A Compact Prefab Vacation Home
A New Zealand family taps into the creative capital of architecture students to make their dream home a reality. The topography proved challenging so the designers elevated the house on piers. Photo by Simon Devitt.
Family-Sized Addition for Renovated Austin Bungalow
Austin architect J.C. Schmeil converted his family's 1935 bungalow into a spacious modern family home on a modest budget and with tons of ingenuity. Photo by Whit Preston.
A Picturesque Desert Prefab
Jim Murren’s prefab house in Sin City, designed by Marmol Radziner, is as artful as it is art-filled, thanks to an asymmetrical arrangement of solids and voids. Photo by Jill Paider.
A Modern Bungalow in Venice Beach
A house designed to be part of the landscape is at home among the trees in Venice, California. The house rises to nearly the height of the neighboring structure. The plantings on the bridge, which connects the guest pavilion with the master bedroom and media room pavilion, will eventually grow in to create a privacy screen. Photo by Coral von Zumwalt.
A self-taught designer embarks upon a solo mission to resuscitate a 19th-century homestead. Photo by Mark Mahaney.
Mies van der Rohe, Lafayette Park
High-rise superblocks and identical clusters of row houses set apart from the urban grid have been much maligned as some of the major wrongdoings of modernism, but Detroit's Lafayette Park—the first urban-renewal project in the United States—tells a vastly different story. Within a sprawling, decentralized city that has suffered near-disastrous decline, this racially and economically diverse enclave just northeast of downtown has not only aged gracefully but today flourishes with new life. Photo by Raimund Koch.
Matthew Trzebiatowski matched an extreme aesthetic to an extreme climate, but his sustainable moves took a gentler approach. The glass-enclosed master bedroom floats above the corrugated, oxidized steel exterior. Photo by Gregg Segal.
Modern High-Rise Town House in Tel Aviv
Six stories high, crowned with a pool, and with a direct lineage back to the Bauhaus, a new town house in Tel Aviv manages to both embrace and provide refuge from the teeming Israeli city. Photo by Amit Geron.
A Slender Geothermal Cottage in London
On an eight-foot-wide site in London, architect Luke Tozer cleverly squeezed in a four-story home equipped with rain-water-harvesting and geothermal systems. Photo by Charlie Crane.
Alaska: The Final (Architectural) Frontier
Though the Cook Inlet is nearby, from the street, the house’s simple facade gives little indication of the sights that await a visitor. Photo by Dave Lauridsen.