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Wingardh Architects, Sweden, are "committed to the artistic and poetic dimensions of architecture." This guest house and sauna, simply entitled The Mill House, is situated in Vastra Karup, rural southern Sweden, and adheres to this committment by its soul-enriching and sympathetic yet modernist design. Wingardh Architects are selling sanctuary, a rural idyll of a rustic retreat where clean, contemporaneity envelops traditional Swedish design.

Visit Wingardh Architects online at www.wingardhs.se

Via Trendir | Best House Design | Images © www.jamessilverman.co.uk


Daniel Wang - The Balihu Years 1993-2008

It's the weekend, and many of you may well be getting your groove on to the increasingly popular sounds of Disco House. Unless you've had the distict misfortune to have been stuck under a rock lately, you'll probably know that long-established Disco House producer Daniel Wang has recently released a retrospective album of work taken from his own label, Balihu, informatively titled The Balihu Years 1993-2008.

Plucked from this generically du jour album, my pick for a weekend pick-me-up is the sweetly uplifting Free Lovin; a gorgeously chipper little number that sees classic Disco infusions sweeping what'll probably be the cutest, most free and unassuming track you'll have the pleasure to gift your ears with this weekend.

The Balihu Years 1993-2008 is out now from Rushhour.

You can also check out Daniel Wang's Like Some Dream from the collection over on our tumblr.

Get your digital download at Boomkat.


Mar Azul House By BAK Architects

If you go down to the woods today you're sure of a big surprise... for nestled in the forest at the beachside resort of Mar Azul, Buenos Aires, lies BAK Architects' Casa Mar Azul; the environmentally low-impact summer house that's anything but.

Mar Azul House By BAK Architects 

Built in 2004, this striking retreat was created to fulfil a brief, the inherent ethic of which was to design a low-budget home of low impact upon the landscape and to consequently require little maintenance. Reclaimed materials and a great consideration towards light, both natural and synthetic, bore Casa Mar Azul; the realisation of architecture at once blending with and yet punctuating its natural environment.

Mar Azul House By BAK Architects 

Mar Azul House By BAK Architects 

Photos by Gustavo Sosa Pinilla (see more at www.digsdigs.com

Via: Modern House Design


Dwell Development's "Beacon Hill

A recently completed project in the Beacon Hill area of Seattle, Washington, is just the proof that those looking for stunning, eco-friendly family residences ought to Dwell on it. Design/construct firm Dwell Development is a Seattle-specific business whose eye-catching aesthetics and proven 'green' credentials can be accredited, in part at least, to their strict adherence of their work ethic. Think 'quality rather than quantity' and you'll have Dwell's self-styled philosophy in a nutshell. Their commitment to superiority within sustainability is, though, not merely resting upon the residential unit alone, but with an eye to its immediate environment and the potential for the evolution of community.

Dwell Developments

The Beacon Hill development is comprised of four free-standing and individually unique family homes whose generous proportions and striking finishes belie Dwell's accute attention to eco-friendly detail. Each of these residential units is Built Green 5-Star Certified, a lofty achievement indeed for these over-1600-square-foot, 3-storey abodes. But it is Dwell's consideration towards a harmonious sustainability of socio-environmental issues which takes these residences from houses to homes, where high-end meets the encouragement of well-being. Not only are these family homes exceptionally well-placed for lower-impact transportation, safety, and a consideration towards a truly sustainable community, but the spacious, well-lit interiors lined with stunning wood flooring promotes a Scandinavian-style sense of tranquility. And so, Dwell's 'Beacon Hill' certainly looks to be lighting the way forward for a supportive maintenance of not only the residential unit, but the family unit, also.

Dwell Developments

Dwell Developments

Dwell Developments

View more images at www.contemporist.com

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Sliding House

"The brief was simple: to build a house to retire to in order to grow food, entertain and enjoy the East Anglia landscape. The outcome was as unconventional as they come."


Casa Kike

The RIBA award-winning Casa Kike in Costa Rica by Gianni Botsford Architects is not only one writer's paradise, but an architectural aphrodisiac for the eyes. Set in lush natural landscape, this shoreside home boasts the "coupling [of] indigenous techniques and materials with modern design technologies and aesthetics" and is stunningly harmonious yet outstanding for it. At a cost of a mere £55,000, this astonishing abode is based around a main studio space, with library, writing desk and grand piano, and set apart via a raised walkway are the bathing and sleeping quarters. This wooden structure contains roof beams up to 10m long and a mono-pitched roof elevated towards the sea shore.

Casa Kike

It is incredible to me living in England that what is essentially my dream home where I could write and read and play piano amongst the wood and the sunshine is available by the power of major-award-winning architects for what is a relative pittance. To have that level of contemporary design in such a setting would be not only inachieveable here but also astronomically expensive. I would gladly swap the concrete jungle for Nature's own in an instant as here's proof it doesn't Costa Lot to live in Costa Rica. Truly inspirational.

Casa Kike

© photographs copyright christian richters you can view more at archdaily.com

Via: Arch Daily


MC1 House

Architect Juan Robles seeks for a balance between design and nature, for a committed and respectful interaction of the two, where architecture can at once stand out and blend in to its environment. MC1 House (Casa MC1) exhibits exquisite conformity to this concept, working its striking modernity into the lush Costa Rican habitat and proving a love of nature and desire for design need not mean a compromise.

MC1 House

MC1 House

MC1 House

Visit Juan Robles Architecture online at www.roblesarq.com

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This modern Swiss home finished in 2007, is set amongst panoramic views of lake Walensse and the mountains of Churfürsten. The way the scenery is framed by the floor to ceiling glass is simply sublime. Set on beautiful sloping meadowland this beautiful modern house generates most of its own energy using photovoltaic panels on the roof and a modern stove.

ArchDaily has more pictures of this stunning home by km Architektur


Zebrano Design

Those of us living in UK have enjoyed (or not depending on your property ladder status) an enormous and unprecedented boom in the housing market in recent years. Now that a looming bubble burst is upon us we have all considered the financial effects that this will have, but how many of us have considered social effects of the looming effigies to that rapid era of growth? With swathes of unoccupied market apartments likely to become the new slums and sprawling estates of mock Tudor horrors we seem so keen on living in, the UK’s architectural future looks bleak. For what so many people take for granted is the impact of our environment on not only our quality of life but our psychological well being.

And with that in mind I have a new raison d’être, a vision mission I know I’m not alone in dreaming. So my contribution to the cause? Why, I’m going to shamelessly plug some much needed UK based contemporary architecture in the hope we as a nation will start realising that modern can not only be beautiful but also offers us a better way of living and a sustainable future.

First on my list is Edinburgh based Zebrano Design who pride themselves on offering innovative, contextual and well detailed architecture for the 21st century. Bravo!

Zebrano Design

Zebrano Design

For more information visit Zebrano

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Landmark Houses, Gloucestershire, UK

Typically when we come across examples of contemporary residential architecture, it generally does not call the UK it’s homeland. So imagine our surprise when we came across a whole development of such, not just on UK soil, but in the prestigious and much revered Cotswolds, home of winding lanes, rickety yet charming stone cottages and plenty of antiques. Then add the exact location to that element of shock, the Cotswold Water Park, a nature reserve and outdoor pursuits treasure buried deep in the heart of the conservative countryside, a place where I myself spent much of my youth dabbling around in a canoe.

So you see, Landmark Houses, are not even just mere landmarks they are something quite historically groundbreaking too. Billed as the UK’s first residential nature reserve, the development although unquestionably modern is sensitive to the surroundings, a place where families can embrace both the countryside and the contemporary existing in harmony together.

The sponsor and land owner Jeremy Paxton, has brought together over 30 of the worlds leading architects including, Will Alsop, Eva Jiricna, Sutherland Hussey, Richard Meier and Partners, Roger Sherman, Sarah Featherstone, Alison Brooks, Piers Gough and Greg Lynnto complete this impressive project.

Designs include the Orchid House, inspired by the camouflage of the Bee Orchid and the Sundance Villa, of which the main floor rotates 360 degrees for panoramic views of the landscape.

For more information and images visit www.lmearchitecture.com

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Sundance Villa


Huf Haus

With over 20,000 self-build homes a year, Britain is fast casting a continental eye over its custom constructions, with a growing preference for glass-fronted timber frames over traditional bricks and mortar. Ever since seeing the German custom-build house on Grand Designs, I've been fairly in love with this prefab self-build style of home. Huf Haus is one of several UK-based companies offering such constructions, with precision-cut kits of German extraction shipped for assembly right here to these shores.

Huf Haus offer architect or self-designed custom timber post-and-beam-style houses, prepared in Germany by experienced craftsmen and constructed on land purchased in the UK. Typified by the speed and expertise with which they are built, these tailor-made houses are quickly becoming a popular choice for a beautiful, custom-built home. Once a plot of land has been purchased, the company will oversee the entire project, from conception to construction, with the final product nothing short of a unique structure, beautiful both inside and out.

Huf Haus doesn't come cheap, though, at between £130-£150 per sq. ft., with a 3,400 sq. ft. house costing around £500,000. However, you do get the whole package, workforce included, and a complete build within four months.

Huf Haus

Huf Haus

Huf Haus

Contact or visit Huf Haus online at www.huf-haus.com/gb for more information. 


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