Slovenia based company Oikos has hit the nail on the head in terms of sustainable modular housing. Clean Scandinavian design and versatility can be seen in each of the 5 models. The homes modularity makes it especially appealing for those not interested in creating permanent dwelling as the home can be picked up and placed on a new foundation down the road. The modular houses currently ship throughout the EU, fingers crossed they someday decide will across the Atlantic.
LAMAS, a Toronto based architecture studio, transformed an old group of camp buildings into a family home located in Kent, CT, aptly named "Camp Kent". The winterized house now provides a year-round retreat and an escape to the country for the owners. The outdoors are the focus of all interior spaces, an almost blank canvas inside draws the eyes outside. A nod to the camps' history can be seen in the rough sawn knotted pine that blankets the walls and ceilings in the structure.
The mountains of Monterrey, Mexico are home to a modern marvel that practically disappears into the surrounding landscape. Los Terrenos (the terrains) was designed by renowned Mexico City based architect Tatiana Bilbao. The structure was made using elementary components of rammed earth, terracotta clay bricks, and mirrored glass. The materials used allow the finishes to be front and center, textured clay tiles, unfinished wood, and minimal decor contrast the sleek reflective exterior of the project. The result is a modern retreat that takes advantage of its surroundings while creating a simple escape.
The recently completed Tianjin Binhai Library, located in northeast China, is popping up everywhere on my feeds and the images are spectacular. Designed by the Dutch-based firm MVRDV, the project features an all white color palette and is shaped around a spherical auditorium, referred to as ‘the eye’. Terraced book shelves (accomodate a whopping 1.2 million volumes) are accessible for visitors to wander through. The cathedral-esque three year project is now near the top of this book lovers travel list.
The Miner Road Residence is nestled into a grove of oak trees on the Oakland Hills. The Bay Area home takes advantage of the pre existing tree canopy while striking a bold profile. The rectilinear structure features floor to ceiling windows, a Corten steel exterior, and native white oak interior. The fireplace in the living room was the only structural component kept from the home that previously occupied the lot. The Faulkner Architects masterpiece feels like the modern, high end treehouse of my dreams.