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This building is located on a 622 sq. meter piece of land, on a hill at the foot of Mt. Yatsugatake in Yamanashi, Japan. The small wooden house is called ‘Atelier for calligrapher’ and was designed by Japanese firm Kochi Architect’s Studio.

With a compact 62 square meter floor space, this..

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Xanadu

Calpe, Spain
by Ricardo Bofill

Xanadú is an experimental prototype that reflects the theory of a garden city in space. Built as part of the La Manzanera development, which also houses the nearby La Muralla Roja, the project contains 18 apartments intended to be summer homes.

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The building began from the..

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Cubo Negro

Caracas, Venezuela
by John Burgee, ...

The Cubo Negro was designed by Philip Johnson and John Burgee during the first quarter of 1975. Located in Caracas, Venezuela, the mixed-use space incorporates commercial and art spaces. It is still occupied today.

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The architectural concept is based on a "parageometric" cube in..

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VitraHaus

Weil am Rhein, Germany
by Herzog & de Meuron

Over the past few years Vitra has acquired a wide-ranging Home Collection. The quantity and variety of objects by many different designers led to the idea of building a showroom to present the items to the public. A shop, a cafe linked to the outside and conference rooms complete the program.
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The Black Villa Savoye

Canberra, Australia

The architect, Howard Ragatt of the firm Ashton Raggatt McDougall designed the building for AIATSIS. Controversy surrounds this building with the claim that part of the rear of the building is a copy of pioneer architect Le Corbusier's 1920's Villa Savoye. The building cost $13.7 million.

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Black Rubber House

Dungeness, United Kingdom
by Simon Conder Associates

Simon Conder Associates' Black Rubber House on Dungeness beach in Kent (UK) started as a conversion of a former fisherman’s cottage and ended up three-quarters new build.

The house is built almost entirely of Finnish wood and clad entirely in black rubber. There's only one bedroom. Visitors..

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Tower Studio

Fogo Island, Canada
by Todd Saunders

The Tower Studio is dramatically situated on a stretch of rocky coastline in Shoal Bay, Fogo Island, Newfoundland. The studio’s sculptural silhouette leans both forward and backward as it twists upward. For the average visitor to the island, this windowless black tower, more often than not,..

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