Hip as in cool (not the type), green as in eco-friendly (not the book), this far-reaching wood roof ends far past the framing of the outer house walls – a shade-supplying cantilever that is awesomely out-of-scale with the small home sheltered beneath it.

If ceilings can be said to define spaces then this giant domestic overhang extends the interior area of the core home plans a good distance in all directions. Or, if porch and patio layouts provide a psychological buffer between a house and the exterior world, then the residents here must feel very cozy, safe and secure indeed.

Year-round shade saves on heating expenses while indirect daylight still comes in on all sides, reducing the need for artificially-powered lamps. Showing off the amazing strength of wood in conditions of extreme extension, this home was designed by Tezuka Architects and constructed via traditional framing and conventional carpentry techniques – just taken a few steps further than those simple a-frames we sketched as children.