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A Tiny Hong Kong Apartment With a Tree House-Inspired Loft

A tiny apartment in a Hong Kong high rise is named Mini Tree House Residence after its little lofted bedroom.<p>Located in the residential neighborhood of Ho Man Tin in Kowloon, Hong Kong, this apartment was designed with a box-loft bedroom that's suspended above the main living and dining area. The …

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Celebrate Compact and Low-Budget Design With the the AIA Small Project Awards

Discover award-winning homes across the country and submit entries for the annual AIA Small Project Awards.<p>With the previous year’s theme, <i>Reflection</i>, winners ranged from open-air, bent-steel pavilions and prefabricated cabins to a gabled supportive transitional housing facility for new mothers and …

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5 Modern Wineries on the West Coast With Beautiful Architecture

A weekend away at a vineyard doesn't just have to be about the wine tasting—rather, it should be an opportunity to escape to a beautiful destination that's complete with some impressive modern architecture.<p><b>Location: Paso Robles, California</b><p><b>Architecture: BAR Architects</b>

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8 Tiny Sheds and Studios Used as Home Offices or Creative Retreats

These days, sheds and backyard studios are no longer just places to store gardening tools or holiday decorations, but they're often turned into small home offices or creative spaces where residents can escape to get some work done—sometimes without having to leave home.

Cabins

Old-World Charm Meets Modern Finishes in These 6 Parisian Apartments

What could be more Parisian than a chic apartment or flat that combines original crown molding, contemporary furniture, and modern finishes?

Interior Design

An Interior Designer Helps His Mother Turn Her 1960s Chicago Apartment Into a Colorful Haven

An interior designer persuades his mother to toss all her old furniture and start fresh.<p>From the wall of windows in Eleni Katsarou’s 33rd-floor Chicago condo, Lake Michigan looks like an ocean: flat, endless, and constantly intriguing. That view is what drew Eleni, who grew up in Athens gazing at …

Architecture

3 Smart Storage Systems Maximize Space in a Tiny Studio Apartment in Budapest

Budapest design studio POSITION Collective employs clever storage solutions, including a wardrobe rack, modular walls, and a storage-filled bed, in order to maximize functional space.<p>Though the 323-square-foot studio is now being leased out on a long-term basis, the clients had originally wanted to …

Houses

"Where Should I Keep My...?": Solving the Ultimate Small Space Dilemmas

Squeeze every last bit of storage space out of your dwelling, no matter its size.<p>If elevating the bed isn’t an option, maximize your closet space with a few sets of cascading hangers. Put blouses on one set and T-shirts on another, and you’ll most likely double your closet space.<p>For a less invasive …

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Catch A Wave - Dwell

When John Matosky hired Merge Architects to upgrade his loft, it was a pretty standard project—renovate the existing lackluster bathroom, add a second bathroom, and build a bookshelf. But Elizabeth Whittaker, firm principal and an adjunct assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of …

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An Architect Turns His Small, Dark Apartment in Buenos Aires Into a Bright and Airy Home

A strategic renovation maximizes a small apartment in Buenos Aires.<p>After living for four years in a small, dark apartment in the Palermo section of Buenos Aires, architect Hernán Landolfo and his girlfriend, Lucia Gentile, were looking for a new home where they could eventually start a family. They …

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Top 5 Homes of the Week With Stunning Black, White, and Gray Facades

Though it's usually thought that bright colors make the boldest statement, these homes prove that black, white, and gray tones can be just as successful at turning heads—particularly on a home's facade.<p>4. Black House<p><b>Want a chance to be featured? Add your home here!</b>

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Plans For a Simple Carport Evolve Into a Rear Addition and See-Through Pool

A straightforward alteration and addition project in Manly, New South Wales, Australia, results in a surprising overhaul of the rear yard.<p>Instead, the alteration expanded to include a new extension that would accommodate a pool, as well as conceal the pool pump and storage area for wet suits and …

Architecture

An Origami-Inspired Apartment in Hong Kong With Tons of Smart Storage

Following the influential saying adopted by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, “less is more," this Hong Kong apartment taps into the principles of origami by using highly structured and angular plywood features to make a simple yet elegant design statement.<p>A wooden television console extends from the …

Architecture

Stay in a Tiny, Eco-Friendly House in a Portuguese Schist Village

Three former animal sheds take on new life as minimalist retreats in the tiny, rural village of Ferraria de São João in Portugal.<p>Up in the hills of central Portugal's Coimbra is a collection of 20 little scattered villages with houses that are constructed with a rust-colored, metaphoric rock called …

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A Refined Austin Home With Verdant Views Asks $2.1M

Alterstudio Architecture once again teams up with Austin couple and design-build duo Anne Suttles and Sam Shah—to spectacular result.<p>Behind a gabion wall, an entry courtyard is arranged around an impressive Durand Oak tree; evergreen plantings and a corrugated Cor-Ten steel screen provide privacy …

Architecture

Sleek, Modern Loft Apartments For Sale in a Heritage Neighborhood of London

An impeccable apartment building brings the steel-and-glass sleekness of modern architecture into a historic London neighborhood.<p>The client's brief called for the apartments to provide "an outstanding example of modern architectural design" that would be furnished to the highest standards using the …

Architecture

Clad in Cedar and Metal, an Indianapolis Home Gives a Modern Salute to its Traditional Surroundings

A two-story dwelling on an infill lot, the residence blends into the neighborhood with the help of cedar cladding, pitched roof lines, and a covered porch.<p>Further connecting the residence to the neighborhood, horizontal cedar cladding lends a familiar "face" to the single-story bookends. Vertical …

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Thoughtful Design Details Warm Up a Modern Family Home in Northern California

When the San Francisco firm l'oro began designing a family home in Mill Valley, California, they challenged themselves to create an abode that would be modern yet comfortable, and would lack any "off-limit" areas.<p>Lauren worked to enhance the light-filled, welcoming quality of the single-family …

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Two Tiny Pavilions Respectfully Perch Atop a Lava Flow on Maui

A pair of tiny pavilions provide an eco-friendly retreat on Maui.<p>Living in harmony with nature means something a little different to everyone. For a woman born and raised on Maui, it's an idea rooted in her childhood on Keawakapu Beach, near an area that later mushroomed into the booming tourist …

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Picturesque Lake Views Connect a Young Family to the Outdoors in British Columbia

Following his professional hockey career, Cory and Shannon Cross build a lakeside residence on a pine tree-covered hill that captures views of Canada’s shimmering Okanagan Lake.<p>After more than a decade of moving around, Cory and Shannon Cross built a dream home in Kelowna, British Columbia, where …

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Plagued Ash Trees Were Repurposed to Create This Charred-Cedar Clad Home on Lake Michigan

A charred-cedar clad home overlooks Lake Michigan.<p>Can chopping down trees to build a house be an act of preservation? Mike and Barb Collins cleared about a hundred trees from the Leelanau County, Michigan, lot they bought in 2012 in order to make way for a vacation home. About 40 of them were ash …

Architecture

8 Small and Unexpected Garden Oases Hidden in the Middle of Cities

These urban refuges effectively use greenery, water features, and delicate lighting in every inch of their modest spaces to create lush escapes that provide a breath of fresh air in the city.<p>6) A Lush and Refreshing Patio in Barcelona by EMBT

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Top 4 Homes of the Week That Embrace Neutral Color Palettes

Gray, white, cream, beige, and black—these quiet yet powerful tones can make any home feel warm and inviting. Check out some of our favorite homes this week that embrace these soft colors that are clean, simple, and perfectly neutral.<p><b>Want a chance to be featured? Add your home</b> <b>here</b><b>!</b>

Interior Design

How to Furnish a Small-Space Bedroom

Space-saving solutions from Room & Board beautifully make the most of compact bedrooms.<p>Modern living often requires that one room fulfill multiple needs. Bedrooms, for example, frequently must function not only as spaces for sleep, but also for work, lounging, and relaxation. When challenged with a …

A Dramatic Cantilevered Roof Creates a Spacious Terrace Overlooking Lake Michigan

Set atop a woodland ridge with views of Lake Michigan, this charred, timber-wrapped home boasts warm interiors and a functional scheme that balances public and private spaces.<p>The house is built from reclaimed materials found on site. Clad in charred black wood, the exterior skin is created from a …

Architecture

A Converted Warehouse in Amsterdam Boasts Soothing Interiors of Concrete and Wood

A former warehouse is transformed into a minimalist, 600-square-meter home that complements the industrial character of the shell space.<p>At the heart of the home is a open living/kitchen concept that caters to the modern lifestyle. Understanding that the kitchen serves as a place to hang out and …

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A Careful Renovation of a 19th-Century Flat in Gothenburg Brings it Back to Life

A 19th-century apartment in Gothenburg, Sweden, is reborn.<p>When creative director Martin Ringqvist and his wife, My, a teacher, moved back to Sweden after a year in Los Angeles, they wanted an authentic, warm space to live in with their two children. After much deliberation and house hunting, they …

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