Loctudy House

Built for a photographer for both work and leisure, the Loctudy House combines a summer retreat and a studio in one sleek package. The home is made up of two structures — one housing the main living area and one used solely as a studio. Bedrooms are lofted above the ground to maximize space for communal areas. The smooth, monochromatic form is broken up by a series of seemingly sporadic, yet thoughtfully placed windows, allowing for light to flow in throughout the entire day while also allowing for views of the surrounding farmland.

Photos: Olivier-Martin Gambier / Studio Razavi Architecture

  • Croft Lodge Studio

    Built around a 17th-century cottage in the English County of Herefordshire, the Croft Lodge Studio is more of a preservation than a restoration. The 300-year-old ruins — including rotted timbers, crumbling stone, dead ivy, and even abandoned cobwebs — were left untouched, encased in a new black corrugated iron shell. This causes the structure to take on a redundant form, with a duplicate roof, windows, and walls placed over the old remains. The interior is warmed by a pair of wood-burning stoves and currently serves as a design studio with a store, kitchen, sleeping area and a living room, but also has the ability to be easily converted into a three-bedroom house when desired.

    Photos: James Morris / Kate Darby Architecture

  • Chimney House

    Set between a 16th-century church and a wooden barn in the Slovenian town of Logatec, the Chimney House takes inspiration from both of its neighbors. The linear form and oiled larch boards that make the exterior facade replicate the dark weathered timber of the adjacent barn, while the unique pitch of the roof is reminiscent of the nearby chapel. At the center of the home, a wood-burning stove dominates the interior — giving the home its namesake — and also separating the common and private areas. Oiled oak floors and walls lead up to a board formed concrete ceiling connected by a glazed gap, exposing the entire interior to natural light.

    Photos: Flavio Coddou / Dekleva Gregoric Architects

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