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Category Archive: modern design

Solar Decathlon 2013: SHADE

Solar Decathlon 2013 wrapped up last week and we’ll be taking a look at a few of the entries. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Solar Decathlon is a biannual event… Continue reading

The Foote Farm House | McLeod Kredell Architects

The Foote Farm House sits at the edge of a meadow in Vermont’s Champlain Valley. The owners had wanted a modern house but building covenants stipulated that the design be based on Vermont’s… Continue reading

The Box, a tiny house built by architect Ralph Erskine for his family of four

“The Box” is a tiny house in the woods hand-built by architect Ralph Erskine. He would later go on to design influential buildings in Sweden, England and Canada. In 1941 though, he was… 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

Studio37, a modern prefab cottage | Small Modern Living

More and more cities are allowing small houses to be built in the backyards of existing houses. Whether called accessory dwelling units, granny flats or garden cottages, they increase urban density without changing… 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

The Diagon Alley passive house in Colorado | WorkshopL

This small house in Steamboat Springs, Colorado combines modern design and a cutting-edge super-insulated building envelope with a traditional exterior appearance. As its name suggests, the Diagon Alley house sits just off the… Continue reading

House in Setagawa by SKAL and OUVI

House in Setagawa occupies a compact east-facing lot in a densely-built suburb of Tokyo. With little room in which to build on a tight lot, the most common solution is to make the… Continue reading

A House In the Garden | ARCHTEAM

Today we visit a small timber-framed house in the Czech Republic. It is located on the outskirts of the historic town of Kromeriz, on a long and narrow lot with mature trees. ARCHTEAM… Continue reading

Casa en los Guindos | DOM

This small modern house is located near Villarrica, Chile and has a view over a valley to the Villarrica Volcano. For a relatively small house, it has a fairly complex and dynamic shape.… Continue reading

Refugio Pangal, a modern cabin in Chile | EMa

This small cabin sits on an arid hillside in Casablanca, a grape growing region of central Chile about an hour’s drive northwest of Santiago. The site offers expansive views of the valleys and… Continue reading

“Seven”, a small house built on a parking spot | APOLLO Architects

Tokyo is home to many small houses shoehorned onto even smaller lots. Today’s house sits on a lot so small, it was previously used as a single parking space. With only 23.1 m2 (249 ft2)… Continue reading

A small mid-century modern house in Hollywood | Richard Neutra

The Hailey Residence is a small house in the Hollywood Hills designed in 1959 by legendary modernist architect Richard Neutra. The home has either been very well maintained through the years or lovingly… Continue reading

Modular resort cabins in Portugal | Rebelo de Andrade and Aguiar

This cluster of small cabins is located at a new resort, the Pedras Salgadas Spa and Nature Park, in northern Portugal. Pedras Salgadas is a spa town where people go to rejuvinate in… Continue reading

The Edge modular home | Boutique Modern

The Edge is a distinctive modern dwelling manufactured in Britain by Boutique Modern Ltd. They produce modular houses that are designed with sustainability and energy-efficiency in mind. One design element that makes the… Continue reading

The low-impact “Hen House” on the Isle of Skye | Rural Design

This unique small house can be found on the western coast of Scotland’s Isle of Skye. It was designed by the architects from Rural Design Architects to fit in with the vernacular crofters’… 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

A modern farmhouse in Texas | FAB Architecture

Today we have a small modern farmhouse in Austin, Texas. With three bedrooms in a fairly compact floor plan, this is a small house suitable for a family. It is located in Austin’s… Continue reading

Mountain Retreat, an earth-sheltered modern cabin | Fearon Hay

Mountain Retreat is a stone and concrete cabin dug into a mountainside on New Zealand’s South Island. It was designed by Fearon Hay Architects as a year-round retreat for a young family. The… Continue reading

Fish Creek Guest House | Carney Logan Burke

Architect Jim Carney of Carney Logan Burke Architects designed this small modern house for his wife and himself. It is intended to become their guest house, but they are living in it for… Continue reading

Casa Apolo 11, a secluded forest home | Parra + Edwards

This small 2-story house sits in a deciduous forest on the outskirts of Santiago, Chile. It was designed by Parra + Edwards Arquitectos. The house is a simple rectangular box given architectural interest… Continue reading

Casa B8, a modern beach house in Chile | 56.02

Casa B8 is a small modern house located on the coast of Chile. Designed by architects 56.02, it consists of two simple rectangular blocks joined by a deck. One block contains the living… Continue reading

MIMA House, a modern, flexible prefab | MIMA Architects

MIMA House is a small prefabricated dwelling manufactured in northern Portugal. It is unique for its ability to be reconfigured by the owners post-delivery. The interior walls consist of lightweight panels that can… Continue reading

Gunnar’s House | Huus og Heim Arkitektur

This small forest home in Norway was designed by Huus og Heim Arkitektur. The client asked that the house be designed to preserve and respect the natural character of the site. It mixes… Continue reading

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