Latest Articles in Architecture

Narrow gallery-style kitchen with wood details

Tiny House Fits a Family in 196 Square Feet

A 196-square-foot house born of architectural know-how, an enterprising spirit, and just over $11,000 has become an inspiration to a growing community of tiny-house enthusiasts.
August 20, 2014
Compact prefab clad in Cor-Ten steel and cedar

Compact, Light-Filled Prefab

Method Homes’ compact Element 1 prefab model rises to the challenge of a difficult building site.
August 19, 2014
Spherical tree house

Inspiring Tree Houses of Instagram

We're currently ruminating on small spaces of all configurations. But while small spaces often call to mind tiny urban apartments and compact cabins, how could we forget about another classic type of small space—the tree house? We took to Instagram for a dose of woodsy inspiration.
August 19, 2014
Uniqlo store with colorful paper strands hanging above mannequins

French Architect Brings Brilliant Color to Tokyo

A French architect and designer makes her saturated mark on Tokyo’s streetscape.
August 19, 2014
White staircase with under stair storage

Spacious All-White London Flat Is—Surprise!—Less Than 600 Square Feet

With clever storage and a retractable skylight, a London apartment feels larger than its 576 square feet.
August 18, 2014
Bright modern living room renovation with red chair and graphic prints

Bright Renovation of a Tiny Manhattan Apartment

A husband-and-wife architect team transforms a 607-square-foot Manhattan apartment into an open and bright home for two graphic designers.
August 18, 2014
Shaw Island Prefab Passive House kitchen.

Prefab Passive House on San Juan Islands

When two retired teachers decided to build a new home, they knew they wanted an energy-efficient, no-stress Passive House design that would support aging in place. The resulting 1,800-square-foot house is the first Certified Passive House on the San Juan Islands in Washington, and it’s only the fourth in the state. The home, designed by Olympia-based firm The Artisans Group, has a circular floor plan that centers around a prefabricated pod that contains the kitchen and two bathrooms. In order to achieve its Passive status, the residence features an air-sealed exterior shell that provides insulation, efficient windows and doors, and a heat recovery ventilator to keep it warm in the winter. In the summer, careful window placement and shades ensure the space won't overheat.
August 14, 2014
Yrjö Kukkapuro’s studio residence exterior.

Imaginative Round Homes

Who says a home has to consist of straight lines? These dwellings forsake the strict geometry of conventional residential architecture, relying instead on curves for a more free-spirited living experience.
August 14, 2014
dual house metal staricase kitchen

Tech-Savvy Homes

We are still years away from Jetson-esque digs, but the residents of these seven homes rely on cutting-edge technology for greener, cohesive, and more comfortable homes.
August 13, 2014