Category Archives: architecture

Tiny Whimsical Houses built out of reclaimed wood

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Dan Pauly is  rooted in a heritage of 4 generations of wood-working artisans. The Minnesota-based craftsman builds tiny whimsical homes with slanted roofs and crooked chimneys. Each Fairy tale structure is a unique masterpiece made from reclaimed wood from barns and other buildings over 100 years old using old-world techniques. With meticulous attention to detail, each structure is custom made to suit individual needs and make your vision a reality.
Website: The Rustic Way

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Glassy houses

Water/Glass House

Situated on a hill overlooking Atami, Japan, the most striking feature of the villa is the oval glass dinning room which sits like an island in the middle of a pool on o huge granite block cantilevered out over the hill. The oval dinning room is connected to the rest of the house by a glass corridor. By Kengo Kuma

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Giving new life to old ruins – 14th century fortified manor converted into luxury holiday home

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Blencowe Hall in Cumbria consists of two fortified  towers joined by connecting buildings. It sustained substantial damage during the English Civil War, evident externally as a deep gash on the front of the western tower. This was imaginatively restored in the late 20th century. Donald Insall Associates worked with local architect Graham Norman to insert a steel frame and glazed wall into the reach, retaining it “as part of the story of the building.”
After  undergoing extensive renovation, the deteriorating former manor house became a luxury hotel  with exceptional facilities and a unique getaway experience in the Lake District.

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Magnificent buildings made entirely from wood on Kizhi Island

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Kizhi island is located on Lake Onega in the Republic of Karelia, Russia. The entire island and the nearby area form a national open-air museum with more than 80 historical wooden structures. The most famous is the Kizhi Pogost, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Pogost is an area inside a fence, which includes two large wooden churches and a bell-tower, that are made entirely from wood, from the frame to the rivets and the stunning exterior.

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Aiola Island Bridge

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Mur Island Bridge or Aiola Island Bridge is a pedestrian spiral shaped bridge that links the two banks of the city of Graz in Austria. The bridge designed by artist Vito Acconci, was inaugurated in 2003 on the river Mur. Aiola Island includes a trendy bar, a coffee house, a sunbathing area and an open-air theater. The organic shape of its shell facade was built using steel panels combined with flat glass. During the night the island is lit with blue lights, as a warning to shipping.

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Conceptual design | Tree in the house

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‘Tree in the house’ designed by architect Aibek Almasov is nestled in the mountain forests of Almaty, Kazakhstan. The four-storey home is made from four metal poles, which supports each floor with a spiral staircase connecting each, and is encased in double-glazing glass walls.

The project aims to offer an alternative to bustling city life and stifling urban structures by fusing a protective house and a natural environment without creating a visual separation.

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