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Eucalyptus House | Cabana Arquitetos

This small house is located high in the Mantiqueira Mountains of southeastern Brazil. The clients, a young couple, asked Andre Eisenlohr of Cabana Arquitetos to design an environmentally-friendly home for their hillside site.… Continue reading

House in Horinouchi | 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 matched pair of cozy stone cottages

Defining the border between Devon and Cornwall, the River Tamar flows through lands that were once part of a vast estate owned by the Duke of Bedford. Perched above the river are two… Continue reading

Solar Decathlon 2013: InSite

A team from Vermont’s Middlebury College designed and built this small house for Solar Decathlon 2013. InSite, as it is called, is intended to meet the needs of young Vermont families. The team… Continue reading

An energy-efficient contemporary laneway house by Lanefab

Laneway housing continues to grow in popularity wherever it is allowed and Vancouver, Canada is no exception. Over 500 of the accessory dwellings have been built there since Vancouver first approved them in… Continue reading

Solar Decathlon 2013: Borealis, a small house for shared living

Team Alberta Solar Decathlon took a unique approach to the Solar Decathlon 2013 competition. Their entry, called Borealis, is designed to be shared by unrelated housemates. The small house features two separate bedroom… Continue reading

A compact and sustainable home for a growing family | Biro Gašperič

This is the home of a couple and their young daughter. When the family decided to settle down in a countryside village in Slovenia, they asked architect Matej Gašperič to design a sustainable… Continue reading

Solar Decathlon 2013: Start.Home

Start.Home is the Solar Decathlon 2013 entry by team Stanford Solar Decathlon. It is one of the larger entries, with up to two bedrooms in a 988 ft2 (91.8 m2) floor plan. For… 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

Texas Hill Country cottage by Kanga Room Systems

This classic country cottage is located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. It was designed and built by Kanga Room Systems, an Austin, Texas-based builder of prefab structures ranging from sheds… Continue reading

A family’s cottage retreat in the Turkish countryside

Today Emre Şenoğlu is sharing with us his family’s vacation home in Urla on the Aegean coast of Turkey. The small stone cottage is roughly 8 m by 5 m and was designed by Emre’s… 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

A cottage in the redwoods by Cathy Schwabe

Yesterday we posted a link to a magazine article on our Facebook page, along with a photo of the house discussed in the article. People seemed to really like the house, so we’ve… 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

Scott and Tania’s “Pint-Sized House” | Architrix Design Studio

Though looking very much like a restored Edwardian worker’s cottage from the early 1900’s, this small house was actually completed just last year. It is the home of Tania and Scott, a newlywed… 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

Casa Cúbica, a tiny container home

Cúbica is a company in Costa Rica that specializes in alternative construction based on repurposed shipping containers. They have built housing, commercial and institutional projects from cast-off containers. Cúbica cites lower cost, short… Continue reading

A hexagon-shaped wooden house | A.LT Architekti

Today we have a small family house from the Czech Republic. It is located in a village within the Křivoklátsko Protected Landscape Area, where new development is prohibited. However an existing house can… 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

R.House, a prefab home for rural Scotland | Rural Design Architects

With its rugged landscape and scenic natural beauty, Scotland’s Isle of Skye has become a popular holiday destination. But like many tourism hot spots where outsiders are snapping up properties, that popularity has… 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

Hamra, a barn-like summer house in Sweden | DinellJohansson

Hamra is a vacation home on the island of Gotland in Sweden. The owners had initially wanted to convert a barn into a summer house. When no suitable barn could be found, architects… Continue reading

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