A Nest-Like Addition, Shape-Shifting Spaces, and More Make This Week's 10 Best Houses

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By Dwell and Matthew Keeshin
Had a busy week? Catch up with all these homes from the last few days.
A Nest-Like Addition, Shape-Shifting Spaces, and More Make This Week's 10 Best Houses - Photo 1 of 9 - Via Contemporist, photo by Amit Geron

Via Contemporist, photo by Amit Geron

Alternating stone and wood walls wrap around this home by Pitsou Kedem Architects in Savyon, Israel. Double-height ceilings and expansive windows brighten up the interior while trees weave throughout the residence. 


2. Into the Woods

A Nest-Like Addition, Shape-Shifting Spaces, and More Make This Week's 10 Best Houses - Photo 2 of 9 - Via Architizer, photo by Mikael Olsson 

Via Architizer, photo by Mikael Olsson 

Located on a slim plot of land outside of Stockholm, the Six Walls House by Arrhov Frick Arkitektkontor looks like a modern fairy tale. The exposed concrete and glass structure is organized around a promenade that leads out to the waterfront. As the name reveals, the entire volume is divided six ways to create the rooms.  


3. A Nest-Like Addition in France

A Nest-Like Addition, Shape-Shifting Spaces, and More Make This Week's 10 Best Houses - Photo 3 of 9 - Via Iinhabitat, photo by D’Houndt + Bajart architects, Rogeaux and J. Lano

Via Iinhabitat, photo by D’Houndt + Bajart architects, Rogeaux and J. Lano


Red wooden slates imitate a bird's nest in an addition for a family in Lille, France. D'Houndt + Bajart architects placed the new structure directly on top of the existing brick house. The empty spaces between the slates filters natural light and improves the home's insulation. The aviary theme is complete with bird-patterned wallpaper. 


4. This Concrete Home Is One With Nature

A Nest-Like Addition, Shape-Shifting Spaces, and More Make This Week's 10 Best Houses - Photo 4 of 9 - Via ArchDaily, photo by © Gabriel Castro

Via ArchDaily, photo by © Gabriel Castro


This sculptural house by Vazio S/A office in Brazil, pushes formal boundaries while addressing the landscape. A rooftop pool directed the material choices to exhibit the concrete and leave the pool completely revealed to enjoy the views. A eucalyptus screen adds a light touch to contrast with the heavy structure. 


5. A Modern Makeover for a 1920s Cottage 

A Nest-Like Addition, Shape-Shifting Spaces, and More Make This Week's 10 Best Houses - Photo 5 of 9 - Via Apartment Therapy, photo by Emily Billings

Via Apartment Therapy, photo by Emily Billings


This Martha's Vineyard home got a much-needed update as a food writer and a designer prepared for their second child. The kitchen in this renovation stands out as a versatile room for the whole family. The main island is on wheels and is constructed from leftover materials. The room doesn't just host meals, but acts as a studio for the parents and children to do their own art projects.  


6. Deceptively Contemporary 

A Nest-Like Addition, Shape-Shifting Spaces, and More Make This Week's 10 Best Houses - Photo 6 of 9 - Via designboom, photo by Ståle Eriksen

Via designboom, photo by Ståle Eriksen

Hidden behind an Edwardian home in a London neighborhood, this extension by Erbar Mattes is a new garden room built from sand-colored brick and oak. The reconfigured space centers the house for multifunctional purposes and moveable windows open towards the backyard. 


7. Colorful Yet Minimal

A Nest-Like Addition, Shape-Shifting Spaces, and More Make This Week's 10 Best Houses - Photo 7 of 9 - Via Coveteur, photo by Cibelle Levi

Via Coveteur, photo by Cibelle Levi


Jewelry designer Kathryn Bentley's Los Angeles home in Echo Park balances color, textures, and a whole lot of hobbies. When the designer is not working on a collection, you can find her doing ceramics or painting. Even the pink limestone table in the living room is by Bentley. 

8. Unknown and Midcentury?  

A Nest-Like Addition, Shape-Shifting Spaces, and More Make This Week's 10 Best Houses - Photo 8 of 9 - Via Curbed, photo by Zillow 

Via Curbed, photo by Zillow 

This mysterious home in Illinois appeared on Curbed earlier this week when the website noticed it hit all the modern notes and is quite the deal. The 2,115-square-foot home is on the market for $179,000. 


9. Private Up Front, Party in the Back 

A Nest-Like Addition, Shape-Shifting Spaces, and More Make This Week's 10 Best Houses - Photo 9 of 9 - Via Design Milk, photo by Anthony Basheer

Via Design Milk, photo by Anthony Basheer


This New Zealand home by MRTN Architects may appear discrete with a cedar facade, but multiple rooms facing the backyard open up to enjoy the outdoors. Sliding glass doors in the combined living room and dining area reveal the flat landscape and garden.  


10. Mom's Sliding Shed


There are a variety of ways to add more space without building an addition to a house. Dezeen featured this sliding garden shed this week and it certainly caught our eye. The studio in Eindhoven was designed by Caspar Schols for his mother. When the space is not being used for painting or meditating, Schols' mother host dinner parties. The shed is set on runners and reveals a glass interior structure behind the Douglas fir shell.  

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