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Bespoke Treehouses Let You Live Above the Tree Line

The brainchild of a former British climate scientist, Bower House Construction takes a sophisticated, nature-first approach to custom treehouses. While there's a childlike appeal to living among the trees, these structures are no flights of fancy, as the following photos demonstrate.
November 21, 2014
Exterior of Aurora Greenfab in Seattle.

Energy-Efficient Prefab Responds to Seattle Climate

In Seattle, the Aurora Greenfab 2100 Series by Hybrid Architects achieves energy efficiency in a modular, compact frame. With an open floor plan, automatic sliding doors, and a rooftop deck, the home makes for a comfortable family home that leaves a light footprint. Read more about the project on Porch.com.
November 21, 2014
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SANAA's Design for Grace Farms Blends Architecture with Nature

On Grace Farms's pastoral plot of land in New Canaan, Connecticut, the River by Pritzker Prize–winning architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA takes shape.
November 19, 2014
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8 Eco-Friendly Homes in Los Angeles

Los Angeles isn't all mansions and superhighways. As these eight homes demonstrate, sustainability is within reach in America's second largest city.
November 12, 2014
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This Floating Pool for the East River Is Closer to Reality Than You Think

A motivated group of young architects is working toward constructing a massive floating pool for the New York City public.
October 29, 2014
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Modern Mountain Retreat in Washington

Nestled in a subalpine meadow valley in Washington, the Ranchero House is surrounded by a beautiful but demanding landscape. A Seattle family had frequented the area for years, making the three hour drive into the Okanogan National Forest for cross-country skiing and hiking. They asked Tim Hammer of CAST architecture, also based in Seattle, to design a structure that could survive forest fires, five feet of snow pack, house guests (and their ski gear), all while requiring minimum maintenance and energy usage. The result is a hardy weekend retreat that’s fine-tuned to its residents and its surroundings.
October 28, 2014
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Modern Wine-Tasting Pavilions Artfully Attuned to the Landscape

In the Napa Valley, Walker Warner Architects crafted modern wine tasting pavilions designed to blend in with the bucolic California landscape. "The story of Quintessa and the intense focus of the Huneeus family is about the land and the celebration of place," Greg Warner and Michael McCabe of Walker Warner Architects say. "Per the founder’s vision, Quintessa is not about a building, it is about a place—any structures built in this place need to be minimal interventions that integrate with their surroundings."
October 28, 2014

Philippe Starck Dreams Up Super Green Prefab System

The famed designer on how his modular living system offers a new, greener take on housing.
October 27, 2014
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Concrete Hotel in Puerto Rico Plays with Light and Shadow

El Blok, a 22-room hotel in Vieques, Puerto Rico, strikes a unique profile—its meandering shape features numerous cut-outs that let light in, casting playful shadows. The LEED Gold-certified property, designed by San Juan-based firm Fuster + Architects, opened this fall. Click through the slideshow to peek inside.
October 27, 2014
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