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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

Casa da Praia do Félix, a small beach house in Brazil | Vidal & Sant’Anna

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

Matsubara House by Hiroyuki Ito

This small house in a residential neighborhood of Tokyo has an unusual angled facade that gives the house a different appearance when approached from either side. Architect Hiroyuki Ito of O.F.D.A. Associates designed… Continue reading

Modern vacation cabins at the Hölick Sea Resort in Sweden

Hölick Sea Resort has operated for many years as a traditional tenting campground 300 km north of Stockholm. It sits at the tip of a peninsula, surrounded by sandy beaches and natural forest. 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

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

The Sea and Sky Cottage on Cape Breton Island

The Cape Breton landscape is dotted with small gable-roofed houses, often shingled and with minimal roof overhangs. The Sea and Sky Cottage was designed by architect Craig Applegath and artist Stewart Applegath to… Continue reading

A small prefab house in Spain | DMP Arquitectura et al

Architect Daniel Martí i Pérez of DMP Arquitectura collaborated with designers Jurgen Van Weereld and Karin Giesberts to produce this small prefab house in the province of Alicante, Spain. Not only did they… Continue reading

The Arbutus laneway house | Smallworks

Today’s featured small house is a laneway house in Vancouver, Canada. Vancouver allows homeowners with alley access to replace their garages with a second small house. The Arbutus is a recently completed project… Continue reading

The Skyward House | acaa

The Skyward House is a small cottage designed for a single woman by architect Kazuhiko Kishimoto of acaa. The cottage looks unassuming from the road below but it has a remarkable interior designed… Continue reading

The Inshriach Bothy, an artist studio in the Scottish Highlands

The Bothy Project is an artist-driven initiative to develop small studio spaces for artist residencies in unique locations across Scotland. Some of the studios will make use of space in existing structures while… 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

The Bensfield Treehouse | Blue Forest

A rope bridge over a small pond leads to a unique structure nestled into a grove of trees. The Bensfield Treehouse is a very small house built around a very big oak tree.… Continue reading

A modern Japanese courtyard house | Mitsutomo Matsunami

The Kishigawa Residence is a small house located in a rural area of scattered houses set among rice fields. It was built for a sushi chef whose hobby is cars. Those interests led… Continue reading

VolgaDacha, a small house in the countryside by Bureau BERNASKONI

This small vacation house, or dacha, is located on the upper Volga River northwest of Moscow. It provides a family of four with a quiet country retreat from their busy lives in the… 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

Cozy 1894 townhouse in Denmark

This small townhouse is located on an alley near the center of the Danish port town of Holbæk. It was built in 1894 and has been modernized since then. With only 49 m2 (527 ft2)… Continue reading

Habuka mountain retreat | Satoshi Irei

This small house occupies a clearing in the forest near the Habuka ski area in the Japanese Alps. The wedge-shaped home was designed by architect Satoshi Irei to be used as a ski… Continue reading

The Port-a-Bach, a container cabin | Bonnifait + Giesen

Architects Cecile Bonnifait and William Giesen of Atelierworkshop have recycled a used 20′ shipping container to create the Port-a-Bach. “Bach” is the New Zealand term for a small back-to-basics vacation cabin. The Port-a-Bach… 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

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