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House in Nada / FujiwaraMuro Architects

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Nada, Japan

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Continuing House / Naf Architect & Design

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Yokosuka, Japan

House in Usuki / Kenta Eto Architects

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Usuki, Japan

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. 

Hybrid Homes: Living and Working Collide in These 26 Projects

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Normally, houses are divided into common areas, rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms. However, sometimes the client demands to add other programs related to their work or hobbies, making efficient design and daily spatial distribution more complex. As architects, we are faced with an interesting challenge: to merge the private life of its inhabitants with more public and open programs, generating exciting mixed-use spaces.

If you are interested in designing hybrid homes, we have selected 26 houses with additions including shops, soccer fields, barns, greenhouses, and even skateparks.

Space-Saving Solutions: 33 Creative Storage Ideas

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The lack of storage space is a recurrent problem in homes. In most cases, residual spaces or uncomfortable corners are used to solve the lack of shelves, drawers, and closets. To efficiently incorporate these type of spaces into your designs, here are 33 remarkable storage examples.

32.4°House / Naf Architect & Design

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Yokohama, Japan

Floating Hut / Tomohiro Hata Architect and Associates

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Otsu, Japan

House in Tarumi / Tomohiro Hata Architect and Associates

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  119
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Riviera, Ikeda Corporation

House in Ishikiri / Fujiwaramuro Architects

Higashiosaka, Japan
  • Architects: Fujiwaramuro Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  158
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Dedon

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House in Takatsuki / FujiwaraMuro Architects

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House in Ikoma / FujiwaraMuro Architects

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Ikoma, Japan

Catholic Suzuka Church / Alphaville Architects

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Suzuka-shi, Japan

Village on the Building / Naf Architect & Design

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  963
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Lixil Corporation, ADVAN, Kunishiro

E-1 / Naf Architect & Design

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Shinagawa, Japan
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  251
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Lixil Corporation, IOC Flooring, SK Kaken

House in Minami-tanabe / FujiwaraMuro Architects

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Osaka, Japan

22 Skinny Houses With a Narrow Footprint and a Broad Impact

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 in Tokushima / FujiwaraMuro Architects

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