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Category Archive: Reverse Floor Plan

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

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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 new home built in traditional Japanese style | Osumi Yuso Architects

This small house sits on a forested site at the base of Mount Daisen in western Japan. While designed for modern living, the dwelling incorporates features from old-time Japanese houses. It was designed… Continue reading

House in Horinouchi by MIZUISHI Architect Atelier

This small house with a triangular floor plan sits on a narrow sliver of lot wedged between a road and a river channel in west Tokyo. Designing the house for a couple and… Continue reading

A loft-like laneway house by Lanefab

Lanefab Design/Build recently completed this laneway house in the backyard of their clients’ existing house in Vancouver, Canada. The owners are renting the laneway house out for now but plan to eventually move… Continue reading

Danchi Hutch by Yoshihiro Yamamoto Architects

Danchi Hutch is a basic box of a house, humble and inexpensive but with a very functional layout. It has a carriage house design, with a small upper floor living area over a… Continue reading

House in Ujinahigashi by MAKER

This small house in Hiroshima might not attract much attention from passersby were it not for the blue roofing material applied to the walls, making for an eye-catching facade. Taking a closer look,… Continue reading

Io, an open and welcoming house by Osamu Morishita

Io is a compact house designed and built for a young family in Anjō, a small city in Japan. Architect Osamu Morishita designed the house to encourage social interaction among its occupants and… Continue reading

Casa da Praia do Félix, a tropical beach house by Vidal & Sant’Anna

Casa da Praia do Félix rises out of the jungle canopy like a tree house. It rests lightly on a steep hill overlooking a beach near the city of Ubatuba on Brazil’s southeast… Continue reading

House On a Mountainside by Keiichi Hayashi

This small house rises above the trees on a forested hillside. To take full advantage of the available views, architect Keiichi Hayashi stacked the rooms vertically, creating a simple tall box of a… Continue reading

Two small houses by Architekturbüro Scheder

This pair of identical small houses is located on the outskirts of Kaiserslautern, a historic city in western Germany. They stand out from their neighbors with minimalist black-stained wood exteriors embellished only by… Continue reading

The perplexing House in Inokashira by Studio NOA

This small house in Tokyo is wedged onto a thin strip of land between the street and a steep forested hillside. The narrow lot offered no real choice as to where to place… Continue reading

Alma Lane mews house in Dublin by Boyd Cody Architects

A mews is a narrow street or lane that originally provided access to the stables and carriage houses of the well-to-do residential areas of cities. Over time, many of those former stables have… Continue reading

House in Kashiba by Naoko Horibe

The clients for this small house in Japan had one key wish, a bath with an outside view. To meet that request on a small lot, architect Naoko Horibe designed a courtyard at… Continue reading

Small House On a Hillside | Vladimír Balda

This small shed-roofed house is at the edge of a suburban area in the Czech Republic. It sits on a steep slope facing to the north. Architect Vladimír Balda designed it with a… Continue reading

47% House | Kochi Architect’s Studio

Architects often talk about integrating outdoor spaces with the inside, but rarely do they succeed to the degree that architect Kazuyasu Kochi has here. In this small house the boundary between inside and… Continue reading

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