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Shell / ARTechnic architects

The year 2007 ended with Alex Roman showcasing his ‘Forest Refuge’ house renders, and since then we have been overloaded with these types of renders. Some good, some bad and some truly remarkable. It got to a point were a debate started about “who would ever build a house like that in a forest” and a general feel of boredom from it started to emerged… well, I know these houses are being built and reality surpasses any render I’ve seen in the form of the Shell house by ARTechnic architects. It is probably the best example for it that I’ve seen to date! And guess what? someone just recreated it in 3d too!

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Paraty House / Marcio Kogan

As previously stated, I love just about any project Marcio Kogan turns out and Paraty House is no exception… I even think that this house is his best so far. The combination of an amazing site, secluded inside a Brazilian island cove accessed by boat only, and great architectural interpretation of simple boxes, makes one of the more compelling houses I’ve seen to date.

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Making of House K by Toni Fresnedo

Toni created the ‘House K’ images, that were posted on the forums not long ago, as part of his final project during his studies at FX ANIMATION school in Barcelona, Spain. Toni selected a great house design by 3LHD Architects, Architects that were previously visited by Javier Pintor in his Bathroom at House N tutorial. Follow along as Toni describes his process in making his renders using AutoCAD, 3D Studio Max, VRay, Photoshop and the Magic Bullet Photo Looks plugin.

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Casa Gatica / Felipe Assadi and Francisca Pulido

It is amazing how architects keep reusing the dual box on box basic idea and yet make something unique with style of its own. Gatica House by Felipe Assadi and Francisca Pulido is a great example for that. This set of photos is a great reference for materials such as grass, pebbles, dark stone, concrete & wood. Not sure I like the dark interiors so much but the site and dusk photos are great.

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House in Melides / Pedro Reis

House in Melides / Pedro Reis

Simple design, yet a remarkable impact as shown in this great set of photos by Fernando & Sergio Guerra for this House in Melides, Grândola, Portugal by Pedro Reis. I love just about any of FG+SG photography work. Their large skies and high contrast exterior is kind of a trade mark. There is much to learn from this set as well as an interesting story behind the design of this house that was done in a way of architectural competition among three offices.

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