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Facade Focus: Aluminum

Capable of being molded into countless forms and appearances, aluminum makes for a surprisingly versatile facade choice. Here are a few exteriors that make bold use of the silvery metal.
November 29, 2014
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Picture-Perfect Cabin Tucked Away in the Norwegian Forest

Atelier Oslo overcame nature’s challenges when they designed Cabin Norderhov, a seasonal, eco-friendly retreat on a steep hillside overlooking Lake Steinsfjorden.
November 27, 2014
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7 Daring Dutch Homes

The term "Dutch design" is often associated with minimalist products, but the country's architectural heritage is just as noteworthy. Here are seven of the Netherlands' most daring home designs.
November 21, 2014
Exterior of Aurora Greenfab in Seattle.

Energy-Efficient Prefab Responds to Seattle Climate

In Seattle, the Aurora Greenfab 2100 Series by Hybrid Architects achieves energy efficiency in a modular, compact frame. With an open floor plan, automatic sliding doors, and a rooftop deck, the home makes for a comfortable family home that leaves a light footprint. Read more about the project on
November 21, 2014
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5 Modern Row House Renovations in New York

Renovating a row house without disrupting the continuity between it and its neighbors is no easy feat. Here, we examine five row houses across New York City that were successfully modernized, while still respecting the surrounding architecture.
November 5, 2014
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A Modern Home for a Design-Savvy Family in Florida

A design-build firm with a flair for modernism creates a stylish indoor-outdoor living space in Winter Park.
October 31, 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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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