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  1. Diamond in the Rough (and Ready)
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    Diamond in the Rough (and Ready)

    Architect Ken Meffan's ten-years-in-the-making home is in the tiny Northern California town of Rough and Ready—a term that might as aptly refer to the house itself.

    written by: David A. Greene
    photos by: Todd Hido
    09.21.09

  2. A Lakeside Prefab in New Jersey
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    A Lakeside Prefab in New Jersey

    A New Zealand expat and her son use their prefabricated lakeside New Jersey retreat as an outdoorsy counterpoint to city life.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    photos by: Mark Mahaney
    12.20.12

  3. Coop Dreams
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    Coop Dreams

    Switching coasts from Brooklyn to Portland gave architects Mitchell Snyder and Shelley Martin a new set of unexpected clients: three young hens.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: John Clark
    10.18.10

  4. Hotels We Love: El Cosmico Hotel in Marfa, Texas
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    Hotels We Love: El Cosmico Hotel in Marfa, Texas

    Offering herbal workshops, and playing host to the Trans-Pecos festival, El Cosmico is a hotel that's engaged with the community. Guests stay close to the land, experiencing it in their teepees,...

    written by: Jacqueline Leahy
    photos by: Nick Simonite
    02.25.14

  5. Modern Chicken Coop
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    Modern Chicken Coop

    With all the talk of chickens being kept as pets in urban areas, it's nice to know there's a modern chicken coop alternative.

    written by: Laure Joliet
    11.30.08

  6. How to Build A Modern Beach House
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    How to Build A Modern Beach House

    Eight modern homes that incorporate sustainable building practices into their oceanfront locations.

    written by: Jacqueline Leahy
    04.15.14

  7. 7 Towers We Love
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    7 Towers We Love

    Modernism scales to new heights with these structures, all of which found unique ways to touch the sky.

    written by: Jacqueline Leahy
    04.11.14

  8. On a Rock in a Hard Place
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    On a Rock in a Hard Place

    In an unlikely mountaintop locale, Anderson Anderson Architecture crafted a home out of a complex composition of off-the-shelf components, paving new paths for the prefabricated construction industry.

    written by: Andrew Wagner
    photos by: John Clark
    05.01.09

  9. Garden Apartment
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    Garden Apartment

    Botanist Patrick Blanc has been bringing the wilds of the rainforests to Parisian walls for over 30 years, most recently at the Jean Nouvel–designed Quai Branly museum. One lucky family,...

    written by: Michelle Hoffman
    photos by: Jessica Antola
    02.05.09

  10. Zaha Hadid's Milan Installation
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    Zaha Hadid's Milan Installation

    As part of last month's Milan Design Week, Zaha Hadid Architects teamed with LEA Ceramiche to create "Twirl," a mesmerizing installation in the 18th-century courtyard of the State...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    05.10.11

  11. Come Sail Away
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    Come Sail Away

    On a quest to create a weekend house for herself and her husband, Nancy Church scaled back her design fantasies and discovered creative ways to build on a budget.

    written by: Lisa Skolnik
    05.16.11

  12. 3 Innovative Outdoor Libraries in Russia
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    3 Innovative Outdoor Libraries in Russia

    Three ‘book-objects’ created by Alexander and Daria Kudmova Butahinoy of the Moscow-based Ruetemple Architectural Studio offer ways to store books and save space. Furnishing the outdoor, public...

    written by: Jacqueline Leahy
    01.28.14

  13. A Sustainable Rammed Earth Home in New Mexico
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    A Sustainable Rammed Earth Home in New Mexico

    Studio eM Design’s rammed-earth home in Corrales, New Mexico, updates the regional adobe archetype into a hallmark of sustainable design.

    written by: Charles C. Poling
    06.16.13

  14. Dominey Pavilion and Carport
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    Dominey Pavilion and Carport

    When Decatur, Georgia, residents Todd and Heather Dominey tasked architect architect William Carpenter of Lightroom Studio to create additional space for their growing family, they turned to the...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    04.06.10

  15. Blair Niche Project
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    Blair Niche Project

    At just $167 per square foot, this high-design, low-cost barn in rural Wisconsin is an American idyll.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    02.20.12

  16. Secret Garden
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    Secret Garden

    In Arlington, Virginia, architecture firm Höweler + Yoon contends with spatial and budgetary constraints to carve a microcourtyard, complete with Japanese maples and a cascading concrete fountain,...

    written by: Diana Budds
    03.05.13

  17. About a Boat
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    About a Boat

    The Houdini-like designers behind this boathouse employed giant steel arches to make the structure disappear from view and in its place create the illusion of a gentle slope of land leading out to...

    written by: Alex Bozikovic
    06.05.11

  18. Clifftop House with Angled Roof in Maui
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    Clifftop House with Angled Roof in Maui

    With an angled roof designed to resemble the surrounding cliffs, a house in Maui, Hawaii, is built to meld with the landscape.

    written by: Erika Heet
    photos by: Cristóbal Palma
    06.24.13

  19. Creative Re-Use in Oakland
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    Creative Re-Use in Oakland

    Stephen Shoup is the kind of person to see potential in things that others might miss. In 2005, looking for a property that would house himself and his design/build firm, building Lab inc., he...

    02.28.11

  20. And the Playhaus Winner Is...
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    And the Playhaus Winner Is...

    We joined James Hardie in the sandbox and tasked Dwellers to wow us with renderings of fantastical funhouses for the mini design enthusiasts in the making. Whether inspired by Bauhaus or Versailles...

    written by: Ralston O'Neill
    03.16.12

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