A small inner city block with existing worker’s cottage. How to increase the living areas on such a small footprint? By wrapping the extension around the house and borrowing space from both the inside and outside “rooms”, maximising volume and light. A beautiful palette of natural finishes, simple and textural. Clever use of space for an inner city family. The Balmain House by Fox Johnston.
A little escape to Switzerland to this chalet by Andreas Fuhrimann Gabbrielle Hächler Architects. Concrete, plywood and views from the beanbags. A minimalist, modern twist on the traditional. Love the staircase and its storage. Love the reinterpretation of the historic vernacular.
By now many of us have seen (and admired) the Shingle House by NORD. A beautifully simple house in tune with its environment. What could be better? Enter architectural photographer Jim Stephenson. A house that I like becomes a house that I want. His deep love of the built environment and his ability to interpret how people interact with a space make his photos come alive. So often a space is depicted as cold and clinical but architecturally perfect. By including people the home becomes more intimate, more real, more wonderful.
Williamson Chong is the Toronto architecture and design office of Shane Williamson, Betsy Williamson, and Donald Chong. This trio brings on creativity, urbanism and sustainability. Below are a few of their projects, my favourite being the Galley House, built on a long, narrow ‘leftover lot of 12’ wide – which is the exact width of my house. But mine looks nothing like this one. 🙁 It’s amazing what these folks did with such an awkward space.