J Mayer H carves house in Germany from a stack of concrete blocks

Architecture studio J Mayer H has stripped back a set of brutalist buildings to create a house in Germany that occupies a stack of concrete blocks with mirrored walls. Called Casa Morgana, the house sits in a lush garden designed by artist and landscape architect Tita Giese.  The project has been longlisted for a Dezeen Award. J […]

Treehouse is a sloping block of co-living apartments with a tree-filled atrium

Architecture studio Bo-Daa has designed Treehouse, a co-living complex in Seoul that is a stack of micro-apartments surrounding a planted atrium in a triangular concrete block. The project, which has been longlisted for a 2019 Dezeen Award, includes 76 small studios and lofts, which all have access to the shared common areas and internal garden […]

AZL Architects wraps wheelchair ramp around multi-generational house

AZL Architects has completed Song House, a concrete five-bedroom house adapted to the needs of its elderly and infirm occupants in the rural village of Nansong, China. The three-storey countryside residence was designed to provide comfort and accessible living conditions for a couple in their 50s. It is also home to three older family members, a […]

MORQ’s rammed-concrete Cloister House hides lush internal courtyard

Architecture studio MORQ has built an almost windowless house surrounding a plant-filled courtyard from rammed concrete in Perth, Australia. Italy and Australia-based architects MORQ designed Cloister House for a couple who wanted a home that would feel like a sheltered place of refuge. Cloister House sits on a plot next to a busy road on a […]

J_Spy uses concrete blocks to form Catskills House in the New York countryside

The husband-and-wife team behind American firm J_Spy have created a retreat for their family in Upstate New York that features a compact interior and basic materials like concrete masonry and standing-seam metal. Envisioned as a weekend gateway for the urban family, the Catskills House is located in Sullivan County, an area known for its rolling […]

Oliver du Puy Architects creates 4.2-metre-wide Skinny House in Melbourne

An exposed concrete frame supports this 4.2-metre-wide skinny house in Melbourne designed by Oliver du Puy Architects to feature meditation spaces. Aptly named Skinny House, the project carves out a quiet, contemplative space on the site of a neglected yard of a 19th-century shop. Oliver du Puy Architects, which is based in Melbourne, built it […]

Pedro Miguel Santos emulates classical temples with TS House in Portugal

Local architect Pedro Miguel Santos has completed a temple-inspired house in northern Portugal, featuring white brick walls and an exposed concrete frame. TS House was designed by Miguel Santos as a family home and is set on a large plot of land on the outskirts of the town of Penafiel. The house features a simple symmetrical […]

Kouichi Kimura creates fortress-like Tranquil House in Japan

FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects has designed a concrete house in Shiga, Japan, to be a self-contained space that promotes serenity and silence away from its loud environment. The three-bedroom house, which is located between a concrete factory and a highway, has been designed to with minimal views out to reduce noise level inside. The desire to oppose its […]

Mork-Ulnes designs Ridge House to endure wildfires in northern California’s wine country

Mork-Ulnes Architects has joined three concrete volumes to form this Sonoma County guesthouse overlooking forested hills recently devastated by fire. Designed for a family of five, the Ridge House is located on an 18-acre (7.2-hectare) property with a main residence. Mork-Ulnes Architects – which has offices in San Francisco and Oslo, Norway – was charged […]

Glass-sided rooftop pool tops concrete Maltese house by Architrend Architecture

The rooftop swimming pool at Casa B, a concrete house in Malta, is visible from both the street and from inside the living space below. Sicilian office Architrend Architecture designed the building to be inserted into a traditional terrace in the seaside town of St. Julian’s. The four-storey residence follows the same general arrangement of its more […]

Jacobs Yaniv Architects’ concrete Bare House opens out to a neighbouring field

Jacobs Yaniv Architects has completed a concrete house in Tel Aviv, which features a living room with industrial furnishings and a window wall that opens. Named Bare House, the single-storey dwelling was designed for a family of four that required a simple home that catered for time spent together, while forming a connection to an […]

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