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Swedish guesthouse pavilion with pergola over the pool and george nelson benches

Modern Wood Pavilion Joins 19th-Century Home

A Swedish guesthouse is built with modern sensibilities and centuries-old techniques.
September 25, 2014
sea change gray basalt tile floor white oak plank ceiling kitchen dining tom dixon pendant lamps

Glass House with Stunning Pacific Ocean Views

Seeking a respite from the city, a Portland couple create a beachfront getaway on Oregon’s rugged coast.
September 16, 2014
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Modern Lake House in Missouri

Nautical nods ground a weekend retreat in its surroundings on the shores of Table Rock Lake.
September 12, 2014
Glass-fronted converted garage in Washington

Renovated Garage is the Ultimate Modern Party Space

A vacation home’s renovated garage fuses art and architecture.
September 8, 2014
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