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Botanique Café. Bar. Plantas / Moca Arquitetura

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> Botanique, situated in a building from the 1950 decade in downtown Curitiba, southern Brazil, embodies …

The Future Of The Shopping Mall Is Not About Shopping

When Cirque du Soleil announced plans this week for a “family entertainment” concept inside a Toronto mall, it said a lot about the future of shopping centers. The 24,000 sq.ft. space, called “Creactive”, will be a circus-inspired playground with a range of activities from juggling to high-wire – …

5 Houseplants You Can’t Kill

Bring the outdoors indoors to reduce stress, boost your mood, and improve productivity.<p><i>"My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them." —Mitch Hedberg</i><p>Let’s face it: keeping houseplants alive (real or, in Mitch Hedberg's case, fake) isn’t always easy. After your second or third plant …

Houseplants

Modern Japanese lake house comes with a twist

Climb on up<p>How do you make the most of a two-story home? Turn it into five stories. Sugawaradaisuke Architects recently did just that, transforming a house on the shore of Japan’s Lake Nojiri into a multi-story home with a clever use of platforms.<p>The timber house is outfitted with platforms that …

Gucci Hub / Piuarch

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> The old Caproni factory, built in 1915 in the eastern suburbs of Milan, has been brought back to life …

Prefab Homes

Sustainable Proposal Envisions Krakow's New Science Center as a Tiered Garden

OVO Grąbczewscy Architekci's stacked garden-like proposal has been awarded third place in a competition for the new Małopolska Science Center in …

Piccolo seed packaging rebranded to look like miniature book collections

London-based studio Here Design has created a new brand identity for Italian seed company Piccolo, including updated packaging designed to look like …

Waterfalls, forests and kayaks among proposals for Park Avenue centreline

Architects and designers have imagined ways to transform the central reservation along New York's Park Avenue for an ideas competition, including an …

Kayaking

giulio iacchetti invites five italian architects to design door handles for dnd

<b>stefano boeri architetti, alfonso femia, maurizio varratta, cino zucchi and 967 arch have all been invited, for the first time, to design a door</b> …

Cómo ganar dinero vendiendo tus fotos por Internet

Si te dedicas profesionalmente a la fotografía o tienes talento para este arte como hobby desde tu cámara o smartphone puede que estés interesado en</b> …

Williamsburg Rowhouse

New York<p>By opening-up the rear-facade, Agencie created a home that is both fit for modern living and respectful of the history of the row house. The result: a spacious and light-filled home ready for the next 150 years. Mixed mid-century modern furniture with more contemporary pieces and added a …

Brooklyn Upside Down with Views

New York<p>Gut renovation of 1880's townhouse. New vertical circulation and dramatic rooftop skylight bring light deep in to the middle of the house. A new stair to roof and roof deck complete the light-filled vertical volume. Programmatically, the house was flipped: private spaces and bedrooms are on …

Gentzler's Cantilevered Cabin

Sandisfield, Massachusetts<p>When Maricela Salas and Mary McGoff purchased a piece of land in the Berkshires, they had no idea that a rocky ledge would complicate construction of the simple house they had imagined. But it also gave them exactly what they were after: a retreat that immerses them in the …

Can You Believe This House Used to be a Dilapidated Toolshed?

An architect and an interior designer put the tools to the test for this impressive renovation.<p>In 2009, when Alan Orenbuch and Bryan O’Rourke settled into the home they had purchased as a weekend retreat in upstate New York, they gave little thought to what Orenbuch describes as an "unfortunate" …

This Affordable Prefab in Spain Only Took 5 Hours to Assemble

Built for $148,500, Casa Montaña was manufactured in a Madrid factory before being assembled in a mountainous, coastal region in northwestern Spain.<p>When Madrid-based Baragaño Architects were engaged to build a second home for English clients—a landscaper and his family that had fallen in love with …

Prefab Homes

Watch: It Takes 9 Hours For Woodworkers to Make This Shaker-Inspired Chair

Spare, sturdy, almost minimalist—Thos Moser’s signature chair distills generations of know-how.<p>The chair that furniture maker Thomas Moser, now 82, sat in every night during family dinner in New Gloucester, Maine, bears witness to a lifelong passion for woodworking. "My father always carried a tape …

Woodworking

Two Renovated Carriage Houses in Brooklyn Hit the Market

Starting at $3,350,000, these twin carriage houses in Clinton Hill retain their historic charm while boasting dreamy, minimalist interiors.<p>Built at the end of the 19th century, 409 and 411 Vanderbilt Avenue are brick carriage houses that originally sheltered the horses and coachmen for an upscale …

Midcentury Mashup: A 1950s Ranch House in Chicago Gets a Palm Springs-Style Butterfly Roof

A couple budgets carefully while renovating a split-level house on Chicago’s Near North Side.<p>When attorney Trey Berre and his wife, photographer Maria Ponce Berre, began searching the Chicago real estate listings in 2014, they were looking for land, or at least something to tear down. They imagined …

A New York Transplant Remakes One of Mies van der Rohe’s Coveted Townhouses in Detroit

Calling it a "director’s cut," designer Bryan Boyer reloads his Lafayette Park townhouse with some bonus features.<p>"I think of the project as a love letter rather than a biography," says designer Bryan Boyer of his restored Ludwig Mies van der Rohe townhouse in Detroit. Indeed, the New York …

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A Crafty Triangular Addition Carves Out Office Space in a London Backyard

Yellow Cloud Studio invents a triangular, glass-and-plywood extension that turns an awkward backyard space into a light-filled home office.<p>Two homeowners in the London borough of Hackney sought to extend their double Victorian house, located at the end of a row of traditional terraced residences, …

Harlem Townhouse

New York, New York<p>Somewhere in it’s history, this classic single family Harlem brownstone was converted to a four family apartment building and, in the process, all historic detail and character behind the historic façade was removed. Exposed sprinkler piping and HVAC ductwork was installed, and a …

A Costa Rican Family Stays Connected in Three Shipping Container Homes

These eco-friendly shipping container homes allow three adult children to be independent while staying close to family.<p>To give their adult children the independence they need, a couple in Costa Rica decided to build three tiny homes on the same Santa Ana property that holds the main house, which …

A-Frame Haus

Heber City, Utah<p>After a deliberate makeover by the builder's granddaughter, this chic hideaway in Utah is welcoming new guests.<br>Located on a private, 20-acre mountain estate near Utah's Uinta National Forest, A-Frame Haus was built 30 years ago by owner and design-lover Kara Van Dyke's grandfather, …

A Net-Zero Home in Canada Boasts a Striking Saw-Toothed Roof

Comprised of two perpendicular forms that gently navigate a lakeside site, Sky House runs off of solar energy.<p>For this net-zero home on the edge of Ontario's Stoney Lake, Canadian architects Julia Jamrozik and Coryn Kempster devised a massing strategy to avoid blasting bedrock or leveling the site. …

Bean to Bar – Meet London’s Single Origin Chocolate Pioneer

Phil Landers makes single origin chocolate from an old furniture workshop in London’s Bethan Green. “My earliest memory of chocolate is my dad …

Studio DUNN Shares the Design Process of the Architect’s Stool

We’ve followed Rhode Island based design firm Studio DUNN for a number of years now, appreciating the attention to detail and solid craftsmanship …

The 10 best design books that aren't about design

There are plenty of amazing design books around, but some of the best lessons can be learned from books that are about a different topic altogether. …

Studio O+A teams traditional and contemporary elements for San Francisco finance office

American design firm Studio O+A has created an office in San Francisco that communicates "new ways of thinking and working" for a major financial …

San Francisco

Klaarchitectuur inserts new architecture studio inside dilapidated Belgian chapel

A white box bursts through the roof of this old chapel in Limburg, Belgium, to form the new studio for architecture office …