vernacular architecture

Spahaus and Trihaus are “ready-to-live” homes tucked in a Canadian forest

Spahaus and Trihaus are “ready-to-live” homes tucked in a Canadian forest

Montreal-based design studio YH2 were commissioned to design two types of wood and concrete mountain retreats that would offer panoramic vistas of the gorgeous landscape of the Fraternité-sur-Lac resort

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Foster + Partners unveils new winery for Château Margaux in Bordeaux

Foster + Partners unveils new winery for Château Margaux in Bordeaux

Foster + Partners just completed the first building of the Château Margaux winery in Bordeaux, which includes refurbished buildings, a large new vinery and Vinothèque and existing two-century old

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Is Bhutan the world’s most eco-friendly travel destination?

Is Bhutan the world’s most eco-friendly travel destination?

THIMPHU, BHUTAN--My first meal in the land of Gross National Happiness was prepared by Five Diamond star chef Mario Fernandez, of Aman Resorts. When asked point blank whether GNH is indeed a measurement

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Locally-sourced rock fence creates a natural wind break for Melbourne’s Whitehall Road Residence

Locally-sourced rock fence creates a natural wind break for Melbourne’s Whitehall Road Residence

It's great to see more of the vernacular in contemporary architecture, like this sturdy rock fence that frames a summer home just south of Melbourne. Designed by b.e. Architecture and located on the

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House of Four Houses is a cohesive residence formed out of four separate volumes

House of Four Houses is a cohesive residence formed out of four separate volumes

This beautiful holiday house in Portugal, inspired by the vernacular architecture of the region, has four simple volumes that create myriad playful spaces. Portuguese design studio PROD Arquitectura

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Barndominium: Green Live-Work Space is a Modern Update to the Vernacular Barn

Barndominium: Green Live-Work Space is a Modern Update to the Vernacular Barn

The Barndominium is a long and narrow barn-like building with a wood exterior and a high-pitched roof. One half the building is occupied by a double-height wood workshop and the other half is a 1 bedroom,

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Stone and glass Torispardon House is a modern take on traditional Scottish farmhouses

Stone and glass Torispardon House is a modern take on traditional Scottish farmhouses

The house was inspired by the Gaelic word Tor, which describes piles of rock located at the top of a hill. It references traditional stone architecture and combines it with contemporary materials and

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Revolutionary Delta Printer 3D Prints Structurally Sound Homes from Clay

Revolutionary Delta Printer 3D Prints Structurally Sound Homes from Clay

Italy's WASP (World’s Advanced Saving Project) aims to help the world's impoverished by 3D-printing sustainable dwellings using all natural materials. Unveiled at the Maker Faire Rome, the portable 3D

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ODR Architects’ Angular Hunter Street Home Adds Industrial Chic to Suburban Living

ODR Architects’ Angular Hunter Street Home Adds Industrial Chic to Suburban Living

ODR Architects created forms with corrugated sheet profiles which reference the industrial quality of workers’ houses, and hipped roofs that evoke the “saw tooth” typology. The larger urbanistic

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Gorgeous Timber Cultural Institute Modeled After Cree Longhouses in Quebec

Gorgeous Timber Cultural Institute Modeled After Cree Longhouses in Quebec

The building’s shape was derived from the native Cree people’s traditional longhouse, called a shaptuan, which was common in the village of Ouje-Bougoumou where the center now stands. The ground floor

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UN Studio Unveils 35 Vaulted Rail Stations for Qatar’s Doha Metro

UN Studio Unveils 35 Vaulted Rail Stations for Qatar’s Doha Metro

UN Studio drew upon three distinct lines of design to create different environments and performative qualities. The overall configuration of the project is based on triangular base forms, and the massing

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Rintala Eggertsson Architects’ Spectacular Wood Pavilion Stretches Across a Norwegian Beach

Rintala Eggertsson Architects’ Spectacular Wood Pavilion Stretches Across a Norwegian Beach

Rintala Eggertsson Architects' temporary installations were inspired by traditional structures used by arctic residents for drying fish in order to preserve them for the long northern winters. The

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Teepee-Inspired Home Office ‘Nooks’ Double as a Personal Raft

Teepee-Inspired Home Office ‘Nooks’ Double as a Personal Raft

The structures can accommodate more than a few people and can be altered to fit an extra floor about ground level. The designer claims that the Nook can also be used as a raft-type structure thanks to the

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Qatar Unveils Modular Tent-Like 60,000-Seater Al Bayt Stadium for World Cup 2022

Qatar Unveils Modular Tent-Like 60,000-Seater Al Bayt Stadium for World Cup 2022

Despite being accused of corruption earlier in June, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) released a video of the new host venue planned for the 2022 tournament. Employing the latest

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Jennie’s Place: A Tiny Vernacular Memorial Home for Two Children Murdered in Honduras

Jennie’s Place: A Tiny Vernacular Memorial Home for Two Children Murdered in Honduras

On June 3, 2008, two children living in a small house overlooking a lush valley in Guaimaca, Honduras were murdered by four criminals. Jennie Lizeth Lopez (12) and her brother, Karlin Adali Valdez (10)

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Bangkok Builds Low-Cost Temporary Dormitories Out of Recycled Timber for Myanmar Refugees

Bangkok Builds Low-Cost Temporary Dormitories Out of Recycled Timber for Myanmar Refugees

Refugees and immigrants from the armed conflict in neighboring Karen State of Myanmar come to Thailand in a daily flow and settle in places located just a few kilometers from the border. One of the

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Minimalist Morpho Eco-Retreat Soars Above the Clouds in Costa Rica

Minimalist Morpho Eco-Retreat Soars Above the Clouds in Costa Rica

A home base for ecological workshops and biomimicry studies, the Morpho Eco retreat is situated on a high plateau about 850 feet above sea level, which means it basically floats among the clouds and peers

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Streamlined Croft House Hovers Like a Spacecraft in Australia

Streamlined Croft House Hovers Like a Spacecraft in Australia

James Stockwell exploited three sine curves to create the home's unique form, while relying on low embodied energy materials to fit in with the vernacular architecture of Victoria's south coast. Concrete

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Gorgeous Haus Am Moor Cabin Draws Heat from a Wood-Fired Stove and the Earth in Austria

Gorgeous Haus Am Moor Cabin Draws Heat from a Wood-Fired Stove and the Earth in Austria

Although the structural frame is made with concrete, the rest of the interior and exterior of the cabin was constructed with 60 trees felled sustainably nearby. This contrasting timber was used for walls,

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Zero Carbon Solar-Powered Long Studio Sits Gently Upon the Earth in Rural England

Zero Carbon Solar-Powered Long Studio Sits Gently Upon the Earth in Rural England

Modeled after the local vernacular in this agricultural region of England, The Long Studio leaves a massive aesthetic imprint, yet it has a very modest environmental footprint. Built with

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Boat-Shaped Nueva Esperanza School in Ecuador Was Built With Bamboo, Timber and Straw

Boat-Shaped Nueva Esperanza School in Ecuador Was Built With Bamboo, Timber and Straw

Built on pilings on the beach, Nueva Esperanza (which means new hope in Spanish) was constructed in accordance with the community's longstanding vernacular. A timber base is accentuated with bamboo walls

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Sculptural Lazika Municipality Building Ushers in an Era of Climate Responsive Architecture in Georgia

Sculptural Lazika Municipality Building Ushers in an Era of Climate Responsive Architecture in Georgia

Propped up on stilts to keep it safe from flooding, a common technique in the region, the Lazika Municipality Building is comprised of three distinct volumes that are nonetheless interconnected. The base

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Villa Solaire: A Gorgeous 19th Century Alpine Farmhouse Restored with Hand-Carved Wooden Cladding

Villa Solaire: A Gorgeous 19th Century Alpine Farmhouse Restored with Hand-Carved Wooden Cladding

Using the same traditional technique used to aerate hay, JFK and FUGA have left gaps between the spruce cladding to bring in natural light. This combined with cut outs on all sides of the building ensures

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Tranquil Eco-Resort Springs up Between the Trees in Portugal’s Parque de Pedras Salgadas

Tranquil Eco-Resort Springs up Between the Trees in Portugal’s Parque de Pedras Salgadas

Diogo Aguiar told Dezeen that the commission for an eco-resort aroused a strong sense of responsibility given that it would be placed in one of Portugal's most precious parks. This is why the team opted

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Foote Farm House is a Little Red Home with a Green Heart in Vermont

Foote Farm House is a Little Red Home with a Green Heart in Vermont

Constructed on an east-west axis in Vermont's verdant Champlain Valley, the Foote Farm House was commissioned by a professional couple who wanted a home office and a strong connection to the natural

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Buddhist Meditation Center Looks Like a Giant Barn With Many Windows in Rural Netherlands

Buddhist Meditation Center Looks Like a Giant Barn With Many Windows in Rural Netherlands

Corrugated steel is great for durability and cost and the mansard roof helps to create the expansive space, which comprises 26 beds in 13 rooms. There is also a meditation hall, library and a dining hall.

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Fantasy Timber House in Essex Will be Filled With Grayson Perry Artwork and Rented to Tourists

Fantasy Timber House in Essex Will be Filled With Grayson Perry Artwork and Rented to Tourists

Living Architecture just unveiled the first images of its next installment in a series of iconic works of architecture that will be built and then rented to tourists - and it's by far the strangest yet.

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Steel-Clad Studio for a Composer is an Ethereal Portal to the Woods of Wisconsin

Steel-Clad Studio for a Composer is an Ethereal Portal to the Woods of Wisconsin

A simple one story volume, the composer's studio in Wisconsin is clad in weathering Corten steel. In addition to harmonizing with its surrounding environment, this and the remaining materials used in

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Striking A-Framed Shingle House Sits on a Fragile Site in Southeast England

Striking A-Framed Shingle House Sits on a Fragile Site in Southeast England

Built on a 300mm thick concrete slab that was placed over the existing footprint in order to minimize site disturbance in the internationally-recognized nature reserve, the Shingle House chimney, hearth,

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Cantilevered 2-Toned Treehouse Disappears into a Forest in Australia

Cantilevered 2-Toned Treehouse Disappears into a Forest in Australia

Situated on a steep slope above Separation Creek in Victoria, the Treehouse is reminiscent of the area's 1950s fibro shack vernacular architecture. It is clad in cement sheet and lined with vertical

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