Modern Wooden House ‘Malangen’ by Stinessen Arkitektur

Stinessen Arkitektur have designed a modern house that sits on the Malangen peninsula in Norway, for a family and their visiting friends. The layout of the home involves several individual volumes connected via in-between spaces and a central winter garden.

Modern Wooden Barn by MOTIV Architects

Asher deGroot of MOTIV Architects has designed a modern barn in Langley, BC, Canada, for his parents who own a modest hobby farm. The simplicity of the barn’s form is intentionally reminiscent of traditional North American barns. It’s clad entirely in vertical Douglas fir siding, reclaimed from prior use as boardform concrete formwork. The architect also acted as builder for the project, and along with his father, they coordinated specific build days with crews of up to 40 people. The frames of the roof structure were constructed completely on site and raised into place in less than 4 hours.

Fully Rotating Round House in Italy

Architect Roberto Rossi has completed a house in northern Italy that can rotate 360 degrees. Balanced on a central pillar, the octagonal house can be mechanically rotated in both directions to give its owner varied views. The rotation is also used to direct the house’s solar panels towards the sun. The house takes cues from another Italian home that can be rotated; Villa Girasole is an experimental two-storey house built in the 1930s by architects Angelo Invernizzi and Ettore Fagiuoli, which revolves on circular tracks around a central point. Located near the city of Rimini, Rossi’s house was constructed by Italian building contractor ProTek. The challenge was to keep the building lightweight and to allow it withstand traumas caused by its rotation. The structure has a steel frame, with walls made of wooden strips, and insulation panels of hemp and wood fibre. According to the architect, the house generates all of its own energy. The solar panels are fitted on the roof, so are able to take full advantage of the sun at all times of the day. Along with the solar panels the house is equipped with a heat pump and a solar thermal system, which also generate energy. Rossi’s house is the latest in a series of buildings that move – check ReActor.

Unique Complex for Work And Leisure on the Island of Flainevar, Norway

Up at the north end of Europe, off the coast of Norway, there is an archipelago of islands known as Fleinvaer. Amongst those tiny Arctic isles, far from the hustle and bustle of normal society, a cluster of cabins has been erected – called Fordypningsrommet. And you can rent them out. Equal parts isolated vacation getaway and artist colony, this unique grouping of structures actually functions as a larger whole, like a house separated into smaller parts. That means there are cabins for sleeping, one that houses a kitchen, and another for bathing. There’s even a sauna down at the base of the property on a dock over the calm cold waters of the Norwegian Sea. There are no nearby shops, no roads, and no predatory animals – just peace and relaxation. But don’t worry, you don’t have to brave it alone if you don’t want to, as guests are given the option to have a host (a personal guide and expert on the surrounding lands) accompany them on their trip. Pricing starts at $2,577. And don’t forget to check our list of 15 most creative wooden houses.

Modern Wooden Cabin by Renée del Gaudio Architecture

Comprised of a pair of cedar-clad structures, Big Cabin | Little Cabin by Renée del Gaudio Architecture reimagines the vernacular architecture of Colorado’s Rocky Mountain region. The two building are reminiscent of traditional cabins with gabled roofs and timber siding. The dark facade mimics the surrounding forest while a plywood-lined interior compliments the rustic palette. Perched on a rocky cliffside, the interior is exposed to sweeping views ranging from the Sangre de Cristo peaks to the South Platte River, courtesy of expansive floor-to-ceiling glazing. And don’t forget to check our list of the most beautiful wooden houses.

Modern Farmhouse in Rural Pennsylvania

Cutler Anderson Architects have completed a modern farmhouse for a large family on a 93-acre farm in northeastern Pennsylvania, that was designed to fit in with the surrounding farming community. To do this, the architects designed a simple white box-like house with large rolling screens. White was often used to paint original farmhouses as it was the least expensive paint. Inside, the double height ceilings create a lofty and open space, while large windows fill the interior with natural light. Wood has been used throughout the interior to create a contrast with the mostly white interior. Stairs lead up to the second floor of the farmhouse, and at the top of the stairs, there’s a home office area with a long built-in wood desk. And don’t forget to check our list of 15 creative modern wooden houses.

Small and Modern Back Country House in New Zealand

LTD Architectural Design Studio have designed a small and modern house in Puhoi, about 50 km north of Auckland, New Zealand. Surrounded by bush, the design of the house was inspired by the back country huts and the simplicity of their design. Locally sourced band sawn macrocarpa and galvanized corrugated iron have been used for the exterior materials. At the front of the house, there’s a deck with a board-formed concrete fireplace and sunken bathtubs, that overlooks the valley. When not in use, the sunken bathtubs have a cover that hides them from sight. This cover can also be propped up and used as an outdoor dining table, with people sitting directly on the deck with cushions and their feet in the empty tubs. Just off the deck is the living room that opens on two sides. This allows the family to have an indoor / outdoor living experience. Behind the living room is the kitchen and dining room. Minimalist white kitchen cabinets and dining chairs compliment the white walls. Next to the dining room is a sliding wall that opens to reveal the children’s open plan shared bedroom and play area, as well as access to another outdoor space. The main bathroom for the house is located between the dining room and children’s bedroom. A simple color palette of wood and white has been used with a skylight adding natural light during the daytime. Beside the dining table is an outline of the stairs that feature hidden lighting that highlights the design of the stairs. Wood bookshelves run alongside the stairs that lead up to the mezzanine. At the top of the stairs is a built-in closet and a small vanity area. The mezzanine is home to a bedroom. Four skylights are positioned above the bed, which is partially suspended from the sloped ceiling. From behind the bed you can see the living room below. Opposite the bed is a simple two-person desk positioned beneath large black-framed windows to take advantage of the view. And don’t forget to check our post about the most beautiful wooden houses.

Innovative Folding House From Wood And Glass

This dynamic house was designed and built by Caspar Schols as a hobby space for his mother. Schols designed the pavilion with no formal architecture training after his mother asked for a pavilion that could be used for dinner parties with friends, theatre performances by her grandchildren, painting and meditating.The Garden House sits on the edge of a pond in Schols’ parents’ garden. It is made almost entirely of douglas fir wood and at first glance looks like a typical garden shed. But Schols separated the inner beam-and-glass structure from the outer wooden walls and metal roof and set them on runners. The walls part in the middle and can be wheeled inwards and outwards to create different layouts. “I was looking for a design with a lot of flexibility, if possible a design that has the flexibility of clothes,” said Schols. “You should be able to get away with changing the layers of the house almost as easily as changing clothes when desired.” The pavilion contains a bed that lifts out of the structure’s raised decking base, and a small black wooden fireplace is set in its centre. In inclement weather, the walls can be closed to create a warm and cosy shelter with outdoor terraces on either side. But as the weather gets warmer the outer shell is designed to be slid open to offer more light, leaving the inner glass shell to protect against any rain or wind. Doors on the east and west side of the house can be opened up to create a breeze. In sunnier weather, this glass shell can be parted to create an outdoor living space in the centre, where the bed, fireplace and furniture are open to the elements. “Think of how you can sleep under the stars, go sunbathing, have a barbecue party, or just relax and enjoy your freedom while being perfectly comfortable,” said Schols. The final layout option, which Schols describes as “dinner party mode”, involves sliding the two glass shells outwards and creating a covered space in the centre. This creates a large indoor space with room for a 10-metre-long table to hosts a dinner part of 30 people.

Wooden Light-Filled Skyline House By Terry And Terry

Situated near the top of the Eastbay Mountain Range overlooking the city of Oakland, this bright and airy property sits approximately 1,800 feet above sea level designed for a young family. The clients coveted an open plan home that would embrace the views of the bay and foster a connection to the existing garden. Named the Skyline House, the project by Terry and Terry Architecture overcame challenges including tackling the extreme weather and temperature swings that would effect the residence due to its location. The interior features an open common space designed as a wooden tube that connects the front garden to the expansive viewing deck at the rear. The roof of the tube form is warped out and acts as a large ventilation volume for the living space. At the same time, it echoes the wisps of the coastal fog flowing inward, thus cooling the interior with the afternoon breeze. In turn, the main living space becomes the connector of the two contrasting outdoor spaces. Opposite of the remodeled kitchen, the interior dining space seamlessly opens out to the viewing deck creating one large open space and extending the roof structure as a trellis to shelter the space from the direct sun. a new staircase connects the main floor with the lower ground floor continuing the wood tube down through a crevasse to a media and projection room, bedroom and study.

Playful Tiny Homes by Dan Pauly

Fourth generation wood-working artisan Dan Pauly transforms reclaimed wood into diminutive cabins that look like they’re straight out of a fairy tale. Whether it’s a sauna, outhouse, shed, or actual home, the craftsman is able to create structures that are reminiscent of a Tim Burton film – offering a quirky balance of gothic culture and playfulness. As it turns out, there’s even a significant history behind these whimsical designs. Pauly’s great-grandfather emigrated from Switzerland to the U.S. in the 1800s and began the artisanal craft of barn building. Since then, the Pauly family has continued this impressive trade, making it part of their legacy for close to two centuries. “As I uncover an old barn or shed,” Pauly explains on his website, “I realize that it could be the same lumber that my great-grandfather used more than 100 years ago. I think that respect for the craftsmen and craftswomen of the past, and for the wood they used, make a difference in each new piece I create. Until you have dismantled an old barn, you can’t imagine the painstaking effort it took from Old-World craftsmen to erect it. They were each a work of art.”

Contemporary Wooden Valley House by Plan Bureau

Valley House is a contemporary wooden cabin designed by Plan Bureau and located in Ukraine. Kostiantyn Kuvika, the principal architect of the project, was inspired by the natural asymmetry of the mountains while creating the Valley House concept. Unique shape of the house reflects mountain lines and can be easily integrated into the natural environment. The Valley House can be located at areas, constrained by a small site. Diagonal construction of the space provides blurred transitions between the functional areas and creates visual lightness. Wood as the main material in interior creates a delicate, warm atmosphere. Despite the visual tininess, the house is very functional and spacious. Kitchen is located at the lowest part of the ground floor, a higher level houses dining and lounge area, and the highest level contains two bedrooms, toilet and bathroom. Asymmetric windows on the sloped walls and ceilings allow observing horizon and natural scenery from different viewpoints, as well as getting different levels of lighting throughout the house. The Valley House combines cozy internal space and natural environment integrity with contemporary architecture features. This residence is designed for getting the most relaxation and pleasure from the symbiosis between a human and nature.

Tree House “King of Frogs”

Some time ago we’ve shown you luxury tree house “Eco Perch” and today you will see another creative example of tree house. Called “King of Frogs” and created by German brand Baumraum this house isn’t true tree house. It doesn’t rely on living trees for its structural support, it’s elevated on stilts overlooking a reflecting pond. This beautiful 92 square foot contemporary tree house and its almost 100 square foot terrace are located in a small private backyard in Münster, a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. What do you think about it?