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  1. Passive Progressive
    Green

    Passive Progressive

    Among the first Passive Houses in France, this bamboo-clad farmhouse by the Parisian firm Karawitz Architecture brings a bit of green to tiny Bessancourt.

    photos by: Nicholas Calcott
    08.18.12

  2. Knotty by Nature
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    Knotty by Nature

    In snowy Sweden, where pine planks and the democratic design incubator Ikea reign supreme, a local architect pays homage to his patrimony, making a small, slatty home feel like a rather big deal....

    written by: Grant Gibson
    photos by: Pia Ulin
    04.03.10

  3. Hz so Good
    Green

    Hz so Good

    Architects Simon Beames and Simon Dickens are worried. They are worried about the impact that construction makes on the environment, though they are equally concerned about being thought of as...

    written by: Iain Aitch
    02.01.09

  4. All in the Family
    House Tours

    All in the Family

    Young architects often design homes for their parents. But for Toronto's Julia Knezic, it was an especially intimate job: her mom Susan Farkas's new house is next to her own. When the property...

    written by: Alex Bozikovic
    photos by: Sean Galbraith
    08.06.12

  5. A Northern Haven
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    A Northern Haven

    North Haven, a rocky island in Maine’s Penobscot Bay, is quintessentially New England. As it happens, so is this boat barn–inspired brand of rugged, regional modernism.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Raimund Koch
    06.17.09

  6. Glazed Old Fashioned
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    Glazed Old Fashioned

    On a shady street just off the main drag of Melbourne, Australia’s hippest inner suburb, a pair of creative types and their two kids have made a bright, cheery home by renovating an 1860s...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Stephen Oxenbury
    07.22.10

  7. Two Houses Are Better Than One
    House Tours

    Two Houses Are Better Than One

    Or is one house better than two? For Santa Monica–based architect Jesse Bornstein and his family, both are true.

    written by: David A. Greene
    photos by: Catherine Ledner
    07.31.09

  8. Modernist Rural Getaway in Poland
    Green

    Modernist Rural Getaway in Poland

    In southwest Poland, architect Robert Konieczny, of KWK Promes, raises the roof—with sod intact—on Jacek Perkowski’s modernist rural getaway.

    written by: James Nestor
    09.13.09

  9. 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

  10. Kansas City Bus Shelters
    Outdoor

    Kansas City Bus Shelters

    One of our favorite writers here at Dwell is architect Dan Maginn. And he does some pretty stellar buildings as well with his Kansas City, Missouri, firm El Dorado Inc. You can keep an eye out for...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    08.15.11

  11. Home Cooking
    House Tours

    Home Cooking

    For Erik and Ivana Gonzalez, the design of their kitchen—and every other room in the house—was truly a family affair.

    written by: Allison Arieff
    photos by: Peter Yang
    07.23.09

  12. 101 Bathrooms: Metal
    Design 101

    101 Bathrooms: Metal

    An easy conduit for hot and cold water alike, metal assumes a multiplicity of contemporary shapes, from globular showerheads to rectilinear radiators.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    01.01.09

  13. D House Kitchen Renovation
    Food

    D House Kitchen Renovation

    In 2009, just as architectural designer Chris Greenawalt and his wife, Danielle, completed remodeling their Seattle home, Danielle received word that she was heading to Boston for her job as a...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.09.10

  14. Highway Hideaway
    House Tours

    Highway Hideaway

    Most beachfront houses treat the ocean as part of the visual landscape with panoramic views and wraparound balconies. Tom Lloyd-Butler’s beach house by Ernest Born, however, is deeply interior, and...

    written by: Katrina Heron
    photos by: Robert Schlatter
    01.16.09

  15. Helsinki Rising
    City Guide

    Helsinki Rising

    Brian Keaney of TonfiskDesign may be Irish, but his Finnish is flawless; he guides us through icecold Helsinki’s hot spots.

    written by: Christopher Bright
    photos by: Hertha Hurnaus
    02.26.09

  16. Snow Proofed Hillside Family Home in Austria
    Green

    Snow Proofed Hillside Family Home in Austria

    Most homeowners would avoid living within striking distance of an avalanche, but Marcell Strolz and Uli Alber embrace Alpine extremes. They built a house that could weather even the fiercest storm....

    written by: Dominic Bradbury
    photos by: Richard Powers
    12.30.09

  17. The Tree of Ghent
    House Tours

    The Tree of Ghent

    Just as the famed Treaty of 1814 called for peace between the United Kingdom and the United States, the large beech tree on Dieter Van Everbroeck's property harmonizes the relationship between site...

    written by: Jane Szita
    photos by: Hertha Hurnaus
    01.15.09

  18. Houston, TX
    House Tours

    Houston, TX

    In Houston, where bigger means better and suburbanites in SUVs dominate the highways, architects Dawn Finley and Mark Wamble are anomalies: Their domestic lives fit into 1,200 square feet, and...

    written by: Georgina Gustin
    photos by: Daniel Hennessy
    01.16.09

  19. Big Sur Airstream Renovation
    Renovation

    Big Sur Airstream Renovation

    "I found the Airstream in the high desert of Anza, California, and thought it was a pure TLC job. Wishful thinking!" says interior designer Caroline Brandes, who also rents renovated...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    08.08.11

  20. Modern Awakening
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    Modern Awakening

    In Salt Lake City, a place not renowned for progressive architecture, Brent Jespersen built a luminous canyon retreat—using his architect father and a famed Utah modernist as his guides.

    written by: Heather Bradley
    photos by: Zubin Shroff
    06.01.09

  21. Small Wooden Box Home in Portland
    House Tours

    Small Wooden Box Home in Portland

    This pair of handy Portlanders doesn’t crave any more of Oregon’s territory than what’s taken up by their 704-square-foot home, hard-working garden, and smartly designed outdoor...

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: John Clark
    10.17.11

  22. Modern Take on a Traditional Farmhouse in Missouri
    House Tours

    Modern Take on a Traditional Farmhouse in Missouri

    Thanks to Matthew Hufft, their envelope-pushing architect and longtime friend, Hannah and Paul Catlett have a new home in southwestern Missouri that’s a fresh, unconventional take on the...

    written by: Georgina Gustin
    photos by: Joe Pugliese
    10.08.12

  23. Contemporary Nordic Town House
    House Tours

    Contemporary Nordic Town House

    With their light, white house that owes equal debts to its Nordic surroundings and to the Japanese provenance of its architects, a pair of design-minded art lovers are boldly making their mark on...

    written by: Jane Szita
    photos by: Mark Seelen
    07.19.10

  24. Modern Rowhouse Renovation in New York
    House Tours

    Modern Rowhouse Renovation in New York

    With a little faith and a lot of foresight, Keisha Martin entrusted Laura Briggs and Jonathan Knowles to revitalize a derelict rowhouse, returning it to its original splendor and then some. Martin...

    written by: Marc Kristal
    photos by: Adam Friedberg
    01.16.09

  25. The Brick Weave House in Chicago
    House Tours

    The Brick Weave House in Chicago

    Born as a horse stable, the Brick Weave House in Chicago is all about transportation and transparency. A clever renovation has made it the most compelling architecture on the block and home to a...

    written by: Blair Kamin
    photos by: Gregg Segal
    08.31.09

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