Timber House Design
Houl House by Simon Winstanley Architects was built in Scotland. The house is situated on a hillside and partly sunk into it, which helps to protect it from cold northern winds and opens a nice view over the valley, nearby river and mountain range behind it. The residence is almost completely provided with electricity by wind turbines, large windows allow to save indoor lighting, and modern insulation system helps to keep a comfortable temperature inside the house all year round. As a result, we could see one more contemporary eco-house on the pictures below. The Houl received an Award in the Residential category of the 2010 GIA Awards.
Have you ever dreamed to have a small, cozy wooden house far from city bustle? Customer of this unusual Sunset Cabin had such dreams. The house is located in Canada and designed by Taylor Smyth Architects. The house is very modest, there is only one room and a small hall inside. It hasnt all modern conveniences; there is only electricity and furnace heating. But it is not so important because beauty and peace make you forget about everything. Of course, this house is not meant for permanent residence: it is not equipped enough. Sunset Cabin was created to spend a few days there, relaxing on the nature and to gathering your thoughts.
Buholmen Cottage is small but very interesting house, situated on the coast of Norway and designed SKAARA Arkitekter AS. Earlier there was a small barn on this site that was renovated to become convenient family home. Another structure was built nearby, and between the houses was equipped comfortable patio, sheltered from cold north winds. The facade of buildings made from specially treated pine boards that allows to establish a wonderful relationship with nature and make the home part of the natural landscape. So Buholmen Cottage perfectly blends with natural landscape. There are bedrooms in one part of building, while the second has the public areas. I think, its cool to live in this picturesque place.
The authors of this project were specialists of Robert Gurney Architect. Contemporary house, called Harkavy Residence is located deep in forest, in a very quiet place away from the road. The house was built mostly of wood and consists of two parts. One-storied part includes bedrooms and two storied consists of living room, kitchen and two small offices in which family members can work without leaving their Forest dwelling. In the interior finishing, as well as in the facade, there area lots of wood: beech, cherry and teak. Two-storey house has a roof in the shape of a butterfly that was not done by accident. The roof of this form allows you to maximize collect rainwater, which is later used for a number of household needs.