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November 21, 2013
As the weekend slowly draws to a near, we've gathered up ten of our most clicked on homes on Dwell this week for your perusal.
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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.

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Originally appeared in Students Pass Their Class by Building a House in New Zealand
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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.

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Originally appeared in Family-Sized Addition for Renovated Austin Bungalow
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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.

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Originally appeared in A Desert Prefab Hits the Jackpot in Sin City
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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.

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Coral von Zumwalt
Originally appeared in New Bungalow, Old Neighborhood
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Floating Farmhouse in Eldred New York

Hope Floats

A self-taught designer embarks upon a solo mission to resuscitate a 19th-century homestead. Photo by Mark Mahaney.

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A one-story villa in Lafayette Park.

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.

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Xeros Effect

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.

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Originally appeared in Step by Step
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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.

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Originally appeared in Modern High-Rise Town House in Tel Aviv
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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.

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.

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Originally appeared in A Slender Geothermal Cottage in London
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Though the Cook Inlet is nearby, from the street, the house’s simple facade gives little indication of the sights that await a visitor.

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.

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Originally appeared in Alaska: The Final (Architectural) Frontier
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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.

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