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Design Historian Michelle Millar Fisher Views This 1950s Innovation as a Turning Point for Parenting
The historic breast pump she bought on eBay is now featured in an exhibit called “Designing Motherhood” at Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum and Center for Architecture and Design.
In the Silver Lake Section of Los Angeles, a Renovation Takes Advantage of Enviable Views
The view was incredible—the house not so much—but an L.A. couple saw the potential in a hillside fixer-upper.
An Eccentric Facade Turns Heads at This House Outside Paris
At a dancer’s home in the suburbs, a series of louvers wrapping the exterior balance privacy and openness.
Perched on a Portuguese Hilltop, an Inspiring Studio Lets Creativity Take Flight
Architecture firm Madeiguincho found inventive uses for windows and wood to craft a space for creating—or just relaxing.
With Natural Materials and an Unfussy Attitude, a Latvian Prefab Embraces the Countryside
A couple and their son opted for a compact model by Manta North as a family retreat from their hectic life in Riga.
A Rambling Fishing Retreat in Montana Cuts Through Cabin Conventions
The Silhouette House by Lazor/Office is a two-part wood, glass, and steel building united by a sprawling system of decks and walkways.
A Brooklyn Loft Renovation Eschews Walls to Keep Things Bright and Flexible
New Affiliates brings subtle definition to the Williamsburg home without taking away from the structure’s cast-iron and brick bones.
This Swedish A-Frame With a Flourish Excels in All Seasons
A sweeping roofline creates a surprisingly spacious interior for this holiday home located eight hours north of Stockholm.
A Group of Brutalist Townhomes Brings a Bit of Relief to a Canadian City’s Overheated Housing Market
Created by D’Arcy Jones Architects and developer Ryan Goodman, Pearl Block provides a middle ground for six families in Victoria, British Columbia.
This Journalist and Mother of Three Says That When It Comes to Parenting Gadgetry, Less Is More
Sophie Brickman, a (mostly) parenting tech columnist at the Guardian, says it’s all about balance—and trusting your gut.
Budget Breakdown: Partway Through a Renovation, the Potential of This Atlanta Home Becomes Clear
Local designer and artist Briana Babani creates a luminous dream home from a once neglected and dreary interior.
A Family Heirloom Helps Architecture Professor Chris Cornelius Imagine a New Future for His Field
As ongoing inspiration for how to bring Indigenous experiences into the built environment, Cornelius looks to the lived-in beauty of his great-grandfather’s work gloves.
A Designer Builds a Scandinavian-Inspired Sauna That Floats Off the Maine Coast
In a break from his regular programming, lighting designer Brendan Ravenhill crafted a love letter to New England’s functional but cozy architecture.
A Phoenix Couple Turn a Corner Store Into a Home That Has Everything on Their List
A former bodega becomes a loft-like residence that honors its commercial past.
A Seattle Couple’s Playful Home Honors the Eccentric Vision of Its Original Architect
Stefan Hampden of Cast Architecture reimagines a shed-roofed residence in keeping with architect Robert Reichert’s exuberant style.
A Skinny Brooklyn Townhouse Stacks Spaces for Living, Working, and Entertaining
Motorcycles, a music studio, and more find their homes on the tiered floors of a renovation in Red Hook.
A Resilient Residence Replaces a Home Destroyed by Wildfire in Northern California
After a devastating blaze, a Napa Valley couple rebuild with durability in mind.
A Radically Efficient Memphis Home Raises the Bar for Sustainability
Architect Barry Alan Yoakum draws on decades of experience to build what, by one measure, is the first zero-energy, zero-carbon home in the world.
New Kids on the Block
We asked five households that recently switched Los Angeles neighborhoods what they had in mind when picking a new place to live.
The Ups and Downs of Livability Rankings
When housing markets heat up, livability ratings help guide demand—but not all assessments are worth their salt, and some are, frankly, rank.
A Conversation With New Orleans Designer, Planner, Teacher and Activist Amy Stelly
The Louisiana native explains how cities can heal the wounds of racist development—without accelerating gentrification.
Construction Diary: A Stylist and a Photographer Reenvision a 1950s Bungalow
A Los Angeles family shares lessons they learned from renovating during a turbulent year.
Facing Our New Climate Reality
As increasingly extreme weather threatens their quality of life, communities across the nation are rallying around resilient and sustainable practices.
One Man’s Tiny Home Acts as a Prototype in a Village for Those Who Lacked Housing
Before moving into the Community First! Village outside East Austin, Jesse Brown spent 30 years without a home.
In Berlin, an Auto Repair Shop Becomes a High-Performance Home for a Painter and Her Family
Playing into the space’s raw, industrial character, Studio Karhard creates a loft-like home with bohemian flair.
A Couple’s Getaway on a Windswept Island in Quebec Riffs on Tradition
La Shed Architecture slices into the typical shingled, gable-roofed house to create a radically open retreat.
Designer Peter B. Staples Finds Comfort in a Classic
The lighting designer—and one of this year’s Dwell 24—hunted down the quintessential director’s chair.
Near Amsterdam, a Couple Turn the Top of a Former Chapel Into Their Home and Studio
Textile designer Milla Novo and her husband move into a converted monastery, uncovering religious frescoes in the renovation process.
Fashion Designer Lezanne Viviers’s Johannesburg Digs Double as a Studio and Concept Store
The glass-fronted, 1960s gem acts as a display case for her eponymous label, vibrant artworks, and modernist furniture.
A Perfume Magnate Renovates a House With a Murky Past Outside Paris
The 1960s building is a concrete masterpiece—but who really designed it?