Cowshed in the Netherlands rebuilt as a timber-clad family home

Julius Taminiau Architects has rebuilt an old cowshed to create a house clad in thin timber slats that conceal double-layered openings. Located on the site of a former farm in the Netherlands, the austere aesthetic of the agricultural structures on the site made the studio feel as if they were “stepping into Vincent van Gough’s […]

Prison inmates help build cracked-open Church of the Penitent Thief in Italy

The Church of the Penitent Thief in Bologna, Italy, is housed in a gabled white volume cleaved in two by a glazed crack and was built with the help of inmates of La Dozza prison. INOUTarchitettura, LADO architetti and LAMBER + LAMBER were part of the architecture team that designed the church. Called Chiesa del […]

Two gabled black cabins form summer retreat on an Estonian beach

Two gabled cabins with pitch-black exteriors form a holiday house on Matsi Beach in Estonia, built on the remains of a Soviet-era fishing village by architect Hanna Karits. The summer house sits on the seaside surrounded by old fishing sheds and the wooden skeletons of boats. The two gabled forms sit on axis with one […]

UAD merges traditional and contemporary forms for Shaoxing Hotel hall

The Architectural Design and Research Institute of Zhejiang University has completed a new hall for the Shaoxing Hotel in eastern China. The large, triple-height central hall was built to connect the hotel to the natural surroundings of the site in the city of Shaoxing, fusing traditional Chinese architectural elements with modern forms and materials. Photo […]

Richard John Andrews builds garden shed as his own architecture studio

Architect Richard John Andrews has built The Light Shed, a fibreglass-clad multi-functional shed in his east London garden to house his architecture studio. Named The Light Shed on account of its translucent polycarbonate roof, the 12-metre-square studio was constructed by Andrews and an assistant in just 21 days. A timber frame forms the main structure of […]

Geza designs gabled home to frame views of Alpine village

Architecture studio Geza has wrapped a skin of sun-shading angled larch slats around this large gabled house on a steep Alpine slope in Italy. Located close to a small town in Camporosso,  Z House is designed to capture panoramic views of the nearby valley and mountains. Larch slats that surround both of the house’s volumes […]

Shutters are concealed in the walls of Austrian farmhouse extension by Firm Architekten

Firm Architekten has extended a gabled farmhouse in Bezau, Austria, with a matching structure clad in timber louvres that double as shutters. Raised on a small white-plastered podium, House Wünster faces out towards dramatic views of mountains. The House Wünster extension sits alongside the original shingle-walled farmhouse building, united by a pitched roof that extends […]

Implant Architecture designs Lithuanian house with star-shaped plan

A star-shaped arrangement of gables allows for sweeping views across the surrounding landscape from this house in the village of Radailiai, Lithuania. Lithuanian studio Implant Architecture designed the house to have no obvious front, with large areas of glazing at each gable’s end giving a different perspective over the landscape. “Having a full panoramic view, […]

Index Architectes creates asymmetric Village House in Switzerland

Swiss studio Index Architectes has designed a house in Villarlod, Switzerland, with asymmetric gables and wrapped it in a skin of angular clay tiles. Index Architectes designed the house as a modern version of the gabled form of the barns and farmhouses that typify the region. A modern twist was given to the house by extending eaves on […]

Colliding gabled structures form Hannae Forest of Wisdom community centre

Unsangdong Architects has designed the Hannae Forest of Wisdom community centre in Seoul with a row of intersecting gabled forms enclosed by glass end walls. Seoul studio Unsangdong Architects developed the centre in the Hannae neighbourhood as a cultural space for the community that repurposes an abandoned plot near the entrance to a public park. To find a way to […]

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