The bedrooms and bathroom on the other hand, feature no window openings (hence the use of the glass divider). The clients wanted to reduce the presence of the kitchen, and so the wall cabinets have been painted white, while the refrigerator has been hidden from sight.

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Other spaces in the apartment include storage, a walk-in closet, and a hammock in the living area. A lot of the furniture – including the kitchen, coffee tables, sink and facet, hammock and glass partitions – were produced by Crosby Studios furniture manufacturing.

For more small apartments check out Attic for an Architect, another modern redesign in Moscow. Or, Elii Architect’s multi-functional room that makes use of timber pull-outs. See all apartments.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: Kaff

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A Modern Garden Workshop by Rodic Davidson Architects Fri, 24 Jul 2015 19:05:51 +0000 This backyard shed has been designed by Ben Davidson of the London-based studio Rodić Davidson Architects. The shed is used as a model making workshop, but also incorporates (and is designed around) elements of his grandfather’s old workbench and handmade tools.

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The workshop is one of two buildings Davidson has created for his garden; the other is a home office. The proportions of the workshop were based upon Davidson’s grandfather’s workbench, and it also features a display wall to show off the collection of his old handmade tools.

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The exterior of the building is vertically clad with black-painted softwood, whereas the interior is finished mostly in a bright white. The stud work for the walls and roof have been left exposed, and wooden shelving and cabinets have been slotted between the framing.

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The large window was given to Davidson by a builder a few years ago. Thanks to its size, there’s no shortage of natural light, and it also serves as a great viewing platform for the garden. Two skylights provide a view of the sky, with light filtering down through the canopy of the adjacent tree.

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Davidson inherited the workbench after his father sadly passed away in 2012, and the workshop has helped to create a space dedicated to the memories of his grandfather: “My grandfather was a carpenter by trade and extraordinarily talented; he should have been a cabinet maker. I recall many summers in my early teens, being packed off for two weeks to go and stay with my grandparents in Norfolk and spending the entire time with him in his workshop.”

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For more sheds check out this rotating shed in England that’s clad with FSC timber. See all studios.

Via Dezeen
Photos: Ben Davidson

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The Kite House – A Small Modern Retreat with Translucent Walls Thu, 23 Jul 2015 17:37:32 +0000 Called the Kite House, this prefab tiny house has been designed by the Belgian architecture firm D44 led by Agnieskzka Gansiniec. The house is intended to be used as a weekend retreat and, according to the architects, it will be able to suite any landscape or backdrop it’s placed within.

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The Kite House is to be prefabricated in a factory setting before being transported to its final location. Its walls are clad almost entirely with polycarbonate sheeting, which has the effect of maintaining a bright, naturally lit interior not matter how dull the day.

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The design also features a large roof section that’s operable. The hinged roof will allow the occupants to open the house up further to the environment, bathing the interior in yet more light and helping to naturally ventilate the living spaces.

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The proposed structure looks to be built from lightweight steel and sheathed in places with plywood. On the inside the first floor contains an open plan kitchen with a dining area, and a living room. The back of the house features a large sliding glass door that runs the width of the building and provides panoramic views of the surroundings.

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The second floor, which is more of a loft, is to be used as a bedroom (although D44 have suggested it could serve as another living area). The house also comes equipped with a modest wood-burning stove that should easily keep the rooms warm on cold winter nights (although the lack of insulation might mean lead you to using it in summer too).

For more small houses check out the Pigeon Loft, a luxurious getaway that’s built using salvaged and reclaimed materials. Or, this 18th century cottage renovation in England by Lynch Architects. See all small houses.

Via DesignBoom
Photos: D44

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Attic for an Architect – A Small Industrial-Chic Apartment in Moscow Wed, 22 Jul 2015 18:18:00 +0000 This small apartment has been dubbed “Attic for an Architect” due to its small and awkward layout (and the client also being an architect). The apartment is set in Moscow and has been redesigned by local architecture firm buro5, led by Boris Denisyuk.

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The house contains a total of 527 square feet (49 square meters) spread over its two levels. According to Denisyuk, their main source of inspiration was the apartment itself – its unusual layout and finish, and odd nooks and crannies allowed them to entertain space saving ideas.

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The kitchen is central to the home and leads off to all of the other living areas. Some of the old duct work and pipes in the kitchen couldn’t be removed as they were still used to service the building, and so the architects decided to turn them into a feature, creating a kitchen with an industrial-chic aesthetic.

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The kitchen is open to the adjacent living area, through which you can access the master bedroom. On the right hand side of the kitchen, what was once a small loggia has now been enclosed and is used as a storage and dining space.

Attic for an Architect - buro5 - Moscow - Bathroom - Humble Homes

To the left of the kitchen, there’s a steep open tread staircase that provides access to a small study and second sleeping space in the mezzanine. Directly below the sleeping area you’ll find the homes bathroom, equipped with a washer/dryer. Just outside of the bathroom is the entry area.

Attic for an Architect - buro5 - Moscow - Plan - Humble Homes

The interior finish of white, black and red was inspired by the owners heritage. The use of white on the walls and floors helps to prevent the rooms from feeling claustrophobic, with the odd splash of color or feature wall adding some warmth to the home.

For more small apartments check out the Xadrez Apartment, which features fold-away furniture. Or, this fun and functional family apartment also from Moscow. See all apartments.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: Luciano Spinelli

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The 1.8m House in Tokyo by YUUA Architects Tue, 21 Jul 2015 17:52:25 +0000 Slotted into a site that measures just 8.2-by-36 feet (2.5-by-11 meters), this narrow home in Japan features a number of design ideas that help to make it appear more spacious than it really is. A local firm called YUUA Architects were responsible for the design.

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Called the “1.8m House” by the architects, it overlooks a quiet residential street in Tokyo. Sandwiched between two existing buildings, it contains approximately four main floors, although at each level of the home they have incorporated stepped living areas to define the different rooms and spaces.

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Due to the nature of the site, the architects wanted to maximise the intake of natural light where possible. To do so they glazed the entire front and back face of the building. They also left the interior living areas open, allowing light to filter deeper into the house. The central section of the 1.8 House is partially lit by skylights.

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The building itself is constructed from a steel frame, and looks to be clad in seam metal. On the inside, overflowing living areas without partitions help to evoke a sense of openness. It also allows the occupants to catch a glimpse of different areas in the building, helping to maintain lines of communication.

1.8m House - Tiny House - YUUA Architects - Tokyo - Loft And Staircase - Humble Homes

To avoid storage spaces disrupting the living areas, cabinets were built into the walls and floor. The finish has also been toned down, with a minimalist approach to décor. The many large windows and open floors provide plenty of opportunity to introduce cross ventilation between the front and back of the home, reducing the need for AC.

For more Japanese houses check out this family home in Osaka that’s just 11 feet wide. Or, this traditional house redesign by Tato Architects. See all Japanese houses.

Via DesignBoom
Photos: Sobajima

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Remote House – A Small Prefab Home Set on the Coast of Chile Mon, 20 Jul 2015 18:28:42 +0000 this small house is a prototype for a larger modular housing project. The house has been designed by local architect Felipe Assadi, who has dubbed the prototype “Remote House”. All told it has a floor plan of 861 square feet (80 square meters) – not bad for a three bedroom home.

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Remote House was almost entirely prefabricated off-site in a factory. The construction process took 45 days, after which it was transported, in four pieces by truck, for four hours until they reached the coast. Installation of the house on-site took just 6 hours.

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The four separate modules that make up the house measure 11.5-by-19.6 feet (3.5-by-6 meters). The dimensions of the units were determined by the local road regulations; 11.5 feet (3.5 meters) is the largest width you can tow in Chile without requiring special permits and a police escort.

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The structure of Remote House is composed of a steel frame, over which they installed black timber cladding. There are plenty of window openings along the length of the house that provide lots of natural light in the main living areas (the bedrooms are a bit more enclosed for privacy).

Remote House - Modular House - Felipe Assadi - Bedroom - Humble Homes

The floor plan contains three bedrooms; one master bedroom and two single bed rooms found at opposite ends of the house. The single bed rooms each have their own toilet, whereas the main bathroom is found behind the master bedroom.

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The main living area can be found between the bedrooms. It features an open plan living room, dining room and kitchen. The entire unit is heated by a wood burning stove that’s flanked by bookshelves in the living room. The interior’s floor, walls and ceilings are finished in a light pine wood.

For more modular and prefab houses check out Ecolivs sustainable homes that contain a host of green features. Or, the Element 1, a small prefabricated house by Method Homes. See all prefab. See all modular.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: Fernando Alda

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