1. The Barn
Architect: La Firme, Location: Mansonville, Quebec, Canada
From the architect: "The Barn is a rebirth project that turned a farm building that outlived its usefulness into a warm, open, and versatile communal family space. The project saved a 100-year-old building and preserved the vernacular quality of the building while updating it for everyday living."
Architect: Bureau Fraai, Location: Bennebroek, Netherlands
From the architect: "In the former St. Lucia monastery in Bennebroek, Netherlands, Bureau Fraai has made an interior design transformation of a traditionally characteristic monastery into a high-quality townhouse while maintaining all the significant qualities of the monastery."
Architect: BLAINE Architects, Location: San Jose, California
From the architect: "Eichlers are beautiful because they’re honest. You see the structure, you see the roof deck—everything is exposed because there are no attics above or crawlspaces below. So that’s how we approached the design from start to finish: How can we make this building beautiful and honest?"
Architect: Ryall Sheridan Architects, Location: New York City, New York
From the architect: "The design plans for this 1840s Greenwich Village townhouse aimed to redefine it as a spatially interconnected contemporary residence for a young family. The idea of circulation in the common area—to function similarly to a public ‘street,’ in which family members encounter each other as they go about their daily routines—informs the organization of the house."
Architect: BLUE TRUCK STUDIO, Location: San Francisco, California
From the architect: "Marred by odd renovations and a curious lack of bedrooms, this original house was also unfortunately dark and overly partitioned. Inspired by the light-and-space works of James Turrell, [we] created a central core for light featuring a perforated steel staircase and a dramatic skylight opening."
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