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A Sleek Renovation in London Ushers Light Into a Family Home

A streamlined and modernized design transforms this London terrace house into a refined, bright, and spacious home that supports the needs of a growing family.<p>Carefully-organized rooms maximize the small space, while refined materials bring everything together in a cohesive, streamlined solution. …

Lofts

7 Stylish Pads to Rent in Mexico City

Soak up the capital city's warm, convivial spirit while living like a local in these holiday homes.<p>3. Inspired by Naturalist Pliny the Elder

Hotels

10 Gravity-Defying Cantilevered Homes

Ranging from the dramatic to the understated and modest, these 10 homes use suspension to thrilling effect.<p>Norwegian Sea Cabins

Writers Work in Mobile Studios at This Incredible Residency in Massachusetts

Inspired by literary greats from the Berkshires, five mobile studios comprise The Mastheads, a progressive writers' residency that's now taking applications.<p>The studios were created with the historical narrative of five area writers in mind—Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry Wadsworth …

Photographers

Gogo, the 1974 Argosy

This vintage 24' Argosy had seen better days when we got our hands on her. The interior was previously gutted and called for a complete overhaul. The client needed a home studio where she could both create jewelry and have it on display for potential buyers. She requested a mostly open layout with …

Houses

Stonington/Lincoln Residence

The Stonington Residence is a recently renovated and restored historic house sited between 300 feet of waterfront and a large meadow. While the house is sited on a small stone ledge, the site’s additional rock outcrops help organize outdoor spaces, which include a studio, garage, pool, and outdoor …

Frank Lloyd Wright

Top 5 Homes of the Week With Remarkable Reading Nooks

One of our New Year's resolutions? To read more. If we had reading nooks like these in our homes, our noses would be buried in a book until spring. Browse some of our editor's top picks of homes with tiny getaways where you can finish that stack of books on your nightstand.<p><b>Want a chance to be</b> …

A Toshiko Mori-Designed Masterpiece in New York Wants $4.95M

About an hour north of Manhattan in Garrison, New York, this cantilevered residence opens up to idyllic surroundings.<p>Sections of the home are cantilevered, giving the ultimate sense of living in a piece of modern sculpture—a profound example of Mori's "concern with material innovation and …

Design

Flood Damaged Remodel

This home was heavily damaged by a landslide during the Boulder flood in 2013. Mud and rock destroyed much of the interior and even flowed down the stairs to the rooms below. The emphasis of the remodel was to redesign the living room and kitchen. The windows and doors were replaced with much …

Houses

American Beauty

A Kansas architect unlocks the potential in an outdated 1950s home.<p>On a busy corner in Prairie Village, Kansas, sits a 1950s house with curb appeal unlike any other on the block. The myrtle- and ivy-covered grounds are bisected by a footbridge, once unstable, that now features a restored Gino …

Houses

The Lowest Utility Bill on the Block

Hybridization is hit or miss (i.e., the jackalope). But this Houston home combines two housing types to create a conscientious alternative.<p>Even before the words begin to form sentences, when you talk to Brett Zamore about Houston and architecture you understand it’s going to be an intense …

Home Improvement

House Noir

Situated on one of the last undeveloped oceanfront lots along the iconic Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, House Noir not only breaks the conventional beach house mold, but it creatively addressees the complexity of building next to the water, especially in the face of climate change—the fundamental …

Stainless Steel

A Super-Insulated Home in Japan Brings Comfort to an Elderly Couple

This retreat in Ehime in northwestern Shikoku belongs to an aging husband and wife who don't see eye-to-eye on air conditioning.<p>To meet their requirements, the studio’s lead architect Takashi Okuno used diatomaceous earth—a soft, sedimentary rock that crumbles into a white powder and provides good …

Houses

7 Reliable Prefab Companies in California

You don't have to look far to find a host of experienced designers and builders of prefab homes in the Golden State.<p>With a home base in San Francisco, Sage Modern was founded in 2008 and focuses on designing custom homes that respond to local site, environmental, and client-based needs. Like many …

Grab Your Friends and Escape to a Remote Cabin Cluster on a Norwegian Island

Weary city dwellers can find serenity in this array of cabins on the Norwegian archipelago of Fleinvær, where the Northern Lights make regular appearances.<p>Located a little over 12 miles west of Bodø, Fordypningsrommet—which translates into "room for deeper studies"—is the manifestation of Lund’s …

Be the First to Stay in the New Muji Hotel in Shenzhen

Slated for a grand opening on January 18, the first hotel from the popular Japanese retailer will offer rooms that are "anti-gorgeous and anti-cheap."<p>The room concept and design were executed by Ryohin Keikaku, and focus around a quality sleeping experience. As such, spaces include a simple …

Now in its Fifth Year, the FOG Design+Art Fair Shakes Up San Francisco

Bringing together leaders in design, art, and culture, the FOG Design+Art Fair is on view January 11–14, 2018 at the Fort Mason Center.<p>FOG has become a focal point for the design and arts communities on the West Coast, and celebrates the pioneering spirit and community-minded nature of the Bay …

Serenity Now

Take a 1950s-era single-family home, add an architect known for eye-popping design, and throw in the nearly perfect weather found in Santa Barbara, California, and you get Glendessary Lane, a magnificent renovation that makes the most of large glass and year-round indoor-outdoor living. The …

The Bear Stand

Located approximately three hours northeast of Toronto, Ontario, this 3,300 sq. ft. retreat is carefully situated along the shores of Contau Lake on a remote, seasonally isolated woodland spanning nearly 100 acres. Recalling childhood adventures exploring the surrounding lakes and forest, the …

Tucker Lake Cottage

This project is a perfect execution of how old can meet new. The clients wanted to expand the program of their existing cottage. The existing building, a traditional log cabin with a pitched roof, originally housed all the necessary functions. With the expansion of the program, came the need for …

A Bay Area Jewel With Golden Gate Views Wants $1.55M

A light-filled home by pioneering modernist William Wurster is up for grabs in Point Richmond, California.<p>Flexible spaces fill the lower level and can be arranged as needed. If desired, the whole lower level could become a luxurious master retreat. Currently, a master bedroom, full bath, nursery, …

Rising From the Ruins: Homes Built on Architectural Remains

While the English word ruin comes from the Latin "ruina"—meaning “destruction” or “downfall”—ruins can be the literal and figurative foundations for stunning new contemporary additions, insertions, and renovations.<p>Ruins have long been romanticized, praised, and studied; they attest to what once …

Grids and Colors Inspire the Renovation of a Graphic Designer's Pink L.A. Bungalow

On a sloped plot in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, an almost 100-year-old anonymous bungalow was rendered in pink, referencing the sun-kissed stucco that's so common in the region.<p><b>"We worked together, back-and-forth for months, to refine the exact tonalities," says PRODUCTORA. "It was</b> …

Graphic Design

Take a Tour of Kengo Kuma’s Expansion of the Portland Japanese Garden

It’s not surprising that Japanese architect Kengo Kuma's first public commission in the U.S. is unmistakably Japanese.<p>Nestled in an urban forest surrounded by a residential neighborhood in the hills of Portland, Oregon, the Portland Japanese Garden is a beloved cultural attraction that was starting …

Houses

Bay Walk

This is a complete renovation of a modern beach bungalow on the Great South Bay. The renovation opens the central core of the house to create a long view through the main living spaces to the bay beyond. The form of the roof plane was exposed and separated from the interior walls to accentuate the …

Design

Eels Lake Cottage

The side-split massing of the Eels Lake Cottage integrates naturally into the site conforming to a subtle shift in the underlying Canadian shield and minimizing the overall presence of the building on the site. The efficient steel and engineered wood structure allows a delicate glazed skin to wrap …

Design

Stanley Bay House

Sited overlooking beautiful Lake Joseph, Stanley Bay Cottage is anchored into the surrounding granite stone with a lower level walk out facing the lake. The varying roof planes of the building are inspired by the sloping landscapes. Upon approach, the lake is revealed through the home’s …

Houses

North Haven Compound

A meadow of tall grasses give a whispering voice to the wind at the end of a gravel drive in North Haven, New York. Collected around this meadow are a carefully placed guest house, main house and pool house. Each structure is organized to give views of the others set in the landscape. A backdrop of …

Houses

Fun, Cheeky Interiors Give This Middle Eastern Eatery a Modern Edge

In downtown Victoria, Superbaba is a Middle Eastern restaurant whose quirky use of color and form keeps a sense of humor.<p>Taking a slightly tongue-in-cheek approach, the results reference traditional Middle Eastern architectural motifs as well as quirky details found in diners and eateries across …

Design

Bird-Watchers Will Be Flying High Once This Stunning Tower Is Complete

The winning entry for a bird observational tower in Latvia sets a new bar for how these structures can be built.<p>An observation tower doesn't necessarily come to mind as something of architectural beauty. The term itself is straightforward, clear in its objective, and it would seem that not much …

Design