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  1. 131-Day House
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    131-Day House

    Architect Jayna Cooper had never designed a house before, much less played general contractor, when she broke ground on her new home in the middle of Los Angeles in 2009. After a grueling four...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    07.11.12

  2. A Green Approach
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    A Green Approach

    Architect Robert Swatt, designer of the GreenCity Lofts condo complex on the border of Oakland and Emeryville, California, makes no claim to longstanding environmental expertise.

    written by: Reyhan Harmanci
    photos by: Cesar Rubio
    02.01.09

  3. A House Grows in Brooklyn
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    A House Grows in Brooklyn

    While most people living in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn didn’t see much to love about an abandoned, weedy lot squeezed between two old town houses, one couple couldn’t help...

    written by: Tim McKeough
    photos by: Dean Kaufman
    01.18.09

  4. A Lot to Love
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    A Lot to Love

    In a leafy residential area a few miles from downtown Kansas City, Missouri, an enterprising architect saw opportunity where others saw trouble. He took a sloping, triangular lot and designed a new...

    written by: Georgina Gustin
    photos by: Mike Sinclair
    02.12.10

  5. Airy Live/Work Studio Space in Toronto
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    Airy Live/Work Studio Space in Toronto

    In Toronto, a painter accustomed to crashing in his studio created an airy artistic haven with both working and living quarters for a more balanced and polished picture.

    written by: Alex Bozikovic
    photos by: Matthew Williams
    10.25.10

  6. Alaska: The Final (Architectural) Frontier
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    Alaska: The Final (Architectural) Frontier

    “I always wanted to live in a glass house,” explains Valerie Phelps, as she stands surrounded by the 40 feet of floor-to-ceiling windows that are the only walls of her living room. Laid...

    written by: James Nestor
    photos by: Dave Lauridsen
    03.16.09

  7. All Aboard
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    All Aboard

    Helmut Jahn’s dynamic new supportive-housing facility brings green design and a new outlook on life to the Windy City.

    written by: Edward Lifson
    photos by: Andreas Larsson
    05.13.09

  8. An Atypical Tree House
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    An Atypical Tree House

    When a 40-year-old pine tree fell over at the rear of a Brentwood estate in Los Angeles a few years back, its owner, an art lover and a philanthropist, let it lie. The tree revived itself,...

    written by: J. Michael Welton
    10.28.09

  9. An Industrial Loft in Belgium
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    An Industrial Loft in Belgium

    Globetrotting Belgian architect Julien De Smedt carves out a space to call his own in a converted industrial loft building in Brussels.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    04.16.13

  10. Appetite for Construction
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    Appetite for Construction

    Six years ago, architect Jorge Gracia came to Dwell’s attention with a house he built for his family that was radically different from any other in his hometown of Tijuana, Mexico, where the...

    written by: Frances Anderton
    03.29.11

  11. Bach to Basics
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    Bach to Basics

    On New Zealand’s Great Barrier Island, two architects designed a petite holiday home that takes care of its own water, electricity, and sewage needs.

    written by: Jeremy Hansen
    photos by: Patrick Reynolds
    02.28.09

  12. Bar Method
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    Bar Method

    When plans for a prefab home flopped, Rian and Melissa Jorgensen were introduced to Jonathan Feldman of Feldman Architecture, whose custom design was able to deliver an environmentally conscious...

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Joe Fletcher
    09.15.11

  13. Building Community
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    Building Community

    With a clean-lined new loft building designed by El Dorado Inc., a fleet of hip galleries, and a burgeoning creative class, Wichita is anything but plains.

    written by: Georgina Gustin
    photos by: Jake Stangel
    09.16.11

  14. Built-In Style
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    Built-In Style

    In Oakland, California, two designers transformed a 100-year-old barn into a (very) cozy home of their own by redefining the functionality of walls and windowsills.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Aya Brackett
    05.13.09

  15. Canadian Beacon
    Green

    Canadian Beacon

    When most people think of locations for a holiday home, they have visions of beaches, golf courses, spas, and chalets. But few have the mettle to choose the sort of place that architects André...

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Paul Orenstein
    02.01.09

  16. Cinematic Retreat
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    Cinematic Retreat

    When separating the haves from the have-nots, owners of summer homes tend to reside enviably in the former category. Indeed, a select few seem to have no problem whatsoever turning the word “summer...

    written by: Heather Bradley
    photos by: Erik Zappon
    01.16.09

  17. Clifftop House with Angled Roof in Maui
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    Clifftop House with Angled Roof in Maui

    With an angled roof designed to resemble the surrounding cliffs, a house in Maui, Hawaii, is built to meld with the landscape.

    written by: Erika Heet
    photos by: Cristóbal Palma
    06.24.13

  18. 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

  19. Courtyard House by Rowan Opat
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    Courtyard House by Rowan Opat

    On my recent trip to Melbourne, Australia, I did manage to get out of the city for one day. I zipped down to the Mornington Peninsula to visit a couple wineries, and also to see the...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Peter Bennetts
    10.30.09

  20. Courtyard of Appeal
    Green

    Courtyard of Appeal

    Like so many L.A. stories, the tale of the Courtyard House begins with a lucky break. One day in 2001, Thomas Robertson got a call from a friend he hadn’t seen in ages. The friend told him that his...

    written by: David A. Greene
    photos by: Maria Aufmuth
    01.25.09

  21. Density Down Under
    Green

    Density Down Under

    Six weeks after moving from a “gorgeous custom house with huge gardens” in a suburb of Auckland, New Zealand, into an apartment a few minutes from the city’s central business district, Roz Mawson...

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    photos by: Simon Devitt
    02.02.09

  22. EggO Centric
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    EggO Centric

    A69 Architects were called upon to match concrete with concrete for this family home in Prague. Helping block the gaze of the high-rises next door, the roof slab of the EggO House, like an...

    written by: Michael Dumiak
    photos by: Jens Passoth
    02.26.09

  23. English Designer's Live/Work Home
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    English Designer's Live/Work Home

    In southwest England, interior designer and avid furniture collector Kathryn Tyler built her home around the vintage pieces she’d amassed over a decade.

    written by: Alyn Griffiths
    photos by: Andrew Meredith
    05.27.12

  24. Escape From New York
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    Escape From New York

    It was no exodus, of course, but when Kathleen Triem quit her job at a Manhattan design firm in July 1996, her associates were thunderstruck. Triem had decided to practice architecture in the more...

    written by: Eric Lawlor
    photos by: Barbel Miebach
    01.16.09

  25. Family Style
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    Family Style

    When a Japanese couple asked architects Takaharu and Yui Tezuka to design a small home that would evoke the Italian love of food, informal gatherings, and natural settings, the result was la dolce...

    photos by: Adam Friedberg
    01.16.09

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