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  1. Desert Utopia
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    Desert Utopia

    With this elegant steel prototype, Marmol Radziner and Associates launch a new prefab venture with the goal of bringing their modern design sensibilities to a broader market.

    written by: Frances Anderton
    photos by: Daniel Hennessy
    01.17.09

  2. Five Inspirational Shipping Container Homes
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    Five Inspirational Shipping Container Homes

    Reclaimed shipping containers are ideal nesting spots for the residents of these five homes. Whether lured by the relatively inexpensive costs, ready supply, or aesthetic charm of containers, the...

    written by: Diana Budds
    07.20.12

  3. Palace Intrigue
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    Palace Intrigue

    In the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, architect Rytis Mikulionis spent several years property hunting for his first nesting ground and finally ended up inside a former Soviet army barrack, which...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    photos by: Hertha Hurnaus
    01.16.09

  4. A Stacked Cabin for a Steep Slope
    Houses We Love

    A Stacked Cabin for a Steep Slope

    A steeply sloped site in the Wisconsin forest, plus an equally steep budget, led architect Brian Johnsen to reinvent the archetypal cabin for a sturdy vacation home.

    written by: Olivia Martin
    photos by: Narayan Mahon
    02.02.13

  5. Where the Sidewalk Ends
    Context

    Where the Sidewalk Ends

    After taking on San Francisco City Hall, architect Jane Martin helped spawn a movement that has rendered the city’s sidewalks more hospitable to birds, bees, butterflies—and even to...

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    06.22.09

  6. A Green Approach
    Green

    A Green Approach

    Architect Robert Swatt, designer of the GreenCity Lofts condo complex on the border of Oakland and Emeryville, California, makes no claim to longstanding environmental expertise.

    written by: Reyhan Harmanci
    photos by: Cesar Rubio
    02.01.09

  7. On the Fence
    Outdoor

    On the Fence

    This “landscaped outdoor room” near Farrar Pond, Massachusetts, uses simple construction to create complex effects.

    written by: Michael Grozik
    photos by: Charles Mayer
    02.04.09

  8. Malibu Canyon House with a View
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    Malibu Canyon House with a View

    Working with a limited footprint, a daunting slope, and killer views, architect Bruce Bolander went vertical with a secluded canyon house in Malibu.

    written by: Erika Heet
    photos by: J Bennett Fitts
    10.29.12

  9. Solar Inspiration
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    Solar Inspiration

    A husband-and-wife architect team proves a house can be good for the environment—and look great too.

    written by: Sydney LeBlanc
    photos by: Marvin Rand
    01.19.09

  10. Glass Prefab Cabin is Ultimate Outdoor Getaway
    Houses We Love

    Glass Prefab Cabin is Ultimate Outdoor Getaway

    Glass walls and a slide-away wall connect this rural escape with the outdoors.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    11.02.14

  11. Long Island Summer Home Gets a Modern Addition
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    Long Island Summer Home Gets a Modern Addition

     “I can show you what it was…and what it is,” 
Joe Dolce says, delineating the slight, 250-square-foot addition to his Long Island summer home.

    written by: Amber Bravo
    photos by: Raimund Koch
    03.04.09

  12. Low-Tech Utopia
    Green

    Low-Tech Utopia

    People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones, which probably isn't an issue when the glass house is a commune.

    written by: Femke Bijlsma
    photos by: Alessio Guarino
    04.30.09

  13. Snow Proofed Hillside Family Home in Austria
    Green

    Snow Proofed Hillside Family Home in Austria

    Most homeowners would avoid living within striking distance of an avalanche, but Marcell Strolz and Uli Alber embrace Alpine extremes. They built a house that could weather even the fiercest storm....

    written by: Dominic Bradbury
    photos by: Richard Powers
    12.30.09

  14. A Tale of Two Houses
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    A Tale of Two Houses

    When Ulrich Fleischmann approached architect Maki Kuwayama, of Unit A Architecture in Stuttgart, Germany, to design a home and office space, he was looking for a deal. Fleischmann wanted two houses...

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    02.01.09

  15. 5 Remarkable Kitchen Renovations
    Renovation

    5 Remarkable Kitchen Renovations

    Behold the mighty power of designers and architects to re-imagine and recast a kitchen, one of the most frequently renovated rooms in a modern home. You won't believe the before shots are from the...

    written by: Diana Budds
    07.07.14

  16. Eastern Promise
    Rewind

    Eastern Promise

    A 400-year-old icon of Japanese design inspires generations of modern architects.

    written by: Diana Budds
    08.25.11

  17. Future Building
    Profiles

    Future Building

    Resembling in form and function ancestors such as Jean Prouvé’s prefab Tropical House, Architect Fred Friedmeyer’s prefab structures harmonize, as much as possible, with Ethiopia...

    written by: Donovan Finn
    02.26.09

  18. New Prospects
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    New Prospects

    A Brooklyn architect shows what a little elbow grease, a healthy dose of naïveté, and a decade can accomplish.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    photos by: Dustin Aksland
    08.13.11

  19. Communal Lakeside Vacation House in Ontario
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    Communal Lakeside Vacation House in Ontario

    On a lakeside plot outside Toronto, four friends forge a new kind of vacation house. 

    written by: Alex Bozikovic
    photos by: Lorne Bridgman
    04.19.12

  20. Appetite for Construction
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    Appetite for Construction

    Six years ago, architect Jorge Gracia came to Dwell’s attention with a house he built for his family that was radically different from any other in his hometown of Tijuana, Mexico, where the...

    written by: Frances Anderton
    03.29.11

  21. Sustainability in Stages
    My House

    Sustainability in Stages

    "Personally, I’d rather be living outside,” says architect David Hertz. As a young man surfing in Bali, he was impressed by tropical village compounds where indoors and out flow into each other. ...

    written by: Sydney LeBlanc
    photos by: Misha Gravenor
    01.20.09

  22. Green Is in the Details
    Green

    Green Is in the Details

    Carver + Schicketanz Architects’ eco-friendly renovation earned this mid-century-modern home LEED Platinum certification and proved that when it comes to building sustainably, it’s all...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Mathew Scott
    01.23.12

  23. The Great Compression
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    The Great Compression

    In Auckland, New Zealand, architect Michael O’Sullivan and his partner Melissa Schollum braved a miniscule budget, withering looks from friends, and nasty nail-gun injuries to design and...

    written by: Jeremy Hansen
    photos by: Patrick Reynolds
    04.13.10

  24. Double Time: Bungalow Redux
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    Double Time: Bungalow Redux

    Upon the birth of their first child, artist Stas Orlovski and food stylist Alise Arato felt that their 700-square-foot 1930s bungalow in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles was too small to...

    written by: Erika Heet
    08.09.10

  25. A Renovated Farmhouse in Northern Italy
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    A Renovated Farmhouse in Northern Italy

    A couple in northern Italy trade a cramped flat for a renovated farmhouse in the country.

    written by: Amanda Dameron
    photos by: Helenio Barbetta
    03.31.12

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