Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

Project: Davis Residence
Architects: Miller Hull
Location: Bellingham, Washington, USA
Area: 1,400 sqft
Photographs by: Benjamin Benschneider

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Davis Residence by Miller Hull

The Davis Residence is a 1,400 square feet home located in a densely wooded area on a cliff with a stellar view of the San Juan Islands. It is actually located in Bellingham, Washington, USA where it tries its best to blend in with the natural environment that surrounds it.
Miller Hull has designed the Davis Residence with an abundant use of wood throughout the interior as well as the exterior, creating a warm ambiance and a strong connection to its surroundings.

Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

This 1400 sq. ft main house and guest house/garage is located on a heavily wooded cliff site with views of the San Juan Islands of Washington State. The plan orients to major views south down the coast line and west out to the islands while being careful to stay outside of the drip line of the dominant Doug fir trees. Large overhangs protect glazing and provide shelter.

The concept marries a long gently sloping roof form containing the kitchen, entry and studio with a vertical tower containing the living room and master bedroom above.

The roof forms express their timber construction with exposed joist, 1×4 skip sheathing and plywood diaphragms. The high performance wood fir windows provide thermal breaks while being strong enough for the mullions to be of minimal dimension. Wood T&G paneling is stained in bold transparent colors.

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Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

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Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

Davis Residence by Miller Hull in Washington, USA

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Cabin Vindheim by Vardehaugen in Lillehammer, Norway

Project: Cabin Vindheim
Architects: Vardehaugen
Location: Lillehammer, Norway
Area: 699 sq ft
Photographs by: Courtesy of Vardehaugen

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Cabin Vindheim by Vardehaugen

Architecture studio Vardehaugen have designed a snowbound cabin called Cabin Vindheim withing a deep Norwegian forest, near the town of Lillehammer. As you would expect, the region in which it is located is subject to heavy snowfall and low temperatures. As a result, the exterior is clad with black-stained pinewood featuring bold apertures cut into the facade. It also boasts large windows that provide views to the fairy-tale like environment.

Cabin Vindheim by Vardehaugen in Lillehammer, Norway

Cabin Vindheim is situated deep into the forest, in the alpine landscape close to Lillehammer / Norway. The cabin is inspired by the classic motif of snowbound cabins, which have only their roofs protruding through the snow. When snow covers the structure the division between architecture and nature becomes blurred, and the roof becomes a man-made slope for ski jumping, toboggan runs and other snow-based activities.

In spite of a compact floor plan (55m2) the cabin is spatially rich and generous due to the sloping roof and the various uplifts. From the main bedroom and the mezzanine you can even gaze up at the stars and enjoy the northern light, while lying in bed. When resting in the cabin’s bedroom, a large 4m-long window creates the impression of sleeping above the treetops and underneath the stars.

The building, which is composed of a large living room, a bedroom, a ski preparation room and a small annex with a utility room, is clad in black-stained ore pine. The interior is lighter, fully covered in waxed poplar veneer. The uninterrupted ceiling connects all of the rooms.

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Cabin Vindheim by Vardehaugen in Lillehammer, Norway

Cabin Vindheim by Vardehaugen in Lillehammer, Norway

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Cabin Vindheim by Vardehaugen in Lillehammer, Norway

Cabin Vindheim by Vardehaugen in Lillehammer, Norway

Cabin Vindheim by Vardehaugen in Lillehammer, Norway

Cabin Vindheim by Vardehaugen in Lillehammer, Norway

Cabin Vindheim by Vardehaugen in Lillehammer, Norway

Cabin Vindheim by Vardehaugen in Lillehammer, Norway

Cabin Vindheim by Vardehaugen in Lillehammer, Norway

Cabin Vindheim by Vardehaugen in Lillehammer, Norway

Cabin Vindheim by Vardehaugen in Lillehammer, Norway

Cabin Vindheim by Vardehaugen in Lillehammer, Norway

Cabin Vindheim by Vardehaugen in Lillehammer, Norway

Cabin Vindheim by Vardehaugen in Lillehammer, Norway

Cabin Vindheim by Vardehaugen in Lillehammer, Norway

Cabin Vindheim by Vardehaugen in Lillehammer, Norway

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Forest House by Fearon Hay Architects in Auckland, New Zealand

Project: Forest House
Architects: Fearon Hay Architects
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Area: 6,458 sq ft
Photographs by: Simon Wilson

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Forest House by Fearon Hay Architects

The Forest House designed by Fearon Hay Architects is an excellent example of a modern rustic home design.
This blend of rural and contemporary design is located at the foot of the Waitakere Ranges in Auckland, New Zealand. Its location provides the house with great views which is something the architects exploited to connect the interior of the Forest House with the surrounding and expanding nature.

Forest House by Fearon Hay Architects in Auckland, New Zealand

Set at the foot of the Waitakere Ranges is a collection of timber clad, gabled structures. They slip past one another, opening spaces for courtyards, cooking and fire. The clients wanted a working house, not just a place they would go to sleep in. So the buildings had to have that functionality, but as a place it also had to be exciting. The clients came to us to be surprised and to have something from a design point of view they didn’t quite understand.

The client had been collecting vintage timber for years, stockpiling from different parts of New Zealand – large beams, pallets of native timbers – and he had a massive supply of totara. We thought we could build him a house that carefully curates his extensive timber collection. So there’s a patchwork of these different timbers and we sought to bring them all together tonally so that the end product was beautiful aesthetically. While timber can be used to create solidity, warmth and mass, it can also be incredibly fine. We enjoyed playing with this tension.

While there are some very large and rustic elements, there is a fineness and a lightness to the enclosure and layering of it. The slatted shutters can be closed to make interior spaces warm and intimate, or opened up to allow in the light that moves from north to west. Exterior shells of native timber boards and shingle roof are founded over cast in situ concrete masses, bracketing the interior spaces within and adding a weight and strength to the voluminous interiors. The roof form and materiality allowed us to develop a strong sense of continuity between the separate buildings.

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Forest House by Fearon Hay Architects in Auckland, New Zealand

Forest House by Fearon Hay Architects in Auckland, New Zealand

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Forest House by Fearon Hay Architects in Auckland, New Zealand

Forest House by Fearon Hay Architects in Auckland, New Zealand

Forest House by Fearon Hay Architects in Auckland, New Zealand

Forest House by Fearon Hay Architects in Auckland, New Zealand

Forest House by Fearon Hay Architects in Auckland, New Zealand

Forest House by Fearon Hay Architects in Auckland, New Zealand

Forest House by Fearon Hay Architects in Auckland, New Zealand

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Berry House by Modscape in New South Wales, Australia

Project: Berry House
Architects: Modscape
Location: Berry, New South Wales, Australia
Area: 5,005 sq ft
Photographs by: Courtesy of Modscape

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Berry House by Modscape

Modscapean Australian architecture design studio, has completed the Berry House in the town of Berry in New South Wales, Australia.
This firm is known for their expansive portfolio of sustainable, custom built pre-fab homes. They even claim that each of their bespoke residences are completely ready to move in within twelve weeks.

The Berry House is a modular home that evokes an airy pavilion that is surrounded by protective walls. The project takes advantage of the surrounding idyllic forest, although the walls still protect the privacy of the residents.

Berry House by Modscape in New South Wales, Australia

The design brief of this impressive modular home was to create an airy pavilion that takes advantage of the views while providing a private haven from the busy road below. Rendered brick walls envelope the home to create a protective compound which not only provides privacy, but ensures the prefab home is secure. The home’s long, linear form takes advantage of the northern sun and connects to the idyllic bush and mountain landscape beyond.

The approach and transition into the home was an integral part of the modular design. As such, all of the services are concealed from view. Visitors enter via a large pivoting door that penetrates the wall. They then move through a timber battened walkway where dappled light from the courtyard filters through before entering into the double height entrance space. The main living zone opens out to the north-facing courtyard, encouraging afternoons by the pool lounging to the soundtrack of nature.

Meeting all the functional requirements of modern, sustainable design, the home has a total floor area of 465 sqm and consists of 11 modules with a large, open plan kitchen/living/dining area at its heart. A timber joinery core conceals services such as butler’s pantry, laundry and powder room and houses a staircase leading to an upstairs music room.

The finishes palette is minimal and modest with timber, concrete and zinc used in an uncomplicated manner create a design that is humble and nondescript. All landscaping, including the pool, was also coordinated by Modscape.

Modscape

Berry House by Modscape in New South Wales, Australia

Berry House by Modscape in New South Wales, Australia

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Berry House by Modscape in New South Wales, Australia

Berry House by Modscape in New South Wales, Australia

Berry House by Modscape in New South Wales, Australia

Berry House by Modscape in New South Wales, Australia

Berry House by Modscape in New South Wales, Australia

Berry House by Modscape in New South Wales, Australia

Berry House by Modscape in New South Wales, Australia

Berry House by Modscape in New South Wales, Australia

Berry House by Modscape in New South Wales, Australia

Berry House by Modscape in New South Wales, Australia

Berry House by Modscape in New South Wales, Australia

Berry House by Modscape in New South Wales, Australia

Berry House by Modscape in New South Wales, Australia

Berry House by Modscape in New South Wales, Australia

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The Dell by Elliot Architects in Northumberland, England

Project: The Dell
Architects: Elliot Architects
Location: Northumberland, England
Area: 2,368 sq ft
Photographs by: Jill Tate Photography

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The Dell by Elliot Architects

Elliot Architects have designed The Dell house for a family that wanted to live in a home that is sensitive to the surrounding nature, but also to not be boring.
It is located in a forested area in Northumberland, England where it was adapted to the sloped site surrounded by trees in every direction. It’s design is rather simple. It is made up of two parts that intersect in the middle however, there are multiple elements contributing to the design of this house.

The Dell by Elliot Architects in Northumberland, England

A previously undeveloped site is to house a four bed bespoke family home.

The proportion, orientation and topographical nature of this site presented us with a significant challenge. The constraints of the site fought against the conventional arrangement of a domestic property with its public and private zones.

The site slopes steeply from back to front as well as dishing side to side; there is a mature wood to the South which also presented issues of overshadowing.

We chose to adopt a cruciform plan which subdivided the land into quadrants dealing with public arrival, private South facing courtyard and grassed garden area to the rear of the property exploiting the only flat section of the site.
We wanted to be sympathetic to the site as well as mindful of budget so we designed the building to react closely to the sites existing contours; the roof level is constant and the shifts in the floor level respond to the position of the room and its function i.e. large kitchen, living, dining room has a proportionally high ceiling volume.

Materials are natural with modern detailing. Slate shingle walls and roof to the ground floor with timber and slate to the second. By diving the plan and section as we have the building appears as a series of single storey accommodation further reducing the impact on the site.

Elliot Architects

The Dell by Elliot Architects in Northumberland, England

The Dell by Elliot Architects in Northumberland, England

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The Dell by Elliot Architects in Northumberland, England

The Dell by Elliot Architects in Northumberland, England

The Dell by Elliot Architects in Northumberland, England

The Dell by Elliot Architects in Northumberland, England

The Dell by Elliot Architects in Northumberland, England

The Dell by Elliot Architects in Northumberland, England

The Dell by Elliot Architects in Northumberland, England

The Dell by Elliot Architects in Northumberland, England

The Dell by Elliot Architects in Northumberland, England

The Dell by Elliot Architects in Northumberland, England

The Dell by Elliot Architects in Northumberland, England

The Dell by Elliot Architects in Northumberland, England

The Dell by Elliot Architects in Northumberland, England

The Dell by Elliot Architects in Northumberland, England

The Dell by Elliot Architects in Northumberland, England

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Dune Villa by Hilberink Bosch Architecten in Utrecht, The Netherlands

Project: Dune Villa
Architects: Hilberink Bosch Architecten
Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands
Photographs by: René de Wit

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Dune Villa by Hilberink Bosch Architecten

Hilberink Bosch Architecten have integrated one of their latest projects called the Dune Villa with the forest that surrounds the site.
The Dutch studio have built this home as a luxurious countryside retreat in Utrecht, The Netherlands where its unusual setting is clearly defined by three components. The dense vegetation, a large open forested area and a beautiful vista of the neighboring Utrecht hills are the key features of this contemporary home.
The lower level of the building is dedicated to the living areas as well as the kitchen, master bedroom, library and office. This way, they are guaranteed to make the most of the forest that is in the backyard of the home.

Dune Villa by Hilberink Bosch Architecten in Utrecht, The Netherlands

A site in a pine forest with a height difference of six meters is unique in the Netherlands. The clients are aware of that and asked us to design a ‘living’ house which fully adopts the qualities of the plot. They cite three icons as a reference, each with their own qualities. De scenic naturalness of F.L. Wright, the openness of Mies van der Rohe and the tactile materiality of Zumthor. With a sense of necessary modesty we accepted the assignment.

The plot exists of three areas: dense vegetation towards the street, a large open space at the front and an open pine forest at the back of the plot, which is characteristic for the area. An offshoot from the ‘Utrechtse Heuvelrug’ dune lays on the north side of the plot, which results in the six meter height difference. We strictly followed the division in three parts. The different volumes of the villa are situated on the north and east border of the open space, in and on the dune. The garage and the long garden walls enclose a cultivated courtyard, the only area on the plot where nature is directed by man.

Hilberink Bosch Architecten

Dune Villa by Hilberink Bosch Architecten in Utrecht, The Netherlands

The main areas of the residence, such as living room, kitchen, office, master bedroom, roof terrace and library, are situated on the first floor which provides the best experience with the forest. Because of the setting on top of the sand dune, one can walk straight out into the forest

The guestrooms and the pool are situated in the dune and on the ground level of the courtyard. The pool is enclosed on three sides with large glass sliding doors. This ensures an outdoor feeling in the wintertime and in warmer periods it can be transformed into an outdoor swimming pool. The connection between the floors is made on two specific places: a closed core with an elevator, stairs and the backdoor and a main entrance which, with its double height, accommodates large works of art and theatre performances, and contains a spiral staircase.

Besides clear references to the icons, who acted as inspirations for the plan, the connection with the location is the most profound base for appearance of the villa. The colour of the applied concrete is directly derived from the dune sand. All the concrete is seamlessly poured in one piece. The robust walls are perpend-less and there is no pointing used for the masonry in thin bricks, that measure up to one meter. The colour nuances in the mix of the bricks, beige, orange and green on a dark shard, are deduced from the bark of pine trees at hand.

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Dune Villa by Hilberink Bosch Architecten in Utrecht, The Netherlands

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Accents in the facades are made of vertical wooden slats of varying widths and colours. They reflect the lines of the forest. The window frames, when visible, have a coating that takes over the colour of the surroundings. Finally, all the usual image-disturbing solutions such as expansion joints and metal trims have been left out, giving the building a great naturalness. All these components collaborate in deeply connecting the villa with its location.

This idea is continued in the interior. The floors, in the same concrete colour, have different finishes, from roughly sanded to highly polished depending of the character of the space. The special brickwork establishes, besides the many pieces of art, a painting on its own. The surrounding forest becomes a part of life in the house because of all the glass. In certain places inside and outside are literally connected with each other. The rough concrete floor from the courtyard continues to surround the swimming pool and Piet Hein Eek built a bookcase for the office space from harvested birch trunks and glass panels. The same birch trees in the garden, design by OSLO, define the atmosphere in the area between the villa and the street. The garden stems from the design and materialisation of the villa, cultivates in the courtyard with connections to the existing forest.

The joint search from the architect with the client for the right mix of familiarity, naturalness and surprise led to this unique home. By bringing together a powerful image and using the qualities of the site, a house is designed that fits the residents like a glove.

Hilberink Bosch Architecten

Dune Villa by Hilberink Bosch Architecten in Utrecht, The Netherlands

Dune Villa by Hilberink Bosch Architecten in Utrecht, The Netherlands

Dune Villa by Hilberink Bosch Architecten in Utrecht, The Netherlands

Dune Villa by Hilberink Bosch Architecten in Utrecht, The Netherlands

Dune Villa by Hilberink Bosch Architecten in Utrecht, The Netherlands

Dune Villa by Hilberink Bosch Architecten in Utrecht, The Netherlands

Dune Villa by Hilberink Bosch Architecten in Utrecht, The Netherlands

Dune Villa by Hilberink Bosch Architecten in Utrecht, The Netherlands

Dune Villa by Hilberink Bosch Architecten in Utrecht, The Netherlands

Dune Villa by Hilberink Bosch Architecten in Utrecht, The Netherlands

Dune Villa by Hilberink Bosch Architecten in Utrecht, The Netherlands

Dune Villa by Hilberink Bosch Architecten in Utrecht, The Netherlands

Dune Villa by Hilberink Bosch Architecten in Utrecht, The Netherlands

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TinkerBox Residence by Studio MM in Kerhonkson, New York

Project: TinkerBox
Architects: Studio MM
Location: Kerhonkson, NY, USA
Area: 1,260 sq ft
Photographs by: Brad Feinknopf

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TinkerBox by Studio MM

Studio MM is an American architecture firm that has created a new, modern holiday residence on a forested site in Kerhonkson, a small town in upstate New York.
The main and most recognizable feature of this modern home called the TinkerBox residence is its exterior defined by a giant front door and a garage for the car-loving owner. The facade is clad in charred cedar spanning across both floors.
The upper story is where all of the main living areas are contained while the ground floor is mostly about the garage and the workshop.

TinkerBox Residence by Studio MM in Kerhonkson, New York

Nestled in the woods of Hudson Valley, this house was conceived as a car-lover’s dream retreat. A generously sized garage is the locus of the design, generating space for car storage and maintenance as well as a spacious wine cellar and a furniture workshop. The rectangular form of the house, which is partially embedded in the hilly landscape, emerges from the lower-level garage and creates an open plan living space ideal for entertaining, relaxing by a cozy fire, and for an office studio.

The exposed beam roof structure, inspired by a workshop aesthetic, emphasizes the double story entryway that draws guests up to an outdoor fireplace and grill. Located on 10.9 acres, the project is intended to eventually become a guest house, ensuring privacy for both the clients and their friends.

Studio MM

TinkerBox Residence by Studio MM in Kerhonkson, New York

TinkerBox Residence by Studio MM in Kerhonkson, New York

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TinkerBox Residence by Studio MM in Kerhonkson, New York

TinkerBox Residence by Studio MM in Kerhonkson, New York

TinkerBox Residence by Studio MM in Kerhonkson, New York

TinkerBox Residence by Studio MM in Kerhonkson, New York

TinkerBox Residence by Studio MM in Kerhonkson, New York

TinkerBox Residence by Studio MM in Kerhonkson, New York

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Red Rock House by Anmahian Winton Architects in New York, USA

Project: Red Rock House
Architects: Anmahian Winton Architects
Location: Red Rock, New York, USA
Area: 6,400 sq ft
Photographs by: Jane Messinger

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Red Rock House by Anmahian Winton Architects

Anmahian Winton Architects have designed the Red Rock House in Red Rock, New York. The construction is made out of volumes clad in timber, creating a harmony with the natural environment which is a very important aspect of this home because it projects stunning views of the forest that surrounds it.
The natural topography of the site has been retained while the overall condition of the forest was well preserved with a series of architectural interventions such as the long concrete retaining wall that creates a plateau that supports the buildings and gardens of the Red Rock House.

Red Rock House by Anmahian Winton Architects in New York, USA

The character of this densely wooded, steeply sloping site is further defined by a vertical rock ledge to the east and a creek prone to seasonal flooding to the west. These dramatic elements informed the placement of this home’s buildings and how landscape, views, and daylight would be integrated into the design. The project embraces a “machine in the garden” design approach, where contemporary vocabulary and minimal form amplify by contrast the relationship between built work and natural landscape.

Early strategy focused on preserving as much of the natural topography as possible while shaping terraces and opening the site to daylight and longer views. A 200-foot long board-formed concrete retaining wall along the site’s east edge exposes new plateaus for buildings, garden, and meadow. Clinging to this wall, the guesthouse anchors the building assembly in the steep hillside, while the main house and deck project out from the landform into the treetops. Laid perpendicular to the retaining wall, a linear bluestone path connects guesthouse to house, directs access to the front doors, and leads to the west balcony overhanging the creek below.

A minimal materials palette evokes both rusticity and precision, reflecting the juxtaposed orders of landscape and architecture and enhancing their relationship. Buildings are clad in a high performance rainscreen of knotty western red cedar boards, milled to three unique profiles to generate a pattern that changes with the sun’s movement. The boards are organized within vertical bays delineated by aluminum T-sections, producing a textured rhythm that accommodates openings, fenestration, and screens. Lattice volumes created with aluminum L-sections indicate primary entrance to both buildings, while screening interior spaces from exposure to southern sun. Building interiors are entirely white, emphasizing the play of light, the client’s collection of art, and views of the landscape.

Anmahian Winton Architects

Red Rock House by Anmahian Winton Architects in New York, USA

Red Rock House by Anmahian Winton Architects in New York, USA

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Red Rock House by Anmahian Winton Architects in New York, USA

Red Rock House by Anmahian Winton Architects in New York, USA

Red Rock House by Anmahian Winton Architects in New York, USA

Red Rock House by Anmahian Winton Architects in New York, USA

Red Rock House by Anmahian Winton Architects in New York, USA

Red Rock House by Anmahian Winton Architects in New York, USA

Red Rock House by Anmahian Winton Architects in New York, USA

Red Rock House by Anmahian Winton Architects in New York, USA

Red Rock House by Anmahian Winton Architects in New York, USA

Red Rock House by Anmahian Winton Architects in New York, USA

Red Rock House by Anmahian Winton Architects in New York, USA

Red Rock House by Anmahian Winton Architects in New York, USA

Red Rock House by Anmahian Winton Architects in New York, USA

Red Rock House by Anmahian Winton Architects in New York, USA

Red Rock House by Anmahian Winton Architects in New York, USA

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MK5 House by Ortraum Architects in Helsinki, Finland

Project: MK5 House
Architects: Ortraum Architects
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Area: 2,475 sq ft
Photographs by: Marc Goodwin

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MK5 House by Ortraum Architects

The MK5 House is a project by Ortraum Architectslocated in a forest outside of Helsinki, Finland. This home for a family of five is placed on a site that allows for maximum privacy while, the main living areas can still enjoy west facing views towards the ocean.
The first floor hosts the living areas while the second floor is where the four bedrooms are located.

MK5 House by Ortraum Architects in Helsinki, Finland

MK5 is the latest project of ORTRAUM Architects, built for one of the partners of the office and his family of five. The house is placed on a south-west sloping 500m2 site, located on the Jollas Peninsula east of the Helsinki city centre.

The architecture features a central kink inplan, which (according to the Finnish tradition) avoids a direct view towards the neighbours, andleads the main spaces to face the ocean towards the west.

The building’s relationship to the natural surroundings inspired the diverse placement of the windows, framing the changing views and daylight qualities in each direction. The open-plan living room is accessed from the north and located on the ground floor, sauna functions and building services are placed in the basement.

The four bedrooms are located upstairs. The geometric layout of the plan accumulates on the mezzanine level, where the three children’s rooms and the master bedroom connect in the centre point of the building, allowing for multiple consultation options before bedtime.

The structure of MK5 consist of highly customized CLT elements. In addition to the building’s electrical system, the ventilation system and lighting fixtures are fully integrated into the CLT elements. Siberian Larch timber is used for the façade, the flooring, and the furniture. Custom fabricated copper parts frame the windows.

The façade materials are chosen to allow the building to patinate naturally and age gracefully with time. On the south side of the building vertical wires are stretched from the building eaves to the terrace deck below, designed for hops climbers to grow to create a “green screen”, providing an extra curtain of privacy from the road.

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MK5 House by Ortraum Architects in Helsinki, Finland

MK5 House by Ortraum Architects in Helsinki, Finland

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MK5 House by Ortraum Architects in Helsinki, Finland

MK5 House by Ortraum Architects in Helsinki, Finland

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MK5 House by Ortraum Architects in Helsinki, Finland

MK5 House by Ortraum Architects in Helsinki, Finland

MK5 House by Ortraum Architects in Helsinki, Finland

MK5 House by Ortraum Architects in Helsinki, Finland

MK5 House by Ortraum Architects in Helsinki, Finland

MK5 House by Ortraum Architects in Helsinki, Finland

MK5 House by Ortraum Architects in Helsinki, Finland

MK5 House by Ortraum Architects in Helsinki, Finland

MK5 House by Ortraum Architects in Helsinki, Finland

MK5 House by Ortraum Architects in Helsinki, Finland

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U Retreat by IDMM Architects in Hongcheon, South Korea

Project: U Retreat
Architects: IDMM Architects
Location: Hongcheon-gun, South Korea
Area: 17,168 sq ft
Photographs by: Courtesy of IDMM Architects

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U Retreat by IDMM Architects

IDMM Architects have designed the U Retreat at the core of the Sari-Gol Valley in Hongcheon, South Korea. Being at the core, the plot is commonly windy. The residence has been designed in a way to unify itself with the nature that surrounds it, therefore embodying the cliff’s movements and dynamics. This not only liberates the residents from the confines of a very typical household, it also lessens the effect of the strong winds.

U Retreat by IDMM Architects in Hongcheon, South Korea

The Jeongja is a space which is unified with nature, liberating its users from the confines of the home. The program of the Jeongja is rest, play, and retreat with the nature. The cliff situated in front of this site has a variety of tress which creates an enormous screen representing seasonally altering moods. The dramatic leveling made by the cliff and trees inspires awe in us. This became the concept of ‘leveling’ that generates multi-leveled spaces, so that users may enjoy the surroundings at a variety of levels. Each multi-leveled unit conceives various retreat places, diverse leveled interior spaces, the skipped terraces, a private pool and spa and so on.

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U Retreat by IDMM Architects in Hongcheon, South Korea

U Retreat by IDMM Architects in Hongcheon, South Korea

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U Retreat by IDMM Architects in Hongcheon, South Korea

U Retreat by IDMM Architects in Hongcheon, South Korea

U Retreat by IDMM Architects in Hongcheon, South Korea

U Retreat by IDMM Architects in Hongcheon, South Korea

U Retreat by IDMM Architects in Hongcheon, South Korea

U Retreat by IDMM Architects in Hongcheon, South Korea

U Retreat by IDMM Architects in Hongcheon, South Korea

U Retreat by IDMM Architects in Hongcheon, South Korea

U Retreat by IDMM Architects in Hongcheon, South Korea

U Retreat by IDMM Architects in Hongcheon, South Korea

U Retreat by IDMM Architects in Hongcheon, South Korea

U Retreat by IDMM Architects in Hongcheon, South Korea

U Retreat by IDMM Architects in Hongcheon, South Korea

U Retreat by IDMM Architects in Hongcheon, South Korea

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