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Vega Cottage, by Kolman-Boye-Architects, stands on the island of Vega in the Norwegian archipelago not far from the polar circle. The site is distinctive for its grand and harsh northern landscape with wide panoramas of the Norwegian Sea and the jagged mountains rising from it.

Seemingly growing from the landscape, the house sits on a rock beneath a granite shoulder negotiating the uneven terrain. As not to disturb the dominant view towards the sea, access to the house is given through a narrow natural ravine densely grown with gnarled birch shrubs and laid out with sea-sand from the nearby shore. The surrounding landscape remains untouched and wild.

Images: Åke E:son Lindman / Kolman Boye Architects

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Echoviren is a simple shelter, a hermitage, a place of temporary rest and contemplation of the forest. Spanning 10 x 10 x 8 feet, the translucent white enclosure, stands stark and artificial against the natural palette of reds and greens of the forest.

Smith|Allen is participating in the Project 387 Residency, located in Mendocino Country. In the heart of a 150-acre redwood forest, the collaborative duo has created a site responsive, 3D printed architectural installation (the largest of it’s kind): Echoviren. The project merges architecture, art and technology to explore the dialectic between man, machine and nature.

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I have written about architecture built in small spaces between houses before, but this project by Mateusz Mastalski + Ole Robin Storjohann, is the most playful yet. Live Between Buildings! is a proposal for the New Vision of Loft 2 Competition organized by roof window manufacturer Fakro, which aims to create a new way of living in the city. For more info on the project, go here.

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This beautiful home, designed by Gus Wüstemann, is located at the lakeside of Zurich, Switzerland. “It’s not a house but a family sculpture looking for freedom and social interaction.” To see more images of this building, go here.

Photos by: Bruno Helbling

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Inspired by the traditional Norwegian Tun, the Mountain Lodge on Sognefjorden, designed by Haptic Architects, is formed by a collection of five buildings gathered around a central space. Each building houses its own function and is arranged to address particular views, from a dramatic panorama of the Fjord to a sampled view of the surrounding mountain landscape. To get more information about this project, go here.

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This Gas Station, designed by Atelier SAD located in Slovakia – Matúškovo reminds me remotely of a concrete gas station located in Deitingen, Switzerland designed by Heinz Isler. Although the structure is totally different, it has somehow a similar feeling to it.

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Hönshus-1 is a wooden hens house designed and built by Torsten Ottesjö situated on the west coast of Sweden. It rests on a framework of steel legs drilled into rock. The house was designed to mimic the way a mother hen spreads her wings to protect her young. The hens house is the second in a series of biomorphic strucures built by Torsten. He is inspired by nature, improvisation, and simplicity.

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Desert Retreat, a project designed by Israel based architects Winestein Vaadia, is definitely a house and place I would consider to get away from busy city life and do some serious thinking. To see more of their work go here.

Rendering by Studio Aiko

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Another great example of combining the old with the new. This Building, called Domkyrkoforum, is located in Lund, Sweden and was designed by architect Carmen Izquierdo. It reminds me a bit of an earlier post about a building called Janus in Rapperswil, Switzerland

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This playful but still minimalistic École Secondaire de Genolier, was designed by the Swiss architects IPAS. There are quite a few schools in Switzerland that deserve some attention for their architecture. I’d love to read a paper on the influence architecture has on the students and their ability to learn in such an environment. To see more images of this project, go here.

Photography by Thomas Jantscher.

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This old barn, located in Soglio and designed by Ruinelli Associati Architetti, has been completely redone on the inside and transformed into a three story house. What a beautiful way to maintain the old and combine it with contemporary architecture. To see more work by Ruinelli Associati Architetti, go here.


 

 

 

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This lovely bakery located in St. Kilda Victoria, Australia was designed by March Studio. The whole wood structure reminds me of the topography of a piece of bread and that concrete wall of a stone that is used to back the bread on to get that lovely crust. To see more work by March Studio, go here. To get more info about the Bakery, go here.

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This lovely library, by Helen & Hard architects, is located in Vennesla, Norway. The building comprises of a library, a café, meeting places and administrative areas and links an existing community house and learning centre together. The gradually shifting shapes of the ribs are generated through adapting to the two adjacent buildings and also through spatial quality and functional demands for the different compartments of the library. To get more information about this project, go here.

Photographs by Erieta Attali

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The Teshima Art Museum, by Tokyo-based architect Ryue Nishizawa and japanese artist Rei Naito is located in the Takamatsu port area of Japan. The open gallery space which is made up of a single concrete pod structure features work by sculptor Rei Natio, called Matrix, consisting of underground water seeping up onto the surface. The droplets are being moved across the floor deepening on the wind blowing through the structure. To see more images of this lovely site, go here.

Images by Iwan Baan & Noboru Morikawa Photos

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Janus, by :mlzd architects, is a beautiful extension to the already existing Stadtmuseum in Rapperswil, Switzerland. The modern cube connects a thirteenth century stone tower and a former residence and serves as the new entrance as well. The newly created building, which also contains new gallery space, will be available to the public from March 17.

Images by Dominique Marc Wehrli.

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Should I ever lose my mind, I would like to be treated in this new youth facility, complementing the already existing neuropsychiatric center in Zaragoza, Spain. The shape of the roof corresponds with the mental activity taking place in the rooms inside. To see more of this unusually beautiful psychiatric centre visit José Javier Gallardo’s website.

Photographs by: Jesús Granada

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A wardrobe in the landscape, or how to make something beautiful out of nearly nothing. This building, by architect Enrico Scaramellini is located in Madesimo, Italy. I love how the space between those two older houses has been transformed into a micro retreat. If you ever need to focus on life, this might be the place to do so. To see more images of this project, go here.

Photos by: Marcello Mariana

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Dune, by Studio Roosegaarde, is a public interactive landscape that interacts with human behavior. This hybrid of nature and technology is composed of large amounts of fibers that brighten according to the sounds and motion of passing visitors. I could really imagine this installation along the water where I live. It would look so pretty. If you would like to see more work by Studio Roosegaarde, go here.

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Inspired by Fuller’s Manhattan Dome, the Ordos Museum was designed to be the new irregular nucleus for the new town, to encourage the history and culture of Ordos to extend further into the future.

The interior is divided into several exhibition halls, defined by continuous curvilinear walls, all opening open onto the shared public space that runs through the museum.

To see more work by MAD architects, go here.

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I was just longing for a quiet, abandoned place to go to when I came across this lovely Hotel designed by architect Jorge Garcia. It is located in Valle de Guadalupe in Baja California and reminds me very much of Andrea Zittel and her A-Z Homestead Units project.

Photographs by Luis Garcia

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Situated at an elevation of 2,509 m on top of Timmelsjoch, Austria, the Pass Museum  pays tribute to the pioneers of the high alpine road and their remarkable accomplishments. I love how this seemingly misplaced form becomes a metaphorical portal, connecting one side of the mountain with the other.  The museum was designed by Werner Tscholl Architects. To see more images go here.

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Allandale House, by U.S. based architects William O’Brien, would definitely be my kind of cabin if it wasn’t already inhabited by another family. Along with its occupants, the Allandale House provides space for an eccentric collection of artifacts that resist straightforward classification.

The house links three horizontal extrusions of “leaning,” or asymmetrical A-frames. The skinnyA-frame on the western side contains the library, wine cellar and garage. The wide A-frame in the center of the house is dedicated to two floors of bedrooms and bathrooms. The medium A-frame on the eastern side consists of living, kitchen and dining areas. To get more info about this beauty go here.
Project Team: Bhujon Kang
Visualization: Peter Guthrie

 

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Tetra Shed, designed by David Ajasa-Adekunle, is a great looking modular building system which, as a single module, has been designed to be a modern garden office. A double module layout has also been designed to create a larger office for larger gardens.

Clusters of up to 6 modules have primarily been designed as additional work, rest and play space for homes. Larger tessellations can be used for a range of applications such as classrooms, exhibition space, corporate events, tourism & leisure facilities and retail space. designed to exceed the building regulations, Tetra Shed is suitable for permanent year-round use. To see more images and to get more info, go here.

 

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Located in the center of the city’s cultural complex, the program for the Tel Aviv Museum of Art Amir Building, designed by Preston Scott Cohen, posed an extraordinary architectural challenge: to resolve the tension between the tight, idiosyncratic triangular site and the museum’s need for a series of large, neutral rectangular galleries. The solution: subtly twisting geometric surfaces (hyperbolic parabolas) that connect the disparate angles between the galleries and the context while refracting natural light into the deepest recesses of the half buried building.

The building represents an unusual synthesis of two opposing paradigms for the contemporary museum: the museum of neutral white boxes and the museum of architectural spectacle. Individual, rectangular galleries are organized around the “Lightfall”, an eighty-seven foot tall spiraling atrium. The building is composed according to multiple axes that deviate significantly from floor to floor. In essence, it is a series of independent plans and steel structural systems stacked one atop the other, connected by geometric episodes of vertical circulation.

To see more images, go here.

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Onzichtbaar, designed by architects RO&AD of the Netherlands and Belgium, is an invisible, sunken bridge providing access to the Fort de Roovere which is part of a 17th century defence structure. The idea was to build a connection across the water without disturbing the surrounding view of the fort. To get more info on the project, go here. Onzichtbaar was one of the finalists of the Dutch Design Awards 2011.

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