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October 10, 2013
From a tiny glass house in Belgium to a serene 17th-century oil mill converted home in Italy, these eight modern homes have been thoughtfully designed from the inside out.
tagliabue house living room concrete walls

Layer by layer, a crumbling 18th-century flat in the middle of Barcelona finds new life at the hands of architect Benedetta Tagliabue. Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.

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casa delpin living room

This living room is lit by three protruding skylights angled to catch morning and afternoon light. Photo by Raimund Koch.

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bishop starscape glass pendants interior

Surrounded on all sides by a sweeping Canadian hayfield, the 23.2 House is an angular ode to rural life. Photo by Jason Schmidt.

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paris match atrium interior

For Felix Claus, a 1930s rental apartment is more than an idyllic pied-à-terre—it’s an architectural gem that requires reverence and careful tending. Photo by Hotze Eisma.

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palomba living room interior

The acclaimed Italian designers Ludovica+Roberto Palomba carve a serene retreat out of a 17th-century oil mill in Salento, filling it with custom creations and their greatest hits. Photo by Francesco Bolis.

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richard meier, douglas house, harbor springs, michigan

After purchasing a revered archetypal lake house designed by American architect Richard Meier, a retired couple launches into the home’s second renovation in 35 years. Photo by Dean Kaufman.

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Open-plan living room in Melbourne, Australia

In a Melbourne suburb, a family of four redefines “interior design” with a private house that doubles as a public art gallery. Photo by Dianna Snape.

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Tufty Time sofa by Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia

For this tiny house in the Belgian forest, a little extra square footage comes in the form of a glassed-in addition with a stellar view. Photo by Frederik Vercruysse.

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tagliabue house living room concrete walls

Layer by layer, a crumbling 18th-century flat in the middle of Barcelona finds new life at the hands of architect Benedetta Tagliabue. Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.

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