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Branch Studio uses rammed earth to build Melbourne house extension

This moody Melbourne house extension by local studio Branch Studio Architects features dark rammed-charcoal walls, window nooks and an outdoor bathtub. Branch Studio Architects was asked to extend an existing house for a couple to create a master suite with a bedroom, an en-suite bathroom and extra storage space. The 1990s house “posed little architectural significance and interacted poorly with its context”, according to the architects, who ...

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SkB Architects imbues Washington residence with art gallery aesthetic

White walls and naturally lit rooms define this family house in the Seattle area, which was revamped by American studio SkB Architects. The project, called Modern Oasis, involved the overhaul of a contemporary house located in Medina, a waterfront town that sits across Lake Washington from Seattle. The clients, who were searching for a great place to raise their family, were drawn to the property ...

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Villa X is a Dutch house with windows that protrude inwards and outwards

Dutch studio Barcode Architects has completed a house in the country’s Brabant region featuring some windows that angle inwards, and another that appears to have been extruded from the concrete walls. Called Villa X, the house features concrete side walls, while its front and rear elevations are glazed. The aim was to enhance its connection with the garden setting, while providing the privacy demanded by the clients. ...

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Plasma Studio’s copper-clad apartment block has huge windows facing the Dolomites

Floor-to-ceiling windows allow guests to wake up to views of the Dolomites at this complex of copper-clad holiday apartments in northern Italy by Plasma Studio. Architecture practice Plasma Studio designed the two-storey apartment block to provide six holiday homes accompanying an existing holiday residence. The two structures are joined by a single-storey volume, which hosts a communal area. Called Villa Drei Birken, the new apartment block is ...

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Robert Hutchison’s Cantilever House projects towards Seattle harbour

Panoramic views of Seattle’s harbour are afforded from the overhanging rear of this house, completed by American firm Robert Hutchison Architecture. The two-storey Cantilever House is located on a lot that the clients have lived on for 15 years, originally in a small bungalow. Apart from its convenient location to the University of Seattle and downtown, the owners particularly enjoy the site’s waterfront ...

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