Inspired by Sydney Opera House, this Melbourne residence pays careful attention to the extension’s “fifth elevation"—the way it’s seen from the sky. “The roof plan, rather than the street façade, is now the most public face of a building thanks to Google Earth,” they explain. Its tiny houses, clustered at the southern end of the property, are clad in white steel panels and western red cedar shingles, contrasting materials that emphasize their geometric forms.
A compact 712-square-foot cottage sits on top of a 430-square-foot workshop in San Francisco, where the owner’s firm prototypes and produces custom furnishings for his practice. “Not only is there room for more density on most residential blocks in San Francisco, but, if thoughtfully conceived, it also enriches our communities and makes our cities more resilient,” the owner says.
The POD INDAWO prototype prefab home from South Africa—the name comes from an indigenous word for place—offers a sustainable, affordable solution to overcome the high barrier to homeownership.
Matthew Trzebiatowski matched an extreme aesthetic to an extreme climate, Arizona, but his sustainable moves took a gentler approach.
A house in Los Angeles makes the most of its narrow lot with open-plan spaces spread out over four levels.
This one technically used to be a house: Architect Ernesto Bedmar had previously converted an unused alley into a loft in Argentina. As it started to deteriorate, he had the idea to transform the space into a high-design restaurant called El Papagayo. The site is under eight feet wide and around 105 feet long.