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House in Daizawa, Japan by Nobuo Araki / The Archetype

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Article source: Nobuo Araki / The Archetype

Situated in a calm residential area of Setagaya, Tokyo, the rectangular house faces southward, with a garden at the rear. Several meters in front of the house, a concrete wall has been constructed to provide sufficient privacy to the glass-façade house, while retaining a sense of openness.

Image Courtesy © SHIMIZU KEN

  • Architects: Nobuo Araki / The Archetype
  • Project: House
  • Location: Daizawa, Japan
  • Photography: SHIMIZU KEN
  • Completion: June2013
  • Building type: personal residence


  • Structure: G.DeSIGN/TakeyukiGaino
  • Facility: SH/Koji Nagai , ShuNagasawa
  • Lighting: On&Off/Shinji Yamaguchi
  • General constructor: Watanabetomi Corporation
  • Structure: wooden structure
  • Number of floors: 2 stories
  • Site area: 165.37 m2
  • Building area: 66.04m2
  • Total floor area: 111.15 m2

Southern Highlands House in NSW, Australia by Benn & Penna Architects

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Article source: Benn & Penna Architects

“A tiny house, like a tiny temple, can be a perfect work of art” – Marion Mahony Griffin

The design is for a new home-office pavilion alongside two existing pavilions on a remote rural property three hours drive south of Sydney. The new building is part of a set of three free standing pavilions that each contain the functions of sleeping, living and working – a configuration reflecting a harmonious life-cycle balance that is interwoven into its natural environment.

Image Courtesy © Tom Ferguson

  • Architects: Benn & Penna Architects
  • Project: Southern Highlands House
  • Location: NSW, Australia
  • Photography: Tom Ferguson
  • Completion date : 2013
  • Project team: Andrew Benn (principal), Alice Benn, Thomas Benn

House in Perbes, Spain by VIER ARQUITECTOS SLP

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Article source: Vier Arquitectos

A few times, the devising process of a house starts from youth experiences, from the marks of the place, from childhood as such. On some occasions, the architect can take part somehow in the choice of the place or the plot of land, but it is not frequent, however, to be fortunate enough to have the landscape –as in this case- deeply anchored in the bottom of one’s childhood. We are talking about the entrance to the Ría, the Miño Beach, in A Coruña. This landscape -seen from the southwest side of the hill- is going to be the determining factor in the location of the house.


  • Architects: VIER ARQUITECTOS SLP (Antonio Raya, Cristóbal Crespo, Santiago Sánchez, Enrique Antelo).
  • Project: House in Perbes
  • Location: Spain
  • Construction: April 2001 – March 2003
  • Collaborators: Emmanuel Vincent, arquitecto | architect. Saúl González Casas, arquitecto técnico | rigger
  • Area: 325,00 m2

Casa da Maternidade in Porto, Portugal by PABLO PITA

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Article source: PABLO PITA

Maternidade House is a single-family dwelling set in a 19th century refurbished house. An example directly restricted to an existing context where the dwelling return to its basis. Adapted to the contemporary needs and standards, the intervention respects its inner scale and typologic scheme.

Image Courtesy © José Campos . Architectural Photography

  • Architects: PABLO PITA
  • Project: Casa da Maternidade
  • Location: Porto, Portugal
  • Photography: José Campos . Architectural Photography
  • CONSULTANTS: ALFAengenharia . PROQUALITYengenharia , Ricardo Ferreira da Silva
  • CONSTRUCTOR: F. Moreira da Silva & Filhos, Lda
  • YEAR: 2013

Construction of a new individual house in Montferrier sur Lez, France by NBJ Architectes

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Article source: NBJ Architectes

Situated in a pine forest on a plot with a steep, the first job was the creation of an enabling environment for the establishment of a home. The slope is both the first constraint and the major asset of the place to embrace an open landscape on the horizon. Two axes marked two choices in the site making : Firstly, the accompaniment of the slope, in order to work on the establishment of regular level. Like terraces in the landscape, a journey consisted by Corten steel sheets is created to accompany the arrival at home while building the landscape discovery.

Image Courtesy © NBJ Architectes

  • Architects: NBJ Architectes
  • Project: Construction of a new individual house
  • Location: Montferrier sur Lez, France
  • Photography: Paul Kozlowski
  • Client: Private
  • Designers: Elodie NOURRIGAT &Jacques BRION, architects Associated
  • Project Area:170m2
  • Delivery date: May 2013

Hillside House in Suzhou, China by Pu Miao Architecture

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Article source: Pu Miao Architecture

Hillside houses tend to belong to one of the two types, the terraces and the tower. While the tower has a more prominent visual appearance, the stepped profile of the terraces allows residents in the rooms same-level accesses to exterior spaces. This design explores a third type–the combined–that takes advantages from both existing models and minimizes their shortcomings. The new prototype tries to produce a better relationship between indoor and outdoor spaces, recreating the traditional Chinese courtyard space on a hillside site. This is part of the author’s experiment to localize Modern Architecture.

South elevation (the wall around the lower courtyard and the pool were not built) , Image Courtesy © Pu Miao Architecture

  • Architects: Pu Miao Architecture
  • Project: Hillside House
  • Location: Suzhou, China
  • Software used: Autocad.
  • Project Period: 2001-2002
  • Floor Area: 250 square meters
  • Client: Shanghai Huaxin Construction and Development Co., Ltd.
  • Designer: Miao Design Studio (Design Architect), Pu Miao, Luo Jirun; Textile Industry Design and Research Institute of Jiangsu Province (Architect of Record). Interior design was by other parties.

Gable Again House in Champaign, Illinois by Jeffery S. Poss, Architect

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Article source: Jeffery S. Poss, Architect

A well-proportioned 1957 gabled house was constructed on the north edge of a small park.  While the southern view of maturing park trees visible through the glazed gable end is delightful, an owner of dubious taste in the 1970s constructed a curiously awful Mansard carbuncle-of-an-addition to its west.

Image Courtesy © Jeffery S. Poss, Architect

  • Architects: Jeffery S. Poss, Architect
  • Project: Gable Again House
  • Location: Champaign, Illinois
  • Commissioned Project: 2011-12
  • Design Associates: Workus Studio

House at Matsubara, Setagaya ward, Tokyo by atelier HAKO architects

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Article source: atelier HAKO architects

This house sits at the tiny corner lot, while facing the tree-lined ginkgo.

Around this dwelling area of the small city block and the narrow road, the human scale that offers friendly atmosphere to the pedestrian from the old days is kept, also thanks to the tree-lined ginkgo.

Façade; exterior view from the opposite side of the corner, with the tree-lined ginkgo, photo © Shinsuke Kera/Urban Arts

  • Architects: atelier HAKO architects (Yukinobu Nanashima + Tomomi Sano)
  • Project: House at Matsubara
  • Location: Setagaya ward, Tokyo
  • Photography: Shinsuke Kera/Urban Arts
  • Completion: May 2011
  • Primary usage: private residence
  • Structure: wooden construction, three stories above ground
  • Clients: couple
  • Site area: 51.71 m2
  • Building area: 35.20 m2
  • Total floor area: 86.30 m2

Tang House in Carlton, Melbourne, Australia by 4site architecture

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Article source: 4site architecture

The client of this single fronted double brick terrace house in Carlton wanted to find an intelligent architectural response that would breath life into a dark and pokey dwelling.

The existing property is typical of Victorian terrace houses with a hallway and front two rooms configuration, then a poorly planned series of gloomy, dysfunctional lean-to additions, poor access to natural light and no direct connection to the rear yard. We responded to the client’s brief by retaining the original two bedrooms at the front, with a proposed double storey addition including bathroom, laundry, living, kitchen, dining area and an additional bedroom with en suite.

Image Courtesy © Kevin Hui

  • Architects: 4site architecture
  • Project: Tang House
  • Location: Carlton, Melbourne, Australia
  • Photography: Kevin Hui
  • Software used: SketchUp Pro
  • Project Team: Kevin Hui, Gabriel Poulton
  • Builder: A.T. Interiors & Construction Pty Ltd
  • Engineers: Coulthard Shim Pty Ltd
  • Project Area: 75 sqm (new works)
  • Project Year: 2013

HOUSE in Lisbon, Portugal by PMC Arquitectos

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Article source: PMC Arquitectos

The plot, which is practically rectangular, has an area of 914.2m2 and is located in the midst of a quarter built with villas.

Topographically the location has an approximately 2m difference in level following the longer axis, in the East/West direction, with the highest level located on the side of the access roadway.

Image Courtesy © FG+SG fotografia de arquitectura

  • Architects: PMC Arquitectos (Leonor Duarte Ferreira, Miguel Passos de Almeida, Carlos Sousa Coelho)
  • Project: HOUSE
  • Location: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Photography: FG+SG fotografia de arquitectura
  • COLLABORATION: Irene Cunha and Carmo Caldeira
  • YEAR: 2008-2011
  • SURFACE: 690 m2


  • Walls plastered. sheathed with micro-concrete and paint – major volume
  • Walls sheathed with cramped stone slabs- minor volume
  • Floors  sheathed with micro-concrete
  • Joinery with naturally coloured aluminium and double glazing
  • Flat covering sheathed with natural stone slabs – minor volume
  • Flat covering sheathed with shale fabric – major volume
  • Aluminium laminated blinds which can be aligned


  • Floors (level -1):  self levelling micro-concrete in parking areas and technical facilitie
  • Floors (level 0): micro-concrete
  • Floors (level 1): Hardwood (Deep smoked)
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