Humble Homes Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:14:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A Modern Home the Center of Tours, France Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:14:40 +0000 This modern house has been built in the center of the historic town of Tours, France. Created by the design studio Atelier 100architecture, the building is designed to blend in with the more traditional surroundings so as not to detract from them.

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The house features three floor levels, each with a 20 square meter (215 square feet) floor plan. According to the architect, it’s composed of a timber frame that was prefabricated, and then transported to the site in order to reduce costs and construction time frames.

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The interior layout is pretty simple with a floor being dedicated to a specific function. The first floor serves as a living, dining room and kitchen. There’s also a ground floor toilet, saving the owners the effort of climbing the stairs. On the next level you’ll find the main bedroom and bathroom (although it doesn’t contain a bath, just a shower). The final floor is split into two smaller bedrooms.

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Unfortunately it looks like the photographs were taken before the house was completely finished and furnished, but it does give you a sense of the simple layout and construction employed.

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It’s low-profile and simple form help to ensure that the building doesn’t overpower its surroundings, but sits rather discretely among them. Overall, the building cost just 100,000 Euros ($126,650), which isn’t bad for a 61 square meter (657 square foot), three-bedroom house in the centre of a historic district.

For more small houses check out this functional contemporary home from Japan by Takahashi Maki. Or, this inward looking family house in Vietnam. See all small houses.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: Brice Desrez

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A Cluster Of Three Tiny Cabins in Norway Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:22:56 +0000 This cluster of three cabins are set in Herfell, Norway. The cabins have been designed by the Oslo-based firm Reiulf Ramsted Architects. The three units have been integrated with one another, but are also able to operate individually.

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The cabins are placed around a small central courtyard that serves as a “go-between”, connecting each of them. A steep hill boarders the site on the north-east side that, according to the architects, creates a “spatial interaction, between the natural and built landscape that also results in a beneficial micro-climate.”

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The cabins feature an all-wood exterior, from the wall cladding to the roof finish. The largest of the three contains front façade that’s completed glazed, while the other two units that flank it contain much smaller window units (possibly because they’re more private spaces like bedrooms).

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Like the exterior, the interior is finished in wood. Its vertical orientation helps to make the space feel larger by drawing the eyes upwards to the cathedral ceiling. The central cabin serves as the main living area, and holds the kitchen, dining area, and living room. There’s also a large wood-burning stove to keep the place toasty during the Norwegian winter.

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The other two units are probably the bedrooms (no floor place was available unfortunately) with their own en-suite bathrooms. There also seems to be a small loft accessed by a ladder, although whether it’s for sleeping or for storage is unclear. All told, the combined floor plan amounts to 753 square feet (70 square meters).

For more small houses check out this inward-looking family home in Vietnam that features a central courtyard that can be open, or closed to the exterior. Or, this small house which hangs over the edge of a cliff in Nova Scotia. See all small houses.

Via DesignBoom
Photos: Lars Petter Pettersen

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Modular Disaster Housing by Garrison Architects Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:21:56 +0000 With hurricanes battering different areas of the United States on a yearly basis, disaster relief has come to play an important role for those affected. In recognition of this, James Garrison and his New York based firm, Garrison Architects, are aiming to create a modular housing system that may serve as a better long-term option.

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Often in transitional situations shipping containers are employed as temporary safe-havens, however they come with their own challenges, largely due to them being designed to hold materials, not people. Modular houses on the other hand, are designed to accommodate people from the outset. According to Garrison, it’s this approach that makes them the better option: “Once you start doing certain kinds of things to shipping containers that they’re not really meant to do, from a structural or environmental standpoint, they no longer really serve that expedient purpose that they were chosen for in the first place.”

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Garrison’s modular design includes a kitchen, living area, breakfast/dining area, bathroom, storage space, and come with 1 to 3 bedrooms, making them suitable for families An energy efficient ventilation system is also included, reducing people’s dependence on AC during the summer months. Additional, the unit is made from recycled materials, and unlike FEMA trailers, contains no formaldehyde in the wood work.

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The units are intended to be self-sufficient, an important factor during times of crises where water and electricity may not be readily available. In Garrison’s opinion, creating a self-sufficient design will allow people to better manage the utilities they have available to them: “The whole problem with contemporary utilities is you turn on the water, you turn on the electricity, and it’s just there and you don’t give it a second thought. If they’re self-sufficient, then they’re capable of making a dispersed, individualized utility system where we can take responsibility for our waste streams.”

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The firm has been working alongside the New York City Office of Emergency Management. As a result of their collaboration, the plan and build time has been reduced from 2 to 3 years, to 4 to 6 months. The units themselves can be deployed and installed on site in just 15 hours.

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The city is currently assessing a number of potential sites where the modular houses could be placed, so as to alleviate future disaster relief operations.

For more modular housing check out this modern off-grid house in Victoria, Australia. Or, Mia House, which is built with modular materials in order to cut costs. See all modular housing.

Via TreeHugger
Photos: Andrew Rugge

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Fujigaoka M Apartment in Yokohama by Sinato Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:29:04 +0000 Tokyo architecture studio Sinato recently renovated this apartment in Yokohama to create a brighter, more functional living space for the owners. Called the Fujigaoka M apartment, the interior makes use of open plan design and partitions to close off the different rooms.

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The apartment contains 64 square meters (689 square feet) of usable floor space. The living space is composed of a mixture of materials. The floor has been finished with wood, the walls have been left bare with the concrete structure on show, and the false ceiling looks to be finished with white-painted drywall (or some other equivalent).

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Sinato have managed to incorporate no less than 11 different spaces and compartments. The entrance is flanked by the toilet, bathroom and a storage. Following this there’s a small kitchen with an adjacent living area. The L-shaped partition has been used to hide two bedrooms (a single and a double), without closing them off from the rest of the apartment.

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Towards the balcony you’ll also find a dining area, a space for relaxation, and more storage compartments. They’re managed to fit quite a lot into a relatively small space. According to the architects, the partition was a key aspect of the design: “The L-shaped wood wall that serves as the partition between the open space and the sleeping area is a large piece of furniture where you can hang a picture, store books, sit or even roll around.”

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In apartments you’re typically not able to take advantage of every exterior wall for window openings. In order to capitalise on the available natural light, the partition contains glass panels at ceiling height, allowing them to maintain the user’s privacy while also drawing light further into the home. It also has the effect of maintaining an unbroken ceiling, helping the space to feel larger.

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From Ohno: “In order to allow the occupants to live with greater freedom within a very limited floor area, we thought it was much more effective to connect and overlay the various places, creating the whole of the dwelling. This space, which we termed the ‘inner terrace’ throughout our planning, is a wide and bright shared area which becomes a gentle buffer between spaces.”

For more apartments check out Stream Belmont in Seattle that boasts LEED certification. Or, this series of 8 small apartments by Be-Fun Design. See all apartments.

Via Dezeen
Photos: Toshiyuki Yano

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The F House in Normandie by Lode Architecture Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:29:22 +0000 Set in Normandie, France, this small cabin has been designed by Amaud Locoste and Jerome Vincon of Lode Architecture. The cabin, called The F House, has been built on the foundation footprint of an existing barn on the one hectare site.

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The barns foundation informed the new cabins foundation, keeping it relatively small (4.5-by-12 meters, or 14.7-by-39.3 feet). The dwelling contains a total of 90 square meters (979 square feet) of usable floor space spread over two levels. The house has been designed to embrace simplicity, but also features a few luxuries.

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Intended to be sympathetic to the site, the F House is simple in form, and resembles the existing barn. It features a timber frame structure that’s clad with red pine boards, a slate roof, and is oriented to take advantage of the sun. While simple in appearance, the building has some innovative technologies, like a ground heat exchanger that ensures they always have fresh warm air when needed.

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The interior of the home is largely minimalist in style. The floors look to be black polished concrete on the ground floor, and black painted wood in the loft. The walls are mostly clad with 4×8 sheets of plywood, creating a sense of warmth. Large windows are found throughout the ground floor to provide plenty of natural light. The sleeping loft on the other hand, contains smaller well positioned windows so the sunlight isn’t overbearing in the morning.

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The ground floor contains a stylish galley kitchen that faces a series of patio doors that look out over the site. There’s also a living area, a sparse dining room, and a rather luxurious bathroom. The bath itself is set in the middle of the living room, next to a wood-burning stove, and can be lit up with LED lights, allowing it to glow from within.

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By walking up the open tread timber staircase, you’ll be taken into the home’s sleeping area. It contains a number of smaller bunks, presumably for the kids, that are set above the windows. The master bedroom can be found at the end of the room, without any partition walls to separate it from the main space.

For more cabins check out the amazing Little Lost Cabin by Clark Stevens. Or, the Tipi, a simple and effective living solution from Belgium. See all cabins.

Via Trendir
Photos: Daniel Moulinet

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Jeffry’s Lough – A Thatched Hideaway in Donegal, Ireland Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:45:14 +0000 This rather unusual structure is Ireland’s first architectural installation to be carried out in a forest park. The installation was launched on the 27th of July 2014 in Ards Forest Park, county Donegal. Called Jeffry’s House, the thatched structure was designed and built on site by architect Thomas O’Brien, and artist Emmily Mannion.

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The exterior thatch is supported by an underlying timber frame made from both round-wood and sawn lumber. Being raised off the ground will allow the local fauna to “reclaim” the site, immersing it in nature. Set on the edge of the forest, Jeffry’s Lough offers shelter to passers-by and views of the surrounding land, and sea-scape.

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All told, it occupies a total of 18 square meters (194 square feet). If you’re wondering about the strange name, it’s been taken from a nearby lake which can be found on older maps, but now seems to have disappeared. The idea of the lakes disappearance has been applied to Jeffry’s Lough; its intended to form part of natural environment, and – at least partly – disappear.

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Being the first of its kind, the project is ground breaking, and hopes that it will inspire other councils to involve architects in the production of “interventions” in the natural landscape. Donegal County Council is hoping to lead the way by commissioning further projects like this one.

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Jeffry’s House recently won an award from the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF). From Nathalie Weadick: “Jeffry‘s House displays a great consideration to craft and an intriguing architectural narrative. Thomas O’Brien and Emily Mannion have given us so much more than just an object on a site – they’ve created the potential for a magical conversation between the folly, the landscape and the public.”

For more spaces check out the Hedonist Hotel that was built on a budget of $250. Or, Caradoc’s Hideout, a reycled eco-retreat nestled into the hills of Wales. See all spaces.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: Emily Mannion, Thomas O Brien

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The Tipi – A Cost-Efficient A-Frame House in Belgium Thu, 16 Oct 2014 19:37:11 +0000 This small house can be found near the city of Leuven, Belgium. Called “The Tipi”, the house is a simple A-frame structure that’s been rebuilt and refurbished by a young couple. The couple intend to stay in the house on a temporary basis until they can afford to move into something a little more permanent.

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The high rent in the city of Leuven forced the owners to seek alternative accommodation. That alternative accommodation came in the form of a small used A-frame house, which was in a bit of a state of disrepair. However, with the help of some friends, they managed to dismantle, repair and reassemble the house using mostly recycled materials.

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According to the owners, they were slightly concerned that there wouldn’t be enough space for them, their stuff, and their dachshund puppy. As it turns out they were able to make the move with ease: “It’s cozy, easy to clean and we have everything we need… It was also a good occasion to get rid of stuff we didn’t really need but had been moving along with us for several years.”

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The house looks to be set on a small concrete pad foundation. The roof is finished with corrugated sheeting, and the gable ends are clad in timber. On the front end there’s another two concrete pads that serve as a decking area. From outside the house looks tiny, but on the inside its surprisingly spacious.

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They’ve managed to fit in a living area, dining area, bathroom and a kitchen with a breakfast bar on the first floor. A steep staircase takes you up to the second floor with a walk-in closet and a snug bedroom. The white-painted walls and inclined beams help to keep the space from feeling cramped.

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The owners have found living in the Tipi to be very social; people tend to stop by and ask about the home. They also mention that they now don’t have to stress as much about their future home – there’s no rush, and they’re saving a considerable amount of money when compared to renting. Leuven city’s regulations will allow them to live in the temporary dwelling for up to 5 years, after which they hope to pass it on to other people.

For more small houses and cabins check out the beautifully designed Little Lost Cabin in Idaho that’s set on 3000 acres of land. Or, this surfers cabin in Chile that features amazing views of the Pacific ocean. See all cabins.

Via Small House Bliss
Photos: Inne Van Engeland and Dorien Buys

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The Hedonist Hotel Is Built On A $250 Budget Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:36:47 +0000 This temporary sleeping unit has been designed by the Portuguese architect Nuno Pimenta. Called “The Hedonist Hotel”, the dwelling seeks to reinterpret “local dichotomy into a transformative physical volume”, and has been selected to serve as one of Hotel Shabbyshabby’s rooms for Theater der Welt.

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Theater der Welt is a festival in Mannheim that involves 20 temporary units being built in public spaces. There are certain restrictions placed on each of the designs; they must be constructed from reused, recycled or recyclable materials, with a budget of only $250.

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The Hedonist Hotel is situated at the confluence of two rivers, and is built largely from pallets, steel supports and polycarbonate sheeting. At night the unit is illuminated with red artificial lighting that seeps through the white privacy curtains, and sheeting.

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From the architect: “The hedonist adapts itself to the user, his interpretation of happiness or simply to a transitory state of mind, whether it means waking up with a beautiful panoramic view of a natural landscape or having a hot one night stand. It offers the pleasure of being alone or the joy of showing off, the delight of a warmth bed or the relish of a joint venture.”

On the inside the space is (during the day) brightly lit thanks to all the translucent sheeting. A single bed can be found to one end of the living space, set on a series of pallets. A curtain rail follows the perimeter of the room, providing privacy when needed.

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Symbolism and interpretations aside, it’s a good example of how a simple dwelling can be constructed from reused, recycled and unusual materials on a tiny budget.

For more spaces check out the Taku Tanku tiny house that’s made from water tanks. Or, these modern teepee-style cabins designed by Antony Gibbon. See all spaces.

Via DesignBoom
Photos: Miguel Tavares, Rui Vieira and Nuno Pimenta

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