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  1. Take Me Home
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    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

  2. Sweet Nothing
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    Sweet Nothing

    We’re heading into an uncertain future, but two things are clear: Technology is getting better and the environment is getting worse. Fortunately, the former offers solutions for the latter,...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.08.09

  3. Swiss Mix
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    Swiss Mix

    Built for a young family of Spartan-minded clients, architect Felix Oesch's spare, concrete prefab outside of Zurich is a marvel of clean living.

    written by: Grant Gibson
    photos by: Hertha Hurnaus
    01.13.09

  4. Abiquiu Debut
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    Abiquiu Debut

    Abiquiu, New Mexico, owes this rugged new house to a plucky pair of residents, two talented architects and one long-sighted and very gracious loan officer.

    photos by: João Canziani
    01.14.09

  5. Walter Gropius, Hagerty House
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    Walter Gropius, Hagerty House

    Walter Gropius wanted the Hagerty House, his first commission in the United States, to be as close to the sea as possible. He sited the structure a precarious 20 feet from the shore and let the...

    written by: Jaci Conry
    photos by: Dean Kaufman
    01.14.09

  6. Mies van der Rohe, Lafayette Park
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    Mies van der Rohe, Lafayette Park

    High-rise superblocks and identical clusters of row houses set apart from the urban grid have been much maligned as some of the major wrongdoings of modernism, but Detroit's Lafayette Park&mdash...

    written by: Sam Grawe
    photos by: Raimund Koch
    01.14.09

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  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. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

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