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  1. The Giving Tree
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    The Giving Tree

    A bright idea blossomed close to home for Modal Design principal Daniel Monti. Tasked to create a low-maintenance, multi-generational home for his parents, his family, his brother’s children...

    written by: Carren Jao
    photos by: Benny Chan
    08.03.11

  2. Living in a Polish Water Tower
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    Living in a Polish Water Tower

    I received an unexpected postcard from the petite Polish town of Dąbrówno last week, sent by my friend Tim who was backpacking through Europe. He mentioned that he was shacking up in a...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    07.27.10

  3. Soho Row House Renovation
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    Soho Row House Renovation

    The New York City-based firm Delson or Sherman Architects assembled this duplex apartment in a Soho row house from two stacked apartments and a new rear extension. Their clients were a single...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    11.06.10

  4. Baltimore Tree House
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    Baltimore Tree House

    The wooden structure next to Laurie and Peter Stubbs' house outside Baltimore is made out of trees and is nestled in the woods but it isn't technically a tree house. "The trees here are...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    12.04.09

  5. Tiny House Fits a Family in 196 Square Feet
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    Tiny House Fits a Family in 196 Square Feet

    A 196-square-foot house born of architectural know-how, an enterprising spirit, and just over $11,000 has become an inspiration to a growing community of tiny-house enthusiasts.

    written by: Brian Libby
    photos by: Joe Schmelzer
    08.20.14

  6. The Best of Prefab: 7 Homes We Love
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    The Best of Prefab: 7 Homes We Love

    The locations may be far flung—from rural Missouri to Eglisau, Switzerland—the residents might be architects, families, or weekend warriors, but the constant is prefabrication in our...

    written by: Diana Budds
    08.05.12

  7. Good Mews
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    Good Mews

    Brad Smith’s compact former coach house, tucked away in one of London’s many hidden cobbled mews, was in need of a radical over-haul when his partner Brian Brennan moved in. Scape...

    written by: Iain Aitch
    photos by: Peter Marlow
    05.28.09

  8. Building Blocks
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    Building Blocks

    On a double suburban lot in Tokyo, the Office of Ryue Nishizawa built a neighborhood-scaled, flexible-format minimalist steel prefab compound for Yasuo Moriyama—a very private individual with...

    photos by: Dean Kaufman
    01.17.09

  9. Red, Wood, and Blue
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    Red, Wood, and Blue

    An entreprenurial pair of Belgian brothers land in one of Texas's few bohemian oases, become property owners, and find that sharing a house in adulthood isn't half bad.

    written by: Sam Martin
    10.23.09

  10. Bay Wash
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    Bay Wash

    With a presence in three centuries, Christi Azevedo’s Victorian survived the quake of 1906 and served as a laundry before its rebirth as a well-lit hybrid of old and new.

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    photos by: Dave Lauridsen
    01.14.09

  11. Raising the Barn
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    Raising the Barn

    Architect Preston Scott Cohen resurrected an early 1800s barn as a vacation home for a literary couple and their family, calling to mind both the agrarian spaciousness of the structure’s former...

    written by: Marc Kristal
    photos by: Raimund Koch
    01.15.09

  12. Singapore Fling
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    Singapore Fling

    In December 2007, Nicolette de Waart, her husband, Joost Dop, and their four children moved from Heemstede, the Netherlands, to Singapore. While Dop began his new job, De Waart set out to find...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Jasper James
    06.02.10

  13. Slanted and Enchanted
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    Slanted and Enchanted

    Taking inspiration from barns, warehouses, Case Study Houses, and Japanese residential architecture, architect Marcus Lee and his wife, Rachel Hart—–an architectural model maker—...

    written by: Dominic Bradbury
    photos by: Jeremy Murch
    01.14.09

  14. Double Time
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    Double Time

    The last time Blake Trabulsi and Allison Orr had a party at their house in Austin, Texas, it lasted until 5 a.m. Observes Trabulsi: “People are so comfortable here, they never want to leave.”

    written by: Fred A. Bernstein
    photos by: Jack Thompson
    01.14.09

  15. Post Bale
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    Post Bale

    Boulder, Colorado, straddles a dynamic geographical border where miles of Rocky Mountains descend into flat plains that stretch all the way to the Appalachians. With four picture-perfect seasons...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    photos by: Dave Lauridsen
    01.15.09

  16. Pretty Super
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    Pretty Super

    The super's unit was anything but in this Upper West side co-op, however architect Brad Zizmor saw potential in the apartment nobody could love. A re-imagined interior and gracious new outdoor...

    written by: Michael Cannell
    photos by: Roland Bello
    01.15.09

  17. Aloft in the Forest
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    Aloft in the Forest

    Among the many problems of urban living in Portland, Oregon, are raccoons, deer, and falling trees. It’s not just that woods and forests persist inside the city limits but also the fact that a city...

    written by: Mathew Stadler
    photos by: John Clark
    01.16.09

  18. São Paulo, Brazil
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    São Paulo, Brazil

    For photographer Reinaldo Cóser and his family of four, the best way to deal with the sometimes-draining throb of massive São Paulo was to simply rise above.

    written by: Robert Landon
    photos by: Cristóbal Palma
    05.14.10

  19. 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

  20. A Modern Mortuary in Munich
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    A Modern Mortuary in Munich

    In the tenth-century district of Riem, on the far eastern edge of the city of Munich, sits the Mortuary at Munich–Riem (Friedhof-Riem). Designed by architects Andreas Meck and Stephan Koppel,...

    written by: Bret Robins
    photos by: Bret Robins
    10.30.10

  21. Ramayana by Sanjay Patel
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    Ramayana by Sanjay Patel

    My favorite book as a kid was unquestionably D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths. I took it out of every branch of the Sacramento library, renewed it a hundred times and basically absorbed every...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    03.09.10

  22. 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

  23. Modern Urban Retreat in South Minneapolis
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    Modern Urban Retreat in South Minneapolis

    In a South Minneapolis neighborhood of century-old housing stock, Julie Snow’s bold but elegant residential design fulfilled Andrew Blauvelt and Scott Winter’s desire for a loft on the...

    written by: Mason Riddle
    photos by: Dean Kaufman
    09.07.10

  24. The Foundry at Domus Orsoni
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    The Foundry at Domus Orsoni

    While in Italy checking out the latest in tiles at Cersaie in Bologna, we took a day to train over to Venice and roam the waterways and were given the opportunity to visit the only foundry in the...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    10.13.10

  25. Academy Rewards
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    Academy Rewards

    A pair of photographers employed a pair of architects (they're all buddies) to transform an aging schoolhouse into a modern marvel.

    written by: David Hay
    12.23.10

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