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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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Modern Mud Homes: A New Take on Building in Ghana

A design contest wants Ghanaians to envision modern homes hewn from the material beneath their feet.
October 27, 2014
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Green Home in La Jolla Blends Indoors and Outdoors

The Noorens fell in love with San Diego and the surrounding area during a surf vacation several years ago, and made it their mission to return for good. When they finally returned in 2009, they incorporated elements of the landscape of La Jolla into a custom, eco-conscious home.
October 22, 2014
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Ingenious New Building Method Replaces Concrete Block with Rammed Earth

A new spin on rammed-earth construction aims to bring the method to the masses.
October 20, 2014
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Idyllic Home Designed for an Artist

In the remote San Juan Islands, an artist and an architect collaborate on a modern residence dedicated to creative pursuits.
October 1, 2014
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