Humble Homes http://humble-homes.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:48:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Hiyoshi House – A Small Simple Home by EANAhttp://humble-homes.com/hiyoshi-house-small-simple-home-eana/ http://humble-homes.com/hiyoshi-house-small-simple-home-eana/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:48:40 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=12572 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 chief priorities: […]

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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.

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According to the architects they had to chief priorities: to create a space that connects the occupants, and also to make it a comfortable environment despite its small size. Judging from the pictures it looks like they pulled it off – the home is bright, cozy and functional.

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From the outside the Hiyoshi House takes on the form of a cuboid with a few large openings punched out of its otherwise continuous concrete walls. To find a compromise between privacy and natural lighting, the large window on the gable end starts on the second floor of the home, above the street level. The windows also extends upwards to the roof of the double height space, allows it to draw in as much natural light as possible.

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The first floor of the house is dedicated to the bedrooms and bathroom. Moving up a floor brings you to the main living area which contains the homes kitchen, dining room and living room. There’s also a small toilet tucked away beside the kitchen on this level too.

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The living room features a double height space with a four meter high ceiling. And the large window provides views of the neighbourhood and the landscape scenery in the distance. The floor is composed of both concrete and wood. On the whole the interior has been designed to be “moderate and relaxing… [with] nothing too sharp nor sophisticated”.

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My favorite aspect of this small house is the upper roof deck, which is accessed by a staircase in the main living area. The roof deck is a secluded space, with a single rectangular opening looking out onto the street below, and a large glass window that looks down into the home itself.

For more Japanese houses check out this home in Kashiba aims to find a compromise between privacy and light in a busy residential street. Or, this small house in Iizuka that features a central living area for the family. See all Japanese houses.

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Photos: EANA

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Studio Space for Writing by CCS Architecturehttp://humble-homes.com/studio-space-writing-ccs-architecture/ http://humble-homes.com/studio-space-writing-ccs-architecture/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:57:17 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=12633 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 and […]

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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.

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The project is a memorial to Diane Middlebrook, a writer and teacher, and also the wife of the programs original founder, Carl Djerassi. While all manner of artists are welcome to stay in the studios, they were designed specifically with writers in mind. Regardless of discipline, the quiet, contemplative space serves as a welcome getaway for any budding artist.

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The individual studios are collectively sheltered by a free-standing steel structure that supports a solar panel array and provides shading for the buildings below. It also contains several small openings to allow light to filter through to skylights in the dwellings themselves.

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The design studio CCS Architecture were responsible for the overall design and management of the project. Each individual pod features views of the Pacific coast to the south-west. The strategic placement of doors and windows enables the occupant(s) to avoid the distractions of people and cars.

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Another consideration that helped to determine the overall orientation of the site, was energy consumption. The buildings are arranged so as to take advantage of solar energy for heat gain, and also to optimize the PV array’s exposure for the generation of electricity.

Diane Middlebrook Memorial Building - Small Houses - CCS Architecture - California - Floor Plan - Humble Homes

Each studio has a slightly different floor plan, but all of them contain a writing/study area, a sleeping space separated by a curtain, and a bathroom. The finish is modern but comfortable and the sliding patio doors, and skylight windows help to brighten the interior on the dullest of days.

For more studios check out this workspace in Dalston that doubles as a small house if needed. Or, this amazing small loft conversion in Camden. See all studios.

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Photos: CCS Architecture

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A Small and Stylish Apartment in Barcelona by Sergi Ponshttp://humble-homes.com/small-stylish-apartment-barcelona-sergi-pons/ http://humble-homes.com/small-stylish-apartment-barcelona-sergi-pons/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:12:23 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=12626 This small and stylish apartment is set in Les Corts, a neighbourhood in Barcelona city. The apartment was renovated in 2014 with the design work being carried out by Sergi Pons. Their aim was to transform the apartment into a habitable space for Yuna, the client. Prior to reconstruction the living space was separated by […]

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This small and stylish apartment is set in Les Corts, a neighbourhood in Barcelona city. The apartment was renovated in 2014 with the design work being carried out by Sergi Pons. Their aim was to transform the apartment into a habitable space for Yuna, the client.

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Prior to reconstruction the living space was separated by a cluster of partition walls that formed the rooms and hallways of the home. Sergi Pons decided to remove these partitions to free up the space, and to create a single open plan volume where the rooms are less well defined and flow into one another.

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Other aspects like the traditional wood beams and stone features were celebrated and left as they are, maintaining a sense of history. The center contains a “pure white and geometrical cube” which serves as a space for the kitchen and bathroom.

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The owner of the apartment, Yuna, is originally from Japan but decided to settle Spain. The contemporary finish isn’t a world away from modern Japanese architecture. The simple no-nonsense interior, exposed natural building materials and bright-white furnishings help to create a bright, comfortable and spacious environment.

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Upon entering the home you’ll be flanked with the main living area, a small dining area, and the homes kitchen which features a breakfast bar. There also appears to be a small study that’s separated from the living area by a privacy curtain.

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Travelling beyond the kitchen takes you to the more private areas of the home. The bathroom contains a full bath/shower, toilet and sink. The bath itself looks on through to the bedroom next door. A large storage closet faces the bed, and a rather generous sheltered balcony is accessed via the sliding glass doors.

For more apartments check out this micro apartment in Paris that cost $80,000. Or, this 220 square foot apartment design that’s been approved in San Francisco. See all apartments.

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Photos: Adrià Goula

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A Tiny House Set On A Lake In The Netherlandshttp://humble-homes.com/tiny-house-set-lake-netherlands/ http://humble-homes.com/tiny-house-set-lake-netherlands/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:16:51 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=12641 Hidden away on an island in the lake of Loosdrecht in the Netherlands, lies this tiny house. The house has been designed by 2by4-architects on the behalf of a family, and is used as a quiet recreational getaway. Completed back in 2011, it contains just 21 square meters (226 square feet) of space. The house […]

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Hidden away on an island in the lake of Loosdrecht in the Netherlands, lies this tiny house. The house has been designed by 2by4-architects on the behalf of a family, and is used as a quiet recreational getaway. Completed back in 2011, it contains just 21 square meters (226 square feet) of space.

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The house has been designed to embrace the natural surroundings, and sits rather quietly against the backdrop of the forest. According to the architects, the glazed gable ends help to create a “tunnel effect”, which emphasises the islands slim but long shape.

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The exterior has been clad with timber. The end bays of the house have been painted in a bright white, highlighting the simple building form. There’s also a decking area along the buildings length that hovers over the lake.

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The interior has been custom built to the user’s needs. It features some nifty features which allow it to be transformed. For example the sofa in the living area can be folded down to create a bed. Or, the living area can be opened up to the outside thanks to its folding walls.

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A suspended wood burning stove helps to create a sense of hominess in an otherwise modern, clean-cut space. The rear of the house is dedicated to a small kitchenette and dining area. The front of the home contains the bathroom and living/sleeping area.

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There’s a small split in levels between the front and rear living areas, helping to define them from one another without disrupting the flow, or the views. It’s a simple, functional and understated dwelling with its focus on the surroundings (as it should be).

For more cabins check out this surfers cabin in Chile that sports views of the Pacific Ocean. Or, this Swiss alpine cabin that features sculpted concrete to mimic wood. See all cabins.

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Photos: 2by4-architects

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Modern Sauna Set Along The Shore of Lago Ranco, Chilehttp://humble-homes.com/modern-sauna-set-along-shore-lago-ranco-chile/ http://humble-homes.com/modern-sauna-set-along-shore-lago-ranco-chile/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:03:46 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=12517 Set along the shore Lago Ranco in Chile, and surrounded by mountain cypresses, sits a rather unusual hideaway. This modern-looking timber clad building is actually a sauna with a few additional features thrown in to make your stay a truly relaxing one. The project was taken on-board by the Santiago-based architecture firm, Panorama. The overall […]

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Set along the shore Lago Ranco in Chile, and surrounded by mountain cypresses, sits a rather unusual hideaway. This modern-looking timber clad building is actually a sauna with a few additional features thrown in to make your stay a truly relaxing one.

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The project was taken on-board by the Santiago-based architecture firm, Panorama. The overall structure is composed of three individual “huts”, each of which has been designed to serve a different – but complimentary – purpose.

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The combined building footprint amounts to 30 square meters (323 square feet). The pods themselves range from 2.4-by-4 meters to 1.7-by-4 meters (about 7.8-by-13 feet, and 5.6-by-13 feet respectively). The pods are also oriented in different directions to create a variety of viewpoints looking over the lake, and it was this concept that led to the disjointed form.

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The exterior is clad with oak due to its ability to resist harsh weather conditions. The wood will also silver over time, allowing it to blend in with other buildings in the area which are clad in a similar manner. The actual structure seems to be supported by rather slender looking steel bars, which are presumably fastened to the rock beneath the ground level.

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The interior is also clad with wood, however unlike the exterior it’s been finished in Almo, which is cut from a species of cottonwood. It also looks like some of the walls have been finished in plywood, and the flooring is sometimes left open to the ground below (the pod containing the shower).

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The smallest of the three pods serves as a space for changing, and as a storage spot for wine. The central pod contains a shower for cooling off, and an area for sitting and soaking up the views. The last pod contains the actual sauna, and some tiered seating. The relaxing atmosphere of the sauna, combined with the stunning views (and perhaps a little wine) should be more than enough to put most people at ease.

For more spaces check out Antony Gibbon’s modern tee-pee style cabins. Or this small house extension that’s been sandwiched between two existing buildings. See all small spaces.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: Panorama

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Surfers Cabin in Chile Features Amazing Views of the Pacifichttp://humble-homes.com/surfers-cabin-chile-features-amazing-views-pacific/ http://humble-homes.com/surfers-cabin-chile-features-amazing-views-pacific/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 18:18:50 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=12611 Set on a hillside in Navidad, Chile, this small cabin boasts amazing views of the Pacific Ocean. Dubbed the “2 Hermanos Cabin”, the building was designed by WMR Arquitectos on the behalf of two brothers who wanted an affordable surfing retreat close to the ocean. The “low cost” cabin (unfortunately I couldn’t an actual cost […]

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Set on a hillside in Navidad, Chile, this small cabin boasts amazing views of the Pacific Ocean. Dubbed the “2 Hermanos Cabin”, the building was designed by WMR Arquitectos on the behalf of two brothers who wanted an affordable surfing retreat close to the ocean.

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The “low cost” cabin (unfortunately I couldn’t an actual cost estimate) is just 50 square meters in size, that’s around 538 square foot. There are two main floors, and the structure measures just 3-by-6 meters (9.8-by-19.6 feet).

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The architects have stated that the dimensions of the house were based on the standard sizes of timber available in the region. Designing the retreat based on standardized dimensions allowed them to minimize both the amount of waste, and the total cost of the project.

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The cabin is composed of a single volume with a semi-enclosed car park space. The rear of the building is mostly closed off, providing privacy for the inhabitants. On the other hand, the front takes full advantage of it’s location, and features an almost wholly glazed wall section on the ground floor.

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The cabin features both a timber structure and a timber finish – the inside contains a variety of surfaces finished in wood. This even extends to the furniture, with what looks like custom-built dining table supports and a kitchen sporting plywood cabinets.

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The ground floor of the cabin contains the kitchen, dining and living area. On the second floor you’ll find two bedrooms separated by a bathroom, and flanked by storage cabinets. All in all, it’s a simple design, focused on accommodating the needs of the owners, the immediate environment, and providing stunning views.

For more cabins check out this alpine holiday home in the mountains of Austria by Marte.Marte. Or this environmental cabin that aims to provide a “close-up” with nature. See all cabins.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: Sergio Pirrone

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An Energy Efficient Small House in Spain by Nan Arquitectoshttp://humble-homes.com/energy-efficient-small-house-spain-nan-arquitectos/ http://humble-homes.com/energy-efficient-small-house-spain-nan-arquitectos/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 14:42:58 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=12594 This refurbished house in Rubianes, Spain, has been designed by Pontevedra-based studio Nan Arquitectos. The 49 square meter home (527 square feet) is intended to be used by a single occupant only – a rather luxurious amount of space for one person, however, it’s easy to see how it could be adapted for a small […]

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This refurbished house in Rubianes, Spain, has been designed by Pontevedra-based studio Nan Arquitectos. The 49 square meter home (527 square feet) is intended to be used by a single occupant only – a rather luxurious amount of space for one person, however, it’s easy to see how it could be adapted for a small family.

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According to the architects, the client set them a short and simple brief: “I would like a modern and cheap house for lease.” The house was completed in 2013, and features a contemporary interior that’s more than fitting for an “ephemeral user”, as the architects put it.

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From the outside, the building is rather low-key, and perhaps a little out of place when compared to the much more traditional house in the background. The sleek white and grey finished continues to the interior of the home, where grey and stainless steel form accents to a mostly white palette.

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The house itself seems to be composed largely of precast concrete sections, which have been left exposed in the ceiling. The space is a single open plan volume where rooms are defined more so by furniture, than by partition walls. The entire front facade has been finished with large sliding patio doors, providing views of the surrounding environment. It also reduces the need to incorporate glazing on the other faces of the building.

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On the inside you’ll find a bedroom tucked away to one end of the building. Following the bedroom, there’s a small lounge space with a fireplace, a dining area with an adjacent galley kitchen, and a living room. A clothes closet and bathroom are set along the back wall. There aren’t any doors between the living areas, however there is a small partition for privacy in the toilet.

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The house received a grade A energy rating. One of the green aspects of the build involved the use of a concrete flyover that allowed the architects to take advantage of solar energy. The flyover acts as a solar shade during the summer months when the sun is most intense, reducing the need for mechanical heating and cooling.

For more small houses check out this house in Sarzeau that contains mobile bedroom pods. Or this small house in Sweden that’s been designed to make the most of natural light. See all small houses. See all small houses.

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Photos: Santos-Diez

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Dalston Studio – A Workspace That Doubles As A Small Househttp://humble-homes.com/dalston-studio-workspace-doubles-small-house/ http://humble-homes.com/dalston-studio-workspace-doubles-small-house/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:52:47 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=12578 Hidden away on a quiet street in Dalston, London, this former mews coach house has been successfully transformed into a multi-purpose studio. Cassion Castle Architects were responsible for the design and delivery of the project, a firm whose work I’ve featured in the past. The architects were initially contacted by the clients back in 2011, […]

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Hidden away on a quiet street in Dalston, London, this former mews coach house has been successfully transformed into a multi-purpose studio. Cassion Castle Architects were responsible for the design and delivery of the project, a firm whose work I’ve featured in the past.

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The architects were initially contacted by the clients back in 2011, and were set the task of creating a photography studio, storage and office space for the client. One other small requirement: it could easily be converted into a small house in the future if needed.

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The building’s exterior was remodelled to create a sympathetic, yet contemporary aesthetic. The appearance also had to be low-key, as the client didn’t want to draw any unnecessary attention to studio. As such, the entrance is a simple affair; there are no grand statements, just an unusually tall door.

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The entry hallway is flooded with light from the overhead skylights. To the right of the staircase there’s a small bathroom, opposite it you’ll find the main studio space. The walls are lined with storage cabinets and a small kitchenette is hidden behind a set of sliding doors.

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The mezzanine serves as a secondary workspace, and again, features various storage cabinets for the client. There’s also a small walkway that overlooks the entrance, and features an all-glass “wall”, allowing the architects to capitalize on the skylights.

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The studio/house has a footprint of just 49 square meters (527 square feet) and was completed in 2013. Considering it’s set in London, it was never going to be cheap – the building is valued at £236,000 (that’s $396,248 at today’s rate). However, it’s a beautifully crafted space, with future-use taken into account – an important aspect of sustainable design.

For more studios check out this amazing writers shed also from London that features a whimsical sense of design. Or the Hackney Shed that’s been designed by Office Sian. See all small houses.

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Photos: Kilian O’Sullivan

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