Unused historic buildings warehouses factories bunkers galleries churches and various public and private venues when afforded an external overhaul and a contemporary reinterpretation of their inner form present new and exciting opportunities for urban living. Moreover their newly-built modern contemporaries those of the concrete glass and steel variety can work equally well (differing markedly from the mass-produced and insipid suburban-style new-build).
The Cabanas Norio in Portugal are complimentary buildings—one is a bedroom and bath the other serves as a living room and kitchen. Architect Manuel Aires Mateus redesigned two old fisherman’s huts and added a pontoon over the water to create this getaway which can be rented out by the night.
These hiker’s cabins in The Netherlands are made from sustainable and reused materials and were designed by Kristel Hermans Architectuur for Trek-In. All 9 are situated in hiker’s areas feature comfortable overnight accommodations for all ages and include bathrooms and kitchens for cooking.
Slip House in Brixton South London was designed by Carl Turner Architects. A strikingly contemporary inner city residence the home comprises three ‘slipped’ orthogonal box forms that cantilever towards the street.
Less a contemporary roof per se but rather a contemporary roof installation LoftCube was installed at the top of Hotel Daniel Graz in Austria. Billed as “the highest suite in town” and conceived by Berlin-based Studio Aisslinger the LoftCube offers residents panoramic views of Graz and a well-appointed interior space.