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Mir Unbuilt Architecture

Unconstrained by the limits of materials or budgets, Mir Unbuilt Architecture brings to life fantastical buildings that are as real as the CGI in the latest Hollywood blockbuster, yet feel firmly grounded in reality. Their renderings represent everything from dwellings and skyscrapers to Swiss chalets, with each displaying a touch of whimsy while representing structures none of us would be surprised to enter in the near future.

Photos: Mir Creative Studio

  • Longbranch Cabin

    You'd think that a 14-square-foot bunk house that's been expanded multiple times over decades would be a bit of an architectural disaster. But the Longbranch Cabin is no ordinary bunk house, and Jim Olson is no ordinary architect. Built in 1959, the original structure was remodeled in 1981, 1997, 2003, and 2014, each time expanding while reusing the already existing structure. The result is a series of boxes unified under a single roof, with shared modest details — like plywood sheathing and fir flooring both inside and out — that belie its talented owner and picturesque location on Puget Sound.

  • Makkinga House

    Set between two villages in the northern Netherlands, the Makkinga House replaces a cramped, closed-off home with an open, airy structure. The east side is home to the entrance, but otherwise closed for privacy, while the western side is used for the open living area and connects the interior with the exterior via floor-to-ceiling windows and a long veranda, separated from the more private outdoor space to the south. The sleeping quarters have integrated wall storage units that help preserve the sleek design, while the study is set such that you can see guests when they arrive.

    Photos: Michel Kievits / DP6 Architectuurstudio