Small spaces, big ideas

Small spaces, big ideas

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Small houses but big architectural challenges! Small Architecture Now! (éd. Taschen) evokes these buildings with a reduced size but with a perfect design. In the era of "small spaces" housing, one can only be attentive. Small houses that rekindle our dreams of children's huts ... Small Architecture Now! (ed. Taschen), Philip Jodido - who was editor of Knowledge of the Arts for more than twenty years - brings together some very beautiful examples of these challenges taken up hands down by talented architects: designing small buildings intelligently.
Like this cabin built in New Zealand by Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects, on the beach - one of the great advantages of these small buildings? Adapt to all terrains! Designed to withstand the elements, the cabin measures barely 40 square meters and rests on two wooden sleds that allow it to be moved according to the whims of the waterfront.
Or this “Home for all” project led by Toyo Ito in collaboration with younger architects, Kumiko Inui, Sou Fujimoto, and Akihisa Hirata. A project to provide meeting rooms for those who had lost their homes in the city of Rikuzentakata, devastated by the 2011 tsunami. For construction, we used cedar trunks - damaged by salt water during the tsunami - around which we laid the floor.
Not to mention this "Delta Shelter", country house in Mazama, in the United States, by Seattle architects, Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects. Alone in the middle of nature. What more ? We find other beautiful names in contemporary architecture around the world for small-scale projects with great ambition. Inspiring! Small Architecture Now!, by Philip Jodidio, 416 p., 39.99 euros


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