Using a centrail stair wrapped in mesh, a unique split-level layout, and a small yard, Nook Architects transformed this 16-foot-wide Barcelona row house into an open home.
Leone Design Studio transformed James Darrow and Monica Folch's three-unit apartment building in Park Slope, sandwiched between two other buildings, into a luminous single family home.
The opportunity to build a 900-square-foot home on a constrained lot in London was a creative challenge for London architect Charles Thomson and designer Kate Blee. “We have described the house as an urban cabin and this captures the essential character we were seeking to achieve,” says Thomson. “Because the plan is so tight, it was critical that every part was considered carefully. But we also wanted spaces that were simple and flexible to accommodate the typical range of family activities.”
Blocked in on two sides, this renovation by Bourgeois Lechasseur Architects opened a Quebec apartment to tons of natural light. “The main challenge,” says principal Olivier Bourgeois, “was to integrate a steel structure to allow the opening of the space." Although the renovation required extensive demolition, the architect made preserving at least some of the apartment’s history a priority.
This Tokyo house by co-designstudio is surrounded by buildings on all sides except its south facade, which faces the street. An expansive 13-foot-wide sliding window operable window is key for effective ventilation during hot summer months. The staircase was placed at the building's center to maximize openness and make space for the carport below. The blackboard is for the couple's young son, Takuma, to play with and practice writing.