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  1. Swiss Mix
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    Swiss Mix

    Built for a young family of Spartan-minded clients, architect Felix Oesch's spare, concrete prefab outside of Zurich is a marvel of clean living.

    written by: Grant Gibson
    photos by: Hertha Hurnaus
    01.13.09

  2. Massie Produced
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    Massie Produced

    Art object or machine for living in Architect William Massie’s personal prefab project takes the mass out of mass customization to create a one-of-a-kind wonder.

    written by: David Hay
    photos by: Henrik Knudsen
    01.14.09

  3. Sum of Its Parts
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    Sum of Its Parts

    Taking cues from traditional Swedish rooflines but rejecting the precedent of subpar prefab, Claesson Koivisto Rune bring light and style to their "site-generic" design.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    01.14.09

  4. Walter Gropius, Hagerty House
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    Walter Gropius, Hagerty House

    Walter Gropius wanted the Hagerty House, his first commission in the United States, to be as close to the sea as possible. He sited the structure a precarious 20 feet from the shore and let the...

    written by: Jaci Conry
    photos by: Dean Kaufman
    01.14.09

  5. Mies van der Rohe, Lafayette Park
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    Mies van der Rohe, Lafayette Park

    High-rise superblocks and identical clusters of row houses set apart from the urban grid have been much maligned as some of the major wrongdoings of modernism, but Detroit's Lafayette Park&mdash...

    written by: Sam Grawe
    photos by: Raimund Koch
    01.14.09

  6. 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

  7. Katz's Cradle
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    Katz's Cradle

    Gregory Katz proves that three times is a charm with his trio of concrete homes, which challenge the status quo in this quiet Johannesburg suburb.

    written by: Kerryn Fischer
    photos by: Elsa Young
    01.15.09

  8. 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

  9. The Tree of Ghent
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    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

  10. Method Lab
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    Method Lab

    Designer Jennifer Siegal’s own house is a modest 1920s Spanish bungalow on the leeward side of busy Lincoln Boulevard in Venice, California, that looks nothing like what she makes at her day job. A...

    written by: David A. Greene
    photos by: Dave Lauridsen
    01.15.09

  11. On the Level
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    On the Level

    Judged by contemporary design standards, the typical postwar suburban split-level house has little to recommend it. Usually spotted in a tract with dozens of similarly shaped units, the classic...

    written by: Carolann Rule
    photos by: João Canziani
    01.16.09

  12. Pastoral Manner
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    Pastoral Manner

    Santiago Suarez is a man who craves challenge, a knight errant, if you will, whose exploits are in the realm of the intellectual and artistic. His wife, Bonnie, has been his game companion and...

    written by: Jaimie Epstein
    photos by: Juliana Sohn
    01.16.09

  13. Houston, TX
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    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

  14. Highway Hideaway
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    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. Mid-Century Mash-Up
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    Mid-Century Mash-Up

    Although postwar California modernism is generally associated with Southern California, the Bay Area’s own tradition has begun in recent years to be more widely acknowledged, and its surviving...

    written by: Sam Grawe
    photos by: Misha Gravenor
    01.16.09

  16. Stripped Ease
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    Stripped Ease

    All of the money Barbara Hill poured into remodeling her 1960s condo in Houston was spent taking things out—and she couldn’t be happier.

    written by: Fred A. Bernstein
    photos by: Dean Kaufman
    01.16.09

  17. Sun Mun Way Cool
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    Sun Mun Way Cool

    In Los Angeles, California, a family of four inhabits a polychrome fantasia in the heart of Chinatown. Formerly a restaurant, punk rock night club, and furniture warehouse, the Berniers’ loft is...

    written by: David A. Greene
    photos by: Bryce Duffy
    01.16.09

  18. Baton Rouge Oasis
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    Baton Rouge Oasis

    On a lot nobody, particularly the city of Baton Rouge, could love, architect David Baird created an oasis for his family and his community—both interstate-side and street-side.

    written by: Donovan Finn
    photos by: Roy Zipstein
    01.16.09

  19. Labor of Loved Ones
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    Labor of Loved Ones

    Designed by his son and daughter-in-law, and largely built by his family and a host of neighborly helpers, Bill Weber’s new home is all about strengthening the ties that bind.

    written by: Lee Bey
    01.16.09

  20. Community Building
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    Community Building

    Completed in 2004, the Belmont Street Lofts—with their crisscrossing pattern of wood, metal, and glass—have settled neatly into their neighborhood, offering a contemporary complement to the...

    written by: Brian Libby
    photos by: John Clark
    01.17.09

  21. New Orleans, LA
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    New Orleans, LA

    As New Orleans struggles to get back on its feet, one architect learns from the past while building for the future.

    written by: Andrew Wagner
    photos by: Catherine Ledner
    01.18.09

  22. Halving It All
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    Halving It All

    David Sarti's little red house in Seattle's sleepy Central District proves that a bit of land, ambition, and carpentry know-how can go a long way.

    written by: James Nestor
    photos by: Misha Gravenor
    01.19.09

  23. Venetian Vicissitude
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    Venetian Vicissitude

    Shedding a past filled with farmhouses and ornamentation, Dawn Farmer and Pierre Kozely decided to embrace simplicity— and architect Michael Sant designed them a home to match.

    written by: Frances Anderton
    photos by: Gregg Segal
    01.19.09

  24. Victorian Secrets
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    Victorian Secrets

    Have you ever walked past a house on your way to work and thought, Wouldn’t it be nice to live there. Artist Judith Brenner did. But unlike most of us, Judith loved the house so much that, in July...

    written by: Amanda Talbot
    photos by: Richard Powers
    01.19.09

  25. Solar Inspiration
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    Solar Inspiration

    A husband-and-wife architect team proves a house can be good for the environment—and look great too.

    written by: Sydney LeBlanc
    photos by: Marvin Rand
    01.19.09

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