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  1. Passive Acceptance
    Green

    Passive Acceptance

    Virtually unknown in the United States, Passive Houses are starting to make a big impression with their small footprints.

    written by: Jacob Gordon
    10.22.09

  2. Yellow Treehouse Restaurant
    Food

    Yellow Treehouse Restaurant

    In my endless trawling for new projects that meld food and design, I came across the Yellow Treehouse Restaurant—an architect-designed eatery near Auckland, New Zealand, perched over 30 feet...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    05.19.09

  3. Split the Difference
    House Tours

    Split the Difference

    When the plan to add a second story to a century-old Montreal house crumbled due to a weak foundation, architect Marc-André Plasse eked out another 500 square feet with a clever...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Alexi Hobbs
    02.22.12

  4. Missing the Mark
    --Done Wrong

    Missing the Mark

    Landscape design is a matter of personal taste, but there are some approaches that almost any designer would recommend against.

    written by: Amber Bravo
    05.26.09

  5. Airy Live/Work Studio Space in Toronto
    House Tours

    Airy Live/Work Studio Space in Toronto

    In Toronto, a painter accustomed to crashing in his studio created an airy artistic haven with both working and living quarters for a more balanced and polished picture.

    written by: Alex Bozikovic
    photos by: Matthew Williams
    10.25.10

  6. Richard Rogers
    Profiles

    Richard Rogers

    The architecture of Richard Rogers weds the best of high-tech design with the outer limits of the architect’s imagination, creating soaring, sustainable spaces that enrich everyday urban life.

    written by: Geoff Manaugh
    04.14.09

  7. Werner Sobek
    Profiles

    Werner Sobek

    Werner Sobek has seen the future, and it’s high-tech, green, and efficient. The architect, engineer, and teacher’s wandering intellect and belief in the power of design have left their...

    written by: Sally McGrane
    04.14.09

  8. Terunobu Fujimori
    Profiles

    Terunobu Fujimori

    A modern eccentric with an architectural sensibility drawn from ancient Japanese traditions, Terunobu Fujimori designs projects that are exercises in playful experimentation and sophisticated craft.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    photos by: Adam Friedberg
    04.14.09

  9. Middle Ground
    Houses We Love

    Middle Ground

    Adding less than $100,000 of improvements to an off-the-shelf prefab model resulted in a clean-cut structure at the eastern base of the Sierra Nevada.

    written by: Olivia Martin
    photos by: Scott Palamar
    12.19.12

  10. A Cor-Ten Steel-Clad Farmhouse Renovation in Scotland
    Green

    A Cor-Ten Steel-Clad Farmhouse Renovation in Scotland

    From the bones of a neglected farmstead in rural Scotland emerges a low-impact, solar-powered home that’s all about working with what was already there.

    written by: Caroline Ednie
    photos by: Andrew Meredith
    04.18.14

  11. Modern Wooden A-Frame Retreat in France
    House Tours

    Modern Wooden A-Frame Retreat in France

    Like a little chapel on the prairie, architect Jean-Baptiste Barache’s simply elegant retreat in the tiny Normandy town of Auvillier is a modern play on centuries-old forms and technology.

    written by: Michelle Hoffman
    photos by: Céline Clanet
    11.10.09

  12. A Modern Coastal Home in Stinson Beach
    Green

    A Modern Coastal Home in Stinson Beach

    For all the joys of beachfront living, it’s not without its risks. But with some smart design and sound engineering, this small coastal house stands tall against the threat of rising tides.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    photos by: Mathew Scott
    03.11.10

  13. Blair Niche Project
    Houses We Love

    Blair Niche Project

    At just $167 per square foot, this high-design, low-cost barn in rural Wisconsin is an American idyll.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    02.20.12

  14. Family Matters
    House Tours

    Family Matters

    The open spaces and transparency of modern architecture turn out to be extremely useful when there’s a house full of relatives.

    written by: Lydia Lee
    photos by: Justin Fantl
    07.18.11

  15. A Piece of Home
    House Tours

    A Piece of Home

    Made of hardy Scottish materials and holding a Japanese heart, this Edinburgh house shows that two architects from disparate cultures can design a home that bridges the gap.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Ben Anders
    07.27.11

  16. Designing a Home to Accommodate Alzheimer’s
    House Tours

    Designing a Home to Accommodate Alzheimer’s

    For a couple coping with Alzheimer’s, a thoughtful addition creates a comfortable, long-term solution.

    07.25.14

  17. Go With the Flow
    House Tours

    Go With the Flow

    Along the ever-expanding coastline of Hawaii’s Big Island, an architect and his family exchange fast-paced city life for a different kind of flow—the geological kind.

    written by: Sam Grawe
    photos by: Linny Morris
    04.28.09

  18. Lava Flow 4, The Big Island
    House Tours

    Lava Flow 4, The Big Island

    Set into the dense tropical foliage of Hawaii’s wildest coast is a house that goes with the flow by welcoming the breeze.

    written by: Sam Grawe
    photos by: Linny Morris
    01.20.09

  19. Striking Slatted Wood and Glass Home in San Francisco
    House Tours

    Striking Slatted Wood and Glass Home in San Francisco

    Teaming up with architect Craig Steely, an industrial designer and a mechanical engineer find just the right design for a striking home on a San Francisco hill.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Ian Allen
    07.24.13

  20. Take Me Home
    My House

    Take Me Home

    A “tree house” of clean lines, ample glass, and thoughtful ingenuity lets a Washington, DC–area family and a stream of weekend guests enjoy prefab living in an unlikely locale:...

    written by: Jeremy Berlin
    photos by: Chris Mueller
    01.08.09

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