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  1. Setting the Stage
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    Setting the Stage

    Blessed with an enviable site on the sylvan shores of the Strait of Juan de Fuca in Washington state, architect Anthony Pellecchia and his wife, graphic designer Kathy Wesselman, wanted to create a...

    written by: Amber Bravo
    photos by: Philip Newton
    01.16.09

  2. Palace Intrigue
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    Palace Intrigue

    In the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, architect Rytis Mikulionis spent several years property hunting for his first nesting ground and finally ended up inside a former Soviet army barrack, which...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    photos by: Hertha Hurnaus
    01.16.09

  3. Aloft in the Forest
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    Aloft in the Forest

    Among the many problems of urban living in Portland, Oregon, are raccoons, deer, and falling trees. It’s not just that woods and forests persist inside the city limits but also the fact that a city...

    written by: Mathew Stadler
    photos by: John Clark
    01.16.09

  4. Mid-Century Mash-Up
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    Mid-Century Mash-Up

    Although postwar California modernism is generally associated with Southern California, the Bay Area’s own tradition has begun in recent years to be more widely acknowledged, and its surviving...

    written by: Sam Grawe
    photos by: Misha Gravenor
    01.16.09

  5. Where the Wild Things Aren't
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    Where the Wild Things Aren't

    In Vieira do Minho, a small village in northern Portugal, Guilherme Vaz designed a fortresslike retreat that embraces the natural landscape while keeping it at bay.

    written by: Kieran Long
    photos by: David Hughes
    01.16.09

  6. Pastoral Manner
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    Pastoral Manner

    Santiago Suarez is a man who craves challenge, a knight errant, if you will, whose exploits are in the realm of the intellectual and artistic. His wife, Bonnie, has been his game companion and...

    written by: Jaimie Epstein
    photos by: Juliana Sohn
    01.16.09

  7. On the Level
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    On the Level

    Judged by contemporary design standards, the typical postwar suburban split-level house has little to recommend it. Usually spotted in a tract with dozens of similarly shaped units, the classic...

    written by: Carolann Rule
    photos by: João Canziani
    01.16.09

  8. Method Lab
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    Method Lab

    Designer Jennifer Siegal’s own house is a modest 1920s Spanish bungalow on the leeward side of busy Lincoln Boulevard in Venice, California, that looks nothing like what she makes at her day job. A...

    written by: David A. Greene
    photos by: Dave Lauridsen
    01.15.09

  9. Blue in the Facade
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    Blue in the Facade

    Canada's Magdalen Islands offer a seaside retreat to landlocked Quebecers, two of whom have turned the local vernacular on its oreille with a winsome vacation home.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Matthew Monteith
    01.15.09

  10. The Tree of Ghent
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    The Tree of Ghent

    Just as the famed Treaty of 1814 called for peace between the United Kingdom and the United States, the large beech tree on Dieter Van Everbroeck's property harmonizes the relationship between site...

    written by: Jane Szita
    photos by: Hertha Hurnaus
    01.15.09

  11. An Inno-native Approach
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    An Inno-native Approach

    Joe Osae-Addo, a highly gregarious, Ghanaian-born architect, was living in Los Angeles, designing buildings and acting as the unofficial social coordinator of the local architecture scene. But on a...

    written by: Frances Anderton
    photos by: Dook
    01.15.09

  12. Universal Appeal
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    Universal Appeal

    When David Carmel decided to propose to Kirsten Axelsen, he was at home in Manhattan and she was in Ethiopia, working to eliminate trachoma (the world’s leading cause of preventable blindness). No...

    written by: Fred A. Bernstein
    photos by: Raimund Koch
    01.15.09

  13. Modern Victorian House Preservation in Oakland
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    Modern Victorian House Preservation in Oakland

    Mike McDonald, an Oakland, California–based builder, faced a common problem for Bay Area homeowners: an aesthetically pleasing, historically significant, but structurally shaky Victorian.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Jason Madara
    01.15.09

  14. Minimalist Bachelor Pad in Brisbane
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    Minimalist Bachelor Pad in Brisbane

    Londoner Dave Clayden has gradually adjusted to life in the subtropics, where, as he puts it, “toweling yourself down after a shower is enough to make you start sweating again.” He no longer...

    written by: Karen Pakula
    photos by: Richard Powers
    01.15.09

  15. Ski Lift
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    Ski Lift

    This New York turned ski bum took a little piece of the city to the mountains, and never looked back.

    written by: Heather Wagner
    photos by: Bjorn Wallander
    01.15.09

  16. Pittsburgh Steeler
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    Pittsburgh Steeler

    With a nod to the Burgh’s industrial heritage, and an eye toward the new, Jeff Walz replaced an aging farmhouse with a chic steel cube.

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    photos by: Livia Corona
    01.15.09

  17. Light Box
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    Light Box

    For Tad Beck, making a home out of a stolid, windowless warehouse meant opening it up from the inside out.

    written by: Fred A. Bernstein
    photos by: Dave Lauridsen
    01.15.09

  18. Industrial Revolution
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    Industrial Revolution

    Maria Cook and Lance Compa were only looking to kill a sleepy Sunday afternoon when they drove 20 minutes south of their home in Ithaca, New York, to see a house that a real estate circular had...

    written by: William Lamb
    photos by: Adam Friedberg
    01.15.09

  19. Double Time
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    Double Time

    The last time Blake Trabulsi and Allison Orr had a party at their house in Austin, Texas, it lasted until 5 a.m. Observes Trabulsi: “People are so comfortable here, they never want to leave.”

    written by: Fred A. Bernstein
    photos by: Jack Thompson
    01.14.09

  20. Twice as Nice
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    Twice as Nice

    Within the mix of warehouses, detached brick bungalows, and dusty pubs of the Sydney, Australia, suburb of Alexandria, local architect David Langston-Jones has built an intricate and finely...

    written by: Marcus Trimble
    photos by: Nick Bowers
    01.14.09

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