Ramblin’ On Ranch Houses


The Houl by Simon Winstanley Architects, Kendoon, GB

Mid-century America was dominated by the ranch, those low horizontal homes typified by a rambling floor plan. Indeed, the ranch—or “rambler”—accounted for a whopping 9 out of 10 homes built in the US during the 1950s. But by the 1970s, the rambler’s allure began to fade. As the US grew more prosperous, and as such post-war ideals about community and family made way for post-modern cynicism and individualism, Americans began to clamor for larger homes that reflected their personality.


Experimental Ranch by Marmol Radziner, Los Angeles

But recently, the ranch has enjoyed a resurgence, due to the economic recession and the design’s wide availability and reasonable prices. Though long maligned for its uniformity, these contemporary versions have proved that the ranch can be stylish and modern.

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Okitu House by Bossley Architects, Gisborne, NZ


The Five Alarm Design Of Contemporary Firehouses


In the Rock – Fire Brigade Magreidbergmeisterwolf architekten, Margreid, Italy

Firefighters have a dangerous job. They also have a unique workweek, normally working 24 hours straight, with two days off. This schedule requires a building that combines work and living space under one roof—not only a garage for the fire truck, but also a kitchen and areas for relaxation and sleep.

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Fire Station, GavaMestura Arquitectes, Gava, Spain

Traditional firehouse floor plans revolve around the fire pole, allowing quick access to the engines and gear in an emergency. Contemporary firehouses don’t incorporate the sliding pole anymore; safety issues surrounding holes in the floor make it untenable. Architects are also forsaking brick and mortar, using glass, steel, and other modern materials for an updated appearance.

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Parc De BombersArriola & Fiol arquitectes, Montblanc, France



Fire stationDietrich / Untertrifaller Architekten, Sulzberg-Thal, Austria

Monumental Minimalism In House On A Pinewood


House on a Pinewood by sundaymorning and Massimo Fiorido Associati

Integrating buildings into the surrounding environment promotes a sense of harmony. The minimalist design of the House on a Pinewood incorporates travertine limestone, the appearance of which matches the surrounding sandy area.



House on a Pinewood by sundaymorning and Massimo Fiorido Associati

Travertine is similar in look to marble with visible striations, and occurs through the accumulation of carbonated calcium surrounding hot mineral springs.

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House on a Pinewood by sundaymorning and Massimo Fiorido Associati

The sculptural and functional stairway doubles as a shelving system, taking advantage of the opportunity for a unique built feature.

The simplicity of the building and implementation of lighting and accessories combine to form a dramatic confluence of the natural and manufactured.

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