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We Charge Our Phones and Our Cars. Is it Time to Charge Our Homes?
The latest smart home energy storage systems pack plenty of power into sleek, barely visible forms.
A 17th-Century Cottage Becomes a Boho Surf Retreat in England
Steps made of old railroad ties and flanked by handcrafted stone walls lead to the new surfboard room and below-grade living areas.
Three Friends Join Forces to Build a Four-Gabled Getaway on Shelter Island
The creek-front communal beach house is made of four structures connected by a glass hallway.
Landscape Architect Lisa Switkin Muses on the Connection Between Nature and Memory
Switkin recalls 25 years worth of memories from a memento box that never leaves her deskside.
An Italian Apartment Riffs on a Mies van der Rohe Masterpiece
A block of deep green Verde Alpi marble and a glass-encased winter garden are all that divide the space.
An Efficient Renovation Makes the Most of a Compact Russian Garret
The attic apartment in St. Petersburg features a partial loft built into the French-style mansard roof.
Arcs of Concrete Swoop Down Like Curtains in This Crisp Belgian Home
Adding a surprisingly soft appeal, the concrete separates and provides passageways into spaces.
A Prefab Passive House Takes Root in the Catskills
Assembled in just two weeks, the idyllic retreat near Woodstock, New York, realizes a couple’s dream of rural living.
This Beach House in Mexico Frames the Landscape With an Orderly Concrete Grid
On a rustic strip of coastline near Puerto Escondido, a couple give their designers permission to do less.
A Boxy Los Angeles Bungalow Conceals a Secret Garden
A single window and door along the concrete-colored facade are all that hint to what’s in store.
A Silicon Valley Home Splits Around a Magnificent Blue Oak
A sun-filled home brings a suburban California site closer to its untamed roots.
Emmanuel Pratt Is Using “Urban Acupuncture” to Reclaim Neglected Chicago Neighborhoods
The MacArthur fellow and cofounder of the Sweet Water Foundation speaks about “regenerative design” and reclaiming the community.
How Ancient Technologies Can Show Us the Way to More Sustainable Building
We present four case studies on more viable ways of living in mountains, forests, wetlands, and deserts.
Are High-Tech Tabletop Farms the Future of Food?
A new generation of pantry gardens takes local produce to the next level—but do they have a future in every kitchen?
This Candy-Colored Spanish Apartment Looks Good Enough to Eat
Peeling back the layers in a pied-à-terre in Spain reveals the inspiration for its palette.
A Bare-Bones Brick Home in London Has its Breakthrough Moment
A team of architects uses the bones of a midcentury eyesore to create a new home for a family of seven.
Prefab Design Paves the Way for a Zen-Inspired Home in Uruguay
A mostly prefab design provides for a simpler life on a lakefront in southern Uruguay.
This Shady Oasis Is a Garden, Garage, and Office All Rolled Into One
In a leafy Boston suburb, a place to park cars and repair vintage scooters grows into a bucolic sanctuary.
Gaze Upon the Psychedelic, Trashy Beauty of Bethan Laura Wood’s Favorite Vase
Designer Bethan Laura Wood, known for her colorful work—and her equally vibrant personal style—shops the world for all things woven.
A Screened Porch Slices Through a Design Duo’s New England Cottage
A New England cottage makes the most of short summers with an innovative indoor/outdoor space.
This “Well-Behaved” Home Hides an Ocean of Blue Behind its Doors
Behind a subdued exterior, a San Francisco townhouse designed by OPA expresses its wild side.
This Self-Sufficient Australian Home Is a Living, Breathing Ecosystem
A house in Sydney combats climate change with its own ecosystem.
A Tree Grows Right Through the Roof of This Radically Updated Eichler
A power couple in the tech world create the home of their dreams—with barely a gadget in sight.
This Norwegian Ski Cabin Is Rough Around the Edges—but Refined Within
A designer couple build a contemporary cabin in Norway inspired by rural fences.
A Vivid, Hand-Shaped Home Holds an Extended Family in Upstate New York
A couple, their kids, and two sets of grandparents share a boldly imagined house in upstate New York.
Li Edelkoort Thinks Coronavirus Will Change Consumer Behavior Forever
At this year’s Design Indaba conference in Cape Town, the famed trend forecaster spoke about coronavirus, consumption, and her vision of what will happen next.
A Dashing Converted Warehouse in San Francisco Centers on the Arts
A local couple turn the industrial space into a refined residence, recording studio, and gallery.
A Dutch Family’s Resourceful Addition Makes Room for Three Generations
The new space allows three generations to enjoy a coastal property north of Amsterdam.
A São Paulo Home Welcomes Guests With an Invitingly Breezy Brutalism
The residence merges two Brazilian architectural styles with distinctly casual and formal spaces.
Fast Friends Share a Brutalist-Inspired Home in Tel Aviv
A pair of young families move into a compact low-rise that feels like a roomy villa.