W House

The HouseW in Duiven, The Netherlands, seamlessly blends old architecture with modern style. According to the architects (Studio Prototype), the facade consists of “diagonal directions and is translated to a timber cladding of western red cedar battens. They are as slender as possible, creating tension with the heavy brick of the existing dwelling. Aluminum profiles are used to attain subtle transitions between materials and spaces. The diagonal pattern is opened up on several strategic positions, working as a privacy screen.” Continue reading for more.

5. Surfer Hut Cottage

This humble abode doesn’t contain the latest and greatest in technology, but its location is prime to say the least. Located in Comporta, Portual, this cottage – designed by Pequenina Rodrigues – was created on sand and made from recycled wood structures. Plus, the straw huts are actually linked to each other with sand dunes. Inside, there�s a living room and kitchen hybrid that boasts three porches overlooking a Jacuzzi.

4. Karakoy Loft

Called the Karakoy Loft by Ofist, this beautiful living space in Istanbul, Turkey offers plenty of windows for natural light and an iron rod storage setup. Many renovations were made, including adding small window openings on the front facade to transform the living room into a faux balcony, floating stairs, and covering the mezzanine’s surfaces with a cement-based material to provide a nice feeling for the naked feet.

3. Frey House

Albert Frey is known as the father of “desert modernism”, and this home by the famed architect in Palm Springs, California is definitely no slouch. Located on a hillside just above the Palm Springs Art Museum spans just 800-square-feet, but what really stands out is the massive boulder running right through the structure. This happened because the city didn’t want Frey doing any excavation on the site, so the entire furniture collection was built right into the home.

2. Casa Rambla

Casa Rambla, located in Zapallar City, Chile, is both luxurious and minimalist at the same time, thanks to the design team at LAND Architects. Situated atop a steep rocky hill, the home is built on concrete beams with many V-shaped pine columns providing support. Expansive ocean views can be found throughout Casa Rambla, and the ceiling above the barbecue area opens up to a skylight.

1. Muji’s Vertical House

Tokyo is known for its sky high real estate, but Japanese retailer Muji wanted to show that even small spaces can appear large when properly designed. The Vertical House in Tokyo spans three levels, with absolutely no doors or walls, giving the living space an open, airy feel. There’s a central wooden staircase that provides easy access to each of the floors starting from the utility and storage room.