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A $500 cabin built from re-purposed windows in West Virginia by Nick Olson and Lilah Horwitz

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I’d love to spend Christmas, Summer and Fall here with my two dogs.

Photographer Nick Olson and designer Lilah Horwitz built this charming cabin in the mountains of West Virginia. With only $500, the couple foraged most of the building materials from an abandoned barn. The main architectural feature is the enormous glass wall, a . . . → Read More: A $500 cabin built from re-purposed windows in West Virginia by Nick Olson and Lilah Horwitz

High-density urban architectures created with paper by Katsumi Hayakawa

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detailed view from “Construction No.1M”

“Construction No.1M” 74 x 127 x 10 cm, 2012

New York City based artist Katsumi Hayakawa creates intricate models of large urban landscapes from paper, glue and string. Inspired by the architectural density of cities (see here), Hayakawa hand-crafts each box along a grid, slightly altering them as he goes along, . . . → Read More: High-density urban architectures created with paper by Katsumi Hayakawa

Installations of broken miniature paper houses by Daniele Del Nero

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Like broken people, broken houses tell more interesting stories. Just look at these miniature houses by Savona and Milan based artist Daniele Del Nero from the “Brockenhaus” series. Using black paper, Del Nero constructs architectural scale models of deserted towns. To create the effect of neglect and abandonment, the artist covers the black paper . . . → Read More: Installations of broken miniature paper houses by Daniele Del Nero

Assemblages of buildings in New York City by Heather Kocsis

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Through the darkness, there will always be light… , oil on wood, 55” x 42” x 12”, 2013

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Canada based artist Heather Kocsis creates three-dimensional assemblages depicting buildings inspired by ones she viewed on the streets of New York City. Using salvaged wood, Kocsis constructs miniature fire escapes, staircases and . . . → Read More: Assemblages of buildings in New York City by Heather Kocsis

Modern sand castles by Calvin Seibert

This is not something you see on the beach everyday. In fact, I would do a double-take and most likely trip if I walked past anything that looked like one of these structures constructed by sand castle artist Calvin Seibert.  Using little more than a couple of 50-cent plastic spackling tools and a 5 . . . → Read More: Modern sand castles by Calvin Seibert

“The Scribe’s House” a furnished apartment created entirely from paper at Anthropologie

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A studio apartment complete with a bed, bathtub, bookcase and dining table set for dinner. Sounds like my house, except it is all crafted from found paper. The “Scribe’s House” was built by artist Pablo Lehmann and is currently installed in the gallery at the Rockefeller Center’s Anthropologie store in New York City. I . . . → Read More: “The Scribe’s House” a furnished apartment created entirely from paper at Anthropologie

Cut paper sculptures of urban architectures by Stephanie Beck

Detail, Aviary, cut paper, graphite, glue, string, found objects, 26 x 74 x 47 in., 2010. Photograph by Tim Moyer

(Detail) “Aviary” cut paper, graphite, glue, string, found objects, 26 x 74 x 47 in., 2010. Photographed by Tim Moyer

I discovered the work of American artist Stephanie Beck while browsing the exhibit proceedings for “Architectures de papier” now showing at the Cite de l’architeture et du patrimoine, an architecture museum located in the . . . → Read More: Cut paper sculptures of urban architectures by Stephanie Beck

Fabric houses by Do Ho Suh

'Blueprint (leeum version)', 2010-2012 polyester fabric, metal armature

‘Blueprint’, 2010-2012 polyester fabric, metal armature

What does it mean to have a “home,” especially if you lead a nomadic life? South Korean artist Do Ho Suh has made the nature of the space we inhabit a theme in much of his work. Using sheer material (silk or polyester) suspended over a metal armature, . . . → Read More: Fabric houses by Do Ho Suh

Paper cities by Matthew Picton

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London 1940 Southwark (detail)

Like a plant that blooms and wilts based upon the weather, cities grow and contract based upon the population as well as natural/man-made disasters like fires, floods and earthquakes. Oregon-based artist Matthew Picton builds 3-dimensional maps of cities that capture the state of the city during pivotal moments in their . . . → Read More: Paper cities by Matthew Picton

A house covered with thousands of mirrors in Japan

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Sometimes nature is so magnificent that you just want your house to melt into it. Look what artist Harumi Yukutake did to camouflage this dwelling with its surroundings. In 2009 for Japan’s largest open-air art festival, Echigo-Tsumari, Yukutake constructed a small wooden structure covered with thousands of round hand-cut mirrors. After a walk among . . . → Read More: A house covered with thousands of mirrors in Japan