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  1. A Colorful, Custom-Built Guesthouse in London
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    A Colorful, Custom-Built Guesthouse in London

    Thanks to designers Nina Tolstrup and Jack Mama, an aging workshop in London’s once-gritty Bethnal Green is reborn as a colorful, custom-built guesthouse.

    written by: Iain Aitch
    photos by: Ben Anders
    11.05.12

  2. 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

  3. The New Suburbanism
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    The New Suburbanism

    When an urban expat couple decided to build the suburban house they wanted rather than the one their neighbors expected, they ended up with a spare but airy jewel box and no wooden shingles.

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    photos by: Robert Schlatter
    05.04.09

  4. A Pilgrimage to Zumthor's Chapel
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    A Pilgrimage to Zumthor's Chapel

    I recently made a Peter Zumthor pilgrimage to Switzerland, where many of his seminal works sit within a 40 mile radius one another in the northeastern part of the country. An architectural journey...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    photos by: Tiffany Chu
    10.05.10

  5. 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

  6. The Great Compression
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    The Great Compression

    In Auckland, New Zealand, architect Michael O’Sullivan and his partner Melissa Schollum braved a miniscule budget, withering looks from friends, and nasty nail-gun injuries to design and...

    written by: Jeremy Hansen
    photos by: Patrick Reynolds
    04.13.10

  7. The Shipping Muse
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    The Shipping Muse

    Shipping containers are ubiquitous in Houston, though unlike the four that make up this new home, they're usually filled with foreign goods rather than flourishing lives.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Jack Thompson
    08.31.09

  8. All Together Now
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    All Together Now

    When Svetlin Krastev and Dessi Nikolova had their second child, they saw two options: Go broke buying a bigger apartment, or renovate their existing 620-square-foot home.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    photos by: David Allee
    02.06.11

  9. Spiral Staircase Shapes Tokyo Home
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    Spiral Staircase Shapes Tokyo Home

    How is a 921-square-foot, 44-level house possible? Witness Tokyo architect Akihisa Hirata’s mind-bending, shape-shifting solution to small-space living.

    written by: Naomi Pollock
    photos by: Koichi Torimura
    11.12.12

  10. 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

  11. Upwardly Mobile Homes
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    Upwardly Mobile Homes

    When it comes to real estate, the trailer park gets a bad rap. But some designers think that this forsaken corner of the market is worthy of reevaluation—and even resuscitation.

    written by: Rick Polito
    05.13.09

  12. Top Drawer
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    Top Drawer

    Residents of this contemporary home in Koriyama, Japan, squeeze out every cubic inch of storage, courtesy of a centuries-old design concept.

    written by: Winifred Bird
    11.26.12

  13. Standout in a Crowd
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    Standout in a Crowd

    In architecturally conservative San Francisco, this house built on a 20-foot-wide lot proves that modern design can fit—literally and figuratively—in any neighborhood.

    written by: Amos Klausner
    photos by: Todd Hido
    05.04.09

  14. Small Box Home with Black Metal Facade in Japan
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    Small Box Home with Black Metal Facade in Japan

    Drawing on an inherited plot of land, his father’s steel company, and his brother-in-law’s architectural know-how, Motoshi Yatabe’s new house is all in the family.

    written by: Mimi Zeiger
    photos by: Dean Kaufman
    12.07.09

  15. An Elevated Deckhouse in England
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    An Elevated Deckhouse in England

    A design-minded pair ensures that their tiny seaside getaway in Hampshire, England, is shipshape.

    written by: Dominic Bradbury
    photos by: Ben Anders
    10.28.13

  16. 7 Cozy Modern Box Homes
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    7 Cozy Modern Box Homes

    With shapes ranging from perfect cubes to rectangular prisms, these seven box homes teach their inhabitants to be happy with less.

    written by: Emma Marsano
    07.22.13

  17. Self-Contained
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    Self-Contained

    Having purchased a 3.5-acre plot of land in Topanga, California, with a very rustic, 750-square-foot cabin on it several years ago, architect Christof Jantzen found himself in need of a fairly...

    written by: Erika Heet
    06.03.10

  18. Modular Retreat
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    Modular Retreat

    Architect Jim Garrison of Brooklyn-based Garrison Architects was asked to design a lakeside retreat for visiting families at a boarding school for troubled teens, Star Commonwealth, in Albion,...

    written by: Erika Heet
    03.17.10

  19. 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

  20. Two Days in Marfa, Texas
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    Two Days in Marfa, Texas

    It requires a long and dusty trek across the desert to reach Marfa,Texas. Situated 200 miles from El Paso, Marfa is a little burg in west Texas with a population of 2,200 and a thriving community...

    written by: Amanda Dameron
    photos by: Amanda Dameron
    09.01.10

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