Today we are showcasing a beautiful and simple villa in Japan. From huge houses to tiny ones, we have published all sorts of homes here. But I have noticed that people keep asking for simple things. Houses that are beautiful, inspiring and doable. Places where we can see ourselves living and not only dreaming about. This is why today we will show another simple yet amazing home. Shinminka Villa is located in Motobu, Japan, and it was designed by ISSHOArchitects. Motobu ia a town that sits on the northern part of Okinawa Island. Open spaces, lots of wood, huge glass windows and a few interior design elements give the place a modern and cozy feel. And the interesting thing is that at the same time the villa looks rustic. I'm not sure if it is because of its simplicity or the materials choice. Take a look. The architects used glass windows on all four sides of the building. This way the house has a lot of ventilation and openness to take advantage of the surrounding environment. It is almost like indoor and outdoor spaces are one. This is certainly another great examples that less is more. You don't need too much to have a beautiful home. Hope you like the villa as much as I did. And in case you are going to Motobu and need a place to stay you can rent this house here. Enjoy! We found this treehouse at ArchDaily. Photos by Koichi Torimura.
Modular houses, or prefabricated houses, are picking up momentum lately. We have been seen amazing modular houses designs. From small and minimal projects to bigger ambitious ones, there is certainly a modular house idea to fit your needs. To give you a taste of that we will show a beautiful and modern home in Pirogovo lake, Russia. The project was designed by BIO-architects. The house was designed for a couple that had lived in one of the architect's modular homes. They liked the experience and decided to try an upgraded version of their first modular house. The result is a nice and cozy cabin in the woods. The house counts with simple and affordable materials. Metal profile, barn board and glass, and it blends harmoniously with the natural environment. It seems like the cabin is totally in sync with its beautiful surroundings. Nice open floor, lots of glass and wood create an modern and charming place. Take a look. And make sure to check out BIO-architects website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) The house was designed and produced for a young couple who went to live in the suburbs of Moscow on Pirogovo lake. A year before, in 2015, they asked us for a compact 40m2 DublDom house, and after a successful experience of its winter installation, the customers got ready for a bigger one for the whole family, children and staff. None of the standard models was suitable for the site, so we made an individual project on the basis of DublDom of second edition. Most of the individual decisions are based on a simple technology and inexpensive materials, so we managed to follow one of the basic principles of DublDom company - quality of architecture at an affordable pricing. The front facade with the maximum number of glazing was dictated by location of the house on the site. All the technical and utility rooms are located along the rear facade, and the children's room, office, main entrance and the living room with fireplace look at the site with a wonderful view on the water. Made with simple and affordable materials - metal profile, barn board and glass - it blends harmoniously with the natural environment. The entire interior is made of solid pine, painted white. The end walls coloured dark visually increase the space. The interior design is completely made and implemented by the hostess Anastasia Sokolova. All modules were prefabricated at Dubldom production in Kazan and arrived at the site together with the interior trim, hidden utilities, furniture and electrical equipment inside. Installation work took about 10 days with minimal disruption to the site and the environment. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Max Badulin and Ivan Ovchinnikov.
If you are interested in the ultra-minimal home idea, you've come to the right place. What is an ultra-minimal home? Well, take a look at this amazing project by Alchemy and you will understand. The Sonoma weeHouse is based on Alchemy's original weehouse. Their original project is a modular prefabricated housing system that optimizes many elements of the traditional design-build process. Here they took the basics of the original and gave it a very nice outcome. The result, as they say, is a small, ultra-minimal, high-end home. If you were still not sure that less is more in architecture too. Sonoma weeHouse will make you change your mind. The house is nestled among beautiful trees. The surroundings are totally inspiring. With all the glass they used you can enjoy the relaxing views from all around the house. The place is bright and breathtaking. Take a look. And make sure to check out Alchemy website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: Alchemy’s Sonoma weeHouse was designed in Minnesota for a client in San Francisco, built in Oregon, and shipped to its Santa Rosa, CA site 90% complete. The client, an architect himself and Apple’s Director of Store Design, was the project’s co-pilot with weeHouse founder Geoffrey Warner, Alchemy’s principal architect. This small, ultra-minimal, high-end home is based on Alchemy’s weeHouse but customized to meet the luxe finishing requirements the client requested. The prefab house is composed of two minimalist open-sided boxes set on a concrete plinth nestled on the edge of gnarled oaks and an expansive view. Both structures feature steel frames, 9 ft. tall sliding glass walls set into custom corrugated weathering steel boxes and ipe interiors with oiled oak cabinetry. The boxes are offset on board-formed concrete plinths connected by a set of Alchemy-designed steel stairs and railings fabricated in Minnesota. The 16 ft. x 40 ft., 640 SF primary box features whitewashed oak bed box in the middle of the volume, creates a kitchen-dining-living room space on one side, and a bath space on the other side. For shipping logistics, the primary box was composed of two modules, with the 10 ft. x 40 ft. porch porch arriving 90% complete, bolted onto the main module onsite, and cantilevered into the site’s dramatic landscape. The accompanying 330 SF guest house is an abridged version of the larger module with a large whitewashed oak wardrobe forming the bathroom wall. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Geoffrey Warner.
Barn houses seem to be pretty popular these days. And I have to admit that I love it! Barns that are converted into houses are spacious, bright and inspiring. Like the one we are showing you today. Church Hill Barn is a beautiful home on the Essex and Suffolk border. The project was actually a renovation. Church Hill Barn was part of several buildings for the Assington Hall Estate, destroyed by fire in the 1950s. David Nossiter Architects did a great job restoring it. Giving the place a modern look with a cozy and warm feel. Polished concrete floors, timber, brick and a pretty open plan come together beautifully here. And the result in simply inspiring for those who like the idea of barn living. Take a look. The restoration also used materials from the other buildings from the former Estate. Since some buildings were too far gone to restore the architects salvaged some of the material to use it in the new barn. Make sure to check out David Nossiter Architects website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: The site, situated on the Essex/Suffolk borders within the landscape immortalized by Constable was originally the home farm of the nearby Assington Hall Estate, destroyed by fire in the 1950s. It consists of a collection of farm buildings forming a courtyard. The centerpiece of the site with views over the rural landscape is a large barn of cathedral-like proportions. Cruciform in plan with a collection of smaller spaces surrounding it, the arrangement sought to provide shelter for different farming activities under a single roof. The barn complex is the legacy of one of its pioneering exponents of the model farm movement John Gurdon Esquire, the original owner. The clients purchased the buildings in dilapidated condition. Having sold their own property in nearby Colchester they decided to reside in a caravan on the site during the build. We found this house at Uncrate. Photos by Steve Lancefield.
Nestled in a beautiful hillside in Los Angeles hills, this place is inspiring. House in Trees is a project by Anonymous Architects and you can see that the house blends perfectly with its surroundings. The architects developed something that has a remote feel despite being so close to all of Los Angeles craziness. The main challenge of the project was the placement of the home. The beautiful Cypress tress should be preserved at all costs. So what a better idea then incorporating them into the design? Yes. This is what they've done. Take a look. The House in Trees has a beautiful layout and breathtaking views. The heavy use of wood gives the place a cozy feel and also turns the house into an integrated element in this hillside. A lot of glass will allow you to take advantage of inspiring views. It seems that you are in a remote cabin in the mountains. Make sure to check out Anonymous Architects website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: This new single family house floats over the steep hillside in Echo Park, California. The placement of the house was very important to avoid removing any of the mature Cypress trees that surround the house. In one case the house surrounds the tree as the tree penetrates through the house. Waterproofing a tree in this situation proved to be very challenging but the system works to keep water out of the house. In an effort to blend into the wooded environment there is a heavy use of wood - both outside and inside. The exterior uses fire treated cedar siding which is a rating required by local building codes. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Michael Wells, Steve King.
For the last Beautiful Houses post of the year we will show you, once again, that a lot of times less is more in architecture too. Take a look at this inspiring prefab home in Catuçaba, São Paulo, a project by MAPA. Beautiful wood, huge glass windows, cozy interior and breathtaking surroundings. In my opinion these are the main characteristics of this home. I'm pretty sure this is the perfect spot to keep all of your inspiration juices flowing. Check it out! Make sure to check out MAPA website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: Living in Remote Landscapes. MINIMOD CATUÇABA is a primitive retreat with a contemporary reinterpretation, which more than an object aims to become an every-remote-landscape experience. MINIMOD presents an alternative to traditional construction: based on prefab plug&play logics, it incorporates the benefits that a newly-born industry has to offer. Quiet but not shy, its unique-in-Brazil CLT Wood-Technology combines industrialized products' efficiency and new technologies' sustainability with the sensitivity of the natural material par excellence. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Leonardo Finotti.
Today we will show you a minimalistic house remodel in Mountain View, CA, a project by Klopf Architecture. The house is a remodel of a classic Eichler home and the result is amazing. A clean and contemporary look give this place and unique and cozy feel. Lots of glass, open spaces and bright colors come together to deliver a beautiful home. Take a look. We don't have a lot of details but the images communicate enough. Make sure to check out Klopf Architecture website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) House remodel We found this house at Contemporist.
Today we will show you a house in South Korea, a project by BCHO Architects. Architects used a tilted roof that follows the hillside to better blend the house to its surroundings. Besides minimizing excavation the result is a clean and inspiring home. We can also see beautiful color palette, materials and layout choices here. A lot of open spaces and windows, given the place a bright and cozy feel. Take a look. Make sure to check out BCHO Architects website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: Set amid peaceful mountains and rice fields an hour east of Seoul, Korea, The Tilt Roof House is part of a community master plan proposed by the clients and their friends in Sukokri neighborhood. Sharing common passions for travel, nature, and design, they decided to create a small artist community where they could go hiking and do outdoor activities together. As part of Sukokri artist community, the subterranean Tilt Roof House shows architect’s understanding and consideration of “Ki”, which is the traditional term for the universal energy that permeates everything. Tilt Roof House tries to respect the natural energy flow of the existing mountains’ and consideration. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Sergio Pirrone.
Today we will show you a very elegant and contemporary home in Carmel Valley, California, a project by Sagan Piechota Architecture. The architects used materials such as concrete, weathered steel, and natural cedar to mirror the site's natural textures and color palettes. The result is inspiring. A lot of glass allowing natural light in the house and also showcasing the amazing surroundings. Take a look. Make sure to check out Sagan Piechota Architecture website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: Set within a small clearing of California old growth oaks, this ‘L’ shaped residence settles naturally into the contours of the rolling hills of Carmel Valley. Concrete, weathered steel and natural cedar mimics the colors and textures of the surrounding hills. Framed perspectives carefully selected throughout the property capture the verdant landscape and distant views beyond. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Joe Fletcher.
This breathtaking remodel is located in a very popular neighborhood in Berlin. Müllerhaus Metzerstrasse Berlin, a project by asdfg Architekten, is facelift in a house erected in 1844. Due to its historical elements and importance the authorities asked the architects to keep the facade look and feel. The result is totally inspiring. Both exterior and interiors are beautiful, but I'm astonished by the clean and modern look this place has. Take a look. Make sure to check out asdfg Architekten website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Michael Pfisterer.
If you like the concept of living in a modern barn you will like this house in Sweden. The KD house, a project by GWSK Arkitekter, was built using prefabricated concrete elements and is inspiring. Open plan, high ceilings with barn roof shape and lots of natural light are some of the elements that give this place an extra charm. Beautiful and modern sliding barn doors add an unique feel to place, check it out! Make sure to check out GWSK Arkitekter website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: Design for a Holiday House built with prefabricated concrete elements. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Linus Flodin.
Today we will show you a small and exquisite home on coast of Stokkøya, Norway, a project by Asante Architecture & Design. The house is located right next to the water overlooking the neighboring islands and the Norwegian Sea. The place was designed for a chef and is pure inspiration. Beautiful material combination and a simple layout deliver a great space. Huge windows, lots of natural light and breathtaking views give this place an extra charm. Take a look! Make sure to check out Asante Architecture & Design website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: A small house with many details right by the coast at Stokkøya, Norway. The house is part of the project Bygda 2.0, a rural development project focusing on developing modern Norwegian houses in a dynamic context combined with spaces for businesses and research activities. It will be a place to live, work and enjoy. Hadar’s house is situated on the rocks next to the shoreline and offers a beautiful view over the water. It is built in wood and has a modern low-energy heating system using firewood. The facade is maintenance free built of burned wood, a traditional Japanese technique transformed into a Norwegian context. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Marius Rua.
Today we will show you the inspiring Avalon house in New South Wales, Australia a project by ArchiBlox. This is a great prefab structure that was constructed in 6 weeks. And the modular design minimizes impact in the environment. The place has a few green features and is cozy and charming. In love with the kitchen and bathroom. Take a look! Make sure to check out ArchiBlox website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: Situated on a sloping site, the module touches the earth lightly and is elevated off the ground on structural posts. With a size of 106 m2 the residence is minimal in size but grand in design intent. The interior is composed with 2 bedrooms with walk in robes, 1 bathroom, open plan kitchen, dining and living and storeroom. A green roof sits atop of the structure, tying the built form beautifully back into the landscape. The south and east facades are framed by an outdoor verandah which one can sit on and contemplate the harmony of the coastal ambience. The modular design is driven by sustainable methods which include: Lineal structure with east-west orientation allowing cross ventilation; Maximized North windows which allows the home to enjoy the northern sun; Green Roof which minimizes rainwater run off and solar penetration; FSC certified external timbers milled from sustainable forestry methods; Low VOC internal paints and natural oils. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Michael Wickham, Tom Ross.
Today we will show you the beautiful Beachyhead house in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa, a project by SAOTA. Great material choices, shapes and layout turn this house into a masterpiece seating on top of a mountain. From the beautiful use of concrete, stone and wood to the connection between indoor and outdoor spaces, this place will certainly inspire you. Carefully designed stairs, a modern and clean kitchen and inspiring living spaces deliver a unique home, take a look! Make sure to check out SAOTA website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: From the road, the scale of the house is modest, with living spaces concealed on a lower level. Strong horizontality is articulated in the entrance canopy, which is planted with indigenous shrubs cascading over the slab edge. Taking advantage of the remarkable views - with Robberg peninsula to the south-east and the Outeniqua Mountains in the distance towards the north - the southern section of the house is higher and appears to be sliced off from the northern part in a sculptural way. This opening extends vertically through the building, washing northern light into the deeper spaces of the house. Lit from a skylight above, the stairs are delicately suspended in this void, also allowing views through it. The geometry of the staircase continues as a diagonal line that extends the cantilevering entertainment terrace. The centrally-positioned kitchen serves the living spaces and northern courtyard. The kitchen volume opens upwards to the bedroom gallery, allowing northern light into the space. Located on the lower terrace, the pool connects to the main entertainment spaces by means of a stone staircase, articulated as part of the plinth. With a water level that is slightly raised above the deck surface; a rim flow all round creates the impression that this reflective water body slots into the timber deck. This further creates unity between this refined, easy-flowing home and its natural surroundings. We got the details/pics for this post from SAOTA.
Today we will show you an breathtaking house in Cap à l’Aigle, Canada, a project designed by ACDF Architecture. This house is simply amazing! The facade is modern and clean, the location is perfect and the glass walls are a show stopper. The use of glass not only allows you to enjoy the beautiful surrounding view but also transform the environment into a bright and light home. Really modern, clean and inspiring, take a look! Make sure to check out ACDF Architecture website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: The “Blanche” Chalet, whose name evokes the spirit of the vernacular houses of the region, is situated in La Malbaie’s area of the “Terrasses Cap à l’Aigle”. Its simple and pure architecture gently complements the landscape of Charlevoix in a modern fashion. Perched on the podium, the upper two levels are clad in a white stained wood, which is reminiscent of lime plaster that was applied to the ancestral homes of the area. The wood is smooth or raw textured and, at times, creates an openwork siding,depending on the façade, bringing lightness and joy to the house.The four bedrooms of the “Blanche” Chalet are centrally located in order to maximize the panoramic views of the living spaces that are at the top level. The kitchen and dining room are characterized by large 360-degree fenestration, while the living space is housed in a floating overhang whose unique form is reminiscent of the structure of vernacular bridges. This raised volume allows for a direct experience of the enchanting sunsets of Cap à l’Aigle and the shimmering reflections of the estuary of the St. Lawrence within the comforts of the home. The social nature of the house, its openness to family, friendly, and sometimes professional exchanges are favoured by its composition that sensitively juxtaposes the spaces of common life and the private life (bedrooms). The abundant use of fenestration underlines a constant connection between the interior and nature, including the lake and the forest. The use of natural materials, such as stone, wood, and steel in pure and unique forms links the building to the context and invites contemplation. We found this house at Architecture du Québec. Photos by Adrien Williams.
Today we will show you an inspiring floating home in Seattle, a project designed by Vandeventer + Carlander Architects. I couldn't find details about the project but I believe the images communicate enough. In my opinion the idea of living in a floating home is really romantic. Not only you get beautiful views but you can jump into the water for a swim right from your bedroom. Really nice layout and materials combination here, take a look! Make sure to check out Vandeventer + Carlander Architects website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) We found this house at Contemporist. Photos by Benjamin Benschneider.
Today we will show you the beautiful Shear House in Korea, a project designed by stpmj.This is a simple and efficient home with a nice facade and layout. Bright and clean interiors, nice big glass windows to enjoy the surrounding view and a delicate feel to it, this house is pretty unique, take a look! Make sure to check out stpmj website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: Shear House, a single family house in Korea, seeks how a simple treatment in pitched roof typology improves environmental qualities and influences to program organization. The volume of gable on the West end changes its placement along with body of the house. It projects out toward South at the East end, while maintaining its triangular shape. The sheared volume is continuously pulled out to South responding to sun orientation. It creates a deep eave in South and a terrace in North. The eave blocks direct sunlight in summer and allow natural lighting in winter. Openings at terrace in the second level increase natural ventilation throughout the whole house. In addition double skin-facade controls heat and humidity thus the house reduces 20% of heat gain and loss in summer and winter. The house has two different ends, a typical gable end and a sliced & shifted one in a monolithic structure and material. Shear House adds a new scene on the existing landscape. At the entrance of the town people face a typical gable wall. As they walk to the house, they slowly recognize changes of eave and shadow and finally realize the sheared face at the entrance of the house. Two bed rooms, bathroom, library, stair and kitchen are placed in North half of the house. South half, a double height space, is a long and sculptured living room, which has generous multi-purpose space for client to invite many people in special occasions. The living room that goes through East to West, provides dynamic spatial qualities and light filtration in its depth and height with various visual connections. Unlikely simple and static exterior, interior spaces provide playful experiences on changing geometries. Through rooms re rectangular in plan, laid out on grid, walls are triangular, parallelogram, and trapezoid in elevation due to its intersection with the shifted roof volume. We found this house at ArchDaily.