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  1. Play's the Thing
    My House

    Play's the Thing

    With ingenuity and plenty of elbow grease, architect John Tong turned an old Toronto dairy into the ultimate family clubhouse.

    written by: Alex Bozikovic
    photos by: Christopher Wahl
    07.04.11

  2. The Family Tree
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    The Family Tree

    For this San Diego family, the phrase "putting down roots" has taken on a whole new meaning.

    written by: Andrew Wagner
    photos by: Noah Webb
    11.03.09

  3. Missing the Mark
    --Done Wrong

    Missing the Mark

    Landscape design is a matter of personal taste, but there are some approaches that almost any designer would recommend against.

    written by: Amber Bravo
    05.26.09

  4. Terunobu Fujimori
    Profiles

    Terunobu Fujimori

    A modern eccentric with an architectural sensibility drawn from ancient Japanese traditions, Terunobu Fujimori designs projects that are exercises in playful experimentation and sophisticated craft.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    photos by: Adam Friedberg
    04.14.09

  5. Supplant Your Lawn
    A Great Idea

    Supplant Your Lawn

    It’s both water-wise and 
wallet-wise to consider alternatives to a grassy lawn. As 
more homeowners reach this conclusion, inventive designers are finding new ways to achieve beautiful,...

    written by: Amber Bravo
    02.21.10

  6. Seattle's Next-Wave Design Firm?
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    Seattle's Next-Wave Design Firm?

    A year and a half ago, while on sabbatical from Olson Kundig Architects, Kevin Scott conceived of Röllerhaus Pictureworks & Design Co. A mix of design firm, artist/designer collective, and...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    05.07.12

  7. Bronx
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    Bronx

    Two hours later, revivified by a pair of conga players’ exuberant performance on the 2 train, I hustle out at the corner of Third Avenue and East 149th in the South Bronx, once an...

    written by: Marc Kristal
    photos by: Jake Stangel
    02.14.11

  8. Building Modern Pavilions
    Houses We Love

    Building Modern Pavilions

    A free-standing pavilion can accent a building, provide temporary shelter and function as a pleasurable home away from home. Here are four very different examples of the modern pavilion,...

    written by: Kate Santos
    12.21.13

  9. Architect Spotlight: Byoung-soo Cho
    Houses We Love

    Architect Spotlight: Byoung-soo Cho

    South Korea is known for its innovations in technology. Seoul architect Byoung-soo Cho applies South Korea's technological innovation to architecture by experimenting with straight lines, negative...

    written by: Kate Santos
    11.24.13

  10. 8 Modern Picnic-Style Tables
    A Great Idea

    8 Modern Picnic-Style Tables

    Picnic tables. They work well inside or out, and they conjure happy memories of lazy summertime afternoons spent with friends and family. They're also simple and not fussy, and they allow for clear...

    written by: William Lamb
    12.19.13

  11. Tiny Garden Retreat on New York's Long Island
    Outdoor

    Tiny Garden Retreat on New York's Long Island

    In New York’s Nassau County, a 125-square-foot garden retreat offers a haven from bustling contemporary life.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Dustin Cohen
    03.24.14

  12. An Open, Light-Filled House in Mexico City
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    An Open, Light-Filled House in Mexico City

    An inviting house in the Mexican capital draws the outside in.

    written by: William Lamb
    06.03.14

  13. Raise the Roof
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    Raise the Roof

    From the United States to Poland to South Korea, living roofs have taken off. They provide natural insulation, help control with runoff, and pack a slew of cool features—it's no wonder these...

    written by: Caroline Wallis
    09.26.12

  14. 6 City Rooftop Gardens We Love
    Outdoor

    6 City Rooftop Gardens We Love

    In cities around the world, rooftop gardens have become a popular way to make use of the limited real estate that’s available in environments defined by industrial buildings.

    written by: Emma Marsano
    06.17.13

  15. A Modern Penthouse in Athens
    Renovation

    A Modern Penthouse in Athens

    By straightening angles, installing windows, and adding vertical accents, architect Aaron Ritenour brought light and order to an irregularly shaped apartment in the heart of Athens, Greece.

    written by: Eleni Gage
    photos by: Gunnar Knechtel
    04.23.14

  16. Outside In or Inside Out?
    Outdoor

    Outside In or Inside Out?

    Among the kitschy, gnome-loving chalets of Holland's community gardens, Krill Architects created an anomalously spare and highly adaptable Garden House.

    written by: Jane Szita
    09.10.09

  17. The Bellwether of Belvedere
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    The Bellwether of Belvedere

    Sustainable consultant to the stars Jordan Harris convinces Hollywood starlets to go hybrid, but when it came to greening his own home, he enlisted outside help.

    written by: Chloe Veltman
    photos by: Todd Hido
    04.17.09

  18. 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

  19. Tunquen Treasure
    Green

    Tunquen Treasure

    A set of solar panels, a wind-powered well, and passive sustainable strategies make living miles from municipal utilities a non-issue for this Chilean beachgoer.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Cristóbal Palma
    05.16.11

  20. The Right Track
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    The Right Track

    With nearly a half century of architectural experience, Peter Cohen designed this ingenious spine-and-module home for him and his wife Sally in the coastal forests just outside Ellsworth, Maine.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Mark Mahaney
    08.31.09

  21. The Shipping Muse
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    The Shipping Muse

    Shipping containers are ubiquitous in Houston, though unlike the four that make up this new home, they're usually filled with foreign goods rather than flourishing lives.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Jack Thompson
    08.31.09

  22. Come Sail Away
    My House

    Come Sail Away

    On a quest to create a weekend house for herself and her husband, Nancy Church scaled back her design fantasies and discovered creative ways to build on a budget.

    written by: Lisa Skolnik
    05.16.11

  23. Modern Home in a California Resort Town
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    Modern Home in a California Resort Town

    A storied 1980 party house enters a mellower chapter of intimate gatherings filled with canapés, crooners, and cocktails.

    written by: Erika Heet
    photos by: JUCO
    08.22.12

  24. Green Zero-Energy Family Home in Santa Cruz
    Green

    Green Zero-Energy Family Home in Santa Cruz

    How an unfussy, nearly zero-energy family home in Santa Cruz, California, wound up with hay bales in the walls, a state-of-the-art heat pump system, and six very happy residents.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Gabriela Hasbun
    09.17.12

  25. A New Slant
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    A New Slant

    In Seattle, where others saw only a severe slope and lack of municipal hookups, one couple spotted their ticket to their dream home.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Philip Newton
    03.07.11

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