Architecture Arkular Loves

As architects and design lovers, we respect the uniqueness of varying architecture from around the world and enjoy sharing different architectural and design work to inspire and educate.

Take a look below at some incredible designs that have inspired us recently.

Finland – Project-Ö

A minimalist off-grid coastal cabin in the Finnish Archipelago. Project-Ö is totally self-sufficient, using solar power for energy and filtered sea water for drinking.

The buildings pays tribute to the traditional Finnish archipelago aesthetics, including a cabled roof, long eaves, extended gutters and vertical cladding.

The vision was to have all things necessary with as little space as possible. All individual spaces have been designed to be as compact as they can without compromising the functionality and comfort.

The interior’s minimalist aesthetic is achieved through the use of wooden boards and black feature for contemporary comfort.

View design here.

Cantilevered Design Dreams – Canada

One of our favorite cantilevered homes by architects @_naturehumaine Bolton Residence is raised off a slope on a concrete podium overlooking the rugged hillside in the municipality of Bolton East, near the Quebec-Vermont border.

The house is characterized by two stacked volumes; a wooden clad volume anchored into the mountain supports a cantilevering ground floor volume above. This gable roofed volume raised into the air gives the sensation that the house is floating amongst the trees.

View full project details.

Architectural Styles from Across the World – Dogtrot Designs

Originating in the USA in the 1800s, the ‘Dogtrot’ style home was designed to take advantage of cooling cross breezes.

A dogtrot house historically consisted of two log cabins connected by a breezeway or “dogtrot”, all under a common roof. Typically, one cabin was used for cooking and dining, while the other was used as a private living space, such as a bedroom.

Along with several windows on all sides of the house, the central open hallway would optimise airflow, making it the coolest spot in the house where the family dog would likely camp out.

A modern take on a classic dogtrot design, the Agricultural Lakehouse maximises light & air for a relaxing guest retreat separate from the main home. View Agricultural Lakehouse here.

Image: Fredericks / White House by Glenn Murcutt

Black Bird Bach by Andrew Meiring Architects

A great barrier island bach by @andrew_meiring_architects. Spread across two forms, Black Bird Bach prioritises uninterrupted views from land to sea.

As the largest island in the Hauraki Gulf, Great Barrier boasts beaches, bush tracks, and Dark Sky Sanctuary status. The home has been designed as extra accommodation for extended family, friends and guests.

In keeping with the traditional New Zealand bach the material palette is minimal, with economical and durable choices including corrugated iron, translucent corrugated sheets. The timber tones continue internally, with kwila flooring, meranti ply walls and ceiling linings, and stainless steel and meranti cabinetry.

View full project here.

Dune House by KLG Architects

A South African beach house with a gently curving roof to mimic the dunes and combat the strong winds by @klgarchitects

The design is raised on timber posts to allow the landscape to rejuvenate following construction. For the post’s foundations, all of the excavated soil was employed to stabilise the fill around the posts within the footings’ concrete mix.

Timber was chosen as the primary material for its sustainable properties which was left unfinished to allow it to grey recede into the landscape. This is continued into the interiors, with the living spaces opening out and extending out to the views beyond.

Learn more about this South African dune inspired design here.

California – Envelope Architecture & Design

Sunday design escape. The Forest House by Envelope A+D @envelopead is the ideal retreat from the distractions and noise of city life.

Rather than a singular building, the house comprises a cluster of tent cabins. Three sleeping quarters and a living-dining area rise into the forest canopy on stilts and are linked by wooden paths and open gathering places.

The tented roofs and vanishing walls create an immersive experience within the natural setting, while large clear and mirrored-bronze glass windows frame views of the landscape and neighboring rooms.

Wood walls and floors lend warmth and support the comforts of modern living deep within the forest.

View more about the design here. 

South Africa – Verloren Cabin by Huizen Living & Vanslabb Architects

Inspired by the stunning South African landscape, The Verloren Cabin is a secluded retreat surrounded by 1000 hectares of rugged mountainous scenery.

Sustainability was key during the construction process, with great care taken to reduce environmental impact by using locally sourced, recycled and eco-friendly materials and services.

The modular method of manufacturing allowed the cabin to be built within such a remote South African location, with no heavy machinery or environmentally harmful products used throughout the entire process and solar panels installed to reduce the cabin’s carbon footprint

Equipped with a full kitchen, wood-fired hot tub, outside bath, shower and fireplace, this secluded spot provides the ultimate space to unwind and reconnect with nature.

View more about the design here. 

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