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Villa Clessidra

Nearly a perfect cube in shape, Villa Clessidra spreads its living and sleeping space across two floors, with a swimming pool uncharacteristically stuck in the middle. Said middle floor has a mirrored ceiling, making the space feel taller than it is while transforming the central staircase into an hourglass shape. Plentiful glazing gives Dutch forest views to all three floors, the lowest of which has a garage built into its exposed concrete form.

Photos: Lefteris Schetakis / LAAV Architects

  • Bunker House

    Set inside an abandoned WWII shelter in a rural part of the Netherlands, the Bunker House transforms its austere setting into a functional, if cozy, holiday retreat. With an internal space of just nine square meters, space was at a premium, so all the wooden furnishings were custom built and can be folded up, slid away, or pushed up and down, an idea inspired by the work of Le Corbusier. The wall-mounted beds hold up to four people, and the same space serves as both a dining area and kitchen. An outdoor terrace more than doubles the usable living space, and occupies the same footprint as the bunker itself, providing guests some perspective on just how much concrete lies in the walls.

    Photos: Tim Van de Velde / B-ILD

  • Linear Cabin

    Overlooking a lake in the Wisconsin backwoods, the Linear Cabin gets its name from its continuous layout. The home consists of three blackened pine-clad forms, separated by two openings. Each box has a different function — storage, sleeping, and service — containing the entryway, kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms, and space for recreational equipment. The interior walls and ceiling are dressed in regionally sourced knotty pine, complimented by the polished concreted floors. The first void is created by a carport, while the second is formed by the living room's full height glazed doors, framing in views of the surrounding forest setting.

    Photos: Johnsen Schmaling Architects

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