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  1. Split the Difference
    House Tours

    Split the Difference

    When the plan to add a second story to a century-old Montreal house crumbled due to a weak foundation, architect Marc-André Plasse eked out another 500 square feet with a clever...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Alexi Hobbs
    02.22.12

  2. Green Is in the Details
    Green

    Green Is in the Details

    Carver + Schicketanz Architects’ eco-friendly renovation earned this mid-century-modern home LEED Platinum certification and proved that when it comes to building sustainably, it’s all...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Mathew Scott
    01.23.12

  3. Tunnel Vision
    House Tours

    Tunnel Vision

    To maximize every square inch in this Manhattan apartment, LOT-EK knocked down walls, added dozens of recycled doors, and built in a bevy of secret compartments.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Nicholas Calcott
    11.05.11

  4. Inside the VitraHaus
    Travel Reports

    Inside the VitraHaus

    One of the highlights of my recent trip to Basel, Switzerland, was crossing the border to visit the Vitra campus in Weil-am-Rhein, Germany, about 25 minutes from Basel, and exploring the VitraHaus....

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    10.15.11

  5. Touring Basel, Switzerland, Part 2
    Travel Reports

    Touring Basel, Switzerland, Part 2

    Last month I traveled to Basel, Switzerland, a European city first founded during the Roman Empire and still boasting beautiful buildings constructed more than 1,000 years agos. In Touring Basel,...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    10.12.11

  6. Touring Basel, Switzerland, Part 1
    Travel Reports

    Touring Basel, Switzerland, Part 1

    At the end of September, I hopped across the pond to visit Basel, Switzerland, and the nearby Laufen bathrooms factory and showroom. Basel is bisected by the Rhine and sits just south of the...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    10.10.11

  7. Cycle China: Week 5
    Travel Reports

    Cycle China: Week 5

    In this special five-part series, we're riding along with SWA Group landscape designer Amirah Shahid as she cycles nearly 800 miles from Beijing to Shanghai (find the previous posts here). Join us...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    10.05.11

  8. Touring Vitra Campus, Part 2
    Travel Reports

    Touring Vitra Campus, Part 2

    Vitra's Weil-am-Rhein, Germany, campus boasts not only the production facilities of the famous furniture manufacturer but also numerous iconic buildings by world-renowned architects. In Touring...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    10.04.11

  9. Cycle China: Week 4
    Travel Reports

    Cycle China: Week 4

    In this special five-part series, we're riding along with SWA Group landscape designer Amirah Shahid as she cycles nearly 800 miles from Beijing to Shanghai (find the previous posts here). Join us...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Amirah Shahid
    09.29.11

  10. Touring Vitra Campus, Part 1
    Travel Reports

    Touring Vitra Campus, Part 1

    The Vitra Campus in Weil-am-Rhein, Germany, is design-heaven on Earth. Since the 1950s, it has been home to Vitra's furniture production (the company headquarters are located across the border in...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.29.11

  11. Chicken Chapel
    Outdoor

    Chicken Chapel

    Architect Keith Moskow grew up doing grunt construction work. His dad was a builder and after his first year of college, he helped build their family's summer home. "I was doing lowly work,...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.20.11

  12. Video: Garrett Finney & Cricket Trailer
    Outdoor

    Video: Garrett Finney & Cricket Trailer

    After four years at NASA designing rest-eat-sleep spaces for astronauts aboard the International Space Station, architect Garrett Finney left the agency to pursue earth-based enterprises. He...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.02.11

  13. Architecture and the City 2011
    Event Spotlight

    Architecture and the City 2011

    This week, the AIA San Francisco kicks off its ninth annual Architecture and the City festival. The month-long event features food tours, home and city tours, film series, exhibitions, lectures,...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.01.11

  14. A Green Home to Last a Lifetime in Austin
    Green

    A Green Home to Last a Lifetime in Austin

    Austin couple Anne Suttles and Sam Shah built a house to last their lifetime—and longer. Mixing new efficient systems with old upcycled materials, they keep it weird while keeping it green.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Brent Humphreys
    08.31.11

  15. Video: Prefab Japanese Joinery
    A Great Idea

    Video: Prefab Japanese Joinery

    In our September 2011 Japan Style issue (now on newsstands!) we showcase a plethora of Japanese-influenced houses as well as feature the incredible craft of Japanese joinery. Here, in a video...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.24.11

  16. Video: Studio H Chicken Coops
    Renovation

    Video: Studio H Chicken Coops

    In our July/August 2011 family- and play-themed issue we featured three very cool chicken coops designed and built by a cadre of handy Bertie County, North Carolina, high school students. Here we...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.23.11

  17. Seven Great Outdoor Spaces
    House Tours

    Seven Great Outdoor Spaces

    As summer comes to an end, we cheers to seven of our favorite outdoor spaces before the furniture is packed away for the winter.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.16.11

  18. Touring Sydney, Part 2
    Travel Reports

    Touring Sydney, Part 2

    We featured bridges, beautiful low-income housing experiments, and beachside pools in our Touring Sydney, Part 1, slideshow and it would be remiss of us not to include the Australian city's most...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.04.11

  19. Touring Sydney, Part 1
    Travel Reports

    Touring Sydney, Part 1

    Sydney really is everything people build it up to be: the Opera House, the Botanic Gardens, the beaches! I recently traveled Down Under to take in its sights and sounds. This slideshow, the first...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.02.11

  20. More Favorite Play! Spaces
    Books

    More Favorite Play! Spaces

    Our September 2011 issue is about to hit newsstands, but we're not finished celebrating play (the theme of our July/August 2011 issue). Earlier this week we featured five fantastic projects from...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.01.11

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