Atelier Liu Yuyang reuses old farmhouses to create boutique hotel in rural China

A mountainous river valley forms the backdrop to the XY Yunlu Hotel, which Atelier Liu Yuyang has built within a series of renovated farmhouses in Guangxi, China. Shanghai studio Atelier Liu Yuyang overhauled the five disused buildings to create 23 guest rooms for the boutique hotel, which is located within a village in the Li […]

House of Many Vaults “kneels down” towards shrine in Lebanese mountains

LEFT Architects has built a house with a giant vaulted roof in the mountains of the village Niha that is designed to kneel down to one of Lebanon’s most visited religious sites. Aptly named House of Many Vaults, it is distinguished by its sweeping roof composed of multiple vaults that both dictate the home’s internal […]

House in New Zealand sits on a concrete plinth surrounded by trees

Herbst Architects has raised a house in Piha, New Zealand, on a concrete plinth and steel stilts to give views through the dense woodland to the beach. Called Kawakawa House, Auckland-based practice Herbst Architects designed the building to be open to its dramatic natural site, which includes a canopy of pōhutukawa trees. “Being overhung by […]

JCPCDR Architecture’s tiny timber pavilion invites walkers to “pause and observe”

A small elevated viewpoint projects from this tiny house-shaped pavilion, which JCPCDR Architecture has built for hikers to observe Lake Annecy in France. Named L’Observatoire, the pavilion is nestled below the trees on a secluded mountainside site in Giez. It was designed and built by Parisian studio JCPCDR Architecture with local fir wood. Though it […]

Running brand On creates zero-impact mountain hut in Swiss Alps

On has created a reflective mountain cabin almost 2,500 metres up in the Swiss Alps on the Piz Lunghin, to mark the launch of its latest collection including its first hiking shoe. The On Mountain Hut, which sleeps two, was created by the footwear brand to showcase the valley where co-founders, Olivier Bernhard, Caspar Coppetti […]

Charlotte Perriand’s Les Arcs ski resort celebrates 50 years

Les Arcs, a 1960s ski resort in France designed by a collective of architects led by Charlotte Perriand, is celebrating its half centenary. Here are the architecture highlights of the modernist resort. Part of the Paradiski area, Les Arcs today is formed of four villages named for their altitude, Arc 1600, Arc 1800, Arc 2000 […]

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 […]

Goat House’s shutters are made from wood recycled from its construction

Yalin Architectural Design made shutters from the wooden planks used for the board-formed concrete frame of Goat House, a holiday house in a small farming village in Turkey. The Istanbul-based practice co-founded by Yalın Mimarlık devised a sloped concrete form for Goat House, so the taller end frames views over the lush Aegean landscape. Shutters […]

George Bradford-Smith proposes astronaut training facility on face of Mont Blanc

Bartlett graduate George Bradford-Smith has designed an astronaut training facility that clings to the face of Mont Blanc to imitate Mars‘ extreme environmental conditions. Named Manipulating Mont Blanc, Bradford-Smith’s proposal imagines a future where humans will inhabit the red planet. It is intended to push astronauts “close to the limit of survival” to help them prepare […]

Stephenson Design Collective designs House on the Cove to blend with coastal Washington setting

This residence in the Pacific Northwest by US firm Stephenson Design Collective features exterior walls clad in weathering steel and black-stained cedar, along with large windows that offer sweeping views of the mountains and sea. The House on the Cove is located in the coastal town of Bellingham in northern Washington. The residence consists of […]

Martin Lejarraga wraps mountain refuge in red bricks and tiles

Architect Martin Lejarraga has updated a shelter used by hikers, hunters and mountaineers in Murcia, Spain, adding a layer of red-brick cladding that contrasts with the surrounding greenery. The project involved the complete refurbishment of a small refuge known as “La Casa del Ángel” in the Sierra de Jumilla mountains. Lejarraga wanted to maintain the […]

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