Timber frame

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Project • By Collectif Vous (VOUS Architecture & Design)Housing

LRVO House extension

In the Preux district, on the edge of Saint-Herblain, France, 1980's identical houses line up, only distinguished by their pale colors. Carefully placed above the garage, the LRVO extension takes advantage of the orientation of the plot and extends the house toward the road, facing west. A simple, one-piece volume, radically wrapped in wood cladding, on the walls as well as on the roof, dialogues with the pavilion. Like a sketch of an archetypal house, this new living space is part of the existing building through a fine dialogue with the current roof slopes. Delicately placed on the garage, the timber frame project contrasts in its materiality, without however erasing the particular geometry of the pavilion which supports it. Inside, VOU... More

Project • By NarrativA architectenPrivate Houses

Eco, biobased villa near Amsterdam, Netherlands

The house has been designed according to the sustainable principles of biobased, ecological construction. In the design and construction of this house, we carefully looked at the orientation, the sun and the usual wind direction (for example, for the possibilities for night ventilation). The sun has a lot of influence on the shape and the layout. The house is constructed from a vapour permeable timber frame construction system, delivered on site as prefabricated elements. All the insulation materials above the ground are natural. Martijn Heil The plots are relative small in this project. The neighbouring home is relative close by and provide much shade in winter. The clients have therefore chosen not to create a roof overhang on... More

Project • By Tonic DesignRestaurants

Ha'ne Sushi

The brief for Hane Sushi was simple, just like the design intent - design a fresh, clean, contemporary and simple setting for a new sushi train restaurant in Eaton’s Hill Village. We worked closely with the client to develop a paired back, light and airy aesthetic, quite different from other Sushi Restaurants they had done before. By keeping the material palette and colour selections minimal, we were able to work within the client’s budget. We carefully selected finishes that enhanced moments in the plan, like the warm Tasmanian oak timber frame over the sushi bar, which really works to frame the action going on within the sushi bar, and highlight the food on the sushi train. While the organic nature of the varied coloured blue... More

Project • By Squire & PartnersCommunity Centres

Brixton Windmill Education and Community Centre

Squire & Partners have completed a new Education and Community Centre adjacent to Brixton Windmill for Friends of Windmill Gardens (FoWG) and Lambeth Council. The centre will support activities hosted by the Grade II* listed heritage building, and secure its use for future generations.   History of Brixton Windmill Brixton Windmill is a Grade II* listed structure built in 1816 as a working flour mill – locally known as Ashby’s Mill after the family of millers – set within Windmill Gardens at the end of Blenheim Gardens just off Brixton Hill.   The mill ceased production in 1934, and was first opened to the public in the 1960s when the land around it was laid out as a public park. Following intermittent p... More

Project • By Jill Porter ArchitectPrivate Houses

Amenia farmhouse renovation

Located on a pastoral piece of property in Amenia, NY, this 200 year old farmhouse oozes with charm and grace. Old timbers line the ceilings, wide floorboards are worn by decades of use, and eccentric moments are scattered throughout. Although stately and proud, the existing home showed its age: walls sagged, floors sloped, and an ill-conceived addition felt like a disjointed accessory. Perhaps most notably, the home lacked any relationship to the beautiful property. Rather, the home cocooned its users in intimate, dark interiors — charming on a snowy winter day, but less so on a glorious summer evening.   My clients bought the farmhouse in 2000 as a country getaway from New York City. Over the course of many summers and weeken... More

Project • By Trošt Krapež ArchitecturePrivate Houses

House AD

The single-family house AD is situated in the foothills of PolhovGradec Dolomites, in the vicinity of the capital Ljubljana. Its architectural design follows the existing contours of the sloping terrain. There are two entirely different views of the building being developed from either the basement level or from the ground floor. Looking onto the single-storey part, two interconnected perpendicular masses are revealed. The two volumes are placed on top of the green landscape and covered with flat green roof, enveloped in a detailed metalfascia.Whereas the full extent of the building’s form can finally be observed from the basement level – the delicate top structure with accommodation spaces is being supported by an almost entire... More

Project • By Andrew Child ArchitecturePrivate Houses

Tree House

The owners wanted to upgrade an internally awkward and dark middle suburban Californian Bungalow into a light, modern 3 bedroom + study residence.There was a small group of huge trees in the backyard that the owners loved, so they became integral to the design of the new addition. The rear extension has substantial north facing windows that utilise these existing trees for shading from the summer sun. An angled eave overhang is provided for these windows where there are no trees to offer shading.   The extension was conceived as a single volume of efficient construction. It has a simple flat roof with interconnected spaces differentiated by changes in floor level that follow the sloping site. The rear decks also terrace downward towa... More

Project • By L&L Luce&LightChurches

Jar Church

During the course of the 20th century, churches changed from being Sunday churches to multi-use buildings and from expressing solemn national movements such as Art Nouveau and Neo Baroque to international modernism in concrete, often with untraditional forms and functions.During the 1950s working churches came into their own, with offices, meeting rooms and activity venues in addition to the church interior itself. It became common to design churches with folding walls, to allow the nave to be attached to adjoining rooms.These developments led to the liturgical spaces representing a steadily decreasing proportion of the total building. The floor plan of the church interior was often rectangular or fan-shaped, to bring churchgoers close... More

Project • By RX ArchitectsPrivate Houses


The property is directly adjacent to Rye Nature Reserve, one of the most important conservation sites in Britain. The site is formed of undulating shingle deposits formed as the sea receded over centuries. The existing property was a small 2 room bungalow with a collection of sheds in various states of disrepair connected to the bungalow.   It was not possible to refurbish the existing building and hence our brief was to create a modern building that responded to the unique context of the nature reserve. The site looks out across the reserve to the Mary Stanford Lifeboat building. This is a grade 2 listed building constructed in 1882 in pre-cast shingle based concrete, a pioneering construction method in its time. The lifeboat statio... More

Project • By NarrativA architectenPrivate Houses

Modern biobased holiday home

The house is situated in and inspired by the sand hills of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug (Utrecht Hill Ridge) in the Netherlands. This small residential home is located on a high hill in a private recreation park with a beautiful view of the surroundings.The owners of this house live consciously with the environment and are aware of the role of humans in the serious problem of climate change. A small ecological foot print will limit CO2 emissions and the rising sea level. A large part of the Netherlands is below sea level, but this house is located at 41 meters above sea level on one of the highest hills in the province of Utrecht and will stay dry. FormThe multiple round green roofs inspired by the hills creates a joyful design. The home ex... More

Project • By Shed Architecture & DesignPrivate Houses

Haiku House

Located on a bluff overlooking the San Francisco Bay, Haiku House is the centerpiece of a unique property in Tiburon, CA consisting of four structures including a main house, guesthouse, beach house and garage dispersed among native and exotic plant gardens that extend from Paradise Dr. down to the Bay.   The main house was a kit house based on a Minka, a traditional Japanese farmhouse and sold by Haiku Houses. Haiku Houses were constructed using a round log timber frame supporting a large hipped tile roof and typically elevated above the ground. This particular home had a Douglas Fir structural frame, combed spruce ceilings and redwood paneling throughout the interior.   The steep concrete driveway and small auto court w... More

Project • By SnøhettaOffices

ASI Reisen Headquarters

When developing its new head office, international trekking and adventure travel company ASI Reisen sought to have its new space reflect the company’s working culture and commitment to offering sustainable trekking experiences for travelers around the world. Situated in Natters, just south of Innsbruck, Austria, this new timber building with an open office concept offers several solutions that will enable the long-term low environmental footprint of the office space. Inspired by a symbiosis between nature and humanity, the design concept was developed together with ASI Reisen’s employees and the design team from Snøhetta.   Surrounded by a lush exterior, the four-story timber structure combines timber frame constru... More

Project • By WOWOWA ArchitecturePrivate Houses

Modo Pento

This jazzy Modernist Penthouse (Modo Pento) interior was a treat to design and a sensory delight from the outset. Situated on the top level of a three storey, marsupial coloured brown brick, walk-up in St Kilda, the client reveled in a smorgasbord of mid-century hors d’oeuvres imagery for inspiration. Prawn cocktails, ornately rolled cold cuts, jellies and moose tarts coupled with Tupperware a-plenty provided an endless supply of textures, colours and shapes to choose from.   Mostly oriented to the North, this home in the sky had been renovated in the early 2000s, with major works throughout and the addition of a second living space and roof terrace on the existing concrete roof deck. WOWOWA stripped out the prior renovation th... More

Project • By Lang ArchitecturePrivate Houses

Splinter Creek

Designed by a unique set of collaborators, including New York’s Lang Architecture and Texas’ Lake Flato, Splinter Creek aims to be a model of environmentally sensitive and sustainable living. Encouraging residents to build lightly on the land, the property features spacious lakeside homesites nestled into the hills of north Mississippi that blend seamlessly into nearly 650 acres of rolling pine forest, lakes and wetlands. Residents are given the option to build a custom-crafted home with additional high-end offerings available from regional artisans or select the Splinter Creek concept home.  Inspired by farm buildings, the development’s model design features an informal, simple timber frame, clad in wooden siding, n... More

Project • By Sparks ArchitectsPrivate Houses


The site’s topography, orientation, exposure to the elements and neighbours, define the building’s form. The building responds through systems of blocking and filtering: walls of sliding glass, screens, and large scale automated clerestories The resultant form and spatial dynamics are reminiscent of a full sail, a Spinnaker. Christopher Frederick Jones The primary form of the house is accessed via a bridge from the pedestrian entry and carport. The bridge provides a framed view to Hervey Bay, and plays with the concept of leaving terra firma and boarding a vessel. The entire upper level is one large open plan, column free living, dining, kitchen and entertaining area. Large timber framed sliding doors open to expansive dec... More