I have posted about Can Lis before, but when i saw on one of my favourite blogs, somewhere i would like to live, these wonderful pictures, i had to post again. this is my kind of architecture to a tee. in all it is a traditional building of the area made our of the local stone, with just enough architectural details and a wonderful use of space, that doesn’t make the building stand out, yet fit into its surroundings and become a wonderful family home, and place to live. and who could pic a better position. Andrew
with a similar form, but quite the opposite feeling to the last project shown here, this house in portugal is a beautiful contrast with the surrounding nature. by GSMM ( Giorgio Santagostino from milan and Monica Margarido from lisboa ) this house is a simple yet very clever space in whcih to feel cool in the portugal heat.
house available for rental on Airbnb
i love finding beautiful, well-designed houses to post here, and always there is a wish “i would love to live there” especially for me when they are situated in rural areas. so when i saw a picture of this house and started searching for it, up came its page on Airbnb. so now there is a chance to at least stay in one of the creations we see in the magazines. this “log” cabin in the wild countryside near Sergovia, Spain was designed by Josemaria de Churtichaga and Cayetana de la Quadra-Salcedo with splashes of yellow, as a simple country retreat for themselves and their family.
for many years while i live in london i would pass this box of glass on a quiet residential street in hampstead every time i would go to the park. usually it’s blind were closed, giving nothing away of what was inside or beyond. andrew trotter
Michael and Patty Hopkins’ own house is probably what you might expect from one of the pioneers of the “high-tech” style (Michael was once a partner at Foster Associates). It clearly draws inspiration from the Californian case study houses; the Eames house in particular (and probably Foster’s work for IBM at Cosham – 1971) being constructed from a framework of 63mm square hollow steel sections, lattice beams and profiled metal sheeting. The garden is 2.5m below street level, so one enters at first floor level, via a bridge. This upper floor contains a studio, sitting area and the master bedroom. The lower floor holds three children’s bedrooms, kitchen and dining area. A toilet core features on both levels, which are connected by a spiral staircase. Measuring 12 x 10m, the structural grid of 2 x 4m was deliberately kept small, to keep down the sizes of the structural members (and their cost) and provides a useful internal space planning grid. Front and rear elevations are fully glazed.
Maison d’Artiste by Theo Van Doesburg : Paris via somewhere I would like to live
window house by yasutaka yoshimura architects : kanagawa, japan
this amazing house, small and compact sits on the edge of the sea with windows so large, that you feel one with the forces of nature. from one side the owners of this weekend home has vies to the sea, and from the other, views of mount fuji. with basically one room, split between levels, this house is an ingenious use of space, and shows what a beautiful design can come from limited ground.
i recently added one of these photos by mistake into an article i wrote about gordon matta-clark, how could i have been so stupid. so quickly i removed the photos and i’m here to pay my dues. i have seen past work by richard wilson, like the oil filled room at the national gallery (london) which blew me away. yet this one, in liverpool 2007, sets to impress me even more, not only for its beauty but for the immense technical difficulties he must have had to go through to produce it.
The L House in Hirafu is a private holiday residence in Niseko, Hokkaido. Following the escarpment that defined the topography in prehistoric times, the site is a steep slope with un-compromised views of Mount Yotei. Despite being located not far from the House on the Slopes, the ground conditions here vary so drastically that excavating the mountain would lead to massive reinforced retaining walls and hence a prohibitive increase in cost. In response to such constraints and in order to exploit the site’s view, we proposed a house in the trees. Where the topography shifted and slid vertically creating the escarpment with its stunning views, the L House is split and shifted horizontally, a simple gesture that opens up space and views as the building seems to move up the slope. Like the building itself, the internal layout is kept in simplicity: Entering below the overhang of the upper volume, a staircase moves along the rear wall of the lower level to come out ‘rotated’ in the upper level, rendering the shift of the volumes visible as if one had climbed the slope towards Mount Yotei. The wide living and kitchen area extends onto a terrace (the roof of the lower volume) with an open air bath. The private sleeping and bathing areas are in the lower level which is just high enough to enjoy wide views of the valley lying under the escarpment and at the foot of Mount Yotei.