Charred wood-clad Sleeve House is a home within a home

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Two elongated volumes – a smaller one sleeved into a larger – comprise this timber house located on an open rolling hillside in New York state. Architecture firm actual / office designed the building as a modern reinterpretation of traditional barns and other farm building in the area.

The Sleeve House sits on a sloping terrain around two hours north of New York City in a rural area of the Hudson Valley. Its two volumes–one sleeved into the other– create three different types of spaces… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Luxury private-island resort in the Maldives aims for minimal site impact

A new paradise destination has surfaced on the waters of the jaw-droppingly beautiful Maldives. Singapore-based WOW Architects recently completed the St. Regis Maldives, a luxury hotel that extends out of a private island. In hopes of minimizing the resort’s impact on the landscape, WOW architects implemented prefabricated timber systems and uses local labor and materials whenever possible.

Covering 16,000 square meters across land and water, the St. Regis Maldives comprises 77… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building