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House Heran by Caan Architecten

The private residence of architect Koen Heijse of the young Ghent based office Caan Architecten is a thoroughgoing paradox between minimalism and maximalism. The house is disrobed of all its applications so only the simplicity of form and the essence of material and details remain. The living experience seems to be in service of silence and is remarkably sculptural. However, at the same time the monolith radiates an extreme compactness. Drawings indeed unveil a complexity of daring spaces and distinctive circulations inside a strictly demarcated volume.

House Heran, by Caan Architecten, via: OWI
Photography: Van Leuven Bart

Sonoma Spa Retreat by Aidlin Darling Design

Cut into the landscape by two curved earthen walls, this new spa and swimming pool extend the outdoor living spaces of an existing rammed-earth house. A rustic trellis provides shade from the California sun and frames distant views of San Francisco to the south. The spa pavilion opens to the landscape, embracing its temperate climate and provides an intimate private retreat from the main house.

Sonoma Spa Retreat, Sonoma, California, by Aidlin Darling Design
Photography: © Bruce Damonte

V23K16 by Pasel.Kuenzel

V23K16 is a single family residence built within a masterplan by MVRDV. The house is designed to maximize light and create flexible living space by placing the service zone at one side of the house.

V23K16, Leiden, Netherlands, by Pasel.Künzel Architects,
Photography: Marcel van der Burg

Zoersel House by Arjaan de Feyter

This house was designed in 1969 by architect Herman Andriessen. A year after completion he passed away. In 2005 interior architect Arjaan De Feyter and his wife bought the house which was in total decay and ready for demolition. They retained the original plan of the first floor, which is where they were to live. They extended the ground floor so as to install a workspace, whose visual impact they mitigated by means of large glass walls with profiles that were barely visible. The house is reminiscent of Villa Savoye or a Case Study House.

Zoersel House by Herman Andriessen, and Arjaan de Feyter

3cubes by Tamizo Architects

Polish firm Tamizo Architects have designed an office complex, consisting of 3 rectangular buildings colored in black, grey and beige. Each are joined through glass openings and stairwells.

3cubes, Szczecin, Poland, by Tamizo Architects
via: designboom

Model: 56 Leonard Street by Herzog & de Meuron

“This box contains a numbered, limited edition interactive model of Herzog & de Meuron’s 56 Leonard Street, designed to be taken apart and reassembled as a means of exploring the tower’s radically innovative design. The building will contain 145 residences, each with its own unique floor plan and private outdoor space, in a veritable cascade of houses stacked in the sky, blending indoors and outdoors seamlessly together.”

Limited edition models of 56 Leonard Street were never available for sale to the public, however one was offered for sale recently on Ebay.

56 Leonard Street Model, by Herzog & de Meuron, via

FINCUBE by Studio Aisslinger

FINCUBE by Studio Aisslinger

FINCUBE by Studio Aisslinger

FINCUBE by Studio Aisslinger

FINCUBE by Studio Aisslinger

FINCUBE by Studio Aisslinger

FINCUBE by Studio Aisslinger

FINCUBE by Studio Aisslinger

FINCUBE by Studio Aisslinger

FINCUBE by Studio Aisslinger

“Natural high-tech” is the concept of this new modular, sustainable & transportable low-energy house. Designed by Werner Aisslinger and developed with a South Tyrolian team, the FINCUBE was created 1200m above sea level near Bozen in Northern Italy, with a brilliant view of the famous Dolomite mountains.

Made entirely of local wood, the building provides 47 m2 of living space with a minimal CO2 footprint. The design is minimal, material-orientated, and in close touch with nature–the wooden space with a 360-degree triple glazing is furnished with a second facade layer, producing shade and giving the building a unique overall mushroom-like monoshape.

FINCUBE, Bozen, Italy, by Studio Aisslinger

Casa Moliner by Alberto Campo Baeza

Build a house for a poet. Make a house to dream, live, die. To read, write, think.

Casa Moliner, by Alberto Campo Baeza, via: Plataforma Arquitectura

Field Chapel in Boedigheim by Advanced Design/Build Studio IIT

The Field Chapel is a project designed and executed by the students of an Advanced Design/Build Studio at the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture in Chicago for a ecumenical church co-operative in Boedigheim, Germany. The task of the design was to create a place of spirituality… as “an interdenominational chapel, a space for people who are in a search for God–a place for quiet reflection, but also one that welcomes hikers and cyclists who appreciate a rest stop that has a sense of beauty.”

Field Chapel in Boedigheim, Germany, by Students of the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology & Ecker Architekten
via: Arch Daily

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