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Glowing Box Home in Japan

A luminescent house brightens a block in Hiroshima, Japan.
July 24, 2013
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5 Modern Sun Screens

Brise soleil—architectural devices that shade structures from sunlight—offer sculptural flourishes and passively cool buildings. We examine five examples from the Dwell archive.
July 9, 2013
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Modernist L-Shaped Charred Cedar Cabin in Alaska

In the shadow of Mount McKinley, amid Alaska’s meadows and icy streams, a former teacher and a four-time Iditarod winner built a modernist cabin as expansive as the Last Frontier.
June 17, 2013
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Modern Steel House in Seattle

On the sandy shores of Fauntleroy Cove in Seattle, renowned firm Olson Kundig Architects crafts a subtle home with striking steel accents.
June 15, 2013
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A 1950s Mid-Century Home Joins the Spokane Register of Historic Places

A pedigreed mid-century home tailor-made for its inhabitants and environs joins the Spokane Register of Historic Places.
May 23, 2013
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Facade Focus: Charred Cedar

Siding is a pretty dull subject—unless you're talking about charred cedar cladding, which makes our hearts go pitter-patter. It's beautiful to look at and practical, too—the ancient Japanese technique seals the wood against rain and rot, and makes it fire resistant. Here, a look at some houses that feature this ancient—and yet so modern—material. For additional examples of dark-colored exteriors, check out our slideshow Back in Black.
May 22, 2013

A Green Wall in Silicon Valley

Bay Meadows, billed as a "progressive new urban village," is starting to take shape in San Mateo, south of San Francisco.
May 6, 2013
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Modern Australian Bungalow with a Victorian Ash Facade

To shield an addition and new courtyard for a bungalow in greater Melbourne, architect Anthony Clarke fitted its facade with strips of rough-sawn Victorian ash.
April 10, 2013
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Striking Green House with a View in El Salvador

A green house near the coast of El Salvador captures the best of its naturally striking setting—filled with sunlight, invigorating breezes, and sweeping views of lush woodlands.
April 9, 2013