Piano and violin house, China


This piano and violin house is located in the An Hui province of China. The piano shaped building contains city plans to showcase future growth of the region and the violin contains an escalator.

Design: Huainan Fangkai Decoration Project Co.

Cliff house on Mediterranean sea, Alicante, Spain


The living spaces of the Cliff house on Mediterranean sea are spread over four floors to reduce to a minimum adjustments to the topography. The white lime walls stucco recalls the traditional Mediterranean architecture of the area. A swimming pool terrace set on the lowest level and opens to the dramatic sea view. Leading up from the swimming pool, an outdoor stair is attached to the concrete monolithic exterior allowing residents to change levels in different surrounding sceneries. The living room, bedrooms, kitchen and dining are situated at the top level of the house.

Architecture: Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
Photography: Diego Opazo

Transparent glass house concept


The transparent glass house concept allow inhabitants to be completely immersed in surrounding nature. Every building's detail is composed of structural glass pieces, except for the ground floor. With the touch of a button, the glass panels instantly change transparency for privacy, and hidden sliding curtains allow visually close individual rooms.

Design: Santambrogiomilano

Loft apartment in Manhattan, NYC


The design of the loft apartment in Manhattan, NYC mediates between living space and art gallery. The existing loft was characterized by demanding proportions: the space is wide and long, but also rather low. Curved walls were introduced to divide the main area into proportionally balanced zones. This generated spaces of comfortable proportions for living, while simultaneously creating a large amount of area for the display of art.

Design: UNStudio
Photography: Iwan Baan

Contemporary Cantilever House in Lithuania


Built in 2006, this cantilever house is located in the beautiful countryside of western Lithuania. Parking space is selected under the cantilever, which includes a large part of the house.

The client is a businessman in the agricultural manufacture sector (pigs rearing, chicken eggs). His wife learns design at the art college and a furniture design is a subject of her interest. A three member family cantilever house was built on the slope of Minija valley. The idea for the design was a shape of a huge fireplace logs or an image of Noah‘s ship for the family and all their animals and belongings, for moving from the city.

Architecture G.Natkevicius and partners
Project UTRIAI
Area 424 sqm
Year 2006
Location Vezaiciai, Lithuania

Beautiful House on Azores, Portugal


The clients asked for a home in which they could enjoy the outdoors year around and still be comfortable. Keeping their request in mind, the architect created protected patios and courtyards that are filled with indirect light during the day and offer shelter from the weather, which can be especially severe on this side of the island.

There are private rooms on the upper-floor, that are more protected and enclosed. The architectural typology follows and adheres an almost classical Scamozzi and Palladian central plan design, with two lateral wings enclosing one area for the kitchen and double height space on living room.

Architecture Bernardo Rodrigues Arquitecto
Project Flight of Birds
Location Ribeira Grande, Portugal
Year 2010
Photography Iwan Baan