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  1. Split the Difference
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    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

  2. Green Is in the Details
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    Green Is in the Details

    Carver + Schicketanz Architects’ eco-friendly renovation earned this mid-century-modern home LEED Platinum certification and proved that when it comes to building sustainably, it’s all...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Mathew Scott
    01.23.12

  3. Tunnel Vision
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    Tunnel Vision

    To maximize every square inch in this Manhattan apartment, LOT-EK knocked down walls, added dozens of recycled doors, and built in a bevy of secret compartments.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Nicholas Calcott
    11.05.11

  4. A Green Home to Last a Lifetime in Austin
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    A Green Home to Last a Lifetime in Austin

    Austin couple Anne Suttles and Sam Shah built a house to last their lifetime—and longer. Mixing new efficient systems with old upcycled materials, they keep it weird while keeping it green.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Brent Humphreys
    08.31.11

  5. Video: Studio H Chicken Coops
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    Video: Studio H Chicken Coops

    In our July/August 2011 family- and play-themed issue we featured three very cool chicken coops designed and built by a cadre of handy Bertie County, North Carolina, high school students. Here we...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.23.11

  6. Seven Great Outdoor Spaces
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    Seven Great Outdoor Spaces

    As summer comes to an end, we cheers to seven of our favorite outdoor spaces before the furniture is packed away for the winter.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.16.11

  7. High-Tech Green Family Home in Los Angeles
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    High-Tech Green Family Home in Los Angeles

    Though tricked out with high-tech touches, this house’s greenest feature is decidedly low tech: the family’s intention to make it their lifelong home.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.20.11

  8. Tunquen Treasure
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    Tunquen Treasure

    A set of solar panels, a wind-powered well, and passive sustainable strategies make living miles from municipal utilities a non-issue for this Chilean beachgoer.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Cristóbal Palma
    05.16.11

  9. The Farm by Cindy Rendely
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    The Farm by Cindy Rendely

    Draw a barn. Now look at the shape. It almost certainly features a triangular roof. When a Canadian couple approached Cindy Rendely to design a home for them in the Ontario countryside, however, it...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Tom Arban
    05.09.11

  10. Ahead of Its Class
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    Ahead of Its Class

    “How do you make a piece of architecture about architecture?” Mack Scogin asks. “That’s a heavy-duty objective.” Nevertheless, his firm, Mack Scogin Merrill Elam...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Ian Allen
    04.06.11

  11. 2011 IIDA NC Honor Awards
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    2011 IIDA NC Honor Awards

    The International Interior Design Association Northern California Chapter threw their party of the year on March 2 to toast the 2011 IIDA NC Honor Award winners. At the historic Fox Theater in...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.08.11

  12. A New Slant
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    A New Slant

    In Seattle, where others saw only a severe slope and lack of municipal hookups, one couple spotted their ticket to their dream home.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Philip Newton
    03.07.11

  13. Burchfield Penney Art Center
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    Burchfield Penney Art Center

    If there's one thing that describes Buffalonians, it's pride. Whether it's in the form of tirelessly cheering on our Buffalo Bills or even boasting about the annual snowfall, we'll sing it loudly....

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    02.25.11

  14. Butterfly Roof Meditation Hut
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    Butterfly Roof Meditation Hut

    Illinois resident Mary Kalanzis rises every morning with a view worthy of the next world. "I wake up to the vision of the hut everyday," she says. "There's something about the...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    02.11.11

  15. 2011 AIA Institute Honor Awards
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    2011 AIA Institute Honor Awards

    Each January, the American Institute of Architects awards its annual Honor Awards to the top designs in architecture, interior architecture, and regional and urban design. Here we feature the 2011...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    01.22.11

  16. Renovating An Aging Mill in France
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    Renovating An Aging Mill in France

    In 1981, Londoners Anthony and Gillian Blee purchased the ultimate fixer-upper. The property in southwestern France was idyllic, but its old mill, built in 1822, and three flanking outbuildings had...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Sarah Blee
    01.19.11

  17. Home to Tea House Transformation
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    Home to Tea House Transformation

    In Eugene, Oregon, designer Ben Waechter turned a residential home into a tea house and sampling room by borrowing ideas from another building typology: the theater.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    12.21.10

  18. Cottage Life
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    Cottage Life

    Fall has settled in and there's nothing we'd rather do than curl up next to a warm fire. Here we take a look a some of our favorite cozy cottages and cabins from issues past as we get ready to...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    11.12.10

  19. Vacation Home to Concert Hall
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    Vacation Home to Concert Hall

    An hour's travel from downtown Seattle, Washington, lies what some call "Maine West": Whidbey Island. Forming the norther border of Puget Sound, the island is an enclave of "artists,...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    11.08.10

  20. 8 House by Bjarke Ingels Group
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    8 House by Bjarke Ingels Group

    Good things come in threes and for Danish superstarchitect Bjarke Ingels, it’s no different. As he makes his new home in New York City, the founder of BIG (the Bjarke Ingels Group) sees the...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    10.25.10

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