Top 5 Homes of the Week With Top-Shelf Libraries

Top 5 Homes of the Week With Top-Shelf Libraries

Take a page from their books—these modern home libraries from the Dwell community are seriously impressive. Our editor's top picks feature snazzy storage options, elegant home offices, reworked living rooms, and more.

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1. Interior KG

INT2 architecture used a variety of different materials to delineate spaces throughout Interior KG. The living room features a light wood herringbone parquet and several rows of shelves.

Architect: INT2 architecture, Location: Saint Petersburg, Russia

From the architect: "The main concept of the project was the use of deep colors on the walls and ceilings, and combinations of various wood textures, cement tiles, and ceramic granite. [The] living room is the common space. Walnut parquet visually separates a kitchen zone from the living room."

2. Penthouse, Istanbul

The common area in this penthouse by Studio RHE boasts a digital cube ceiling, stunning views, and an immense book collection by the bar.

Architect: Studio RHE, Location: Istanbul, Turkey

From the architect: "Perched on the tallest of the seven hills above the Bosporus River, [the house features] huge electric ‘guillotine’ glazed frames that slide to allow unbroken views from the bridge to the Mediterranean Sea."

3. Wildwood

Forest views, visible from the study, give Wildwood's homeowners direct access to their lush surroundings. The rural retreat by Giulietti / Schouten AIA Architects is the perfect respite from suburban sprawl.

Architect: Giulietti / Schouten AIA Architects, Location: Portland, Oregon

From the architect: "The clients, who work nearby, requested a modern home with simple, clean lines to fit within the heavily forested 1.2-acre site and to embrace outdoor living throughout the year. They requested the home to be truly livable in the cool northwest climate with natural daylight and filtered views of the forest. Wildwood is comprised of a long, single-loaded, open plan running north-south with living areas oriented west to the 35-acre forest reserve and open space. A two-story central hearth marks the divide between the large living room and the private master suite at the north. A quiet study at the south acts as a separate retreat from the larger living area with select views to the forest."

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Marmur Studio outfitted the living room with shelves along the balcony doors, highlighting the outdoor view. A hi-fi system serves as the centerpiece, whereas the rest of the room is both uncluttered and light-colored, underscoring the high ceilings typical of such prewar buildings.

Interior designer: Marmur Studio, Location: Wrocław, Poland

From the interior designer: "The modern updates to the apartment are rightfully subdued, giving a number of the decorating heirlooms and mementos prominence throughout the apartment. The layout was left unchanged, with only a few modifications introduced, allowing the original parquet floor to be left entirely intact."

5. The House by the Dunes

Neuman Heyner designed every inch of the home to work in tandem; the staircase contains a bookcase that doubles as a balustrade.

Architect: Neuman Heyner, Location: Hadera, Israel

From the architect: "[The home] is located 500 meters from one of the most beautiful beaches in Israel [and] planned for a family of five. There is a secret gate leading to the beach. The extra long swimming pool begins near the public outdoor space and ends at the private hot tub by the parents' suite. Every centimeter is used efficiently."

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