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House in Uji / AKI WATANABE Architects

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art BLD. House / AKI WATANABE Architects

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Split-Level Homes: 50 Floor Plan Examples

Faced with the challenge of designing homes on terrains with steep slopes - or in compact urban contexts that do not allow much variation in plan - several architects have experimented and proposed split-level homes to enhance the use of space, allowing, among other things, interesting visual perspectives.

These variations can be seen in numerous examples published on our site. Below, we have selected 50 examples that can help you in your next project. 

Faith & Form's 2016 Religious Architecture Awards Recognize 28 Projects from Around the Globe

Each year, Faith & Form magazine and the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture (IFRAA) reward the best religious architecture, design and art for religious spaces. In their 2016 awards, the jury recognized 28 projects across 10 categories, with almost half of the winners designed for sites outside of North America. Aside from this diversity of location, another trend in the awards was a tendency toward material honesty and simplicity. "Several jurors were impressed with how designers used an economy of means with simple, elegant materials to meet the needs of congregations," said Michael J Crosbie, editor-in-chief of Faith & Form, adding that "a reverence for natural materials was seen in many submissions, and in winning projects." Read on to see all 28 winners.

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Al Warqa’a Mosque / waiwai

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  • Architects: waiwai
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1400
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016

House for Dairy Farmers / Osamu Tsukihashi + Architects Teehouse

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Sodegaura, Japan

House M / Teppei Fujiwara Architects Labo

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Setagaya, Japan

House For Seven People / mnm

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo 100-0005, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Mio Tsuneyama, Madeleine Kessler
  • Area

    78.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Sadao Hotta, Morinaka Yasuaki
  • Location

    Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo 100-0005, Japan
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Sadao Hotta, Morinaka Yasuaki
  • Area

    78.0 m2

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nr1977 / mihadesign

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  • Architects: mihadesign
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  71
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2011

Gate / mihadesign

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  • Architects: mihadesign
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2011

House Shimouma / Kazuya Saito Architects

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Setagaya, Japan