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  1. Montreal Exposed
    City Guide

    Montreal Exposed

    Dispassionate about his city's de rigueur "City of Design" designation, architect Gilles Saucier shows us there's more to Montreal than Expo 67.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Matthew Monteith
    02.26.09

  2. Fawning Over Flora
    Outdoor

    Fawning Over Flora

    Flora Grubb Gardens, the hippest plant merchant in the Bay Area, takes up residence in a new building as green as it is frondescent.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Todd Hido
    02.05.09

  3. Good Clean Fun
    Outdoor

    Good Clean Fun

    Far from pandering to the whine of youth, this urban play garden fosters thoughtful interaction in a protected setting within the bustle of San Francisco.

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    photos by: Marion Brenner
    07.07.11

  4. 5 Cool Modern Courtyards
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    5 Cool Modern Courtyards

    What's better than a backyard? In these modern homes, a courtyard offers its residents the same benefits—outdoor space for hanging out and entertaining—plus the coziness that comes from enveloping...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    07.01.13

  5. Time Is on My Site
    My House

    Time Is on My Site

    In Galileo’s day, men counted their pulses to tell time. In 2 A.D., Ptolemy, who understood more about the movements of the sun and the earth than most of us do today, designed a tool called...

    written by: Shonquis Moreno
    photos by: Prakash Patel
    01.16.09

  6. Well Thawed Out
    Green

    Well Thawed Out

    At the end of 2000, Tryggvi Thorsteinsson and Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir, Icelandic natives and partners in the Santa Monica–based design firm Minarc, bought what was essentially a teardown in the...

    written by: Kathryn Harris
    photos by: Raif Seeburger
    02.01.09

  7. Modernist L-Shaped Charred Cedar Cabin in Alaska
    House Tours

    Modernist L-Shaped Charred Cedar Cabin in Alaska

    In the shadow of Mount McKinley, amid Alaska’s meadows and icy streams, a former teacher and a four-time Iditarod winner built a modernist cabin as expansive as the Last Frontier.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Kamil Bialous
    06.17.13

  8. Highway Hideaway
    House Tours

    Highway Hideaway

    Most beachfront houses treat the ocean as part of the visual landscape with panoramic views and wraparound balconies. Tom Lloyd-Butler’s beach house by Ernest Born, however, is deeply interior, and...

    written by: Katrina Heron
    photos by: Robert Schlatter
    01.16.09

  9. 5 Modern Beach Accessories
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    5 Modern Beach Accessories

    It's too darn hot and half of us in Dwell's San Francisco office almost took the N-Judah straight to the beach on our lunch break. With beach-going on the brain, we thought we'd put together some...

    written by: Megan Hamaker
    05.03.13

  10. The Full Montara
    My House

    The Full Montara

    In Montara, California, architect Michael Maltzan designed a home for, his sister and brother-in-law. From certain vantage points, the home’s unique angles result in M.C. Escher–like optical...

    written by: Sam Grawe
    photos by: Noah Webb
    01.20.09

  11. Into the Woods
    Houses We Love

    Into the Woods

    The efficiency and aesthetics of prefab proved appealing to the owner of this Dwell Home, built on a rugged island off Canada’s western coast.

    written by: Diana Budds
    11.30.12

  12. 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

  13. Reimagining the San Francisco Waterfront
    Green

    Reimagining the San Francisco Waterfront

    One of five shortlisted design teams, Snøhetta proposed a scheme for 13 acres of new parkland in San Francisco's Presidio district that celebrates the natural beautiful of the waterfront site....

    written by: Allie Weiss
    09.08.14

  14. Bronx
    House Tours

    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

  15. 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

  16. Modern Hawaii House Built on Lava Flow
    House Tours

    Modern Hawaii House Built on Lava Flow

    Built on a Hawaiian lava flow, an architect’s first substantial house in concrete reflects its craggy surroundings.

    written by: Erika Heet
    photos by: Ian Allen
    07.25.14

  17. 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

  18. The Great Compression
    House Tours

    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. 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

  20. The Shipping Muse
    House Tours

    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

  21. The Brick Weave House in Chicago
    House Tours

    The Brick Weave House in Chicago

    Born as a horse stable, the Brick Weave House in Chicago is all about transportation and transparency. A clever renovation has made it the most compelling architecture on the block and home to a...

    written by: Blair Kamin
    photos by: Gregg Segal
    08.31.09

  22. Built-In Style
    My House

    Built-In Style

    In Oakland, California, two designers transformed a 100-year-old barn into a (very) cozy home of their own by redefining the functionality of walls and windowsills.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Aya Brackett
    05.13.09

  23. Plan of Steel
    House Tours

    Plan of Steel

    The Blue Sky prototype home tiptoes gracefully across the desert landscape just north of Joshua Tree National Park. Nestled amid piñon and juniper trees and outcroppings of boulders, the...

    written by: Brendan Newnam
    photos by: Misha Gravenor
    03.07.10

  24. Designed In-House
    My House

    Designed In-House

    Mill Valley, California, might not be a hotbed of modernism, but it was here, ten years ago, that Dwell came into the world alongside founder Lara Hedberg Deam’s first home—now...

    written by: Sam Grawe
    photos by: Dustin Aksland
    09.07.10

  25. Bright Renovation of a 1970s Home
    House Tours

    Bright Renovation of a 1970s Home

    Finding undeveloped land in the idyllic Californian city of Carmel-by-the-Sea is next to impossible. So when Austrian architect Mary Ann Schicketanz decided to leave rural Big Sur, where she had...

    written by: Laura C. Mallonee
    08.13.14

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