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Music Box Residence

The Music Box Residence was designed around the intimate and communal qualities of music and family. The steep lot, with views oriented towards Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Rainier beyond, dictated a multi-level structure. On the lowest level, resides the timpani rehearsal room, which is surrounded by …

A Modern Multiunit Prefab Prototype in Vancouver

A Vancouver architect maxes out a commercial lot to create a multiunit prefab tower that takes smart urban planning as seriously as good design.<p>Oliver Lang has always been something of a renegade. The German-born architect never settled into the idea of the high-rise condo nor of the conventional, …

Architecture

What Looks Like a Single Dwelling in Melbourne Actually Holds Six Walk-Up Apartments

Located in the suburb of Richmond in Melbourne, Australia, Coppin Street Apartments consists of five one-bedroom units and one two-bedroom unit with a unified facade—all of which look and feel a lot bigger than their size might suggest.<p>Housed in a 1960s freestanding brick building, these walk-up …

Architecture

How to Design a Kitchen That’s Ideal For Entertaining—and Shop Our Picks

Besides being a place for food preparation and cooking, your modern kitchen can be a prime social zone where your friends and family can gather to feast and spend quality time together.<p>If you frequently entertain guests in your home, or love holding long leisurely dinner parties on the weekends, …

Kitchens

clad newtown house overlooks the picturesque japanese landscape

<b>japanese architect hiroto kawaguchi in collaboration with kohei yukawa were commissioned to build a family house overlooking the picturesque japanese</b> …

Living Rooms

5 Sustainable Ways To Beat the Heat Without Air Conditioning

Now that summer has officially started, temperatures are rising and air conditioners are cranked up—but that doesn’t mean you have to do the same.<p>Although it may feel like it's hard to believe, people have survived the unbearable heat of the summer for millennia without air conditioning, largely …

Architecture

Anti-Cutesy: A Tiny House that Masters Minimalism

(Image credit: Moobum Jang via Arch Daily)<p>The tendency of tiny houses is to be a bit cutesy—like a little dollhouse that you can (just barely) fit …

Minimalism

The “Skyline House” Overlooks the City of Oakland, California

With a portfolio that spans commercial, residential and small projects, Terry & Terry Architecture features their latest work with the “Skyline …

Grandmother’s House

Grandmother’s House is a minimalist architecture project located in Beijing, China, designed by Evolution Design. Evolution Design turned an obsolete …

Architecture

Take a Trip Through the Pacific Northwest With 10 Modern Spaces

A strong creative streak runs through the Pacific Northwest, which has recently led to a number of startups popping up in cities such as Portland, which has become one of the nation’s hottest urban economies.<p>Here, we venture into the region's major cities—Seattle, Portland, Vancouver, and beyond—to …

Architecture

Snøhetta’s ready-made cabin can fit into any landscape

If you’ve ever dreamed of owning a Snøhetta-designed home, this may be the opportunity you’ve been looking for. The renowned Norwegian design firm …

Design

These 11 Modern Homes in Southern California Offer an Indoor/Outdoor Lifestyle

Southern California often conjures up visions of sun, sand, and surf—but for the modernist, it also brings to mind midcentury abodes in Palm Springs and sleek L.A. masterpieces by the likes of Richard Neutra and John Lautner.<p>The following 11 contemporary properties, which have been shared with us …

Architecture

Paying It Forward: Architecture for the Next Generation

Many architects undervalue the needs of children who live with their designs. They view children as less important than, or simply an accessory to, adult clients. This is a devastating oversight, and a missed opportunity. Designing for children can lead to real innovations, and can be very …

Built Environment

SketchUp Guide: The Top 10 Essential Tools to Master in SketchUp First

Michael LaValley is an NY-state registered architect, career strategist and the blogging entrepreneur behind Evolving Architect. Michael is launching a new SketchUp Training course for aspiring architects — click here for more information on how to sign up.<p>SketchUp is a multifaceted program that …

Kamikatz Public House

Kamikatsu in Tokushima prefecture is committed to zero waste, aiming to become a sustainable recycling society. On the premise that a paradigm shift for production and sales processes is essential in achieving zero waste, a private-sector business inspired by the principles of this town launched …

Double Duplex

The Double Duplex was created in response to the cities growing need for alternative housing models due to the rising cost of urban real estate and the need for urban densification within Toronto's established residential neighborhoods.

Our Daydream of Living on an Untouched Island Comes True in Washington

Seeking a quiet retreat, a couple builds a 1,600-square-foot property where simplicity reigns.<p>Although there was no home on this piece of rugged shoreline in Washington State’s San Juan Islands National Monument, a couple held strong ties to the site. They had owned the land for seven years by the …

Living Rooms

15 Modern and Creative Spaces For Kids

It's never too early to instill a good sense of design into your kids.<p>If you're getting ready to design your child's room, take the opportunity to get as playful as you like. You can either make it an aesthetic extension of the rest of your home, or create a personalized hideout that represents …

Furniture

Hide Out in One of These Asian Retreats That Are Immersed in Nature

If you're looking to escape your daily routine by traveling to a distant land, consider posting up at one of these architecturally interesting retreats in Asia.<p>Whether up in the mountains, deep in the woods, or surrounded by gardens, each of these vacation abodes in Asia have three things in …

Asia Travel

Modern-Shed | Workplace Solution

When Anne first laid eyes on a Modern-Shed, she fell in love. She wasn’t expecting to.<p>Her partner, Karen, had been trying to convince her for many years that it was time for Anne to move her business out of its expensive space on Wallingford Avenue in Seattle and into a new, pre-fabricated home …

Oxfordshire

10 LEED-Certified Homes For the Win

With approximately 1.85 million square feet being certified daily, LEED certification has become the most widely-used third-party verification for green buildings—according to the United States Green Building Council.<p>Not only do LEED-certified homes use less energy and water, they're also …

Pest Control

Ustaoset Cabin

Resting 1,066 meters above sea level, the Ustaoset Cabin takes advantage of the stunning landscapes Norway has to offer. The home takes a minimal …

Modular Drop Box is a prefab portable suite for stays in nature

"Glamorous camping", also known as camping out of doors in style, or at least a step above the tent -- is gaining popularity worldwide as more people …

Cabin in Longbranch

Longbranch, Washington<p>Jim Olson’s reverence for nature and admiration of the site’s beauty is expressed in the design of this project located on Puget Sound and nestled amidst the towering fir trees of an ancient forest. What began as a 14-foot-square bunk house built in 1959 has morphed through …

Architecture

Decorating with LED Strip Lights: Kitchens with Energy-Efficient Radiance!

Remodeling your old kitchen or planning for a new one is all about finding that perfect balance between aesthetics, ergonomics and exclusivity. …

Kitchens

Discuss: Steel, Glass, Concrete, Wood—Do You Have a Preference?

It's the battle of the building materials.<p>For any project, building materials have a bearing on costs, structure, sustainability, durability, and aesthetics—to name but a few factors. From wood-clad homes that recede into the surrounding forest to glass cabins that provide 360-degree views, the end …

Architecture

Les Abouts / Atelier Pierre Thibault

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> In order to understand the origins of the residence’s name, we have to go back on the story of one of …

Ice Age

A Design Competition Unveils a Pop-Up Hotel Concept That’s Soon to Hit the Welsh Countryside

Beginning in the spring of 2017, a series of eight pop-up hotel cabins will emerge in three secret locations throughout the Welsh countryside.<p>The winning designs hail from a competition that invited architects from all over the world to submit compact designs inspired by Wale’s legends and its rich …

Black Hat

Huge NYC apartment is a nature-filled refuge in the sky

Who says “indoor-outdoor” is only for the West Coast?<p>Some people in New York City would be lucky to afford a new micro apartment of some 300 square feet, but for those with truly deep pockets, an expansive duplex combining multiple apartments is well within the realm of possibility. Just check out …

2016 Best of Furniture Design

This year we saw a lot of heavily-trafficked posts in furniture design, covering everything from old-school techniques to newfangled technologies, …