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Farum house exterior view.

Danish Farmhouse Turned Contemporary Art Studio

At first sight, the plain barn adjacent to Lone and Søren Asmusson’s home in Farum, Denmark, looks like any other thatched barn on a country estate. Upon closer inspection, however, it becomes clear that this building is far from standard.
August 28, 2014
Backyard of Byron Bay house with pool and deck.

Modular Beach Home in Australia

For this four-module prefab house off the Australian coastline, local firm Archiblox’s aim was “to create an inspiring double height living area with full glazing along the northern façade that could be enjoyed throughout the changing seasons,” according to architect Bill McCorkell. Click through the slideshow for a tour of the light-filled home.
August 28, 2014
Hamptons house with a pool and cedar siding

Art-Filled Hamptons Vacation Home

Inspired by their clients’ bold art collection, a pair of architects designs a Hamptons vacation house that subverts tradition.
August 26, 2014
White staircase with under stair storage

Spacious All-White London Flat Is—Surprise!—Less Than 600 Square Feet

With clever storage and a retractable skylight, a London apartment feels larger than its 576 square feet.
August 18, 2014
Shaw Island Prefab Passive House kitchen.

Prefab Passive House on San Juan Islands

When two retired teachers decided to build a new home, they knew they wanted an energy-efficient, no-stress Passive House design that would support aging in place. The resulting 1,800-square-foot house is the first Certified Passive House on the San Juan Islands in Washington, and it’s only the fourth in the state. The home, designed by Olympia-based firm The Artisans Group, has a circular floor plan that centers around a prefabricated pod that contains the kitchen and two bathrooms. In order to achieve its Passive status, the residence features an air-sealed exterior shell that provides insulation, efficient windows and doors, and a heat recovery ventilator to keep it warm in the winter. In the summer, careful window placement and shades ensure the space won't overheat.
August 14, 2014
torres residence livingroom after

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 lived for 21 years, and move to town, she looked for a good lot with a house she could tear down. But when she found a two-bedroom built in 1972, she instead embarked on a massive renovation of the structure. The end result? A LEED Gold-certified urban hideaway that bows to its modernist history, while giving off a distinctly contemporary feeling.
August 13, 2014
spare change floating mirror oak table oak flooring

Tiny, Streamlined Home Fit for a Family

A growing family in Brooklyn downsizes their living space while expanding their collective quality of life.
August 7, 2014
Bright modern living room with butterfly chairs

Modern Take on a Texas Farmhouse

A modern, gabled home in Austin is designed to feel like a "leftover railroad house that had been repurposed."
August 5, 2014
Modern living room with a concrete wall in Mexico City

Modern Open-Plan Retreat in Mexico City

A modern oasis for a family in Mexico City breaks from the local vernacular.
August 5, 2014
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