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Margarido House, a Contemporary Energy Efficient home by Onion Flats

By • Apr 13, 2011 •  Selected Work 

This 4,650 square foot single family home in the hills of Oakland, California, overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge and all of San Francisco, was designed by Onion Flats to merge comfortably into it’s difficult and steeply sloped site while providing a tranquil setting for a couple and their two children.

This house has an array of sustainable features: it incorporates a planted green roof garden, photovoltaic panel system which generate all necessary electricity for the home, and solar thermal panels which provides pre-heated hot water to the house.

The  Margarido House was one of the first LEED-H Gold single-family homes in the State of California.

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Inside Out House by Takeshi Hosaka Architects

By • Apr 13, 2011 •  Selected Work 

The Inside Out House is a 637 square-foot two story home located in Katsushika, one of the special wards of Tokyo, Japan.

Designed by Takeshi Hosaka Architects for a couple and two cats, “the project started based on the idea that humans and cats live in a same house, rather than cats living in a house designed for humans — and finally this idea brought out a concept: “a house inside which you feel being outside.”

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Spencertown Residence by Thomas Phifer and Partners

By • Apr 12, 2011

This 2,900-square-foot residence designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners is situated on a rolling meadow and commands dramatic views of an agricultural valley and the distant Catskills in rural upstate New York.

The home’s primary organizational element is a six-foot-high concrete wall that retains the earth on the uphill side and defines a large entry court in the middle.

The entry and living spaces are open to views and arranged in a linear fashion along the downhill side of the wall under a gently vaulted, winglike roof.

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Beautiful Riverfront House in Noosa Sound by Gavin Maddock Design Studio

By • Apr 12, 2011

Inspired by Ralph Lauren’s Caribbean holiday home, this beautiful property is located on Noosa Sound, Queensland, often referred to as one of the most beautiful canal developments in Australia.

Designed by Gavin Maddock Design Studio, this riverfront four bedroom four bathroom home features clean white lines, exposed beam ceilings, a lovely swimming pool and expansive living areas all with stunning views.

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Vastu Compliant House in Bangalore by Khosla Associates

By • Apr 11, 2011 •  Selected Work 

Architectural firm Khosla Associates has designed the Vastu House, a 13,000 square-foot residence located in Bangalore, India.

This house is strictly Vastu compliant: the placement of spaces in the house are in sync with the plan of the Vastu Purusha Mandala (the ancient Indian science of orientation and placement).

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Stunning Coastal House in Costa Rica by SPG Architects

By • Apr 11, 2011

SPG Architects transformed an abandoned steel frame and concrete slab structure erected on a remote Costa Rican coastal hillside into a five-level, indoor-outdoor residence on a rain-forested mountainside overlooking the Golfo Dulce in Costa Rica.

Located on a rain-forested site that overlooks the Pacific Ocean, the 18,000 square foot house is “environmentally sensitive, technologically advanced, and modernist by design.

Although the structure was beautifully sited, it needed considerable re-thinking to become a viable and beautiful home. “

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Safe House by KWK Promes

By • Apr 10, 2011 •  Selected Work 

Located in a small village at the outskirts of Warsaw, Poland, the Safe house was designed by architectural firm KWK Promes with the aim to provide its residents a feeling of maximum security.

Completed in 2009, the two story concrete monolith residence offers approximately 6,100 square feet of spacious living areas, floor to ceiling windows, panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, and a beautiful indoor swimming pool.

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$7 Million Residence in San Francisco by John Maniscalco Architecture

By • Apr 9, 2011 •  Selected Work 

The Russian Hill Residence was designed by John Maniscalco Architecture and is located in San Francisco’s Russian Hill neighborhood.

This 5,800 square foot LEED Platinum home features three bedrooms, 5 full baths, three gas fireplace, two gas fire pits, one on the roof deck and one in the garden and an elevator to all floors.

According to Sotheby’s, it’s “central, open-plan living area adapts easily to casual evenings or formal entertaining.

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Box House in Boulder, Colorado by Studio H:T

By • Apr 9, 2011

Designed by Boulder-based architects Studio H:T, the Box House is located in Boulder, Colorado, and provides the homeowners with compelling views.

Taking into consideration a steep slope and wildfire prone area, the architects capitalized on these site challenges and created a home that is unique in form, space and materiality.

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Stunning Lake House by John Robert Nilsson

By • Apr 8, 2011 •  Selected Work 

The Villa Abborrkroken was designed by Swedish architect John Robert Nilsson in 2008.

Suspended on a rocky plateau 75 feet above the sea, this dream home is a 2,700 square-foot masterpiece of international architecture, built with inspiration and style.

Located in the archipelago of Värmdö, a Municipality in Stockholm County, Sweden, the house hit the market last year for $4,600,000.

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Garden House in Yokohama by Takeshi Hosaka Architects

By • Apr 8, 2011 •  Selected Work 

The Garden House was designed by Takeshi Hosaka Architects in 2006 and completed in October 2007.

Located in Yokohama, the capital city of Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan, the 1,222 square-foot two story residence sits on a 1,051 square foot tiny triangle lot in a dense neighborhood.

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Concrete House in Madrid by A-cero Architects

By • Apr 7, 2011

Spanish architectural firm A-cero has completed another contemporary concrete house.

This one is located in a fine modern neighborhood of Madrid, Spain.

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Contemporary Residence with Ocean views and City Lights in Los Angeles

By • Apr 7, 2011 •  Selected Work 

Completed in 2008, this six bedroom, eight and half bathroom contemporary home sits on over 2 acres in the Brentwood district of Los Angeles, California.

The approximately 11,000 square foot residence features walls of glass, head on city and ocean views, state of the art theater, wine cellar, commercial kitchen, spectacular pool, waterfall, spa and total privacy.

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Beautiful Mountain Residence by John Maniscalco Architecture

By • Apr 6, 2011

This contemporary residence was designed by John Maniscalco Architecture and is located close to the Sugar Bowl Ski Resort in Norden, California.

According to the architect, the design of this new home is “entirely a product of its dramatic environment.

With a snow pack of as much as 8-9 feet, massive snow loads, and dangerous shear snow blocks dropping from typical sloped roofs, the site conditions dictate design.”

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The Richmond House by Morris Partnership

By • Apr 6, 2011

Michael Morris, principal of Morris Partnership, designed this inner house for his own family.

Located in Richmond, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, the three bedroom, three bathroom residence offers a lifestyle of modern elegance.

The house also feature a 2,500 bottle cellar, lift access to each level of the home, dedicated gallery spaces and a private central courtyard flooded with north light.

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Jodlowa House, a Stunning Glass House in Krakow by PCKO

By • Apr 6, 2011 •  Selected Work 

London-based architects firm PCKO sent us photos of the Jodlowa House they designed in collaboration with MOFO Architects from Poland.

According to the architects, this beautiful glass house “occupies the plot of outstanding natural beauty in the outskirts of Krakow, Poland.

The fully glazed steel frame structure, suspended above the site, makes the most of the outstanding location and at the same time preserves the existing natural environment.

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The Wave House by A-cero Architects in Dominican Republic

By • Apr 5, 2011 •  Selected Work 

Spanish architectural firm A-cero started the Wave house project in 2006 and completed it in 2009.

This incredible concrete house is located at Punta Aguila in Casa de Campo – La Romana in Dominican Republic and was built as a year-round vacation compound where sun, sand and surf beckon.

Curling roofs and walls contain separate sleeping and living areas, clad in local coralline stone.

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