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  1. The Living Wall
    Travel Reports

    The Living Wall

    Western New York is blessed with a gem of an open green space known as the Griffis Sculpture Park, located approximately one hour south of downtown Buffalo. The 400-acre park is filled with more...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.05.10

  2. Salvaged Jungle Kitchen
    Food

    Salvaged Jungle Kitchen

    In the jungles of Maui, artist and builder Tom Sewell has built his own oasis. Using discarded materials from the Hawaiian island's sugar mills, he's created his own home and outbuildings as well...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    12.06.10

  3. Hide and Sleep
    Finishing Touch

    Hide and Sleep

    With the classic Murphy bed as muse, Japanese architect Toshihiko Suzuki transformed a standard Airstream into a versatile small wonder.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    04.06.10

  4. Botanical Garden Pavilion
    Outdoor

    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

  5. Singapore Apartment Renovation
    House Tours

    Singapore Apartment Renovation

    Paul and Elsa Seah, a lawyer and high school teacher living in Singapore, turned a 925-square-foot government housing flat—complete with bomb shelter—into a sleek but cozy home. The...

    written by: Margot Dougherty
    11.28.10

  6. Living in a Mini House
    House Tours

    Living in a Mini House

    When San Francisco–based architect Christi Azevedo and her partner bought an investment property in Oakland, what was billed in real estate listings as a 'detached garage' turned out to be a...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    08.17.10

  7. Double Time: Bungalow Redux
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    Double Time: Bungalow Redux

    Upon the birth of their first child, artist Stas Orlovski and food stylist Alise Arato felt that their 700-square-foot 1930s bungalow in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles was too small to...

    written by: Erika Heet
    08.09.10

  8. Welcome Hut
    House Tours

    Welcome Hut

    Toronto-based firm Levitt Goodman Architects is known for its green designs. "We've done lots of LEED-certified buildings, but we're looking toward the bigger picture of sustainability,"...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.27.10

  9. Dwell on Design 2010, Day One
    Travel Reports

    Dwell on Design 2010, Day One

    We're off to the races at the fifth-annual Dwell on Design conference, currently underway at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Friday was open to the trade only, while Saturday's doors open to any...

    written by: Amanda Dameron
    photos by: Peter Williams
    06.26.10

  10. Swamp Thing
    Outdoor

    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

  11. Toronto's Mini House
    Travel Reports

    Toronto's Mini House

    Squeezed into a 14-foot-wide lot along a Toronto street originally developed for worker housing in the 1880s is fingerprint technician and musician Patrick Flynn’s 566-square-foot house by...

    written by: Erika Heet
    11.02.10

  12. Texas Two-Step
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    Texas Two-Step

    Austin-based architectural photographer Patrick Wong, who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture, asked the firm Cottam Hargrave for help in designing and building a live...

    written by: Erika Heet
    photos by: Patrick Wong
    10.01.10

  13. Highly Accessible
    House Tours

    Highly Accessible

    Having lived in, and loved, a modern house built in 1954 in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood since buying it in 1996, architect Karen Braitmayer and her husband, marine mechanic David Erskine,...

    written by: Erika Heet
    photos by: Kathryn Barnard
    09.14.10

  14. Living on Water: Stilted Villages
    Travel Reports

    Living on Water: Stilted Villages

    After visiting the legendary floating villages on Cambodia’s Tonle Sap, I took a detour to Kompong Phluk, a permanent settlement built upon stilts at the edge of the lake. As I paddled...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    photos by: Tiffany Chu
    04.07.10

  15. Plan of Steel
    House Tours

    Plan of Steel

    The Blue Sky prototype home tiptoes gracefully across the desert landscape just north of Joshua Tree National Park. Nestled amid piñon and juniper trees and outcroppings of boulders, the...

    written by: Brendan Newnam
    photos by: Misha Gravenor
    03.07.10

  16. Smaller in Texas
    House Tours

    Smaller in Texas

    Texas architect Jim Poteet helped Stacey Hill, who lives in a San Antonio artists’ community, wrangle an empty steel shipping container into a playhouse, a garden retreat and a guesthouse for...

    written by: Erika Heet
    photos by: Chris Cooper
    08.02.10

  17. Texas Bunkhouse
    House Tours

    Texas Bunkhouse

    A film writer and director asked Austin, Texas–based architect Henry Panton to build a bunkhouse with a huge screen porch for family and guests on his 40-acre property in Bastrop, Texas,...

    written by: Erika Heet
    photos by: Greg Hursley
    07.02.10

  18. A Pilgrimage to Zumthor's Chapel
    Travel Reports

    A Pilgrimage to Zumthor's Chapel

    I recently made a Peter Zumthor pilgrimage to Switzerland, where many of his seminal works sit within a 40 mile radius one another in the northeastern part of the country. An architectural journey...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    photos by: Tiffany Chu
    10.05.10

  19. The Great Compression
    House Tours

    The Great Compression

    In Auckland, New Zealand, architect Michael O’Sullivan and his partner Melissa Schollum braved a miniscule budget, withering looks from friends, and nasty nail-gun injuries to design and...

    written by: Jeremy Hansen
    photos by: Patrick Reynolds
    04.13.10

  20. Dominey Pavilion and Carport
    Outdoor

    Dominey Pavilion and Carport

    When Decatur, Georgia, residents Todd and Heather Dominey tasked architect architect William Carpenter of Lightroom Studio to create additional space for their growing family, they turned to the...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    04.06.10

  21. Self-Contained
    House Tours

    Self-Contained

    Having purchased a 3.5-acre plot of land in Topanga, California, with a very rustic, 750-square-foot cabin on it several years ago, architect Christof Jantzen found himself in need of a fairly...

    written by: Erika Heet
    06.03.10

  22. Modular Retreat
    House Tours

    Modular Retreat

    Architect Jim Garrison of Brooklyn-based Garrison Architects was asked to design a lakeside retreat for visiting families at a boarding school for troubled teens, Star Commonwealth, in Albion,...

    written by: Erika Heet
    03.17.10

  23. Two Days in Marfa, Texas
    Travel Reports

    Two Days in Marfa, Texas

    It requires a long and dusty trek across the desert to reach Marfa,Texas. Situated 200 miles from El Paso, Marfa is a little burg in west Texas with a population of 2,200 and a thriving community...

    written by: Amanda Dameron
    photos by: Amanda Dameron
    09.01.10

  24. Underground House in Seoul
    House Tours

    Underground House in Seoul

    Architect Byoung Soo Cho’s Earth House is quite possibly one of the classiest dugouts ever built. Set amid peaceful woods and rice fields an hour east of Seoul, Korea, the subterranean...

    written by: Winifred Bird
    photos by: Wooseop Hwang
    03.25.10

  25. Knotty by Nature
    House Tours

    Knotty by Nature

    In snowy Sweden, where pine planks and the democratic design incubator Ikea reign supreme, a local architect pays homage to his patrimony, making a small, slatty home feel like a rather big deal....

    written by: Grant Gibson
    photos by: Pia Ulin
    04.03.10

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