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This post is for architect enthusiasts. (House porn for some) I’ve decided to collect here a few examples of amazing houses and concepts that I like. It will be a half-sticky post, that I will bring up whenever I add interesting things.

Dream houses:

Beautiful stone house in Portugal, a casa do penedo. On the link there is even a video of it.

The bookshelf house is one amazing dream house I would like to live in. Assignment: Interior reconstruction of urban house; Year: 2010-2012; Client: Oana Radeş, Harm Timmermans; Location: Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Project team: Oana Radeş, Harm Timmermans; Contractor: JWK Bouwteam, Gerrit Kooiker, IJzendoorn; Photography: René de Wit, Jeroen Musch

The Nautilus house is one very interesting concept. I wonder if it would not be too confusing to live in it.

A bit minimalistic, but beautiful nonetheless.

The dream house “Casa Son Vida” in Spain, designed by tec Architecture, a Studio from Switzerland.

This other house below has such a nice design that I would love to own it as well…

The Fold place as it is called is located at 43 Holmwood, in the Glebe, Ottawa, Canada. this new modern infill fits both the dimensions of its irregular and narrow (20′x60′) lot, and the owners’ pattern of working and living. Anything but generic, this home is a unique resolution between the modern design sensitivities and habits of clients Beata and Greg Campbell – who “choose the location because [they] like to walk to work, and walk to get groceries.” Bravo, it’s a super house.

And this beauty?

Located on the west coast of the Baltic island of Öland, Villa Widlund stands out as a solid white, geometric, concrete landmark in perfect contrast with a backdrop of picturesque ocean views and serene beach landscapes. Designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune Architects. Breathtaking!

MIMA architects researched for years to design a fast produced, flexible, light and cheap yet good quality product, wrapped up with a pleasant clean design. Located in Portugal, one of their concepts that I simply adore is this.

MIMA houses can be tested and customized any time at A 3D software developed by MIMA’s architects and software engineers allows a recognition of your land through Google Earth and generates an automatic 3D model for a realistic perception of the house and site. This software allows for walking inside the house and defining the architectural finishes– external walls, internal divisions, materials and colors. Cool! Go on and support the Portuguese economy! Not only it gives a led up, but also get a great house.

The Zen Garden House by David Jay Weiner:

This project is a response to a client’s desire to build a small retreat in the high dessert of the San Luis Valley, USA (elevation +8,500 ft.) with stunning views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Great Sand Dunes National Monument. The area is known for its serenity and environmental uniqueness. The house is designed to not only respond to that environment but also to take advantage of the unique spirituality of the site. As the property is remote and off-the-grid system and, having more than 300 sun days per year, the 1,600 sq. ft. house is powered with a solar energy photovoltaic system. The seven-acre site has been left undisturbed to the fullest extent possible.

What about recovering a cattle barn? New ideas originating from old structures. This project in Extremadura (Spain) is amazing… the result is a modern house with the utmost flavor. Plus it uses the concepts of self-sufficiency that I much admire and support. High on a hill and far from city water or an electrical grid, the crumbling cow shed was far from the conventional image of luxury estate, but the architect family run the prestigious Madrid architecture firm Ábaton Architecture, could envision a transformation.


Dream mansions:
This comes from a previous post where I presented a few dream houses/mansions. I repost them here as a reminder whenever I get find beautiful places as the ones presented here.

Phuket Luxury Villa

The first picture from the left is Villa in Phuket, Tailand. But see the video here to know how good it really is.
The second one is made of wood, steel, and glass, glass, and more glass, the Fish House is an environmentally-friendly waterfront home in Singapore.
The third house is called the Tangga House is built around a central courtyard, with the borderless pool surrounding two sides of the house and a garden growing on its roof. I don’t know how much this will cost to maintain, but I wish I had the money to pay for it.
The forth is a little shack In paradise. Here is their webpage, it is located in beautiful Michanwi Pingwe beach, Zanzibar island, off the coast from Tanzania, Africa.



Tiny places:
This other place is not really a dream house for me, since it’s pretty small, but it’s so ingenious that I have to share. Architect Gary Chang lives in a 344-square-feet (~32 square meters), one-bedroom apartment. But it has all the amenities of a full-sized house. How is that possible? His apartment literally transforms into 24 different configurations. This is something you have to see to believe.

Another little transformer apartment (24 square meter ~258 square feet) was entitled: Lego-style apartment transforms into infinite spaces, well… not infinite, but very compact indeed. Located in Barcelona in a remodeled pigeon loft.

Following the concept of self-sufficiency, what about building a small house without getting yourself in debt to your neck? Well, that is what Johnny Sanphillippo did. He has never made more than $20,000 per year (he works as a housekeeper, as well as, a gardener and house painter), but he knew like “any other American” that he wanted to own his own home. He managed to buy a piece of land in Hawaii and made his little dream house like this:

Another great idea was that of Jérémie Buchholtz, who wanted an affordable apartment in Bordeaux. With limited budget, he stumbled upon a listing for a garage that at 80,000 euros was less than half the price of a similarly-sized home. Then the architect Matthieu de Marien took one look at the historic street and recognized it as something special. In order to make the space feel larger, De Marien created a “house within a house”: one large piece of furniture that includes the bathroom, bedroom, office, closet, a sofa bed and all of the home’s storage. With everything contained in this large furniture box, the rest of the home was given more breathing room.


Concept towers:

The concept of The Scotts Tower is that of a vertical city incorporating a variety of residence types and scales.
It looks great, from the architect group UNStudio.

Building a dragon in the city.

This concept not only looks good, it seems to be pretty efficient. This unorthodox structure, designed for Shangai’s city center, traverses over a man-made river and park system, serving as a peaceful landmark getaway for visitors and locals alike. The spiraling structure, named Sity, is ultramodern in approach, but was inspired by the ancient Chinese dragon. At once it is a striking beacon of the future and an instantaneously recognizable symbol of age-old tradition. Check the links above to get more information.

And this is it for now… 🙂 As soon as I find interesting houses, I’m sure to put them in this post.


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  1. Joanne January 21, 2015


    Nice that you included 43 Holmwood. However, Ottawa is in Canada, not the US.

    • VV January 21, 2015

      That is correct. Did I write US? My bad, I know where Ottawa is, I’ve been there before, even if just on the airport.

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