It seems impossible to be a minimalist and maximalist at the same time, but that's what Sven Matt achieved when he designed a 1,600-square-foot home in the hilly west Austrian town of Bregenzerwald for his brother Björn and sister-in-law Julia. The house's basic pared-down shape contrasts with its intricate, latticework shell—both inspired by regional design.
This newly built house, just feet from the water’s edge of an Amsterdam canal, occupies the space where a decaying farmhouse once stood. Architects Huib van Zeijl and Daniëlle Segers of Équipe based the pitched-roof house and shed on the local vernacular. "It’s a modern translation of a kid’s drawing of a typical Dutch house," says architect Huib van Zeijl.
Locsted on a small site in the outskirts of Munich, this home designed by Robert Maier and Stefan Hanninger, co-founders of the German firm Format Elf Architekten, maximizes the amount of living space with an all-white interior that maximizes space. The attic-floor room feels so expansive, you'd almost forget it lies under an asymmetrical pitched roof. Shown, a pair of Copenhague Desks by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for HAY are stationed below a Sax hanging light by Vertigo Bird.
Based on a simple, pitched-roof boat-shed form, New Zealand architect Davor Popadich invoked nautical sheds in his unconventional design for his family’s home on Auckland’s North Shore.
In Herfell, Norway, a cozy family retreat abuts a rocky cliff. The central cabin provides communal living spaces, while the two cabins that flank it are used as private sleeping quarters.
Helsinki architect Ville Hara and designer Linda Bergroth collaborated on this prefab shed-meets-sleeping-cabin, which can be assembled with little else than a screwdriver. Bergroth, inspired by nomadic yurt-dwellers, wanted an indoor/outdoor experience for her property in Finland. Glass panels comrprise both the walls and pitched roof.