Grand Designs TV Houses

by Gemma Parkes

December 04, 2017

RIBA House of the Year 2017 winner: 5 design ideas from Caring Wood

Steal these innovative designs ideas from this contemporary English country house Photo credit: James Morris Built over 1400 sqm of Kent countryside, Caring Wood is…

The old adage – that good things come in small packages – certainly rings true with the Origami House in Japan.

Eyecatcher2

Image: TSC Architects (+81 052 700 7700; tsc-a.com) 

This striking design with its elegant, angular roof was created by TSC Architects (+81 052 700 7700; tsc-a.com) for a newly married young couple in a village in Mie Prefecture, Japan. Inspired by the art of paper folding, the roof rises from the earth like a tent, before bending in five places to envelop the property, emulating the sharp peaks of the surrounding mountains.

Eyecatcher2

Architect Yoshiaki Tanaka’s folding structure isn’t just aesthetic – its elevated points at the front and back encourage sunlight to flood in, shade a decked veranda, and also frame the spectacular rugged views through double-height windows. The parts that stretch to the ground have a purpose, too, wrapping around the home to give a feeling of security and protection from high winds, storms and earthquakes.

Eyecatcher2

Words: Rachel Ogden

Kevin McCloud on how our homes give us the chance to reflect and have new experiences

Our editor-at-large ponders how our homes can give us a chance to reflect and have new experiences.
how-our-homes-give-us-the-chance-to-reflect-and-have-new-experiences
5-eco-friendly-home-building-ideas-from-experts
Self Build Homes

5 eco friendly home building ideas

Are you looking to build a house that is also environment friendly? Check out Grand Designs Magazine's editor's eco-friendly house build ideas.
new-build-by-the-sea-in-donegal-ireland
Self Build Homes

New build by the sea in Donegal, Ireland

In an inspirational coastal setting, this contemporary take on a traditional Irish home was designed to embrace its surroundings and be a sociable space for...
contemporary-eco-new-build-home-in-denmark
Self Build Homes

Contemporary eco new build home in Denmark

The design of Rasmus and Lene’s Danish home connects with its woodland setting, making it a natural winner.
george-clarke-on-why-britain-should-be-a-nation-of-self-builders
Self Build Homes

George Clarke on why Britain should be a nation of self-builders

The architect and presenter of Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces and The Restoration Man shares his latest tips and ideas.
case-study-hi-tech-contemporary-kitchen
Self Build Homes

Case study: Hi-tech contemporary kitchen

Hi-tech appliances combine with contemporary style in this new-build family home in West London.
stunning-demolition-new-build-in-north-london-by-facit-homes
Self Build Homes

Stunning demolition/new build in North London by Facit Homes

With Anya, Robin and their 4 boys fast outgrowing their house in North London, in order to stay in the area that was ideal for...