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Cedar, Oak and Walnut Winter Home

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YH2 Architects put together this natural material based winter home, called “La Luge”, located on a private plot of land in Quebec, Canada.

Great floor to ceiling windows, built in bunk beds and a suspended orb fireplace make up some of the beautiful interior elements. Utilizing cedar, oak and walnut woods are carried throughout from the exterior facade to the interior areas including the kitchen cabinetry.

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New Summit Restaurant in the Swiss Alps with Aluminum Facade

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The New Summit Restaurant - Neubau Gipfelrestaurant Weisshorn – in Arosa in the Swiss Alps is created by Tilla Theus. It has an amazing 360 degrees’ view and a shining aluminum facade. 

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Marvelous Modern Meditation Sanctuary by Architects Parque Humano

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Pabellon en Lamina, a modern meditation retreat designed by Parque Humano, is a temporary shelter that invites contemplation and philosophical speculation.

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Casa López by Oficina 3 Estudio de Arquitectura

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Oficina 3 Estudio de Arquitectura and Daniel Carrillo has designed this Casa López / Lujano located in Tijuana, Mexico.

“The owners were very concerned about the environment, specifically about energy and resource efficiency. They wanted to maintain their privacy, but also directed us to provide an open, light-filled design, that responded to the hillside site. The owners also wanted a more controlled garden-type of an area and a more natural landscape on the rear of the lot. Sensible green measures were to be included, although the project budget would not allow “Grand” measures”, the architects says.

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Modern Residence by Jun Igarashi Architects

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Such a cool and interesting home created by Jun Igarashi Architects in 2012. With outdoor installations with stainless steel wires. And open space levels inside. The home is located in the suburb of the city of Sapporo, Japan.

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Strasbourg Hotel Restaurant by Studio Jouin Manku

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Stunning!

Jouin Manku Studio have designed the interior of the restaurant at Strasbourg Hotel located in Strasbourg, capital of the Alsace region in France.

As conceived by Jouin Manku, the interior design for the hotel and brasserie is characterized by its authenticity and modernity, a particular idea of luxury and comfort inspired by the equestrian world, restrained and subtle.

Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku have expressed their vision of this former stud farm and historic site, in a design that is both elegant and simple. They have deliberately chosen to limit the range of materials used; solid wood, natural full hide leather and blackened or brushed metal to transpose the original life of this emblematic Strasbourg building into something resolutely contemporary and simple, whose architectural details attest to the studio’s creativity.

Photos by: Hélène Hilaire

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Cidade das Artes by Christian de Portzamparc

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Christian de Portzamparc is an architect and urban planner – born in Casablanca in 1944. And he is the architect behind this stunning piece called Cidade das Artes – City of Arts –  situated in a new major district of Rio de Janeiro: Barra da Tijuca. The building is a little city contained in one big structure raised and established on a vast terrace ten meters above ground.

This terrace is the public space; it is the gathering place that gives access to all facilities. Cidade das Artes combines a large variety of places: a concert room, a room of chamber music and popular music, movie theatres, dance studios, numerous rehearsal rooms, exhibition spaces, restaurants, a media library. The Cidade das Artes is seen as a large house, a great veranda above the city, homage to an archetype of Brazilian architecture. Between the two horizontal plates of the roof and the terrace are set the large curved concrete walls that contain the halls in an interplay of volumes and voids.

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The Black Desert House in California

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Stunning.

Architecture firm Oller & Pejic, in collaboration with Creative Director Marc Atlan, has designed the Black Desert House.

It’s a desert retreat with impressive views of Joshua Tree National Park in California. It’s not often that you see a black house, but the bold choice in color definitely offers a distinct contrast from the surrounding desert landscape.

The house is built around a central courtyard, which is set to a backdrop of black walls, midnight quartz, high-gloss anthracite and darkened steel.

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The Pierre – Camouflaged Concrete House by Olson Kundig Architects

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Growing up on the rocky island of Bornholm, Denmark, I absolutely LOVE this house!

Olson Kundig Architects created this camouflaged concrete house called ‘The Pierre’ (French for ‘stone’) in San Juan Islands, Washington. The owner’s affection for a stone outcropping on her property inspired the design of this house.

From certain angles, the house – with its rough materials, encompassing stone, green roof, and surrounding foliage – almost disappears into nature. Throughout the house, the rock protrudes into the space, contrasting with the luxurious textures of the furnishings.

Interior and exterior fireplace hearths are carved out of existing stone; leveled on top, they are otherwise left raw. In the master bathroom, water cascades through three polished pools, natural sinks in the existing stone. Off the main space, a powder room is carved out of the rock; a mirror set within a skytube reflects natural light into the space.

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Panorama House in Chile

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This cubic wooden house is made by Panorama Arquitectos. It’s situated in Matanzas at the top of a cliff. The house is structured within a square volume of 9 by 9 meters. Inside intersects another volume at a higher level, which is rotated 45 degrees in relation to the floor plan, allowing double heights and the arrangement of spaces in the first floor.

To the side, facing north, the terrace is partly enclosed, allowing the users to go outside during days of extreme wind.

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The Tronc Creux by Bruit du Frigo

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Such a cool shelter!
The Tronc Creux by Bruit du Frigo is part of a series of shelters spread around Bordeaux. The original idea was to create a hiking path all around the city, connecting waste land, parks and forests, letting everyone spend a short holiday short holidays in their own neighborhood while exploring the area.

The Tronc Creux features an undulating facade of cut-out windows and black wooden details marking its exterior, the structure is atypical to most mountain refuges. However, it still provides a similar atmosphere and purpose, and on the interior there is enough space to sleep for 9 people. Reconnecting to a simple life, there are no lights and no water, just family and friends in a peaceful setting.

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Polite House in Havstein, Trondheim, Norway – by JVA

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Situated in the residential area of Havstein in Trondheim, Norway, this compact geometrical shaped family house is overlooking the fjord and city of Trondheim. The house was designed by JVA.

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Raw Contemporary Concrete Home in Buenos Aires

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It sure is square and extremely raw. But wow, is this ever awesome.
Located in Buenos Aires, this home exudes a rustic feel, even though the new construction is minimal and as contemporary as they come.

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Modular Suburbia Wall Storage by Seletti

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I’m a huge fan of beautiful architecture and wood work. And this combination is awesome.

The Suburbia Wall Storage is designed by Note Design Studio. By Seletti.

Suburbia is a clever interpretation of the classic wall storage unit. When Suburbia is laid flat on a table or shelf, the architecture of small neighborhood complete with homes, fences, trees, and even a swimming pool emerges. Hang it on the wall and each building becomes a storage compartment, the trees become hooks, the swimming pool becomes a mirror and a paper clip and small cork memo board are revealed. This useful and versatile unit can find a home for all the sundries in kitchens, bathrooms and offices.

You can buy one for yourself right here.

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Ufogel by Peter Jungmann

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So beautiful! I absolutely love this.
This is “The Ufogel“. No matter where you are in the 45 m2 multi-functional Ufogel, you always have a view to wood and the sky – offering the sense of security and openness at the same time. It’s truly a wooden retreat – made by Peter Jungmann and located in Lienz, Austria.

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