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Inside This Modern Tower Is an Idyllic One-Man Sauna

Münster-based firm Modulorbeat recently built a one-man sauna on an abandoned steel factory site as part of a year-long festival exploring the economic uncertainty of the region surrounding Bochum, Germany, a former industrial hotbed. The 25-foot-high tower is made from stacked precast concrete units. With three floors and a lounge deck, the compact unit includes a plunge pool, a sauna, and what the firm calls a relaxation room on the top, offering a stunning view of the sky.
October 23, 2014
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Vintage, Concrete, and Color in a Palo Alto Home with See-Through Pool Wall

For a couple with different aesthetic and cultural backgrounds, creating a home that suited them both involved a steep learning curve. But as luck would have it, their architects are also teachers.
October 21, 2014
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Stunning Architectural Drawing Museum in Berlin

A stunning feat in concrete and glass, the Museum for Architectural Drawing in Berlin, designed by Russian firm SPEECH Tchoban & Kuznetsov, recently celebrated its one-year anniversary.
September 9, 2014
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8 Surprising Uses for Cinder Blocks

Cement blocks, commonly used to strengthen and insulate a building, are usually covered up. Left bare, they can also offer a minimalist variation on the traditional red brick theme.
August 26, 2014
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Modern Tea Shop in San Francisco

With smart interiors by Arcanum Architecture, a shop in the Mission District attempts to put a new spin on the venerable cup of tea.
August 25, 2014
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Modern Gabled House in Portland

In Portland, Oregon, a designer creates an open, environmentally sensitive house for a client on a 5,000-square-foot lot.
August 4, 2014
Barbara Hill chose a condominium in a 1960s building, largely for the southwest-facing terrace and views. Its 850 square feet provided enough space, but little within was worth keeping. "It was a bachelor pad," she says.

8 Amazing Concrete Renovations

There are many reasons to build with concrete: it’s cheap, durable, and minimalistic. Whether adding new concrete elements or exposing old ones, these home renovations make impressive use of the material.
July 29, 2014
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10 Impressive Backyard Renovations

A renovation shouldn’t be confined to the interior of a house. Landscape design is just as important to the modernization of a home.
July 17, 2014
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Indoor-Outdoor Bungalow in Redondo Beach

A gut renovation and a landscaping makeover help a couple reconnect with the outdoors.
July 15, 2014
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