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House 12.20, a modern bachelor pad in Brazil | Alex Nogueira

House 12.20 by Brazilian architect Alex Nogueira is surprisingly small given that it is built on a fairly large lot. It presents a closed-off appearance to the street, with windows hidden behind metal… Continue reading

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The Nest | a21studio

“The Nest” is an oasis of nature in a dense urban area. The client, an architecture journalist, wanted a “green” house that could be built on his modest budget. Architects a21studio designed a… Continue reading

The Pod | Takt Studio for Architecture

An Australian family built this modern “granny flat” to accommodate overseas grandparents who spend the long summers visiting. Designed by Takt | Studio for Architecture, it provides the grandparents with a private and… Continue reading

A tiny house designed for self-reflection | Allergutendinge

Allergutendinge principals Matthias Prüger, Manuel Rauwolf and Ulrike Wetzel designed and built this tiny meditative retreat as a school project while they were students at Bauhaus University in Germany. They called the project… Continue reading

Palm Beach House | Vaughn McQuarrie

Lush vegetation surrounds this small house on New Zealand’s Waiheke Island. Entry to the home is via a wooden drawbridge that takes you from the forest floor to an elevated deck with breathtaking… Continue reading

A small house that maximizes family time | Tetsuo Kondo Architects

While the outside of this small house looks like a jumbled stack of boxes, the inside is anything but boxy. Rather than having closed off rooms, Tetsuo Kondo Architects designed it to be… Continue reading

Cabana Urbana, a vibrant weekend retreat in São Paulo | Fábio Galeazzo

Designer Fábio Galeazzo transformed a run-down 1930s house into an extraordinary vacation home. The clients, both of whom are also designers, wanted a weekend retreat within the busy metropolis of São Paulo, Brazil.

Llano Exit Strategy, a shared cabin compound | Matt Garcia Design

Four couples who are good friends purchased a beautiful piece of land on the Llano River in Texas. After considering building one large house, they instead decided to have separate small cabins for… Continue reading

Restoration of an 1850s vineyard residence | Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes

This stone and timber house overlooks the vineyards around Vétroz, a center for grape growing in southern Switzerland. It was built in 1850 for a winemaker’s family and consists of two floors of… Continue reading

A handcrafted storybook cottage

Ron and Sue Corl have been living the tiny house lifestyle for 28 years. Today Ron is sharing with us their storybook cottage, designed and built by himself. Nestled in central Ohio, amongst… Continue reading

A small home in Slovakia based on rural folk houses | JRKVC

The owner of this village house in Slovakia had a dream that many of us share: “I want to live in a small house on a small plot at a reasonable price.” Of… Continue reading

Yolo County Cabin | Butler Armsden

This unusual cabin is sited next to equipment sheds on a working farm in California’s Sacramento Valley. That wouldn’t be everyone’s dream location for a vacation home, but the owners had spent their… Continue reading

6 prefab boxes make a passive house | Alventosa Morell Arquitectes

This small family house in Spain is composed of six wooden boxes joined together. Its design was the result of two significant challenges. As is often the case, the budget was very tight,… Continue reading

A small stone cabin | Northworks

Northworks Architects and Planners designed this stone building for use as a guest house, giving it the simple gabled shape and lean-to front porch of a classic cabin. A set of French doors… Continue reading

A modest light-filled home in rural Japan | ALTS Design Office

This unassuming house in Shiga, Japan is home to a young family. Architects ALTS Design Office designed the 71.3 m2 (768 ft2) floor plan around the combined living and dining room at the back of… Continue reading

The Blue House | Rusafova Markulis Architects

A young family asked Rusafova Markulis Architects to design an energy-efficient home within their modest budget. Site constraints in the form of setbacks, an easement and two mature trees severely limited the buildable… Continue reading

Rooms that follow the landscape | ON Design Partners

“Rooms that follow the landscape” consists of a series of room strung in an arc across a small hillside in Japan. Studio ON Design Partners angled each room 15 degrees from the next… Continue reading

Châteaux Dans Les Arbres

Combining two childhood dream abodes, the treehouse and the fairytale castle, the Châteaux Dans Les Arbres make an ideal setting for a carefree vacation. The regal lodgings are scattered in the woods near… Continue reading

A contemporary lakeside cottage | Petra Gipp Arkitektur

This small dwelling was designed by architect Petra Gipp for herself. It sits at the edge of a rocky bluff overlooking Lake Vättern, Sweden’s second largest lake. Visitors arriving at the cottage get… Continue reading

Nomad Living, a container guest house | Studio ARTE

This bright orange guest house sits under a tree in the scenic Algarve region of southern Portugal. It is the first in what architect Arnold Aarssen of Studio ARTE envisions as a new… Continue reading

Summerhouse Skåne, a renovated farmhouse | LASC Studio

An abandoned farmhouse was given a new life as a contemporary Swedish summerhouse. The owners were attracted by the traditional look and nostalgic feel of the old building. However it needed some changes… Continue reading

The Little Red Train Carriage

Matthew de Boer restored a derelict train carriage, handcrafting a beautiful and cozy living space inside. Read how he did it… When I came across this old 1969 Queensland Rail workers van, it… Continue reading

Treehouse Riga, a compact modular home | Appleton & Domingos

Treehouse Riga is a small modular dwelling with two bedrooms in a compact 44 m2 (474 ft2) floor plan. The tiny house was designed by architects Appleton & Domingos for modular home builder Jular. Treehouse… Continue reading

Maringotka, a contemporary caravan | Miramari Design

For those looking for something a little bit different, Maringotka is a contemporary version of the traditional wagon dwelling. Created by Prague studio Miramari Design, Maringotka can be used as a vacation home,… Continue reading