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Split-Level Homes: 50 Floor Plan Examples

08:00 - 27 August, 2018
Split-Level Homes: 50 Floor Plan Examples , Cortesía de Fabián Dejtiar
Cortesía de Fabián Dejtiar

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. 

Taipei Nanshan Plaza / Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei

23:00 - 21 August, 2018
Taipei Nanshan Plaza / Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei , © Shinkenchiku-sha
© Shinkenchiku-sha

© Shinkenchiku-sha Courtesy of Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei © Hisao Suzuki © Hisao Suzuki + 44

Spotlight: Kengo Kuma

07:00 - 8 August, 2018
Spotlight: Kengo Kuma, Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center. Image © Takeshi Yamagishi
Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center. Image © Takeshi Yamagishi

Kengo Kuma (born 8th August, 1956) is one of the most significant Japanese figures in contemporary architecture. His reinterpretation of traditional Japanese architectural elements for the 21st century has involved serious innovation in uses of natural materials, new ways of thinking about light and lightness and architecture that enhances rather than dominates. His buildings don't attempt to fade into the surroundings through simple gestures, as some current Japanese work does, but instead his architecture attempts to manipulate traditional elements into statement-making architecture that still draws links with the area in which it's built. These high-tech remixes of traditional elements and influences have proved popular across Japan and beyond, and his recent works have begun expanding out of Japan to China and the West.

Green Cast. Image Courtesy of kengo kuma & associates GC Prostho Museum Research Center. Image © Daici Ano Même – Experimental House. Image Courtesy of kengo kuma & associates Shun Shoku Lounge by Guranavi. Image Courtesy of kengo kuma & associates + 37

House in Miyamoto / Tato Architects

20:00 - 6 March, 2018
House in Miyamoto / Tato Architects, © Shinkenchiku Sha
© Shinkenchiku Sha

© Shinkenchiku Sha © Shinkenchiku Sha © Shinkenchiku Sha © Shinkenchiku Sha + 21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Osaka, Japan
  • Design

    Yo Shimada
  • Team

    Yo Shimada, Nobuhiko Sato, Koji Hoshiyasu
  • Area

    50.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

The 50 Most Popular Architecture Photographs of 2017

12:00 - 7 January, 2018
The 50 Most Popular Architecture Photographs of 2017, © Shu He
© Shu He

At ArchDaily, we're lucky enough to know a fantastic network of architecture professionals, allowing us to share the world's best architecture with our audience. But our articles wouldn't be the same without the many photographers who dedicate themselves to making incredible, inspiring images. For that reason, here we present the 50 most popular architecture images of 2017.

World Photo Day 2017: Our Readers’ 100 Most-Bookmarked Architectural Photographs

08:00 - 19 August, 2017

This August 19th is World Photo Day, which celebrates photography on the anniversary of the day on which France bought the patent for the daguerreotype, one of the earliest photographic processes, and released it to the world for free in 1839. At ArchDaily, we understand the importance of photography in architecture—not only as a tool for recording designs, but also as a discipline that many of us enjoy. To celebrate the occasion, we decided to reveal the most popular images ever published on ArchDaily, as selected by you, our readers. Using data gathered from My ArchDaily, we have ranked the 100 most-saved images from our database; read on to see them.

Materials That Make Construction Details Protagonists: Photos of the Week

12:00 - 6 August, 2017

We love construction details! That's why this week's photos highlight the art of the synthesis of materials and the varied photographic products we can obtain by looking closer. Photographers like Joel Filipe, Marie-Françoise Plissart and Adria Goula, give us precise and beautiful exposure to wooden joints, steel structures, concrete details, curtain walls and more.

© Ivan Morison © Noel Arraiz © SWANG © Joel Filipe + 14

House in Fukushima / BHIS + K's planning

22:00 - 26 July, 2017
House in Fukushima / BHIS + K's planning, © Shinkenchiku-sha
© Shinkenchiku-sha

© Shinkenchiku-sha © Shinkenchiku-sha © Shinkenchiku-sha © Shinkenchiku-sha + 40

  • Architects

  • Location

    Fukushima-shi, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Cohta Asano, Kazuhito Sato
  • Area

    0.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Weekend House in Kumano-cho / Araki+Sasaki architects

19:00 - 26 June, 2017
Weekend House in Kumano-cho / Araki+Sasaki architects, © Shinkenchiku-sha
© Shinkenchiku-sha

© Shinkenchiku-sha © Shinkenchiku-sha © Shinkenchiku-sha © Shinkenchiku-sha + 15

22 Skinny Houses With a Narrow Footprint and a Broad Impact

06:00 - 25 April, 2017

Skinny houses have a wider appeal than their footprint would suggest. With cities becoming denser, and land becoming rare and expensive, architects are increasingly challenged to design in urban infill spaces previously overlooked. Although designing within these unusual parameters can be difficult, they often require an individual, sensitive response, which can often lead to innovative, playful, even inspiring results. With that in mind, here are 22 houses with a narrow footprint, and a broad impact.

House of 33 Years / ASSISTANT

20:00 - 21 March, 2017
House of 33 Years / ASSISTANT, © Shinkenchiku-sha
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© Shinkenchiku-sha © Shinkenchiku-sha © Shinkenchiku-sha © Tadasu Yamamoto + 25

30 Plans, Sections and Details for Sustainable Projects

08:00 - 28 December, 2016
30 Plans, Sections and Details for Sustainable Projects

The dramatic improvement in recent decades in our understanding of sustainable design has shown that designing sustainably doesn't have to be a compromise—it can instead be a benefit. When done correctly, sustainable design results in higher-performing, healthier buildings which contribute to their inhabitants' physical and mental well-being.

The benefits of incorporating vegetation in façades and in roofs, as well as materials and construction systems that take energy use and pollution into account, demonstrate that sustainable design has the potential to create buildings that improve living conditions and respect the natural environment.

Below we have compiled 30 plans, sections and construction details of projects that stand out for their approach to sustainability.

50 Impressive Details Using Wood

07:00 - 27 November, 2016
50 Impressive Details Using Wood

Over the course of history the unique characteristics of wood, which are dependent upon the species of the tree and the location in which it has grown, have enabled humanity to flourish in all parts of the globe. The architectural details of wooden construction therefore show a great diversity of meetings and joints, showing not only a project's constructive and structural logic, but also embodying the value and complexity of each project.

Take a look at these 50 construction details of projects that stand out for their clever use of wood.

EN-House / Meguro Architecture Laboratory

21:00 - 7 November, 2016
EN-House / Meguro Architecture Laboratory, © Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura

© Shinkenchiku Sha © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura + 31

Itoi Elementary School / Atelier BNK

20:00 - 9 August, 2016
Itoi Elementary School  / Atelier BNK, © Koji Sakai
© Koji Sakai

© Koji Sakai © Koji Sakai © Koji Sakai © Koji Sakai + 13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shibetsu, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan
  • Area

    3893.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

Inverted House / The Oslo School of Architecture and Design + Kengo Kuma & Associates

03:00 - 9 August, 2016
Inverted House  / The Oslo School of Architecture and Design + Kengo Kuma & Associates, © Shinkenchiku-sha
© Shinkenchiku-sha

© Shinkenchiku-sha © Shinkenchiku-sha Courtesy of The Oslo School of Architecture and Design © Shinkenchiku-sha + 35

Sukima Atelier / Makiko Tsukada Architects

20:00 - 24 December, 2015
Sukima Atelier / Makiko Tsukada Architects, © Shinkenchiku-sha
© Shinkenchiku-sha

© Shinkenchiku-sha © Shinkenchiku-sha © Shinkenchiku-sha © Shinkenchiku-sha + 21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nerima, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Makiko Tsukada
  • Structural Engineer

    Taizen Nieda, Taizo Komatsu
  • Area

    85.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

House in Kamakura Zaimokuza / Naoya Kawabe Architect & Associates

17:00 - 23 December, 2015
House in Kamakura Zaimokuza / Naoya Kawabe Architect & Associates, © Shinkenchiku-sha
© Shinkenchiku-sha

© Shinkenchiku-sha © Shinkenchiku-sha © Shinkenchiku-sha © Shinkenchiku-sha + 12