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  1. Modular Backyard Playhouse in New Zealand
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    Modular Backyard Playhouse in New Zealand

    A New Zealand architect riffs on toy building blocks and Case Study houses for his children’s backyard fort.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    photos by: Simon Devitt
    07.14.14

  2. 6 Sublimely Serene Outdoor Spaces
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    6 Sublimely Serene Outdoor Spaces

    The call of the wild is impossible to resist in these six patios, backyards, and gardens that offer a retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life.

    written by: Diana Budds
    06.26.14

  3. 8 Backyards We Love
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    8 Backyards We Love

    Offering places to garden, play, recline, and contemplate the view, backyards have the power to redefine the homes with which they share a site.

    written by: Jacqueline Leahy
    04.28.14

  4. Celebrate Modern Backyards for Earth Day
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    Celebrate Modern Backyards for Earth Day

    We showcase seven swoon-worthy backyards in honor of Earth Day, April 22.

    04.21.14

  5. 11 Ways to Dine Alfresco
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    11 Ways to Dine Alfresco

    Spring is finally here, bringing more opportunities to hit the terrace for meals. Here are 11 of our favorite ways to set up for modern outdoor dining.

    written by: Erika Heet
    04.08.14

  6. 5 Green Homes from Dwell's April Outdoors Issue
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    5 Green Homes from Dwell's April Outdoors Issue

    Dwell's April 2014 issue is now on newsstands—here's a sneak peek of the intelligent homes, outdoor products, and green building methods you'll see in its pages.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    03.26.14

  7. Bay Area Ipe-Clad Backyard Getaway
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    Bay Area Ipe-Clad Backyard Getaway

    An angled deck transforms a backyard in Menlo Park, California, into a welcoming gathering spot.

    written by: William Lamb
    photos by: Ike Edeani
    03.26.14

  8. Swingtones: Musical Swings Built by Kids
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    Swingtones: Musical Swings Built by Kids

    At a summer camp with power tools, the campers helped design their own amusement: a set of musical swings.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    03.24.14

  9. Tiny Garden Retreat on New York's Long Island
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    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

  10. How To Create a Small Space Garden
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    How To Create a Small Space Garden

    Don’t have ten acres to stuff full of perennials? Fret not! Gardens can make a big impact even on a small scale. Four designers share their visions of how to landscape within a tiny footprint.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    03.20.14

  11. Swingers' Delight: 7 Ideas for Modern Swings
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    Swingers' Delight: 7 Ideas for Modern Swings

    A quintessential backyard element, the swing adds levity to outdoor spaces. These seven pieces give new perspective to their homes whether hung from a tree, on a porch, and even inside.

    written by: Jacqueline Leahy
    03.20.14

  12. Modern Homes Built Around Trees
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    Modern Homes Built Around Trees

    Wishing to preserve existing sites and the natural beauty of original trees, these seven homes use nature as their centerpiece.

    written by: Jacqueline Leahy
    03.19.14

  13. Landscape Design for All Climates
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    Landscape Design for All Climates

    Seven landscape architects across the United States explain how they mastermind inspired designs showcasing the best of their regions.

    written by: Diana Budds
    03.18.14

  14. Tiny Vacation Shelters in the French Countryside
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    Tiny Vacation Shelters in the French Countryside

    La Nuage, a system of waystations in Bourdeaux, France, lets hikers live in the cloud.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    03.12.14

  15. Japanese-Inspired Landscape Design in Berkeley
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    Japanese-Inspired Landscape Design in Berkeley

    For her largest commission to date, a young San Francisco architect channels Tadao Ando to create an outdoor room for a couple in the Berkeley Hills.

    written by: Zahid Sardar
    photos by: Joe Fletcher
    03.05.14

  16. SLO Architecture's Dwell Vision Award–Winning Design
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    SLO Architecture's Dwell Vision Award–Winning Design

    Our inaugural award for design innovation goes to a firm whose architectural orb is lean, green, and buoyant.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    03.04.14

  17. A Dutch Designer's Modern Chicken Coop
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    A Dutch Designer's Modern Chicken Coop

    Ton Matton’s chicken coop—a sly protest against European agriculture laws—is getting second looks for its urban-meets-rural aesthetic.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    03.02.14

  18. An Edible Learning Garden in Brooklyn
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    An Edible Learning Garden in Brooklyn

    New York firm WORKac taps into society’s increased focus on heathy eating with a school’s learning garden.

    written by: Arlene Hirst
    photos by: Iwan Baan
    02.28.14

  19. Austin's Casis Elementary School Teaching Garden
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    Austin's Casis Elementary School Teaching Garden

    Architect Burton Baldridge donated his services to Casis Elementary, his daughter’s large public school in Austin, Texas, to design and build an outdoor classroom that would augment an organic...

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    photos by: Casey Dunn
    02.27.14

  20. Estonian Designer’s Tiny Geometric Cabin
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    Estonian Designer’s Tiny Geometric Cabin

    Designer-inventor Jaanus Orgusaar’s modular, hexagonal housing concept creates space in geometric patterns.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    02.26.14

  21. Hotels We Love: El Cosmico Hotel in Marfa, Texas
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    Hotels We Love: El Cosmico Hotel in Marfa, Texas

    Offering herbal workshops, and playing host to the Trans-Pecos festival, El Cosmico is a hotel that's engaged with the community. Guests stay close to the land, experiencing it in their teepees,...

    written by: Jacqueline Leahy
    photos by: Nick Simonite
    02.25.14

  22. 3 Innovative Outdoor Libraries in Russia
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    3 Innovative Outdoor Libraries in Russia

    Three ‘book-objects’ created by Alexander and Daria Kudmova Butahinoy of the Moscow-based Ruetemple Architectural Studio offer ways to store books and save space. Furnishing the outdoor, public...

    written by: Jacqueline Leahy
    01.28.14

  23. Aspiring Architects Build a Pavilion in the Vermont Forest
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    Aspiring Architects Build a Pavilion in the Vermont Forest

    In a Vermont forest, architecture students design and build a pavilion for quiet contemplation.

    written by: William Lamb
    01.23.14

  24. Modern House Numbers
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    Modern House Numbers

    Like doorknobs, mailboxes, and fencing, house numbers are crucial for broadcasting a home's essential modern-ness. Neutra is a guaranteed winner, font-wise, but consider a few other modern options.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    01.15.14

  25. 7 Dreamy Outdoor Spaces
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    7 Dreamy Outdoor Spaces

    A polar vortex is a lot more tolerable when you have beautiful, breezy pictures of sun-drenched outdoor spaces to stare at and day dream. Here are some of our current favorite places we'd like to...

    written by: Megan Hamaker
    01.07.14

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