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The Cape Schanck House – Paul Morgan Architects

The Cape Schanck House - Paul Morgan Architects This house is located in an area near rugged coastline subject to strong prevailing winds and sits within an expanse of native tea tree, on one of Australia’s southern peninsulas. The distinctive pattern of tree growth is caused by light stimulus, or phototropism, which formed a natural…
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Big Timber Riverside Residence

Built in a clearing surrounded by trees and ponds on a 2,000-acre ranch in Big Timber, Montana, this house looks more like a private retreat than a family residence. The landscape is spectacular: a river intersects the plot of land, spring-fed ponds and lush green vegetation make up the garden, and mountains seem to rise…
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The Case Inlet Retreat by MW Works Architecture + Design

Located in northern Washington, the Case Inlet Retreat is nestled into a forested hillside and is named after a body of water it overlooks. US firm MW Works Architecture + Design has created a holiday home with ample glazing and natural materials, helping it blend with its picturesque surroundings. The west side of the dwelling provides…
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Summertide – Howard Hughe’s Lake Tahoe Retreat

By 1950, Howard Hughes was the richest man in the world, with vast holdings and control over real estate, aviation and Hollywood. He called Los Angeles home, but with billions at his disposal, he also had a few vacation homes as well, including one that he picked up sometime in the early ’50s on the…
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CCR1 Residence by Wernerfield Architects + Design

CCR1 Residence is located on a beautiful wooded site on Cedar Creek Reservoir and is intended to provide an artful and low maintenance retreat that would blend in with the site. A slender floor plan design allowed for the buildings to be woven carefully through the dense forest of pine trees that were planted by…
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A Stunning Casa Azpitia by Estudio Rafael Freyre

The Casa Azpitia is located in Azpitia valley, in the coast of Lima, Peru, approximately 90 Km south of the city of Lima and 20 km away from the seashore. A place known by the local vineyards and its pre-columbian ruins; a kind of natural oasis for people escaping from the big metropolis of Lima.…
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House on the Pacific Coast: Mexican Micro Village

The old adage that it takes a village to raise a child was very probably at the back of Alejandro Bernardi's mind when he sat down at his desk to draft the plans for the Mexican micro village 'House on the Pacific Coast'. As it turns out, ‘house’ is entirely the wrong word to describe…
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Show House “Haussicht” by Alfredo Häberli

In the beginning stood an idea. The idea by Baufritz owner Dagmar Fritz-Kramer and designer Alfredo Haeberli to create a project together. Their joint question: "How do we want to live in the future?" Their answers have gone into "Haussicht" - revealing new dimensions of ecological and healthy wooden architecture. The first obvious impression is…
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Naha Harbor Diner – Crazy Banyan Treehouse Cafe

Although this towering concrete treehouse isn't really green, (unless tree imitation counts as 'green'), we couldn’t help but be awestruck by its sheer craziness. The Naha Harbor Diner in Okinawa, Japan is a life-size rendition of a banyan tree, also known as gajumaru. The aptly-named Banyan Town shopping center near the entrance of Onoyama Park…
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PopUp House – Home Built in 4 Days With Screwdriver Only

French architecture firm Multipod Studio has come up with a revolutionary housing prototype – the PopUp House. This unique dwelling comes in the form of stackable blocks that anyone can put together IKEA style, using only a screwdriver. It’s supposedly as easy as building with Legos. The company unveiled their PopUp House design in 2014,…
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Modern Luxury – Wind House by Openspace Design

"Wind House" was created as “Resort Space” which was the owner’s preference style regarding the site conditions. As it was located on the edge of the housing estate project’s boundary, it gained the view of big natural green area beside and certainly, the atmosphere of tranquility. The house planning started from the idea - “How…
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Interior Design – Cool and Creative Bookshelves

If you don’t read books and don’t care about the bookshelves don’t be too quick to close this article. Just think about it. What impression does a room full of books make? That’s right! It will immediately make you look smarter! Now that we agree that it’s essential to have a bookshelf, let’s take a…
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Tarrytown Residence by Sanders Architecture

Built as a duplex and added-on through the years, this original 1960’s vintage ranch style Tarrytown Residence required reprogramming and an extensive remodel to meet the clients’ needs. The original home, devoid of natural light at its core, had been partitioned in ways that were inefficient for an active family. Sanders Architecture, an award-winning Austin…
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Martis Camp Lot No. 19

Martis Camp Lot No. 19 Martis Camp Lot No. 19 by OOA Architects Designed to accommodate multiple opportunities for outdoor living, the property prominently features multiple, connected ground level patios, upper level decks and intimate views of the surrounding forest. Sections of living roof consisting of high alpine succulents connect the larger massings to reground…
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Dream Houses – House 1058 by Khosla Associates

The roof of the house is a structure that does not often garner enough attention from the casual design and décor aficionado. But ask the semi-serious architecture lover, and he will instantly tell you that it plays a big role in shaping the overall silhouette of a structure, its visual appeal and overall functionality. Some…
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The Most Luxurious Hobbit House in the World

If Bilbo Baggins was rich this is the luxury hobbit house he’d be living in! Lovers of luxury and Lord of the Rings can now combine their passions by moving into this most luxurious hobbit house in the English village of Holme Holmfirth. Far from a real estate “hot-spot”, this pretty little village offers the…
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