Bookworms will Adore this Cabin in Upstate New York

Studio Padron’s clients asked for a standalone library and guest house in the woods behind their vacation home in upstate New York.  They got the Hemmelig Room, an idyllic space for bookworms to curl up and read undisturbed. The name means ‘secret room’ in Norwegian, which is wonderfully fitting for this hidden space.  The one-room layout is just enough room for the bed, desk, and chair that the design team

YTAA Shortlist

The Fundació Mies van der Rohe and Creative Europe have announced the 30 shortlisted projects competing for the inaugural Young Talent Architecture Award (YTAA). Head over to World-Architects to read my post on the YTAA and see the 30 shortlisted projects. Author: John Hill Powered by WPeMatico

Contemporary Addition to Heritage Cottage in Australia

Tziallas Omeara Architecture Studio recently added a contemporary extension to heritage-listed Bowral cottage in Bundaroo, Australia. The addition accommodates a large kitchen, a new living and dining room, a place for guests to sleep over, as well as a sunken media room. Invisible from the street side, the newest part of the home feels like an intimate family refuge. “The client was keen to explore a contemporary approach to the new work,

5 OHNY Picks

The 2016 Open House New York (OHNY) weekend is just over a week away. The list of the 275+ participating sites for the 2016 OHNY Weekend was released on Wednesday (PDF link). Below are a handful of the sites – one per borough – that stand out to me. These don’t require any reservations (those that do sell out quickly), but nevertheless be prepared for lines at these and other venues.

House for Retired Couple in Texas Extended for Family Fun

Laman Residence in Texas was recently updated by A Gruppo Architects for a retired couple. After 40 years of teaching Fibre-Arts and Interior Design at Texas State University, the Lamans desired a gallery and studio to compliment their modest 1970’s era modern home. The owners sited the initial house within a dense canopy of live oak and cedar elm trees on a hill country lot in San Marcos, Texas. Over the past 30 years, they have

Mark Yr Calendars: Exhibition Models at GSAPP

On Friday, November 11, Columbia GSAPP is hosting Exhibition Models, a conference not on physical, architectural models, but on “new curatorial practices, scholarship, and institutional experiments that are redefining the agency of architecture exhibitions.” Unfortunately this event coincides with MoMA’s Complexity and Contradiction at 50 symposium, but I’ll be out of town that weekend so, unlike you, I don’t have to decide which one to attend. Details on Exhibition Models are

Living Luxury at the “Resort in House”

Designed by ALPES Green Design & Build and built in 2016, this state of the art luxury townhouse is like having your very own resort at home. Located in Đà Nẵng, Vietnam, a city with a sunny and hot climate, preserving energy and cool air became essential. The designers wanted to create something different from the cramped and heated interiors that are springing up in the rapidly growing urban centers of Vietnam. Clever uses of skylights,