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  1. Big City, Little Loft
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    Big City, Little Loft

    New York City is the nation’s capital of cramped quarters. But for a select lucky few, scant square footage adds up to a cozy home to call one’s own.

    written by: Marc Kristal
    photos by: Adam Friedberg
    01.19.09

  2. Suspended Habitation
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    Suspended Habitation

    “This was really a parameter-driven project,” explains Lukasz Kos, a Toronto-based designer and cofounder of the architecture firm Testroom. “That is, I had to let the trees...

    written by: James Nestor
    02.05.09

  3. 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

  4. Where Pigs Fly
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    Where Pigs Fly

    Those looking for a more down-to-earth option might consider wallowing in a pigsty, which is essentially what designer Amir Sanei constructed for his two sons.

    written by: James Nestor
    02.05.09

  5. The Best of Small Spaces
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    The Best of Small Spaces

    Small spaces have been on our mind (check out our June 2009 "Think Smaller" issue), and they’ve also been on the minds of the American Institute of Architects.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.23.09

  6. The Airstream Life
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    The Airstream Life

    First came the idea. Then came the late nights of Craigslist searching. And then it happened quickly: a trip to a derelict horse ranch in the Salinas Valley, an exchange of cash in an old barn, and...

    photos by: Mark Compton
    09.24.09

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Kids' Room Renovation
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    Kids' Room Renovation

    A baby's arrival is cause for celebration—and for many, it's also a time to confront limited living space. For one Parisian couple, living in a cramped but loved apartment in the 10th...

    written by: Amara Holstein
    12.30.09

  10. Upwardly Mobile Homes
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    Upwardly Mobile Homes

    When it comes to real estate, the trailer park gets a bad rap. But some designers think that this forsaken corner of the market is worthy of reevaluation—and even resuscitation.

    written by: Rick Polito
    05.13.09

  11. Take Me Home
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    Take Me Home

    A “tree house” of clean lines, ample glass, and thoughtful ingenuity lets a Washington, DC–area family and a stream of weekend guests enjoy prefab living in an unlikely locale:...

    written by: Jeremy Berlin
    photos by: Chris Mueller
    01.08.09

  12. Good Mews
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    Good Mews

    Brad Smith’s compact former coach house, tucked away in one of London’s many hidden cobbled mews, was in need of a radical over-haul when his partner Brian Brennan moved in. Scape...

    written by: Iain Aitch
    photos by: Peter Marlow
    05.28.09

  13. Blue in the Facade
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    Blue in the Facade

    Canada's Magdalen Islands offer a seaside retreat to landlocked Quebecers, two of whom have turned the local vernacular on its oreille with a winsome vacation home.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Matthew Monteith
    01.15.09

  14. No Grid in Sight
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    No Grid in Sight

    Most deserts are dry and dusty expanses of blue skies, bleached soil, and rulerflat horizons. The Colorado Plateau is not one of them. This is a land of stunning contradictions, where thousand-foot...

    written by: James Nestor
    photos by: Daniel Hennessy
    02.26.09

  15. Palace Intrigue
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    Palace Intrigue

    In the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, architect Rytis Mikulionis spent several years property hunting for his first nesting ground and finally ended up inside a former Soviet army barrack, which...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    photos by: Hertha Hurnaus
    01.16.09

  16. Living Room
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    Living Room

    When Im and David Schafer moved in together they faced the challenge of combining the contents of David’s 880-square-foot loft and Im’s 550-square-foot apartment into a one-room, 426...

    written by: David A. Greene
    photos by: Misha Gravenor
    01.16.09

  17. 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

  18. Garage Brand
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    Garage Brand

    With no space to waste, London-based designers Kim Colin and Sam Hecht turned a 1924 garage into the perfect home product.

    written by: Amelia Thorpe
    photos by: Ben Anders
    01.18.09

  19. Cooler Ranch
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    Cooler Ranch

    After searching in vain for an empty lot to build on, architect Brian White settled for a nondescript 1960s ranch that nobody else wanted—and proved that building from the ground up doesn’t always...

    written by: Sam Grawe
    photos by: John Clark
    01.18.09

  20. The Pace of Portland
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    The Pace of Portland

    When creative director Ben Watson and his partner, painter Claudio Tschopp, relocated from Basel, Switzerland, to Portland, Oregon, three years ago, they had been told about Portland’s Pearl...

    written by: Brian Libby
    photos by: John Clark
    01.01.09

  21. Jackson, WY
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    Jackson, WY

    Homes on the range are getting bigger and more expensive by the minute, but a group of progressive architects in Jackson set out to prove that all is not lost.

    written by: Amber Bravo
    photos by: Misha Gravenor
    01.26.09

  22. Modern Off-the-Grid Retreat in Oregon
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    Modern Off-the-Grid Retreat in Oregon

    The Watershed is an off-the-grid writer’s retreat that architect Erin Moore designed for her mother, nature writer Kathleen Dean Moore.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Gary Tarleton
    02.26.09

  23. Garden Apartment
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    Garden Apartment

    Botanist Patrick Blanc has been bringing the wilds of the rainforests to Parisian walls for over 30 years, most recently at the Jean Nouvel–designed Quai Branly museum. One lucky family,...

    written by: Michelle Hoffman
    photos by: Jessica Antola
    02.05.09

  24. Skinny Dip
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    Skinny Dip

    An elegant new pool house keeps competitive swimmer Sydne Didier in top form, and out of the Connecticut River.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    02.24.09

  25. Compound Addition
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    Compound Addition

    A pair of environmentally attuned architects combined adjoining properties in a Los Angeles canyon to house their modernist menagerie.

    written by: Sarah Amelar
    photos by: Catherine Ledner
    05.13.09

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