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Amazing House is Half Historic and Half Modern

A historic home in Phoenix steps into the 21st century.
February 18, 2015
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A Coffee Shop Made With Shipping Containers in South Africa

Earthworld Architects & Interiors, based in Pretoria, the South African capital, was hired to design a coffee shop for the Foghound Interactive Coffee Company outside Johannesburg with used shipping containers. The 3,165-square-foot shop, which includes a showroom for the company's coffee machines, was completed in July 2014.
December 2, 2014
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7 Homes that Make Great Use of Concrete

Often considered cold and minimal, concrete pairs well with natural landscapes and can be a surprisingly inviting interior treatment. Click through the slideshow to see some of our favorite examples.
November 20, 2014
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New Kids on the Bloc: American Architects in the Post-Soviet World

Three New York-based architects discuss the challenges—and opportunities—of designing in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
November 7, 2014
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Sustainable Modern School Planned for Rural Mexico

Designed by the firm AT103, the award-winning design is meant to serve as a model for sustainable educational design.
October 29, 2014
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Modern Mountain Retreat in Washington

Nestled in a subalpine meadow valley in Washington, the Ranchero House is surrounded by a beautiful but demanding landscape. A Seattle family had frequented the area for years, making the three hour drive into the Okanogan National Forest for cross-country skiing and hiking. They asked Tim Hammer of CAST architecture, also based in Seattle, to design a structure that could survive forest fires, five feet of snow pack, house guests (and their ski gear), all while requiring minimum maintenance and energy usage. The result is a hardy weekend retreat that’s fine-tuned to its residents and its surroundings.
October 28, 2014
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Inside This Modern Tower Is an Idyllic One-Man Sauna

Münster-based firm Modulorbeat recently built a one-man sauna on an abandoned steel factory site as part of a year-long festival exploring the economic uncertainty of the region surrounding Bochum, Germany, a former industrial hotbed. The 25-foot-high tower is made from stacked precast concrete units. With three floors and a lounge deck, the compact unit includes a plunge pool, a sauna, and what the firm calls a relaxation room on the top, offering a stunning view of the sky.
October 23, 2014
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Vintage, Concrete, and Color in a Palo Alto Home with See-Through Pool Wall

For a couple with different aesthetic and cultural backgrounds, creating a home that suited them both involved a steep learning curve. But as luck would have it, their architects are also teachers.
October 21, 2014
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Stunning Architectural Drawing Museum in Berlin

A stunning feat in concrete and glass, the Museum for Architectural Drawing in Berlin, designed by Russian firm SPEECH Tchoban & Kuznetsov, recently celebrated its one-year anniversary.
September 9, 2014
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