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  1. Thibault’s Follies
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    Thibault’s Follies

    Quebec City architect Pierre Thibault has designed three Habitats Légers, or Light Habitats­—small structures installed in the landscape and meant as creative retreats. The first...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    02.04.09

  2. Nature’s Graces
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    Nature’s Graces

    With the lightness and imagination of origami and the mathematical exactitude of digital design, this open-air chapel invites all creatures into its folds.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    photos by: Sarah Rich
    02.04.09

  3. Ich Bin Ein Mulcher
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    Ich Bin Ein Mulcher

    When, at cocktail parties, the conversation turns from the fleeting news of the day to the subject of sublime beauty, Dan Maginn often find himself smiling, for soon, he will speak of mulch.

    written by: Dan Maginn
    02.04.09

  4. All-Inclusive Architecture
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    All-Inclusive Architecture

    At the symbolic heart of Philadelphia lies John F. Kennedy (JFK) Plaza, more commonly called Love Park after a Robert Indiana sculpture that is the soul of the site.

    written by: Anuj Desai
    photos by: Adam Friedberg
    02.05.09

  5. Pool Houses: From Laps to Naps
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    Pool Houses: From Laps to Naps

    For those seeking refuge from an interminable game of Marco Polo, these four pool houses provide an artful escape.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Ron Pollard
    04.30.09

  6. Dunkin' Danish
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    Dunkin' Danish

    The thought of stripping down for a communal skinny dip in a salty strait might make Americans a bit squeamish, but in Denmark, it’s the stuff that can save a city.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.17.09

  7. 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

  8. 6 City Rooftop Gardens We Love
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    6 City Rooftop Gardens We Love

    In cities around the world, rooftop gardens have become a popular way to make use of the limited real estate that’s available in environments defined by industrial buildings.

    written by: Emma Marsano
    06.17.13

  9. 7 Tiny Backyard Retreats
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    7 Tiny Backyard Retreats

    From a nature writer’s off-the-grid Puget Sound getaway to a Texan’s shipping container guesthouse, these retreats may inspire you to make that backyard retreat you’ve been dreaming of a reality.

    written by: Erika Heet
    08.27.13

  10. 6 Rooftop Hangouts
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    6 Rooftop Hangouts

    With forethought and engineering, a rooftop can be a very valuable bit of real estate. Here are six cool roofs that not only work overhead, but underfoot.

    written by: Erika Heet
    08.29.13

  11. 7 Great Green Walls
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    7 Great Green Walls

    Not for the feint of heart, but for the green of thumb: A living wall is a vibrant way to celebrate nature in tandem with architecture. Peek through our archives for another look at living walls...

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    10.10.13

  12. Estonian Designer’s Tiny Geometric Cabin
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    Estonian Designer’s Tiny Geometric Cabin

    Designer-inventor Jaanus Orgusaar’s modular, hexagonal housing concept creates space in geometric patterns.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    02.26.14

  13. Brooklyn Botanic's New 'Do
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    Brooklyn Botanic's New 'Do

    Last week, as spring's balmy temperatures took a temporary dip into glacier territory, the two founding partners of architecture and urbanism firm Weiss/Manfredi led a hard hat tour of their new...

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    04.05.12

  14. The High Life
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    The High Life

    Tired of being terrestrially housebound? Four homes go out on a limb and find their place in the trees.  

    written by: James Nestor
    04.20.09

  15. 5 Modern Courtyards Part Two
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    5 Modern Courtyards Part Two

    As Previously looked at in 5 Cool Modern Courtyards, Dwell takes another glance at 5 modern homes with outstanding elevated terraces.

    written by: Jami Smith
    10.08.13

  16. Botanical Garden Pavilion
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    Botanical Garden Pavilion

    When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, architect and University of Kentucky lecturer Mike McKay felt the pull to go down to the Big Easy to help with a task that was anything but easy:...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.23.10

  17. 11 Ways to Dine Alfresco
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    11 Ways to Dine Alfresco

    Spring is finally here, bringing more opportunities to hit the terrace for meals. Here are 11 of our favorite ways to set up for modern outdoor dining.

    written by: Erika Heet
    04.08.14

  18. 7 Innovative Rooftops
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    7 Innovative Rooftops

    In an era of sustainability, nothing should go to waste, and a roof should be no exception. We take a look at seven innovative rooftops where lush gardens and garden parties alike can thrive.

    written by: Victoria Nguyen
    05.13.13

  19. Outside In or Inside Out?
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    Outside In or Inside Out?

    Among the kitschy, gnome-loving chalets of Holland's community gardens, Krill Architects created an anomalously spare and highly adaptable Garden House.

    written by: Jane Szita
    09.10.09

  20. Chicken Chapel
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    Chicken Chapel

    Architect Keith Moskow grew up doing grunt construction work. His dad was a builder and after his first year of college, he helped build their family's summer home. "I was doing lowly work,...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.20.11

  21. Swingers' Delight: 7 Ideas for Modern Swings
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    Swingers' Delight: 7 Ideas for Modern Swings

    A quintessential backyard element, the swing adds levity to outdoor spaces. These seven pieces give new perspective to their homes whether hung from a tree, on a porch, and even inside.

    written by: Jacqueline Leahy
    03.20.14

  22. Modern Homes Built Around Trees
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    Modern Homes Built Around Trees

    Wishing to preserve existing sites and the natural beauty of original trees, these seven homes use nature as their centerpiece.

    written by: Jacqueline Leahy
    03.19.14

  23. Kansas City Bus Shelters
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    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

  24. Swamp Thing
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    Swamp Thing

    With families in tow, architects Keith Moskow and Robert Linn settle in for a weekend of s'mores and camping in the unlikliest of locations: a simple structure built in the heart of the suburbs.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    02.02.10

  25. By Poplar Demand
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    By Poplar Demand

    “I kept pushing the idea of doing a new kind of tree house further and further, trying to find the best structure, the best materials,” explains Dustin Feider, a 23-year-old freelance...

    written by: James Nestor
    02.05.09

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