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  1. It’s Always Happy Hour at This Apartment
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    It’s Always Happy Hour at This Apartment

    A compact Chelsea apartment reveals a game-changing bar.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Alan Tansey
    04.04.16

  2. Cutting-Edge Dorms Embrace The Landscape with No Need for Elevators or Interior Stairs
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    Cutting-Edge Dorms Embrace The Landscape with No Need for Elevators or Interior Stairs

    A pair of innovative dorm buildings push boundaries without showing off or upstaging their setting.

    written by: William Lamb
    06.06.15

  3. What You Can Accomplish With a Single Shipping Container
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    What You Can Accomplish With a Single Shipping Container

    We've seen shipping units stacked and configured in every conceivable way, but we're most impressed when someone creates something new and functional with as little as possible. From a guesthouse...

    written by: Luke Hopping
    05.15.15

  4. Renzo Piano's Jaw-Dropping Design for the Whitney Museum
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    Renzo Piano's Jaw-Dropping Design for the Whitney Museum

    The Whitney Museum's new home in the Meatpacking district serves up a compelling dialogue between city and culture.

    written by: Diana Budds
    04.23.15

  5. What Will It Take for Factory-Built Prefab Housing To Become the Norm?
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    What Will It Take for Factory-Built Prefab Housing To Become the Norm?

    Leaders in modular construction and prefab need to scale up to get more people thinking inside the box.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    04.17.15

  6. 3 Truly Inspiring Homes by Habitat for Humanity
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    3 Truly Inspiring Homes by Habitat for Humanity

    For nearly 40 years, Habitat for Humanity has worked with architects, students, and volunteers around the world to guarantee the neediest their most basic human right, shelter. These are the...

    written by: Luke Hopping
    04.02.15

  7. Architecture Students Design and Build a Modern Prefab Fieldhouse
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    Architecture Students Design and Build a Modern Prefab Fieldhouse

    A class at Virginia Tech empowers future architects to build a prefab baseball fieldhouse from start to finish.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    03.18.15

  8. Mini Structures Are the Winter Equivalent of the Lifeguard Station
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    Mini Structures Are the Winter Equivalent of the Lifeguard Station

    Five creative warming huts on Lake Ontario ignore the cold to celebrate scenic beauty and public space.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    03.13.15

  9. 5 Perfectly Framed Views
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    5 Perfectly Framed Views

    The architects behind these structures use windows as apertures to deftly capture stunning vistas.

    written by: William Lamb
    03.11.15

  10. 7 Modern Homes With Exposed-Brick Accents
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    7 Modern Homes With Exposed-Brick Accents

    Exposed brick walls add a warming element to these contemporary interiors.

    written by: William Lamb
    03.10.15

  11. Family-Friendly Neighborhood Takes Shape in Slovenia
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    Family-Friendly Neighborhood Takes Shape in Slovenia

    Dekleva Gregorič Arhitekti creates a modern brick neighborhood in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

    written by: Allie Weiss
    03.04.15

  12. 8 Dazzling Double-Height Spaces
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    8 Dazzling Double-Height Spaces

    A double-height space can really open a house up, as seen in these examples from Dwell's archives.

    written by: William Lamb
    03.03.15

  13. 7 Instantly Appealing Awnings
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    7 Instantly Appealing Awnings

    Sometimes a little sliver of shade at midday is all the vacation you need.

    written by: Luke Hopping
    03.03.15

  14. 6 Teensy Tiny Dwellings
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    6 Teensy Tiny Dwellings

    By "tiny," we don't mean cramped cottages or starter apartments. We mean houses the size of parking spots. These six dwellings are on the cutting-edge of the micro-housing movement.

    written by: Luke Hopping
    03.03.15

  15. 7 Stunning Waterfront Structures
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    7 Stunning Waterfront Structures

    The best architecture takes full advantage of a setting without upstaging it. Here are seven buildings that make the most of their waterfront perch.

    written by: William Lamb
    03.02.15

  16. 1830 Schoolhouse Salvaged as a Cozy Cabin
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    1830 Schoolhouse Salvaged as a Cozy Cabin

    Joining Shobac—a historic farm in Nova Scotia now filled with cabins available for rent—is a 1830 schoolhouse converted into a two-bedroom cottage. Rehabilitated by Brian MacKay-Lyons of MacKay...

    written by: Allie Weiss
    02.23.15

  17. 8 Innovative Ceilings That Break the Mold
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    8 Innovative Ceilings That Break the Mold

    In the past few months, Dwell has published a bevy of buildings sporting show-stopping and technically complicated ceilings, proving that innovative design doesn't just happen at eye level.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    01.22.15

  18. A Modern Trailer is an Experiment in Small-Space Living
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    A Modern Trailer is an Experiment in Small-Space Living

    In Canada's Yukon Territory, a college instructor builds a lightweight, efficient 97-square-foot mobile dwelling.

    written by: William Lamb
    01.22.15

  19. Multi-Family Development Suggests Possibilities for Urban Senior Housing
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    Multi-Family Development Suggests Possibilities for Urban Senior Housing

    Barbara Bestor's small lot subdivision housing development in Los Angeles may present an appealing solution for the urban-dwelling aging population.

    01.15.15

  20. Live Where You Work and Work Where You Live in Boundary-Blurring Vegas Tower
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    Live Where You Work and Work Where You Live in Boundary-Blurring Vegas Tower

    An innovative design by M-Rad Studio for Tony Hsieh's Downtown Project aims to rethink the live/work concept in Las Vegas.

    written by: Allie Weiss
    01.12.15

  21. Your Road Trip's New Best Friend: 44-Square-Foot Prefab Trailer
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    Your Road Trip's New Best Friend: 44-Square-Foot Prefab Trailer

    A hybrid prefab trailer harnesses principles of mobility and modernist industrial design.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    01.02.15

  22. It Took Less Than a Month to Assemble this Entirely Modular Apartment Building in NYC
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    It Took Less Than a Month to Assemble this Entirely Modular Apartment Building in NYC

    Winning the race to build the tallest prefab building in New York City, Gluck+ assembles 28 affordable housing units in less than a month.

    12.26.14

  23. Plan to Repurpose Orange County Government Center, A Brutalist Masterpiece
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    Plan to Repurpose Orange County Government Center, A Brutalist Masterpiece

    Paul Rudolph's Brutalist masterpiece, the Orange County Government Center in Goshen, New York, has faced an uncertain future after closing in 2011 due to storm damage. To protect the structure from...

    written by: Allie Weiss
    12.11.14

  24. Passivhaus Institut Crosses Million-Square-Meter Threshold
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    Passivhaus Institut Crosses Million-Square-Meter Threshold

    The Passivhaus Institut in Darnstadt, Germany, announced today that a million square meters of interior space—or nearly 10.8 million square feet—have been certified as having met the passive house...

    written by: William Lamb
    12.09.14

  25. Housing in Megacities is a Mess. What Can We Do About It?
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    Housing in Megacities is a Mess. What Can We Do About It?

    Six teams of architects propose empowering new solutions for urban sprawl.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    12.01.14

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