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A Cottage For Emil Thorup in Shanghai, China by ET Hus

Friday, July 14th, 2017

Article source: ET Hus

The first lines of ET Hus in Tisvilde was drawn on a napkin in a bar in Shanghai. The future owner dreamed of a sanctuary. A place he could use throughout the year, whenever he needed serenity and immersion in his private and professional life. It should be a holiday cottage – but not in the classic sense. The owner wanted luxury as you experience it at a hotel – and it should maintenance-free. The first lines on the napkin was the first of our houses – a total of 143m2 personality, built without any compromise.

Image Courtesy © ET Hus

  • Architects: ET Hus
  • Project: A Cottage For Emil Thorup
  • Location: Shanghai, China


Hill Top Cottage in NSW, Australia by Luigi Rosselli Architects

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Article source: Luigi Rosselli Architects

Weaving architectural heritage with contemporary design and lifestyle is a practice that rewards with surprises and characterful places.

In a conservative residential pocket close to North Sydney, a workers cottage perches on top of a hill looking south-east towards striking views of Sydney Harbour.  The idea behind the design was to retain the existing character of the cottage to the front – its low slung and strong horizontal lines – and place a more contemporary two storey addition at the back behind the ridge.  The new upper level is fully clad with CNC routed plywood shutters, it pierces the ample roof plane to the front of the house with a wide dormer window that is curved at the corners.

The “Craftsman’s” cottage style of the first decades of the 20th century was characterised by a simple gable roof with low eaves that ran parallel to the street with a horizontal elevation, the complete opposite to the California Bungalow style, with its gables facing the front boundary. The first floor attic dormer and garage have been designed with stretched and horizontal proportions. The existing ground floor windows have new sliding plywood shutters. The sandstone walls have adopted the same type of coursing and jointing as the existing stone footings of the house, Image Courtesy © Justin Alexander


VILLA BRAECKMAN-STAELS and GARDEN COTTAGE in Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium by De Smet Vermeulen architecten

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Article source: De Smet Vermeulen architecten


The opposition between cities and countryside in Flanders has increasingly become a mental rather than a physical one. A long-standing anti-urban policy has led to a thorough contamination – i.e. urbanization – of the Flemish countryside. Multiple networks connect locations irrespective of their urban or rural status, enabling ever more frequent movements, eroding physical boundaries, merging it all into a semi-urban pattern we call the Nebular City. Inside this Nebular City, rurality has become less a fact than a choice, less a self-evident tradition than a mental construction. It is the architect’s task to design this mental construction.

Image Courtesy © De Smet Vermeulen architecten

  • Architects: De Smet Vermeulen architecten
  • Location: Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium
  • Software used: Vectorworks (The garden cottage)
  • Villa Braeckman-Staels: Axel Cayman, Henk De Smet, Marleen Goethals, Tom Thys, Paul Vermeulen, 1996-2000
  • Garden cottage Braeckman-Staels: Henk De Smet, Nikolaj De Meulder, Paul Vermeulen, 2011-2013


Mian Farm Cottage in Hanoi, Vietnam by Idee architects

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Article source: Idee architects 

Among the grapefruit garden of a large farm, Mian Farm Cottage has a fine view of Ba Vi mountain range. The owners of the farm aim to create a place far away from the city which produces fresh food, has a green space, a great landscape and for families gathering.

Image Courtesy © Trieu Chien

  • Architects: Idee architects
  • Project: Mian Farm Cottage
  • Location: Mian Farm, Son Tay, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Photography: Trieu Chien
  • Software used: 3dS Max and Autocad
  • Architect: Tran Ngoc Linh
  • Project team: Nguyen Huy Hai, Do Van Thoan, Nguyen Ngoc Quynh, Nguyen Dac Nguyen, Nguyen Dang Quang
  • Area: 140m2
  • Completed: 2016


Cottage in Ripollès, Spain by Mogas Arquitectes sl

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Article source: Mogas Arquitectes sl

A small residential area in the Pyrenees is the location of a small summer house, which was designed under common conditions for this kind of project, plot geometry, solar orientation, … and also under two impositions by the property: its materiality, the house had to be made of wood, and the budget, one hundred thousand euros.

Image Courtesy © Mogas Arquitectes sl

  • Architects: Mogas Arquitectes sl
  • Project: Cottage
  • Location: Ripollès, Spain
  • Architect’s name: Marc Mogas Bartomeu
  • Completion date: September 2015


K21 Skardsøya in Møre og Romsdal, Norway by TYIN tegnestue Architects

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Article source: TYIN tegnestue Architects 

The cottage holds a special place in contemporary Norwegian culture. A few generations back the majority of the Norwegian people made a living from farming, fishing or lumbering, trades which afforded closeness with nature. In the contemporary and urbanized way of life the cottage is a means maintaining this closeness. This particular cottage is modestly sized with its 60 square meters, and thus a sustainable structure both in terms of material usage and energy consumption. The building sits amidst marshland, sea-adjacent rock and scattered pine- and juniper-vegetation. An important consideration in the project was to avoid interfering with this sensitive surrounding terrain. It heals slowly due to climatic factors. The cottage lies 21 meters above sea level, and the distance to the sea front is 100 meters. Some marsh had to be cleared in preparing for the building phase, exposing bedrock and thus aiding in integrating the cottage with the terrain. The structure rests on a concrete base, and the main building is a studwork house with beamed ceilings. The main building sits on three different levels. This lowers its height and emphasizes a connection between the interior of the cottage and the outside areas. The access point is on the western side of the lot, slightly lower than the cottage itself. Visual impact depends markedly on perspective. From the west the cottage appears rather tall, while from the east it looks lower and more adapted. Entry to the main building is situated next to the outhouse, and a shared gallery roof keeps it sheltered from rain and wind. The clients did most of the construction work themselves. This level of client participation is rare, and we were delighted to see the level of personal commitment put into the details. The exterior of the building is clad in spruce harvested from the clientÕs own forest. This untreated material fades rapidly, attaining a light and silvery shimmering hue. The outside detail is kept to a minimum to ensure an even patina for the walls.

Image Courtesy © Pasi Aalto

Image Courtesy © Pasi Aalto

  • Architects: TYIN tegnestue Architects 
  • Project: K21 Skardsøya
  • Location: Møre og Romsdal, Norway
  • Photography: Pasi Aalto
  • Client: Sissel By and Olve Aarhaug
  • Mezzanine Architects: Andreas G. Gjertsen and ¯rjan Nyheim
  • Cost: 1 700 000 NOK
  • Area: 60 m2
  • Building period: 2013 – 2016


Kensington Palace in Victoria, Australia by Nic Owen Architects

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Article source: Nic Owen Architects

A renovation and extension to the rear of a Victorian cottage in Kensington, Victoria Australia.

■ The owner, a single professional loved her charming 2 bedroom cottage but found the spaces dark, tired and basically in need of repair.

■ A neighbouring 2 storey extension compromised her privacy to the rear living spaces and the backyard, effectively reducing the usability of the property.

■ A small 1970’s sun-room extension was removed and replaced with a black steel and glass small extension. Large picture frame windows supply light and outlook to the existing structure.

Image Courtesy © Christine Francis

Image Courtesy © Christine Francis

  • Architects: Nic Owen Architects
  • Project: Kensington Palace
  • Location: Kensington, Victoria, Australia
  • Photography: Christine Francis
  • Client: Mature single professional
  • Builder: Melpro Developments
  • Landscaper: Dan Piper gardens
  • Structural engineer: Jonicha Consulting Pty Ltd
  • Building surveyor: Reddo
  • Size (m2): House 109 m2 (Existing house was larger at 120m2), Site = 280m2, Deck 27m2
  • Design time: 8 months
  • Construction time: 6 months
  • Completion: November 2015


Mountain cottage in Storelvdal, Norway by Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk AS ARKITEKTKONTOR

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Article source: Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk AS ARKITEKTKONTOR

The cottage is situated 900 metres above sea level in a west facing hillside with a striking view towards the Rondane mountains. The site is lying on the back side of a vague elevation in the sloping landscape, which makes the ground slant “backwards”, away from the view. The elevation makes a beautiful foreground with a few pine trees and the ground covered with reindeer moss.

Image Courtesy © Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk AS ARKITEKTKONTOR

Image Courtesy © Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk AS ARKITEKTKONTOR

  • Architects: Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk AS ARKITEKTKONTOR
  • Project: Mountain cottage
  • Location: Sollia, Storelvdal, Norway
  • Client: Tron Sanderud og Elisabeth Brudvik
  • Co-workers: Christine Petersen, Gyda Drage Kleiva
  • Structural consultant: Terje Orlien
  • Building: Byggmester Per Bjørgan as
  • Furniture: Aagaards snekkerverksted as
  • Year: 2004


Cottage Restoration in Parma, Italy by Studio Contini

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Article source: Studio Contini

This construction is located in Tufi d’Agna, a small settlement in the mountain town of Corniglio, inside of the Tuscan-Emilian Appenine recently recognized by the UNESCO as a MAB (Man and the Biosphere Programme) reserve.

The small building, a farm building once used to shelter the shepherds and animals, was recovered as a refuge where the residential use, considering the remote location and the difficulties to achieve it, is sporadic and linked to the summer period.

Image Courtesy © Sandro Tessoni, Alessio Brugnoli, Rosi Filippo, Juza

Image Courtesy © Sandro Tessoni, Alessio Brugnoli, Rosi Filippo, Juza

  • Architects: Studio Contini (Marco Contini)
  • Project: Cottage Restoration
  • Location: Tufi d’Agna di Corniglio, Parma, Italy
  • Photography: Sandro Tessoni, Alessio Brugnoli, Rosi Filippo, Juza
  • Renders: Artlantis Studio
  • Software used: Autocad, Google SketchUp
  • Collaborators: Sara Chiari, Matteo Zaccarelli
  • Structure: Ing. Simone Leoni
  • Photovoltaic system: Aleo
  • Mechanical systems: CD Studio
  • Contracting companies: Impresa edile Barbieri Danilo; Aleo solar
  • Covered area: 68.0 sqm
  • Project: 2014
  • End of works: 2015


The Old Hall in Suffolk, England by Nash Baker Architects

Sunday, February 14th, 2016

Article source: Nash Baker Architects

The Old Hall in Suffolk is a complex restoration project by Nash Baker Architects involving a 16th Century oak-framed hall house with many later alterations and additions. Originally constructed in the 16th Century for a local merchant, this historic hall house was converted into several cottages around 1800. Unsympathetic alterations and extension during the 1960’s and 1970’s have been reversed or remodeled to re-unite the building as a single house.

Image Courtesy © Nash Baker Architects

Image Courtesy © Nash Baker Architects

  • Architects: Nash Baker Architects
  • Project: The Old Hall
  • Location: Suffolk, England
  • Software used: Autocad


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