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  1. A Custom Walnut Stair and Slide Hybrid in Chicago
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    A Custom Walnut Stair and Slide Hybrid in Chicago

    In the Windy City, a custom walnut slide offers a playful way for a small family of four to glide down to the basement.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Katrina Wittkamp
    01.29.14

  2. A Dramatic Viewing Platform in Tasmania
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    A Dramatic Viewing Platform in Tasmania

    Australian firm Room11 creates a viewing structure that helps visitors understand their surroundings.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Ben Hosking
    04.03.14

  3. A Movable Fete
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    A Movable Fete

    Flash back to the 1970s for visionary Italian designer Joe Colombo’s Living Center, a mod take on a casual soirée.

    written by: Diana Budds
    08.23.12

  4. A Sustainable Educational Center for the Boy Scouts of America
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    A Sustainable Educational Center for the Boy Scouts of America

    The Boy Scouts of America builds a sustainable tree house in West Virginia.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Joe Fletcher
    11.18.13

  5. Backyard Retreat
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    Backyard Retreat

    When sustainable building advisor Megan Lea set out to build a backyard retreat, she knew that reclaimed materials would figure prominently into the design. What resulted is a polychrome of...

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Uwe Schneider
    12.06.11

  6. Catch A Wave
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    Catch A Wave

    An undulating wall made from over 40,000 dowels adds a dose of awe to a Massachusetts loft.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: John Horner
    01.24.13

  7. Dutch Military Bunker Becomes Tiny Vacation Home
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    Dutch Military Bunker Becomes Tiny Vacation Home

    A Belgian architecture firm transforms a 140-square-foot Dutch military structure into a modern-day vacation retreat.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Tim Van de Velde
    09.10.14

  8. Hidden in Plain View
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    Hidden in Plain View

    A digitally fabricated design in London boasts secret compartments for coralling the trappings of a modern workspace.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: James Day
    06.28.12

  9. Inexpensive Gabled Garden Shed in Belgium
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    Inexpensive Gabled Garden Shed in Belgium

    Using workaday materials, architect Indra Janda creatively constructs a backyard retreat that looks opaque during the day and glows at night.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Tim Van de Velde
    04.01.14

  10. Steel Framed Split-Level Home in Germany
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    Steel Framed Split-Level Home in Germany

    What do architects build when they can be their own clients?

    written by: Diana Budds
    07.30.13

  11. Stunning Photographs of the Norwegian Landscape
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    Stunning Photographs of the Norwegian Landscape

    German photographer Ken Schluchtmann documents over 12,000 miles of Norway’s rugged landscape.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Ken Schluchtmann
    08.19.14

  12. The Ultimate Indoor-Outdoor Bedroom
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    The Ultimate Indoor-Outdoor Bedroom

    Thanks to a folding glass wall and a custom-built bed, dreams of sleeping under the stars came true for a Cincinnati, Ohio, couple.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Ty Wright
    02.15.14

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