No. 9. Firm: Filip Janssens. Site: Aalst, Belgium. Idea: Tom Lierman Office of Architecture and Interiors designed Filip Janssens a barnlike residence, and Janssens added a small garden pavilion with an exterior clad in larch planks. The 110-square-foot interior, fully insulated, comprises a tool shed and an airy garden room. Photo by Luc Roymans/Chilli Media/Living Inside.
No. 12. Firm: Kengo Kuma & Associates. Site: Hokkaido, Japan. Idea: KKAA’s modernized version of a Japanese chise, dubbed Même, includes a frame of locally harvested larch clad in fluorocarbon-coated polyester, lined with a removable glass-fiber fabric, and insulated with a polyester membrane made from recycled PET bottles. Photo courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates.
No. 13. Firm: Clei; Amie Gross Architects; N Architects. Site: New York, NY. Idea: The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development launched the APTNYC competition to develop proposals for buildings containing micro-apartments. N Architects won with My MicroNY, comprising 55 prefabricated modules ranging from 250 to 370 square feet. Photo by John Halpern/Mueseum of the City of New York.
No. 14. Firm: ADN Garden Design; RA Architectural & Design Studio; Subvert. Site: Lisbon, Portugal. Idea: One 2,700-square-foot house distinguishes itself—and its Lisbon neighborhood—with 1,100 square feet of vertical garden, providing a drab culdesac with a new kind of park. A private residence is also a public amenity. Photo by FG + SG Architectural photography/photofoyer.
No. 15. Firm: Instore. Site: Chute-Saint-Philippe, Quebec. Idea: The owners of a secluded 3,800-square-foot, two-story log cabin saw magic in the designer’s madness and gave him carte blanche—or, rather, carte noire. Soon a color called Black Tie, applied with airless paint pistols, covered nearly every surface, inside and out. Photo by Serge Anton/Living Inside.
No. 16. Firm: UID Architects. Site: Fukuyama, Japan. Idea: A house set in a suburban development in Fukuyama is constructed so the back of the two-level, 1,350-square-foot structure extends into unspoiled woods. A nickname for the house, Node, references the way it straddles the man-made and natural environments. Photo by Sergio Perrone.
No. 17. Firm: Claus en Kaan Architects. Site: Paris, France. Idea: In 1932, Auguste Perret completed a trapezoid-shape building and constructed his own 2,500-square-foot apartment on top. By paying three years’ rent in advance, Felix Claus made possible a renovation under the auspices of the national Monuments Historiques. Photo by: Hotze Eisma/Taverne Agency.
No. 18. Firm: Iroje KHM Architects. SIte: Seoul, South Korea. Idea: A clients’ respect for classic Korean architecture conflicted with a strong desire for both high security and the latest in design and technology. To reconcile these opposites, a 3,600-square-foot home encircles a 2,200-square-foot courtyard to maximize light penetration and air circulation. Photo by Sergio Pirrone.
No. 19. Firm: Arkitekt Studio WRB. Site: Stockholm Archipelago. Idea: The centuries-old barns that speckle the countryside inspired an 1,800-square-foot summer house, but the client craved an open-air retreat. So in place of the usual wood bearing walls, the exterior comprises cast-concrete with relief that mimics lumber, allowing for big windows and open plans. Photo by Michael Perlmutter.
No. 21. Firm: Levitt Goodman Architects and Scott Torrance Landscape Architect. Site: Toronto, Quebec. Idea: Rather than scouring the countryside in search of an untouched site for a vaction home, the firm homed in on the client’s own residence as the ideal location. A neighboring house on a 1⁄4 acre was acquired and demolished, the discarded materials and fixtures repurposed by Habitat for Humanity. Photo by Ben Rahn/A-Frame.
No. 32. Firm: Jordan Mozer and Associates. Site: Chicago, IL. Idea: To promote confidence, autonomy, and a sense of community among young adults with autism, this prototype building will provide eight apartments, a ground-level gallery, staff office, and rooftop garden. Courtesy of Jordan Mozer and Associates.
No. 37. Firm: W.G. Clark Associates. Site: Charlottesville, VA. Idea: A freestanding studio and gallery for a married couple, adjacent to their house, uses natural light to unify form and function throughout a 1,120-square-foot, two-story pavilion. A wall of translucent glass block with a deep painted plywood overhang on the southern exposure minimizes sun. Photo by Bill Moretz.
No. 39. Firm: Dameron Architecture. Site: Brooklyn, NY. Idea: A former marble workshop behind an apartment building, first stripped down to its stained and graffiti-covered concrete-block walls, became an indoor-outdoor space that allows its owner to store, work on, and display his vintage motor bikes. Photo by Barkow Photo.
No. 46. Firm: SPG Architects. Idea: Designed for flood plains, the stucco Modular Hoome II is built on pilotis of water-resistant hardwood and demonstrates that good looks and interior flow needn’t be sacrificed for affordability. Courtesy of SPG Architects.
No. 73. Firm: Chiarodo Maillet Architectes. Site: Paris, France. Idea: Renovating a young family's house in part of 19th- century former industrial building in Paris, Chiarodo Maillet Architectes gutted the attic an turned it into sleeping quarters for three sisters, working with a cabinet-maker to develop three identical chambers. Photo by Fabiene Delafraye/Photofoyer.