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  1. A Modern Prefab Addition to a Mid-Century California Classic
    Houses We Love

    A Modern Prefab Addition to a Mid-Century California Classic

    A 1950s Joseph Esherick home in Berkeley, California, inspires an addition that pays homage to the past yet is poised to host the next generation.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Caren Alpert
    12.30.12

  2. Striking Slatted Wood and Glass Home in San Francisco
    House Tours

    Striking Slatted Wood and Glass Home in San Francisco

    Teaming up with architect Craig Steely, an industrial designer and a mechanical engineer find just the right design for a striking home on a San Francisco hill.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Ian Allen
    07.24.13

  3. Modern Box Home in Rural Wisconsin
    House Tours

    Modern Box Home in Rural Wisconsin

    Taking its cues from local barns and silos and the rolling Wisconsin terrain, the Field House is a kind of modern observatory for watching winter turn to spring and the great vault of the heavens.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Tom Fowlks
    06.29.13

  4. Thibault’s Follies
    Outdoor

    Thibault’s Follies

    Quebec City architect Pierre Thibault has designed three Habitats Légers, or Light Habitats­—small structures installed in the landscape and meant as creative retreats. The first...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    02.04.09

  5. Tree's Company
    Profiles

    Tree's Company

    Greening Los Angeles has long been Andy Lipkis’s dream. Greening his nonprofit’s Hollywood Hills campus is now a reality.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    02.25.09

  6. Fjord Focus
    Profiles

    Fjord Focus

    As Jarmund/Vigsnæs’s growing crop of small, smart houses have garnered increasing attention, their equally prolific civic works have them poised to be Norway’s next big export.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Pia Ulin
    05.13.09

  7. Maggie's Center by Zaha Hadid
    Travel Reports

    Maggie's Center by Zaha Hadid

    Whilst in Edinburgh, I managed to slip outside of town for a bit to check out Zaha Hadid's first built project in the UK: her 2006 design for a Maggie's Center in Kirkcaldy in Fife, which also...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    05.12.10

  8. Mexico City: Day 3
    Travel Reports

    Mexico City: Day 3

    My third day of Mexico City design tourism was one fraught with camera woes. Not only did many of the photos I took on my daylong wander not come through a vexing download (goodbye morning...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    12.01.10

  9. On The Rocks
    House Tours

    On The Rocks

    For centuries, Spain’s Canary Islands have been the last outpost of civilization before European mariners sailed headlong into the vast Atlantic. That same sense of horizon-bound, seaside...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Gunnar Knechtel
    06.11.11

  10. The Glass Awning
    House Tours

    The Glass Awning

    Last month architect Jenda Michl of Vertu Studio in Los Angeles completed a lovely bit of work on his parents' house in Boulder, Colorado. A project that began as a sculptural glass awning turned...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    08.23.11

  11. Hometown Hero
    Profiles

    Hometown Hero

    Dow Chemical put Midland on the map, but architect and local scion Alden B. Dow made it the most modern town in Michigan.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    08.29.11

  12. Visiting Borrego Springs
    Travel Reports

    Visiting Borrego Springs

    Last week I was in Borrego Springs, California, a tiny town in the middle of the Anza Borrego desert in San Diego County. A good two hours northeast of San Diego, the town was, and is, a...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Aaron Britt
    04.15.11

  13. Miami Advice
    City Guide

    Miami Advice

    Cathy Leff takes to the road (and sidewalk) to lead us on an intrepid bicycle tour of Miami’s architectural and cultural wonders.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Roy Zipstein
    02.26.09

  14. The Modern Honolulu
    Hotels

    The Modern Honolulu

    In early April I was invited out to Honolulu to give a talk at the Hawaii Build and Buy Green Expo, an offer I could hardly refuse. And wanting to be as close to the Hawaiian Convention Center as I...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    04.25.12

  15. Borrego Springs' Mod Houses
    Travel Reports

    Borrego Springs' Mod Houses

    I posted some of the mid-century buildings in my last Borrego Springs update, but over the course of my three days in the desert I visited a half dozen really beautiful homes. Lucky for...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    04.18.11

  16. Modern Victorian House Preservation in Oakland
    My House

    Modern Victorian House Preservation in Oakland

    Mike McDonald, an Oakland, California–based builder, faced a common problem for Bay Area homeowners: an aesthetically pleasing, historically significant, but structurally shaky Victorian.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Jason Madara
    01.15.09

  17. Pot + Pantry
    Food

    Pot + Pantry

    Last week I stopped into Pot + Pantry, Donna Suh Wageman's new kitchenwares shop in San Francisco's Mission District. Not only was the tiny space utterly charming, an appealing melange of the...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    01.11.11

  18. Resnick Pavilion at LACMA
    Travel Reports

    Resnick Pavilion at LACMA

    I was down in Los Angeles at the end of last week and between visiting clients, attending the Divine Design benefit, and generally sitting in traffic, it was a miracle I got a minute to...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    12.08.10

  19. Bar, Desk, NewYorker
    A Great Idea

    Bar, Desk, NewYorker

    The NewYorker is a savvy bit of furniture by designer Jen Turner that is at once a desk and a bar. We featured it in the November 2011 issue's 101 story on renting and here we present the fine bit...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    10.06.11

  20. Hello from the Salton Sea
    Travel Reports

    Hello from the Salton Sea

    After my stop at Salvation Mountain, my two travel companions and I headed north on 111 to see the handful of modernist sites on the Salton Sea. The massive saline body of water is the biggest...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    04.23.11

  21. Kansas City Bus Shelters
    Outdoor

    Kansas City Bus Shelters

    One of our favorite writers here at Dwell is architect Dan Maginn. And he does some pretty stellar buildings as well with his Kansas City, Missouri, firm El Dorado Inc. You can keep an eye out for...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    08.15.11

  22. Michigan: Day 2
    Travel Reports

    Michigan: Day 2

    The second part of my recent Michigan trip took me to Midland to see the work of Alden B. Dow. I had a grand tour of town and his work with Craig McDonald of the Dow Home and Studio, but when...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    08.23.10

  23. Powell St. Parklet
    Outdoor

    Powell St. Parklet

    San Francisco's thriving Pavement to Parks initiative—dozens of street parking spaces have been transformed into small, hardscaped parks the city over—arrived on center stage Wednesday....

    written by: Aaron Britt
    07.14.11

  24. WestEnders
    House Tours

    WestEnders

    One of Portland, Oregon’s, up-and-coming neighborhoods can thank a modern reinterpretation of a previously decrepit building for inspiring a wave of rather chic downtown development.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: John Clark
    01.16.09

  25. Skinny Dip
    Outdoor

    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

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