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Black Shed House

Set amongst the rugged landscapes of the Isle of Skye, the Black Shed House is a minimalist tribute to the area's agricultural heritage. A simple gabled silhouette is consistent with the classic Scottish blackhouses used by farmers to escape the harsh weather. Clad in corrugated aluminum, the facade resembles agrarian buildings throughout the region while its black hue offers a contemporary revision. Unlike most modern homes, the walls aren't full of expansive glazing. Instead, the interior takes a more traditional approach with thoughtfully placed openings that take advantage of incoming sunlight. Paired with the Douglas fir lining, the interior becomes a warm, intimate refuge.

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Willisdene House

The owners of Willisdene House in West Hobart, Tasmania, are a young couple who were looking to renovate and extend their existing house, which was over 100 years old. A checkerboard plan brings the garden into this revamped residence, ushering in light and air for passive heating and cooling. The new design places the backyard at the heart of the project and reframes the relationship between the house and garden, embedding the landscape into the rituals of everyday family life.

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Lochside House

Overlooking a lake in the Scottish Highlands, the Lochside House was constructed with great respect to its setting. The off-grid dwelling is made from prefabricated panels for minimal impact on the natural environment. The structure also minimizes its energy use with solar panels and its own water supply, sewage treatment, and electrical systems. Made up of three gabled volumes clad in a palette of stone and larch, it pays homage to the peninsula's vernacular architecture while complementing the pristine setting. Internally, oiled timber and white walls create a soft, airy atmosphere, allowing the surrounding mountains and forest to take the focus.

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Platform House

Situated on a triangular lot in Sydney, the Platform House mimics its geometric site with a dramatic angular design. The home, or platform for living as Studioplusthree likes to call it, is made up of a pair of stacked volumes. Its lower level is housed in a while shell and consists of four bedrooms. Perched above, the contrasting charred cypress unit places the main living area in the treetops. It's interior is light and airy, an atmosphere created by a pale palette and loads of natural light. Carefully placed windows frame in the verdant scenery while sliding doors open to a north-facing deck. Cantilevering over the ground floor, the upper floor creates shelter for the garden terrace below.

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True North House

Many structures draw inspiration from the landscape that surrounds them but the True North House from Alain Carletakes a very unique approach. Due to the fact that the home is surrounded by manmade scenery created by the opening of the Saint Lawrence Seaway in Canada, it instead mimics the horizon by aligning its linear layout with the north cardinal axis (hence, true north).

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Brunswick West Bungalow

Gaining popularity in the early twentieth century, Californian bungalows can be found dispersed throughout streets in most Australian cities. While their charm is undeniable, with neat facades and welcoming front porches; their layouts weren’t built for our modern way of living. Taylor Knights Architects were tasked with transforming a traditional home in Brunswick West into a multifunctional space for a young family. A modern bungalow extension to the rear was chosen as a way to retain the integrity of the original home while offering flexible new spaces to enjoy…

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House MK

House MK reimagines a traditional European farmhouse by giving it a contemporary extension. The original structure is a prime example of Austria’s vernacular architecture with white granite block walls and a clipped gable roof. While these historic characteristics were preserved for the existing residence, the addition takes on a much more modern form. The buildings’ rough-sawn spruce cladding and an asymmetrical gabled roof are reminiscent of a barn, a true complement to the former farmhouse. Inside, the rustic touches continue with timber beams and knotted wood flooring. Sleek white walls and minimalist cabinetry create an updated atmosphere while openings in the ceiling flood the interior with natural light.

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Alpine Terrace House

The Alpine Terrace House is a true minimalist home located in Wakatipu Basin, New Zealand, designed by Fearon Hay. The home is a cluster of blackened buildings set around a courtyard. While the outlook is spectacular, the elements can be harsh – the perimeter of the cluster provides a sanctuary from which to experience the alpine surroundings. The enclosure is formed with a palette of timber, steel, metal and stone, all in dark tones to a form a large silhouette.

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Bruny Island Hideaway Cabin

Inspired by minimalist Japanese homes, the Bruny Island Hideaway Cabin by Maguire and Devine Architects is an off-grid sanctuary isolated from the noisy city life. Sitting in the middle of lush foliage off the southern coast of Tasmania, this contemporary compact cabin is a perfect place to slow down and enjoy life.

Taking a look inside, the interior only features built-in furniture with the exceptions of the low table and mattress in the upper level. The ground floor of the cabin contains a kitchen, living room, study, bathroom, day bed, and laundry area. Making your way up the ladder to the loft, you’ll find a peaceful sleeping space. Massive windows and sliding doors all around the cabin open up to nature, offering fantastic views of the landscape. There are also two decks to help the owner relax with one of the decks featuring a built-in bath. The cabin utilizes a rainwater collection system, solar panels, and a skylight to invite natural light into the living space, as well as sticking to the client’s brief to keep the dwelling environmentally friendly.

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La Dacha Mountain Retreat

Rising through the treetops of a forest in the Chilean Andes, La Dacha Mountain Retreat is heavy on views and great design. Its verticle approach allows for a small footprint, causing little disruption to the landscape while the charred conifer cladding compliments the surrounding trees. Internally, native wood lining the interior provides a rustic warmth for the worldly mix of modern furnishings. The interior is spread throughout three levels. The main living area has been placed above in the surrounding canopies to maximize views. Overlooking both the Nevados de Chillan volcano and the Valle Las Trancas, strategically placed glazed panels take advantage of the home's V-shape to frame-in distinct scenes of the mountainous setting.

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This Richmond Apartment is a Fresh Take on Tiny Homes

With the increase in apartment developments comes the move towards living with less: less space, less belongings, but smarter design. When Jack Chen of Tsai Design was posed with the challenge of transforming a 35-square-metre unit into a one-bedroom apartment with home office, he created a clever multi-purpose timber joinery box that serves all rooms and offers the luxury, comfort and detailing found in a normal house. To overcome the constraints of the existing apartment, Jack concentrated on creating multi-functional spaces, de-cluttering, and maximising natural light.

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Teton County House

Built on the remote wetlands of Idaho, the Teton County House was designed to respect the diverse ecosystem that inhabits the land on which it sits. The home features a small footprint, with its exterior clad in local stone and timber, a combination that compliments the natural scenery. Internally, the home presents a reverse layout with guests rooms on the ground floor and the main living area and master on the second level. This arrangement allows for prime viewing of the pristine landscape from behind the floor-to-ceiling windows. The glazed facade opens to a terrace covered by the oversized roof, creating an outdoor shelter to take in the surrounding mountain peaks.

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King Bill is a Home That Gives Back to Fitzroy

Within the particularly tough hell of Melbourne real estate, a family has decided to do the unthinkable: use their own residential space to create a public park, to be shared with the community.

That’s the gist of the King Bill House, a private project by Austin Maynard Architects, located in the suburb of Fitzroy. The original dwelling was built around 1850, and was one of the few terrace houses still standing in the neighbourhood. The owners consolidated a surrounding plot into the property, thus adding a garden to a complex that also includes a stable and a pavilion that houses common areas.

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This Hut on Sleds Has a Unique, Functional Design

Situated on the Coromandel Peninsula of New Zealand, Whangapoua is a small settlement of mostly vacation homes with some of the most picturesque surroundings you’ll ever experience. The only issue with the Coromandel beach site is that it exists within the erosion zone, so all buildings must be completely removable. Crosson Architects had to get creative when it came to creating a home for its clients, so the company built this cabin on sleds. Appropriately titled Hut on Sleds, this building is designed to be towed up or down the beach as quickly as needed. The surf shack/lookout tower vibe of the exterior is certainly a feature.

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Breakneck Gorge House

Perched on the edge of a steep Australian ravine, the Breakneck Gorge House is just as impressive as the landscape that surrounds it. Its exterior has been sculpted into a rock-like form. Clad in Corten steel, its rusty exterior blends into the local scenery. Inside, a sleek interior is dominated by a moody palette created by dark stained timber planks and dark grey hues. Designed for short stays, the interior consists of just an ensuite and a living space. Large glazed panels spanning across the southern side afford surreal views that can be seen from every corner in the home. 

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Silo House

A 1955 grain silo transitions into a new phase as a two-story tiny home. Located in Arizona, USA, in Phoenix's Garfield Historic District, the corrugated steel shell retains its original agrarian form. New openings break up the formerly opaque facade, giving the structure a more residential aesthetic. Inside, any trace of grain has been completely wiped out and replaced with 340-square-feet of living space. The circular ground floor is occupied by a kitchen, sitting room, and dining area. A curved sliding glass door washes the room in natural light while expanding the modest interior to an outdoor terrace. A black metal spiral staircase leads to a lofted bedroom. Lined entirely in walnut millwork, the room is a warm, inviting place to cozy up for the night.

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Arctic Fox Igloos

Situated on the shores of Lake Ranuanjärvi, the Arctic Fox Igloos puts you front and centre for Finland's nightly phenomenon. Rooms are located in a glass dome-like structure offering a kitchenette and double bed. Facing the lakeshore, each one is immersed in the arctic landscape while its remote setting makes it a prime location for viewing the Northern Lights. A timber box on the forest side of the cabin houses a bathroom and a private sauna. Although the views are surreal, there's plenty more to do than gaze into the snowy abyss. The property offers a series of arctic safaris where guests can explore the wilderness on snowmobiles, huskies, or reindeer. During the warmer months, take a fatbike tour of the Ranua forests, meet the local polar bears, or canoe across the lake right out your front door.

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This Home is Sustainable and Tiny

Standing out amongst its humble suburban neighbours, House A by Whispering Smith is an experiment in modern living that’s proven to be successful for the director of the architecture firm, Kate Fitzgerald, and her partner. House A demonstrates that affordable, environmentally-friendly and beautiful homes can exist when spaces are used in innovative and carefully considered ways. House A is the first of three homes to be built by the architects on the one block of land. House B and C are in the development stages and will be guided by the same building principles and ethos, but will have their own unique designs. Sustainability and longevity were high priorities

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Minimalist Living in the Randwick House

The Randwick house is the creation of Ben Giles Architect and was created in 2017. Based in Randwick, Australia, the home is owned by a retired couple who wanted a homely space for when they weren’t touring the country. The space integrates the house with the garden, which is located on the southern side of the site that creates a lineal garden along the northern side. The living spaces are designed to be visually connected, using high ceilings to create the idea of a larger space. The roof is also articulated in order to mitigate low-angle summer sun, avoiding light making the interior uncomfortable.

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Hill House

Clad in a mixture of wood and stone, the Hill House is designed as a tribute to its natural setting. The home is situated on a hillside where the forest opens to a meadow. A pair of timber boxes that operate as the bedrooms and private spaces are perched above the landscape on a massive open plan ground floor. The upper level extends out past the glass living area, and cantilevers over a stone retaining wall. This design allows the structure to float above the terrain for minimal disruption to the surrounding landscape while also creating a series of sheltered terraces.

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