White O / Toyo Ito

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Architect: Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects
Location: Marbella,
Local Architect: Christian de Groote
Project Area: 370 sqm
Project year: 2009
Photographs: Nicolas Saieh

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Flashback: Tolo House / Alvaro Leite Siza

© FG+SG – , Sergio Guerra

Architects: Alvaro Leite Siza
Client: Luís Marinho Leite Barbosa da Silva
Location: Lugar das Carvalhinhas – Alvite, freguesia de Cerva, Ribeira da Pena District
Site Area: 1000 sqm
Constructed Area: 180 sqm
Contractor: Óscar Gouveia
Landscape: Alvaro Leite Siza Vieira
Services: GOP
Project Start: 2000
Project Complete: 2005
Photographers: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

House N / Sou Fujimoto

Architects: Sou Fujimoto Architects
Location: Oita,
Project Team: Yumiko Nogiri
Structural Consultant: Jun Sato Structural Engineers
Design Year: 2006-2007
Construction Year: 2007-2008
Site Area: 236,57 sqm
Constructed Area: 150,57 sqm
Photographer: Iwan Baan

Sriash Residence / Poetics

© K. Senthil Nathan

Architects: K. Senthil Nathan
Location: HSR layout, Bengaluru,
Project area: 370 sqm
Project year: 2007
Photographs: K. Senthil Nathan

The Six: Courtyard Houses / Ibarra Rosano Design Architects

© Bill Timmerman

Architects: Ibarra Rosano Design Architects
Location: Tucson, , USA
Principals-in-charge: Luis Ibarra, Teresa Rosano
Structural Engineer: Caruso Turley Scott
Developer: Dreamspace, LLC.
Contractor: Repp Design + Construction, Inc.
Cost of Construction: approx. $130/sf
Phase 1-2: 2,297 sf (each of four houses)
Phase 3: 2360 sf + 438 sf studio (each of two houses)
Project completion: 2009
Photographs: Bill Timmerman

Tangga House / Guz Architects

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Architects: Guz Architects
Location: ,
Project Architect: Gan Ren Ying
C & S Engineer: MSE Consultants
M & E Engineer: Herizal Fitri Consultants
Main Contractor: Sun Ho Construction
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Patrick Bingham Hall

Min House / Pop-Arq

© Albano Garcia

Architects: Pop-Arq
Location: Palermo Neighborhood, , Argentina
Budget: us$ 42,000
Construction company: 1° Plano SRL
Metal carpentry: Miguel Cabaña
Foldable window: Daniel Méndez
carpentry: Ricardo Juárez
Painting: Juan Pujol
Estructural engineer: Diego Vizzón
Project & direction: Max Zolkwer
Team: Stephane Damsin, Florencia Bernal, Florencia Medina
Photos: Albano Garcia

Courtyards on Oxford / studioMAS

Architects: studioMAS architects + urban designers
Location: Forest Town, Johannesburg, South Africa
Landscape Architect: Sonja Swanepoel, from African Environmental Design
Project Year: 2005
Photographs: Mario Todeschini &

House in Buzen / Suppose Design Office

© Toshiyuki Yano / Nacasa & Partners

Architects: Suppose design office
Location: Buzen, Fukuoka,
Site Area: 266 sqm
Total Floor Area: 130.18 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

Maison 51 / FABRE/deMARIEN architectes

© Stéphane Chalmeau

Architect: FABRE/deMARIEN architectes
Location: Bordeaux,
Project Area: 130 sqm
Budget: 180,000 Euros TTC
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Stéphane Chalmeau

M&M House / XPIRAL

© Juan de la Cruz Megías

Spanish practice XPIRAL shared with us this nice urban residence in a very narrow site in Murcia, . With a very tight budget, they decided to built a structure house attached to the party walls that creates a central courtyard facing west to the neighbors.

Photographs by Juan de la Cruz Megías & David Frutos

H-House / Widjedal Racki Bergerhoff

© Åke E:son Lindman
© Åke E:son Lindman

Architects: Widjedal Racki Bergerhoff
Location: Trosa,
Project Area: 240 sqm (interior) + 20 sqm (exterior refugee)
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Åke E:son Lindman

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AD Round Up: Patio Houses Part II

Of the hundreds of houses we’ve been featuring, there’s some really nice patio houses. So enjoy our second part (see the first part here), of our previously published patio houses.

1OUTrial House / KWK PROMES
A green clearing surrounded by forest was the only context for the proposed small house. Hence the idea to “carve out” a piece of the grass-covered site, move it up and treat it as the roofing to arrange all the required functions underneath. When the whole was ready, the client came up with another request (read more…)

2Bianna House / Hidalgo Hartmann
The house is composed by two volumes that are inserted in the territory getting fused to it. Both volumes of diferent sizes are set firmly to the ground by the enlargement of the containing walls that define them. These walls modify the topografy of the territory to get the volumes more integrated in it (read more…)

3Casa Wakasa / wHY Architecture
Casa Wakasa, home to a young family of four is located in the suburbs of Osaka, Japan. The house attempts to be both a reflection into contemporary Japan’s family life (sense of family vs. privacy) as well as a solution to balance individual freedom and space with collective activities and time. The basic unit of the house is an amalgam (read more…)

4Chilean House / Smiljan Radic
These two houses -actually there´s only one built- recall the houses of tenant farmers in the Chilean countryside: the existing walnut trees haven´t been touched, the outside has been denied thanks to a whitewashed perimetral wall. An inner with the possibility of being covered with an agricultural tarpaulin (read more…)

5Parr House / Pezo von Ellrichshausen Architects
This is both a huge and a small house. It doesn’t have extended rooms but instead a series of rooms that repeat themselves and some functions that are doubled according to the traditional Chilean country life. The house is located in a small farm where, until not long ago, stood the owner’s old house where his childhood was spent (read more…)

House in Villena / Moho Architects


Architects: Moho Arquitectos
Location: Villena, Alicante,
Construction: Grupo Integral Constructivo S.L
Budget: $240,000 €
Project year: 2005-2007
Project Area: 283 sqm
Photography: David Frutos

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Student Housing in Epinay / ECDM


Architects: Emmanuel Combarel Dominique Marrec
Location: Epinay,
Project Manager: Aliette Chauchat
Client: Espacil Habitat
Project Management Associate: Betom, BET – Michel Larsonneur
Constructed Area: 9,000 sqm
Project year: 2003-2008
Photographs: Benoit Fougeirol

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CS House / Pitagoras Arquitectos

Portuguese practice Pitagoras Arquitectos sent us this great white concrete house, with some nice patios all over it.

You can see some drawings, more photographs and the architect’s description after the break.

Design Development Center / tec Design Studio

Architect: tec Design Studio
Location: Duisburg,
Client: Erste Primus Projekt Gmbh
Project Partners: GTL, Landscape Architects, Kassel
Constructed Area: 10,700 sqm
Project Year: 2004
Photographs: Stefan Schilling & Lennart Schmiedel

ACL House / Pitagoras Arquitectos

Architect: Pitagoras Arquitectos
Location: Guimaräes,
Principals: Fernando Seara de Sá, Raul Roque Figueiredo, Alexandre Coelho Lima, Manuel Vilhena Roque
Principal in Charge: Manuel Vilhena Roque
Collaborators: Cristina Lima & Francisco Oliveira
Promotor: Dr. Albano Coelho Lima
Project year: 2000-2004
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti