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Ellsworth Desert House by Michael P. Johnson

Ellsworth Residence belongs to a keen art collector. The interior layout features an expansive living and dining area, with enough space to house works like an specially commissioned installation by Arizona artist Mayme Kratz, but also offers wide views to the desert surrounding the house.
‘My primary concern for the design was to minimize the impact to the pristine desert site explains Michael P. Johnson, ‘by bridging the desert arroyo, we minimized scarring of the desert floor’.

Ellsworth Residence, by Michael P. Johnson, for Michael P. Johnson Design Studios
via: Wallpaper*

Tucson Arizona Mountain House

Tucson Mountain House, Tucson Arizona, USA by Rick Joy Architects

Russia House by Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled designs for a private house in Barvikha Forest close to Moscow. The project will be shown at the Russia Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale September 12th – 23rd as part of a showcase of work by Russian and foreign architects working in Russia.

Capital Hill Residence, Moscow, Russia,
by Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher, for Zaha Hadid Architects
via: dezeen

Ann Demeulemeester Shop by Mass Studies

The Ann Demeulemeester Shop is located on the first floor, with a restaurant above and a adaptable space in the basement. Diverse interior spaces designated for its three main programs were made to be perceived and utilized as a part of the outdoors in a variety of ways. This building is not meant to be just another ‘object’ to be experienced externally, but rather as a synthetic organism of nature and artifice.

Ann Demeulemeester shop, by Minsuk Cho, Kisu Park, Seoul, South Korea for Mass Studies

The Trumpf Factory Pavilion

The entrance pavilion at the Trumpf factory in Ditzingen represents an alternative form of extreme dematerialization. Central element of this highly transparent facade is an acrylic fin. The cantilevered roof offer shelter from the elements

Trumpf Factory Pavilion, Ditzingen, Germany, by Werner Sobek

Gunyah—Beach Bunker in Australia

“The house sits with its toes touching the sea and with an exposed worn rock face at its back, both constant reminders of the power of wild storms blowing in from the north-east. And should the big seas come, this house is a safe haven, no question about it.”

Gunyah Beach House, Bundeena, New South Wales, Australia, by Clinton Murray
via: Modern Residential Design

Swiss Motif in a Japanese House

Heidi House is an extremely low cost studio and office space located in a residential area of Tokyo. Long window openings were made in the plywood sheets in between the structural frame. The long thin nature of the structural frame inspired the ‘Tyrollean’ cutout shape. The house has caused quite a stir in the neighbourhood, but the important thing is everyone seems to smile when they walk past!

Heidi House, Uehara, Tokyo, Japan, by Klein Dytham Architecture

Rawhiti House

Rawhiti House, Bay of Islands, New Zealand, by Fearon Hay

Housing Estate in Spain by Dosmasuno Arquitectos

Strategically located to optimize south facing windows, the Carabanchel housing estate is characterized by protrusions of various dimensions on the inside.

Carabanchel housing estate, by Dosmasuno Arquitectos
Via: Archdaily

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion by Rem Koolhaas

Each Summer, the Serpentine Gallery commissions an internationally acclaimed architect to design a temporary Pavilion for its lawn. This was built in 2006.

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion by Rem Koolhaas/OMA

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