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  1. Winds of Change
    Green

    Winds of Change

    Caught in the grip of the worst drought in a century, Australians are showering together.

    written by: Karen Pakula
    photos by: Brett Boardman
    02.01.09

  2. Where the Wild Things Aren't
    House Tours

    Where the Wild Things Aren't

    In Vieira do Minho, a small village in northern Portugal, Guilherme Vaz designed a fortresslike retreat that embraces the natural landscape while keeping it at bay.

    written by: Kieran Long
    photos by: David Hughes
    01.16.09

  3. Underground House in Seoul
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    Underground House in Seoul

    Architect Byoung Soo Cho’s Earth House is quite possibly one of the classiest dugouts ever built. Set amid peaceful woods and rice fields an hour east of Seoul, Korea, the subterranean...

    written by: Winifred Bird
    photos by: Wooseop Hwang
    03.25.10

  4. Totally Tubular
    Green

    Totally Tubular

    On the roof, amidst an array of native wild grasses and shrubs, six banks holding 180 small thermal solar 
collection tubes provide hot water year-round. This new technology, made by Apricus Solar...

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: John Clark
    01.02.09

  5. The Pace of Portland
    My House

    The Pace of Portland

    When creative director Ben Watson and his partner, painter Claudio Tschopp, relocated from Basel, Switzerland, to Portland, Oregon, three years ago, they had been told about Portland’s Pearl...

    written by: Brian Libby
    photos by: John Clark
    01.01.09

  6. The DiFrancesco/Koshkarian Bedroom
    --Make It Yours

    The DiFrancesco/Koshkarian Bedroom

    San Francisco residents Lisa Koshkarian and Tom DiFrancesco worked with architect Neal Schwartz to create an airy third-floor addition to hold their master bedroom.

    10.09.09

  7. Stumptown Rock
    Green

    Stumptown Rock

    Even before construction was complete, the Stump House was turning heads. When its green-minded future owners learned of its shining environmental résumé, they knew they’d found...

    written by: Brian Libby
    photos by: John Clark
    03.04.09

  8. Somewhere Under the Tuscan Sun
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    Somewhere Under the Tuscan Sun

    A complex of farm buildings from a less than glorious period in Italy’s history is magically transformed. The result? A sophis­ticated yet kid-friendly retreat that seamlessly fuses...

    written by: Paul Bennett
    photos by: Jacob Langvad
    07.02.09

  9. Ski Lift
    My House

    Ski Lift

    This New York turned ski bum took a little piece of the city to the mountains, and never looked back.

    written by: Heather Wagner
    photos by: Bjorn Wallander
    01.15.09

  10. Self-Contained
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    Self-Contained

    Having purchased a 3.5-acre plot of land in Topanga, California, with a very rustic, 750-square-foot cabin on it several years ago, architect Christof Jantzen found himself in need of a fairly...

    written by: Erika Heet
    06.03.10

  11. Scrap House
    Green

    Scrap House

    "Repurpose, refurbish, recycle" was the guiding principle for a metals broker in Ontario who harnessed his passion for–and knowledge of–industrial materials to create a new...

    written by: Alex Bozikovic
    photos by: Lorne Bridgman
    01.14.09

  12. Region of Honor
    Houses We Love

    Region of Honor

    Tuned into its sylvan setting, this affordable green home in Hillsborough, North Carolina, is a modern take on the surrounding centuries-old structures.

    written by: Diana Budds
    02.18.12

  13. Raising the Barn
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    Raising the Barn

    Architect Preston Scott Cohen resurrected an early 1800s barn as a vacation home for a literary couple and their family, calling to mind both the agrarian spaciousness of the structure’s former...

    written by: Marc Kristal
    photos by: Raimund Koch
    01.15.09

  14. Pursuing Perfection
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    Pursuing Perfection

    Resuscitating a classic can be time-consuming and pricey, but when it comes to the rehabilitation of neglected masterpieces, one Connecticut couple finds it’s worth every minute and cent.

    written by: Marc Kristal
    photos by: Mark Seelen
    04.27.09

  15. Part of the Plan
    My House

    Part of the Plan

    For years, Eileen and Jelle Kiesling spent much of their time in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, she as a teacher, and he as a manager for Royal Dutch Shell. Reaching semi-retirement, the couple...

    written by: Eric Lawlor
    photos by: Daniel Hennessy
    01.16.09

  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. Orchard Jam
    House Tours

    Orchard Jam

    The McKenzie residence sits within the grid of a commercial apple orchard, its roof and upper parts floating above the trees to echo the surrounding hills. Although its steel cladding is suggestive...

    photos by: Patrick Reynolds
    05.13.09

  18. Off the Beaten Path
    House Tours

    Off the Beaten Path

    A dramatic departure from your typical cabin on the lake, this unique retreat adds shades of black to a tiny island awash with local color.

    written by: Eric Lawlor
    photos by: Chad Holder
    04.30.09

  19. Norwegian Wood
    My House

    Norwegian Wood

    Designing a house for this setting was a thrilling puzzle of aesthetics and terrain for a young architect. The house they built that year suited the couple for 30 years of long summer vacations,...

    written by: Margit Bisztray
    photos by: Pia Ulin
    03.04.09

  20. No Grid in Sight
    House Tours

    No Grid in Sight

    Most deserts are dry and dusty expanses of blue skies, bleached soil, and rulerflat horizons. The Colorado Plateau is not one of them. This is a land of stunning contradictions, where thousand-foot...

    written by: James Nestor
    photos by: Daniel Hennessy
    02.26.09

  21. Modern Courtyard House with Custom Rain Screen
    Houses We Love

    Modern Courtyard House with Custom Rain Screen

    This courtyard house on the edge of the Berkshires offers both grand vistas and plenty of privacy, thanks to its custom rain screen.

    written by: Marc Kristal
    photos by: John Muggenborg
    03.18.12

  22. Modern Angular Rural Family Home in Canada
    House Tours

    Modern Angular Rural Family Home in Canada

    Surrounded on all sides by a sweeping Canadian hayfield, the 23.2 House is an angular ode to rural life. Out of “respect for the beams and their history,” Designer Omer Arbel insisted...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    photos by: Jason Schmidt
    04.26.11

  23. Marcel Breuer Hooper House II
    House Tours

    Marcel Breuer Hooper House II

    A new owner with a light touch has kept Marcel Breuer's 1959 Hooper House II a marvel of the mid-20th century whose life will extend well into the 21st.

    written by: Philip Kennicott
    photos by: Zubin Shroff
    02.08.09

  24. Malibu Canyon House with a View
    House Tours

    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

  25. 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

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