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Category Archive: Small Modern and Minimalist Houses

Sarah House, an affordable green container home

Sarah House Utah is a small non-profit organization intent on creating affordable and sustainable housing for people on low incomes. Jeffrey White was inspired to found Sarah House Utah after witnessing an artist… Continue reading

Island House | 2by4-architects

The Island House is situated on a narrow island in Loosdrecht Lake in the Netherlands. The island, at 100 m long and 5 m (16′) wide, is barely wider than the house. The… Continue reading

The Arado weeHouse, a modern prefab cabin | Alchemy Architects

A concert violinist wanted a beautiful and well-built retreat for herself and her young child. The cabin would be off-grid, sitting at the edge of a cornfield overlooking a treed ravine. However her… Continue reading

Casa Rio Bonito, a modern cabin in the Brazilian rainforest | Carla Juaçaba

Casa Rio Bonito, a modern cabin designed by architect Carla Juaçaba, combines steel and glass with rough cut stone and wood. The light and airy cabin spans the space between massive stone walls… Continue reading

Blackpool House | Glamuzina Paterson Architects

Blackpool House was designed for a couple who wanted “a house that was at home in the tree canopy” of their lushly vegetated lot on Waiheke Island in New Zealand. Others factors that… Continue reading

The Marfa weeHouse, a compact desert retreat | Alchemy Architects

The Marfa weeHouse is a modern studio retreat in the high desert outside the artist community of Marfa, Texas. “WeeHouse” refers to the distinctive prefab building system developed by architect Geoffrey Warner of… Continue reading

Solar Decathlon 2013: Harvest Home

Harvest Home is the Solar Decathlon 2013 entry by Team Capitol DC, made up of three schools from the Washington, D.C. area – Catholic University, George Washington University and American University. The house… Continue reading

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 Pivot Pad by Ignacio Salas-Humara

The Pivot Pad is a small modern dwelling in the Texas Hill Country. The lot has neighbors on both sides but to the back is a creek and a nature conservation area. The… 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

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

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

Minim House, a tiny studio dwelling

The Minim House is an ultra-compact studio cottage with an array of innovative built-in and multi-functional furnishings. The tiny house was designed by Foundry Architects and Minim Homes to be efficient in every… Continue reading

House G | Lode Architecture

A black slate covering and sharply defined edges give this small house a striking appearance, yet it seems at home in its rural setting. The unique house is located in the countryside near… Continue reading

Garden House by mA-style Architects

The garden of an older home is the setting for this outwardly-focused house. A newly-wed couple were offered space to build their new home in his parent’s backyard. They wanted a small house… Continue reading

House for Gudrun | Sven Matt

When Gudrun moved to a small village in the Austrian Alps, she asked architect Sven Matt to design a home that would be compatible with the setting and her goal of a quiet… Continue reading

The ÁPH80 Transportable House | ÁBATON

Madrid studio ÁBATON has just revealed the ÁPH80 Transportable House, a tiny prefab dwelling designed for two and sized to be easily transported by truck. The units are manufactured in Spain and could… Continue reading

“Forest Bath” by Kyoko Ikuta and Katsuyuki Ozeki

In Japan, a “forest bath” refers to taking a leisurely stroll in the woods while breathing in the scent of the trees as a form of natural aromatherapy. The clients for this summer… Continue reading

Crossbox, a cantilevered modular house | CG Architectes

This dramatically cantilevered home was designed by French firm CG Architectes. “Crossbox” is located in Pont-Péan, a small town in Brittany. The small modern house was built from four prefabricated modules stacked up… Continue reading

A prefab retreat in the Nevada desert | nottoscale

The high desert of Nevada, just east of Death Valley, is a pretty barren and inhospitable place. But for the owners of this small vacation house, there is beauty in the parched landscape… Continue reading

Otio, a serene stone cottage by Sebastian Nagy

Otio, a stone cottage whose name comes from the Latin word for serenity and leisure, was conceived as a place to return to and unwind after a long day of work. Designed by… Continue reading

House in Ujinahigashi | 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. Taking a closer look, they might notice the lack… Continue reading

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