Madrid apartment stays cool without air-conditioning

The recently-completed Madrid apartment has a total floorspace of 46 sq m (495 sq ft)

Spain's Husos Architects was commissioned by a doctor to renovate his Madrid apartment that he shares with his heat-sensitive bulldog. In response, the firm created a new layout that promotes ventilation and, it says, keeps the home comfortable year-round without air-conditioning. The project also added some neat features like a "sleeping capsule" and greywater recycling.

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America's best new homes for 2019 revealed

Mirror Point, by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, is one of the dozen projects highlighted in AIA's 2019 ...

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has revealed the winners for its 2019 Housing Awards. Now in its 19th year, the annual awards highlight the best residential architecture designed by US-licensed firms. This year offers a strong selection of projects, from luxurious rural retreats to affordable inner-city housing.

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Concrete house is topped by glass-bottomed swimming pool

Casa B's rooftop pool offers a view of the home's interior below

Casa B, by Italian firm Architrend Architecture, is a recently-completed concrete townhouse that's fronted by a glazed facade. In a novel touch that brings to mind Casa Brutale, the home also has a glass-bottomed swimming pool up top.

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Compact tiny house inspired by Danish lifestyle movement

The Lykke has been installed in a forest and has a wraparound deck to increase living ...

Wind River Tiny Homes' previous model was centered around the view, but its newest home, the Lykke, is more concerned with cozy nights in. The compact tiny house is named after the Danish word for happiness and draws design cues from the Hygge lifestyle movement hailing from that part of the world.

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Lupine tiny house puts the focus on the view

The Lupine is wired up to run on solar power

Wind River Tiny Homes recently completed a tiny house for a couple in Virginia with a nice 100 acre (40 hectare) plot of land. To make the most of the choice location, the firm installed carefully placed windows – including in the shower – putting the focus firmly on the view outside.

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Vacation home is raised on stilts and squeezed between trees

Treehouse features solar power and a rainwater collection system

Treehouse, by Atelier Victoria Migliore, is a vacation home that looks a bit more comfortable than your average backyard treehouse. It was raised on stilts and squeezed into a forest plot in France without causing the existing trees any damage.

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Family home upgraded with solar power, extra space and secret rooms

The Grant House extension features solar panels and a rainwater collection system

Austin Maynard Architects produces some of the most interesting house extensions around, like the Cut Paw Paw House, and Dorman House, for example. Grant House is similarly ambitious and sees the firm upgrade an aging family home by adding more living space, improving its sustainability and creating a couple of hidden rooms.

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Dutch firm creates sleek, motorized, solar-powered floating homes

Dutch architectural firm +31Architects have designed a series of solar-powered houseboats

Dutch architectural firm +31Architects has designed a series of solar-powered houseboats, with plans to complete the first prototypes by the end of the year in partnership with German manufacturer WSM Die Wohnschiff-Manufaktur. Dubbed Naturecruiser and Waterloft, these innovative motorized floating homes are designed as fully equipped houseboats but with the added benefit of being able to cruise the surrounding lakes or rivers.

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