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March 25, 2013
From a tiny transparent retreat on San Juan Island in Puget Sound to a cozy cottage nestled north of Drag Lake, these five residences demonstrate the myriad ways in which glass can enhance the modern home.
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Without altering its turn-of-the-20th-century facade, architect Christopher Polly transformed the rear of this Newtown, Australia, home from bleak to bright.

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Exterior bay writers cabin san juan islands

This small writer's retreat on San Juan Islands, Washington completely exposes the interior to the site’s impressive island views. Photo by: Tim Bies

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Exterior mass modern toshiko mori

A Martha’s Vineyard retreat surpasses the traditional boundaries of Cape Cod architecture with a contemporary design by Harvard professor and practicing architect Toshiko Mori. Photo by: Iwan Baan

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Torontonians Dan and Diane Molenaar head north to Drag Lake when they need a weekend away from urban life—though they brought some of the city with them. The mirrored windows that circle the cottage were recycled from two office towers in Toronto.

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Into the woods gambier island house

The efficiency and aesthetics of prefab proved appealing to the owner of this Dwell Home, built on a rugged island off Canada’s western coast.

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Patrick Barta
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Without altering its turn-of-the-20th-century facade, architect Christopher Polly transformed the rear of this Newtown, Australia, home from bleak to bright.

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