Cnest / Cubo architects

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Architect Hitoshi Saruta of CUBO Design planned his own house in Kanagawa, Japan, as a floating birdhouse with a pointy delta-shaped roof, hanging from a big tree.

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the birdhouse was fixed as if hooked on a block of RC, which was embedded into the ground. The cantilever with a 4m x 13m flat surface, which supports the floating birdhouse, is supported by an RC slab and narrow steel-frame branches

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via domus

House T / Hiroyuki Shinozaki

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A flexible two-story residence / atelier (75sqm), designed for a young couple by Japanese studio Hiroyuki Shinozaki. The architects created a shifted box where funcions are distributed over the various levels, allowing visual connectivity and communication throughout all storeys of the house.


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photos by Hiroyasu Sakaguchi and Tatsumi Terado.

Optical Glass House / Hiroshi Nakamura






A private residence designed by Japanese architect Hiroshi Nakamura, serves privacy and tranquillity in central district Hiroshima.



The architect used for the facade 6.000 glass blocks strung together by stainless steel, to raise a soundproof wall (8.6 x 8.6m) above the ground garage level. The glass wall, translucent or transparent depending on light conditions, animates the street and allows light and air to pass through the enclosed courtyard garden.


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Photos:Koji Fujii/Nacasa & Partners Inc.

via architectural review  +  spoon & tamago

living in a box

Documentary on people searching for simplicity, self-sufficiency, minimalism and happiness by creating shelter in caves, converted garages, trailers, tool sheds, river boats and former pigeon coops. Created by TV producer and Internet-video personality Kirsten Dirksen.
More info on the tiny house blog.
Found here. Link to video.

simple, down to earth and totally absurd

Family house in Frohnleiten, Austria, by architect Weichlbauer Ortis (ORTIS GmbH).
Windows, doors and staircase elements are irrationally suspended (reminding M.C.Escher‘s lithographs) and nothing seems to be located where it should be: notice the water outlet that hangs from the orange trashcan at the patio.
All the hard and straight edged concrete walls have been packed in a velvety soft artificial turf, creating a surreal suburban dream house.
Found here.