This week's picks:
+ John Letourneau's watchthehousegrow at Materialicious, "After 20 years of various homes and renovations, it's time to grow my first one from scratch. With 158 acres to choose from, I settled on a little plateau with southern exposure overlooking my agricultural land."
+ Andrew Maynard Architects' Vader House at Archinect, "The extension is a framed steel skeleton which envelopes the unusually high masonry boundary wall built prior to height restrictions, reclaiming it into the interior. The roof then responds to site setbacks which result in a distorted and subverted answer to regulations. This produces high folded internal planes, allowing double height ceilings, a mezzanine level and spacious interior."
+ Kraus Schonberg's Haus W at architechnophilia, a "130 sqm residence in Hamburg, Germany by Kraus Schonberg Architects is partially submerged to provide privacy yet keep a sense of openness. The glazed lower level contains the living areas with views into garden, whilst the varying upper floor levels - finished in engineered timber on the exterior contain the more private spaces wrapped around the central atrium."
+ Site-Specific and Buatalah Studio's Green Container Housing Demo in Thailand at TreeHugger, "constructed of 4 reused shipping container and prefabricated modules. The home was designed for the family of three and it is roughly around 100 sq.m. (~1000 SF)".
+ Hiroyuki Tanaka Architects' House in Hiyoshi renovation and House in Sagamino.
+ Clarendon's controversial Thin House at Apartment Therapy, 12 feet wide with "2,880 square feet [on] four floors, four bedrooms, and three-and-a-half bathrooms."