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  1. First-Class Cabins
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    First-Class Cabins

    From the familiar log model to Swiss chalets and Swedish friggebods, cabins are the simplest of structures, made from local materials in forms that respond to climatic and cultural needs. However,...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    11.02.09

  2. Shutter Island
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    Shutter Island

    Lowering the shutters on this small writer’s retreat completely exposes the interior to the site’s impressive island views.

    written by: J. Michael Welton
    photos by: Tim Bies
    07.08.11

  3. Rebirth of the Cool
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    Rebirth of the Cool

    The Sunshine State once yielded a bumper crop of modernist homes that—as this remodel proves—are still worth savoring.

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    07.22.11

  4. Ski for All
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    Ski for All

    In Hobe Sound, Florida, a home overlooking a custom-built water-ski circuit is hardly par for the course.

    written by: Diana Budds
    09.07.11

  5. A Renovated Boathouse on Seattle's Portage Bay
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    A Renovated Boathouse on Seattle's Portage Bay

    A once-plain floating home on Seattle’s Portage Bay receives a much-needed renovation ten years in the making.

    written by: Diana Budds
    10.19.11

  6. Row House
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    Row House

    With a modernist palette of concrete, glass, and steel, Ziger/Snead Architects constructed an ode to rowing in rural Virginia.

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    10.21.11

  7. Superior Logic
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    Superior Logic

    Prefab construction simplified the building process of this northern Wisconsin summer home, where all materials required ferrying across Lake Superior.

    written by: Mason Riddle
    photos by: George Heinrich
    11.28.11

  8. An Asymmetrical Prefab Home in Sweden
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    An Asymmetrical Prefab Home in Sweden

    It took a mere six months—three in the factory and three on-site—for this prefab to come to fruition on the shore of Sweden’s Müsko Island.

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    12.04.11

  9. Going Deutsch
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    Going Deutsch

    In a German town known more for its medieval castle than its modern architecture, the JustK Haus is a prefab home fit for a family of six.

    written by: Jane Szita
    01.11.12

  10. Back Storied
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    Back Storied

    Without altering its turn-of-the-20th-century facade, architect Christopher Polly transformed the rear of this Newtown, Australia, home from bleak to bright.

    written by: Diana Budds
    01.18.12

  11. Region of Honor
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    Region of Honor

    Tuned into its sylvan setting, this affordable green home in Hillsborough, North Carolina, is a modern take on the surrounding centuries-old structures.

    written by: Diana Budds
    02.18.12

  12. 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

  13. About Face
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    About Face

    Solar panels have a reputation as being unsightly, but this U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon show home sheds the stereotype that photovoltaic arrays are eyesores.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Jim Tetro
    03.17.12

  14. Modern Courtyard House with Custom Rain Screen
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    Modern Courtyard House with Custom Rain Screen

    This courtyard house on the edge of the Berkshires offers both grand vistas and plenty of privacy, thanks to its custom rain screen.

    written by: Marc Kristal
    photos by: John Muggenborg
    03.18.12

  15. Facade Focus: Brick
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    Facade Focus: Brick

    Yves Borghs and Katleen van Ammel wanted their new house to offer maximum privacy but also maximum light. The solution proposed by Tom Verschueren, of Mechelen, Belgium-based DMVA Architects, was...

    written by: Jane Szita
    05.01.12

  16. Facade Focus: Wood
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    Facade Focus: Wood

    A Boston couple with a big extended family wanted to enlarge their brick neo-Georgian with an addition that would fit a generous kitchen and hangout space, all while avoiding superfluous detail....

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    photos by: John Horner
    05.02.12

  17. Facade Focus: Metal
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    Facade Focus: Metal

    While still studying architecture at Eindhoven University, Servie Boetzkes and Jeroen Helder landed a commission through “friends of friends” to build a home in a suburb of Arnhem.

    written by: Jane Szita
    05.22.12

  18. Facade Focus: Steel
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    Facade Focus: Steel

    Idaho-based architect Susan Desko—previously a senior design architect for Frank Gehry—created a house built of untreated steel plate and glass that towers among the trees of its...

    written by: Laura Mauk
    photos by: Sharon Risedorph
    07.03.12

  19. Modern Martha's Vineyard Retreat
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    Modern Martha's Vineyard Retreat

    A Martha’s Vineyard retreat surpasses the traditional boundaries of Cape Cod architecture with a contemporary design by Harvard professor and practicing architect Toshiko Mori.

    written by: Marc Kristal
    photos by: Iwan Baan
    07.04.12

  20. Eco-Friendly Penthouse in Canada
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    Eco-Friendly Penthouse in Canada

    Edmonton architect Vivian Manasc’s 19th-story rooftop penthouse is a bright spot—and a model green building—in a city where downtown living is rare.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    photos by: Garth Crump
    08.18.12

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