Favorite Buildings

Two Projects by Inblum by Michelle Linden






These two projects by Lithuanian firm Inblum are both great examples of using vaulted attics spaces to your advantage. I really love the bar above, it manages to feel cozy and light filled... The addition of skylights keep the ceiling and walls from feeling two low, while also creating visual interest. The textures are just great.




This apartment (also with vaulted ceilings) uses its soaring height well - The open stair leads to a loft above, which provides some privacy from the main space while still maintaining the connection. One thing I really like about both spaces is that they value and highlight asymmetric vaults, rather than trying to create a perfect centered vault, which while spacious wouldn't feel quite as dynamic.

Love both these projects.

Living on the Beach - a dream come true by Michelle Linden






This house by Aires Mateus would be pretty much a dream come true for me. A minimal structure, living on the beach, modern forms and a rustic materiality... what is not to love? Very little makes me happier than spending time on the beach, so I really can't imagine a better combination of my two loves - Modern Architecture and the Beach. 

More at Dezeen

Another House in the Trees by Michelle Linden






This house in the trees is currently inspiring me on a project we are working on here just north of Seattle. While, the house will be smaller and simpler, we're aiming for a similar relationship to the existing trees. Interesting, I learned from our client that here in the Pacific NW, the average house is closer to large massive trees than anywhere else in the world. So, why not embrace the trees?

K2D via Dezeen

Empty, but not cold by Michelle Linden






As someone who considers themselves a minimalist, I find myself often defending minimalism again accusations of being cold and uninviting. Minimalism doesn't have to be cold, and I think this project by Japanese firm Naruse Inokuma Architects illustrates that point quite clearly. While this house is currently empty, it isn't the least bit cold. The textures of the materials and the softness of the light are in my mind warm and inviting. I think it is a truly lovely project.
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75 SqM Summer Home by Michelle Linden









Very often, when discussing green architecture we neglect to mention the greenest thing we can do - which is build less. This home manages to build small (smaller footprint means less embodied energy and future energy use), while also integrating some very green ideas. The 37mm thick walls create a thermal mass that keeps the house cool and warm depending on the time of year. Added to that are solar panels and triple paned windows, all decreasing the draw of energy off of the grid.


But really, for me, one of the big draws is the spare, yet eclectic - totally Scandinavian - interior design!
If anyone knows the website of the architect Torbjörn Hoeg, I'd love to check out more work!


Via Shoebox Dwelling via Wave Avenue