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  1. Trading Shingles for Shrubs
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    Trading Shingles for Shrubs

    Dwell explores the extensive reasons why the grass is intensely greener when it's on the roof.

    written by: William Lamb
    04.21.09

  2. The Penthouse Has Landed
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    The Penthouse Has Landed

    In Vienna, a dazzling penthouse by Delugan Meissl has boldly inserted itself between traditional rooftops of the city’s Wieden district like a recently landed alien intruder. 

    written by: Alastair Gordon
    photos by: Hertha Hurnaus
    07.15.09

  3. The Glass Awning
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    The Glass Awning

    Last month architect Jenda Michl of Vertu Studio in Los Angeles completed a lovely bit of work on his parents' house in Boulder, Colorado. A project that began as a sculptural glass awning turned...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    08.23.11

  4. Solid Gold
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    Solid Gold

    When it comes to material originality, this former tavern in Chicago’s trendy Bucktown neighborhood pulls out all the stops. Case in point? Colorful pieces of broken LPs are visible in the...

    written by: Geoff Manaugh
    01.23.09

  5. Shedded Bliss
    Finishing Touch

    Shedded Bliss

    A prefabricated shed sited on a Finnish island provides a perfect summer getaway.

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    12.19.11

  6. Roof There It Is
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    Roof There It Is

    As the legendary American impresario Sol Hurok once said, "The sky's the limit if you have a roof over your head.” Here we highlight eight of the best roofs from California to Poland, straight from...

    written by: Eujin Rhee
    02.04.13

  7. Rock the Boat
    My House

    Rock the Boat

    New Zealand architect Davor Popadich invoked nautical sheds in his unconventional design for his family’s home on Auckland’s North Shore.

    written by: Jeremy Hansen
    photos by: Simon Devitt
    02.05.12

  8. Raise the Roof
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    Raise the Roof

    From the United States to Poland to South Korea, living roofs have taken off. They provide natural insulation, help control with runoff, and pack a slew of cool features—it's no wonder these...

    written by: Caroline Wallis
    09.26.12

  9. Pole Star
    Green

    Pole Star

    By creatively manipulating the angles and levels of exterior surfaces on this modest Polish country house, architect Peter Kuczia achieved exceptionally high solar exposure, increasing its capacity...

    written by: Michael Dumiak
    05.13.09

  10. Passive Acceptance
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    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

  11. On the Rock
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    On the Rock

    Katja and Adam Thom’s cabin, on an exposed postglacial archipelago in Canada’s windswept Georgian Bay, is more than eight miles from the nearest road.

    written by: Geoff Manaugh
    photos by: Mark Giglio
    01.15.09

  12. Modernist Rural Getaway in Poland
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    Modernist Rural Getaway in Poland

    In southwest Poland, architect Robert Konieczny, of KWK Promes, raises the roof—with sod intact—on Jacek Perkowski’s modernist rural getaway.

    written by: James Nestor
    09.13.09

  13. Modern Bright Family Home Renovation in Washington, DC
    Renovation

    Modern Bright Family Home Renovation in Washington, DC

    One family’s effort to “smuggle a modern house into a historic district” in Washington, DC, results in a brightly transformed space made for family life.

    written by: Amanda Dameron
    photos by: Eli Meir Kaplan
    09.10.12

  14. Lucky 7
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    Lucky 7

    Thanks to Los Angeles’s Small Lot Subdivision Ordinance, the developers of Auburn 7 were able to maximize their property’s potential. With a host of sustainable features, including...

    written by: Frances Anderton
    photos by: Dave Lauridsen
    06.17.10

  15. Kingston Brio
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    Kingston Brio

    Aaron Roberts and Thomas Bailey, the young architects behind room11, teamed up to design a house for Aaron's parents, fixing the structure into the topography of the site.

    written by: Simon Sellars
    photos by: Andrew Rowat
    01.15.09

  16. Just Redo It
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    Just Redo It

    What do you get when you give a couple of designers unlimited creative license on a very limited budget? For Andrew Dunbar and Zoee Astrakhan, the possibilities were limitless.

    written by: Zahid Sardar
    photos by: Justin Fantl
    01.24.11

  17. It Takes a Villa
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    It Takes a Villa

    Enric Ruiz-Geli’s firm Cloud9 designed the suburban house of the future—it also happens to be sustainable.

    written by: Karim Massoteau
    photos by: Gunnar Knechtel
    01.19.09

  18. Green the Roof

    Green the Roof

    From urban rooftop gardens to living roofs that help homeowners save on energy costs, you'll find plenty of ideas for the final (green) frontier: the roof.

    03.22.13

  19. Going Coastal
    Green

    Going Coastal

    It’s impossible to ignore nature in Big Sur.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Robert Canfield
    02.01.09

  20. Detail We Love: Butterfly Roofs
    A Great Idea

    Detail We Love: Butterfly Roofs

    Along with the gable and the A-frame, the butterfly roof is among the most distinctive of silhouettes. Seven Dwell favorites follow.

    written by: Diana Budds
    12.03.13

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