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Aleph Residence facade.

A Contemporary North Carolina Home Navigates a Tricky Site Atop a Ridge

Drawing inspiration from the Hebrew alphabet, architects Elihu Siegman and Michael Silverman dreamt up an adaptive structure to fit a difficult site in Asheville, North Carolina.
March 17, 2015
Cocoon9 Prefab Cabin Exterior

An All-in-One Addition That Comes Prefabricated

Cocoon9’s prefab cabin makes the most of its petite imprint.
March 9, 2015
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A Modern Trailer is an Experiment in Small-Space Living

In Canada's Yukon Territory, a college instructor builds a lightweight, efficient 97-square-foot mobile dwelling.
January 22, 2015
Attic remodel features bamboo flooring and built-in cabinets.

Amazing Transformation of a Musty Attic Into a Luminous Loft

In Seattle, an architect transforms a cramped space into a flexible family gathering spot.
December 12, 2014
448 Green, Manhattan Beach, California

A Sustainable "Case Study" House in California

A Southern California architect approaches his family home as an experiment in sustainable design.
March 7, 2014
The six-by-six-foot shower boasts a hardwood-slatted deck, which allows water to seep into a concrete pan that empties into the main drainage system. The cage of bamboo poles provides the requisite privacy to the bather.

7 Examples of Beautiful Bamboo

Bamboo: It's beautiful, it's sustainable, and it's versatile. What's not to love? Here we take a look at seven examples of architects, homeowners, and landscape architects that have used this magnificent material in lovely and unique ways.
September 22, 2013
Modern Nakashima-inspired wooden bookshelf cabinet

Space-Saving Wood-Paneled Apartment in Manhattan

Faced with the challenge of a diminutive New York apartment in desperate need of a refresh, architect Tim Seggerman went straight to his toolbox to craft a Nakashima-inspired interior.
October 8, 2012
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'Moving Meshes' at Domaine de Boisbuchet

Mesh and wireframe structures might typically be reserved for the architectural design realm, but Dutch designer Maria Blaisse aims to expand the rules of textiles and flexible materials with her long-standing commitment to movement research. Blaisse's latest exhibition, Moving Meshes, highlights the resilience of bamboo as a medium for expanding and contracting volumes, which are based on improvisational gestures and the body as the critical element in the animation of material and form. Currently on view in the château interiors of Domaine de Boisbuchet, an international center for experimentation in design and architecture, Blaisse's work is a fluid exploration of volume and spatial control—quite modern for the setting of a country estate in the Southwest of France.
September 6, 2012
Designer Yasmeen Lari

Q&A with Pakistan's First Female Architect

As profiled in our "Women of Influence" roundup in our July/August 2012 issue, Yasmeen Lari is the closest thing Pakistan has to a design superhero. After years working as an architect, designing buildings for a wide range of clients, from corporate campuses to low-income housing, she left private practice in order to focus on issues close to her heart, including developing sustainable and vernacular disaster relief housing and dedicating herself to writing, research, and her work with the Heritage Foundation of Pakistan, the ambitious nonprofit she developed with her husband. Here, we ask her  questions about her architectural work, her philanthropical passions, and the unique challenges of working in her homeland.
July 2, 2012
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