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Forest Retreat by Uhlik Architekti in the Central Bohemian Region, Czech Republic, was completed in 2013. The compact structure, which rests on a boulder, was constructed by local craftsman, including a blacksmith from the local village who prepared the steel components. The house has a wooden base, and is covered with charred boards with rabbet joints. Photography: Jan Kudej

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A House For All Seasons by John Lin, in Shijia Village, Shaanxi Province, China, was completed in 2012. Built with the support of The University of Hong Kong, the project is a contemporary prototype based on the vernacular of local village houses. It features a concrete frame to increase earthquake-resistance and a latticed brick exterior for shade and natural ventilation. Photography: Rufwork

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We have been reading about Jane Wood‘s role in transforming Littlehampton, in West Sussex, through cutting-edge modern architecture and design. Around ten years ago Wood bought a former kiosk and hired the then-little-known Thomas Heathwerwick to transform it, resulting in the East Beach Cafe, Heatherwick’s first UK building. Wood also commissioned Asif Khan, the designer of the Winter Olympics MegaFon installation, to execute Littlehampton’s West Beach Cafe.

More recently, she commissioned award-winning architect John Pardey to develop a collection of modern coastal houses in Littlehampton, Riverside Wharf. The timber-clad, four-bedroom houses rise out of a block of brick and flint warehouses, and feature saw-toothed aluminium roofs and glass façades. Two are currently for sale with The Modern House.

Following the recent rise in property rises in Littlehampton, The Sunday Times reports that Wood has been approached by other councils, keen to inject the same level of innovation and ideas into their seaside towns.

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House Riihi by Oopeaa is in Alajärvi, a small village in eastern Ostrobothnia in Finland. The arrangement of the house, the atelier and the garage recall a traditional Finnish farm, in which wooden cottages were arranged to form a protected inner courtyard. The low energy, L-shaped house has a wooden frame, with large pitched roofs clad in aluminum. Images: Oopeaa

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