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  1. The Shipping Muse
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    The Shipping Muse

    Shipping containers are ubiquitous in Houston, though unlike the four that make up this new home, they're usually filled with foreign goods rather than flourishing lives.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Jack Thompson
    08.31.09

  2. Farm Fresh
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    Farm Fresh

    Nobody ever said farming was easy, but the rewards of a homegrown harvest are great. On six acres of fertile land in the heart of rural Iowa, Geoff and Joanna Mouming mix modern home design with a...

    written by: Georgina Gustin
    photos by: Mark Mahaney
    10.29.09

  3. Casa Study House #1
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    Casa Study House #1

    Traditions collide in Los Angeles when architect Jeremy Levine hotwires SoCal Spanish with international haute-moderne. The resulting house of courtyards, shelves, and even some repurposed car...

    written by: Frances Anderton
    photos by: Tom Fowlks
    06.17.09

  4. Hide and Eat
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    Hide and Eat

    In Manhattan, where space is the ultimate luxury, a clever design workaround makes a dining table disappear after supper.

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    02.28.12

  5. Modern Communal Living in the Netherlands
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    Modern Communal Living in the Netherlands

    Craving not just a home but a proper piece of architecture, a handful of design- and business-savvy Dutch families banded together, hired an architect, and set about forming the community that...

    written by: Jane Szita
    photos by: Dean Kaufman
    11.16.09

  6. Straight and Narrow
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    Straight and Narrow

    Behind an unassuming 19th-century facade in Singapore's Joo Chiat neighborhood, Ching Ian and Yang Yeo's renovation of a typical shophouse venerates tradition while looking squarely to the future.

    written by: Daisann McLane
    photos by: Richard Powers
    02.26.09

  7. Inside Job
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    Inside Job

    Designing an innovative house is a rite of passage 
for many young architects. But building in a city doesn’t always make experimentation easy; after all, neighbors have their own ideas about...

    written by: Alex Bozikovic
    photos by: Juliana Sohn
    03.04.09

  8. Domestic Ribbon
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    Domestic Ribbon

    Armed with a masters in architecture from Columbia University and only 3 years in the field, architectural designer Alan Y. L. Chan renovated a wreck of an apartment in an early 1900s building on...

    written by: Erika Heet
    10.08.09

  9. Worth the Wait
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    Worth the Wait

    Tucked into the side of a scenic San Francisco hill, one of the city’s more diminutive houses battles everything from dry rot to obstructionist neighbors in order to grow up.

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    photos by: Zubin Shroff
    04.30.09

  10. Paint it Black
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    Paint it Black

    This family of cost-conscious Hamburgers (freshly back in Germany after years abroad) converted a kitschy turn-of-the-century villa into a high-design home.

    written by: Sally McGrane
    photos by: Mark Seelen
    01.19.12

  11. Green Zero-Energy Family Home in Santa Cruz
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    Green Zero-Energy Family Home in Santa Cruz

    How an unfussy, nearly zero-energy family home in Santa Cruz, California, wound up with hay bales in the walls, a state-of-the-art heat pump system, and six very happy residents.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Gabriela Hasbun
    09.17.12

  12. Modern Space-Efficient Family Home in San Francisco
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    Modern Space-Efficient Family Home in San Francisco

    To convert a musty mid-century house with a nonsensical floor plan into a modern and space-efficient family home, three intrepid designers played a bit of architectural Tetris.

    written by: Rachel Levin
    photos by: Daniel Hennessy
    10.20.11

  13. True Value
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    True Value

    The budget was nearly as tight as the space in this cheerful renovation of a 516-square-foot flat in Bratislava.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    01.27.12

  14. Communal Lakeside Vacation House in Ontario
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    Communal Lakeside Vacation House in Ontario

    On a lakeside plot outside Toronto, four friends forge a new kind of vacation house. 

    written by: Alex Bozikovic
    photos by: Lorne Bridgman
    04.19.12

  15. Modern Wooden A-Frame Retreat in France
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    Modern Wooden A-Frame Retreat in France

    Like a little chapel on the prairie, architect Jean-Baptiste Barache’s simply elegant retreat in the tiny Normandy town of Auvillier is a modern play on centuries-old forms and technology.

    written by: Michelle Hoffman
    photos by: Céline Clanet
    11.10.09

  16. Keep Your Eye on the Balto
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    Keep Your Eye on the Balto

    Coffee shop and bakery owner Greg Martin kept baker’s hours to whip this chimerical Minneapolis building into a modern confection.

    written by: Georgina Gustin
    photos by: Cameron Wittig
    01.16.09

  17. Seoul, South Korea
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    Seoul, South Korea

    When Seoul architect Byoung-soo Cho set out to design his urban dream house, he turned to the city’s architectural history for inspiration. The result—–four overlapping boxes...

    written by: Winifred Bird
    photos by: Jeremy Murch
    05.25.10

  18. Stow Aways
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    Stow Aways

    How do you squeeze maximum functionality out of minimal space? Rosa and Robert Garneau make it happen with multipurpose furniture, a hydraulic Murphy bed, and secret compartments galore.

    written by: Heidi Mitchell
    photos by: Ian Allen
    02.17.11

  19. Vertical Challenge
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    Vertical Challenge

    In the lofty Amsterdam apartment of Texas-born Hunter Hindman and Shelby Carr, mid-century modern mixes freely with contemporary Dutch design in a setting transposed from the 17th century.

    written by: Jane Szita
    photos by: Rene Mesman
    01.22.09

  20. Cabin Fever
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    Cabin Fever

    Built-ins abound in this renovation of a 1970s lodge perched high in the French Alps. H2O Architectes devised a plan to increase livable space while leaving the structure intact. What results is a...

    written by: Diana Budds
    10.22.12

  21. Undivided Intentions
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    Undivided Intentions

    The late architect David Boone was always one to take his work home with him—he just kept it in the home’s office. The new residents of his 1972 house embrace a more fluid approach to...

    written by: William Bostwick
    photos by: Noah Webb
    10.18.10

  22. Barns Ennobled
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    Barns Ennobled

    Subverting the traditional, conservatively cozy British barn conversion, Carl Turner created a getaway in rural Norfolk for himself and his friends to visit, repose, and consider the beauty of...

    written by: Iain Aitch
    12.29.11

  23. Warsaw Loft with Multifunctional Furniture
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    Warsaw Loft with Multifunctional Furniture

    To maximize their small Warsaw loft, transatlantic designers Aleksander Novak-Zemplinski and Becky Nix handcrafted a fleet of double-duty furnishings.

    written by: Sally McGrane
    11.20.12

  24. Family Home Renovation in Brooklyn
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    Family Home Renovation in Brooklyn

    For most homeowners, the goal of renovating is to transform an existing space into an idealized domicile. Few couples, however, include both the architect whose training can precipitate a vision...

    written by: Alan Rapp
    photos by: Matthew Williams
    01.28.11

  25. PISE Does It
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    PISE Does It

    From an ecological perspective, pneumatically impacted stabilized earth (PISE) is a nearly perfect building material. A new house, halfway between Carmel and Big Sur, near California’s...

    written by: Adam Fisher
    04.14.09

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