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Trout Lake by Olsun Kundig

The buildings recall the agricultural forms of the local built environment, but as is our nature in our designs, we sought to take that context and evolve it to a more emphatic modern language. We sought to design something that was exquisitely proportioned in a quiet, agricultural way.” –Tom Kundig 

This stunning property is located on eighteen acres of rural agricultural property in Trout Lake, Washington. The minimalistic yet rustic design style was built with intention to integrate indoor and outdoor living; a sense of being none with the surrounding landscape. The exterior style of house takes after agricultural structures, with elements of minimalism incorporated in its design, form and materials used; most of the house is finished in low-maintenance concrete, plywood and steel.

Photography by Jeremy Bitterman

A Minimalist Forest House; The Junsei House

Designed for a couple interested in simplifying their lives and learning to live with less, The Junsei House was created with a holistic approach to designing architecture that is sustainable. The house’s spaces give one a feeling of completeness, eliminating the need for more things. Simple, efficient and quiet in design, the house is a reaction to today’s technology and offers a refuge in an ever changing, chaotic world. Located in an area once rich in fishing and logging and still supported by commuter ferry, the site is lush with trees. Respectful to the existing landscape and touching the ground minimally, the house is appropriate and compliments its surroundings rather than competing with it. Wishing to honor the existing site, all of the trees were left in place and excess excavation was limited to protect tree roots leaving only 18 feet in width and 80 feet in length for the house. Surrounded by trees and water, nature now becomes the house’s art. - From the architects. 

Built by Suyama Peterson Deguci in Seattle, WA. Photography by Charlie Schuck.

Nordic Components; Hillsden House by Lloyd Architects

Modern, but not in a cubist sort of way. The Nordic components of this home perfectly bring together a rustic yet Scandinavian cabin feel while also effortlessly maintaining state of the art architectural features, clean lines and open spaces. 

“Contrary to popular belief, it actually takes a lot more time and effort to create such clean and simple spaces,” says interior designer Ann Tempest. The final result blurs boundaries between modern and rustic, creating a truly timeless and comfortable residence. 

Architect: Lloyd Architects 

Interior Designer: Ann Tempest

Photography: Leah Miller, Mark Weinburgh, and CityHome Collective

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Cabin on Femunden by Aslak Haanshuus Arkitekter

Located on the shores of Femunden, a large lake near Norway's border with Sweden, lies this dynamic reconstructed property. The lot used to be occupied by two separate one-room log cabins, one over 100 years old. The owners, looking to preserve the old cabins but increase square footage asked architects Aslak Haanshuus Arkitekter to come up with a design incorporating the two old cabins into a larger, combined structure linked under a common roof. 

The finished project covers a floor space of 915 ft2 (85m2). The largest wing of the house contains an open floor living area, as well as a small bedroom that stretches towards the lake. Large glass windows were used throughout the house to capture ample natural light and magnificent water views. The remaining wings of the house contain the bathroom, sauna, storage and utility spaces. The main cabin and one of the smaller cabins, used as another bedroom, are heated by wood stoves.

Photographs by Tom Gustavsen, courtesy of Aslak Haanshuus Arkitekter.

DIY Minimalist Wine Rack

When simplicity is key, less is more. All you'll need for this minimalist wine rack is a wooden board, leather straps, some paint, screws and a leather punch. Choose the size of your wood board based on the size of your kitchen and how many wine bottles you wish to store. A 60cm x 40cm is shown here. First step is to paint the board with a white lacquer. You can of course choose a different colour, or leave the wood board untreated. However note that the white contrast with the dark wine bottles will give your board that distinct Scandinavian feel.  

If you have the tools, cut your own straps of leather. If not, purchase some pre-cut straps of equal width and about 35cm in length. At both ends of each strap punch a hole the exact size of the screws you wish to use. From this point, simply form a loop with your leather strap and decide where you wish to place the positioning for the three bottles. It's advised you lay out all six loops before attaching them to ensure they are of enough distance from one and other as well as from the edges of the board; this way your bottles will appear centred on the mount. Once you're set on position, simply screw the straps in place. 

Tutorial and photography via: ItsPrettyNice

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Into The Woods: Studio Yod Lab's Verholy Guest Houses
Into the woods: Photography by Andrey Avdeenko 

Into the woods: Photography by Andrey Avdeenko 

One brief look at the ease and flow of constructing these minimal footprint guest houses is enough to make us wonder why so few designers truly take the time to respect and connect with the landscape and nature surrounding their design. 

Photography by Andrey Avdeenko 

Photography by Andrey Avdeenko 

Nestled in the Poltova region of Ukraine you will find Sosnovka’s Relax Park Verholy. Here, amidst a maze of tree trunks and a needle-scattered ground, Studio YOD has crafted guest houses that were seemingly born from the forest. 

Each lightweight metal-framed structure is set on a screw base, raised a meter above the ground. This allows quick assembly of the structure without harming the surrounding landscape, especially the root systems of the surrounding pine forest. The walls are veneered oak, with a larch plate ceiling to match the construction of the terrace. The interior is designed with natural colors, unadorned but for individually-designed pieces of furniture and abstract artwork upon the wall. The house saves on energy consumption with diode lamps and background diode highlighters, which offer their own dramatic glow. At night, the interior gleams a warm candle-orange, while thick, earth-colored drapes allow privacy.

Photography by Andrey Avdeenko 

Photography by Andrey Avdeenko 

Photography by Andrey Avdeenko 

Photography by Andrey Avdeenko

Photography by Andrey Avdeenko

Photography by Andrey Avdeenko 

Photography by Andrey Avdeenko