Site size: 8,467 square feet Project size: 2,050 square feet Program: An affordable prototype of a modern spec house designed within the parameters of the Pierson Place Historic District. Location: A residential area in uptown Phoenix, close to public transportation. Solution: Architectural designers, The Ranch Mine, re-interpreted the original architectural approach of the neighborhood. Since the majority of the residences were built between the 1920s and 1950s, the designers had to adhere to traditional materials, such as stucco, and overall massing. In the single-story house, sliding doors open the living and dining areas to the outside, while bedrooms are grouped
Site size: 3,810 square feet Project size: 3,200 square feet Program: A dilapidated 18-century barn renovated for a modern residence. Location: A rural site in South Yorkshire, in northern England. Solution: The architects inserted a second floor into the two-story-high stone barn, yet managed to keep the original sense of the open plan. Two bedrooms on the upper floor are connected by a walkway with a glass balustrade that overlooks the living and dining areas. Construction and materials: The architects inserted a steel frame to support deteriorating walls, with a ring beam running around the perimeter of the kitchen area.
Site size: 12,917 square feet Project size: 4,456 square feet Program: A multifamily complex with four units on a rental basis. A small swimming pool on the property. Location: Dense coniferous forest near the South Atlantic coastline. Solution: Four two-story cubic volumes are arranged around a pool. Each unit contains a kitchen, dining, and living areas on the first floor, with bedrooms and an enclosed terrace above. Construction methods: Steel frame; poured-in-place concrete. Glass panes set in dark, anodized-aluminum frames. Architect: BAK arquitectos Ntra. Sra. del Buen Viaje 1011 Mor'n, Buenos Aires +54-114489-5424 People Architect: BAK arquitectos Ntra. Sra. del
Site size: 6,297 square feet Project size: 3,143 square feet Program: A four-bedroom house for a family of five. Location: A suburban street in Sydney, Australia. Solution: The two-story brick house is organized around a central interior courtyard, which is enclosed by the living and dining areas, with the master bedroom tucked into one corner. In back, a sliding glass door off the living room opens out to a garden. There are additional bedrooms and a playroom upstairs. Construction methods: Load-bearing masonry; painted brickwork. Architect: Bennett and Trimble Suite 6, Level 2, 24 Hickson Rd Sydney NSW Australia +61299178700 firstname.lastname@example.org
Site size: 806 square feet Project size: 2,314 square feet Program: The client requested a mixed-use building containing retail on the ground floor and living space above. Location: A shopping street in downtown Tokyo that had been in decline is now undergoing a rapid transformation, with numerous building renovation and infrastructure projects under way, including widening the sidewalk. Solution: The four-story building contains a noodle shop on the ground floor, the client's residence on the second floor, and a pair of duplex two-bedroom rental units on the third and fourth floors. The architects sought to create a 'moderate conspicuousness' for
Project size: 2,368 square feet. Program: A vacation house for a young family of four. Location: In the Tequendama region known for its mild climate, a few hours drive from Bogota. Solution: Two rectangular volumes are perched on a sloping site overlooking a verdant landscape. The lower volume contains the living areas, which are enclosed by wood louvered screens and open onto a terrace and a pool. Above are three bedrooms; a west-facing balcony is recessed within the geometric volume to provide shelter from the sun. Construction methods: Reinforced concrete and steel structure; plastered brick walls; metal and wood folding
Site size: 5,382 square feet. Project size: 6,997 square feet. Program: A family living in Mexico City asked Jose Juan Rivera Rio and his firm to design a modern house with ample privacy for family and space for guests. Location: The house occupies a narrow walled-in site in a residential section of the city, Lomas de Chapultepec. Solution: The architects, inspired by 1960s modernist architecture, designed a rectilinear house featuring thick, concrete or stone walls and deep overhangs. Lush vegetation outdoors and wood floors and slatted screens inside provide a warm contrast to the textured, board-formed concrete structure. A discreet