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House of the Week: Modern Kitchen with a Striking Skylight

Every week, we highlight one amazing Dwell home that went viral on Pinterest. Follow Dwell's Pinterest account for more daily design inspiration.

Readers loved this modern kitchen extention by Fraher Architects in northwest London. The new kitchen, designed for a chef, features a sturdy concrete …

House Design

This Cottage Is as Close to Magical as You Can Get

Seriously, its name is "Faerie Door."

This countryside cottage totally proves that you don't have to be Harry Potter to have a mystical, storybook getaway in England. Called the Faerie Door (I mean, are you swooning yet?), this beautiful rental is hidden away in Wiltshire, England and is simply …


Scenic Country Home Made of Flat-Packed Panels

A slightly cantilevered home in England connects with nature.

In the countryside near Oxford, England, Adrian James Architects designed a house that achieves architectural distinction using prefabricated elements. Built out of flat-packed, insulated panels, the home cantilevers over a concrete wall, …


Twin Houses on Tiny Lots Stretch Outward for Space

Linked by a modern version of a white picket fence, two near-identical houses in Los Angeles add space by extending beyond their envelopes.

Los Angeles-based firm Anonymous Architects cantilevered side-by-side houses over two steep lots in Los Angeles's Mount Washington neighborhood. Each …


Seattle Home Carefully Blocks Out Neighbors, While Celebrating Natural Surroundings

Melding corrugated metal with Douglas Fir wood, a sustainable home in Seattle brings nature inside while preserving a couple’s privacy.

How does an architect protect clients’ home privacy while also letting in the great outdoors? That’s the question SHED Architecture & Design faced when it began …


This Genius Tiny Apartment Transforms Into 5 Different Rooms

It has everything you need in 360 square feet.


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Well, here's a new twist on the micro-apartment trend: This 360-square-foot apartment in New York City's Gramercy neighborhood turns itself into five different rooms with the push of a button. Created by MKCA — …

9 Unique Decorating Ideas for Your Baby's Nursery

Make the Most of a Small Patio

Turn that tiny pocket of outdoor space into your favorite hangout.

Just because you don't have a big backyard doesn't mean you can't enjoy the fresh air. Use these ideas to make whatever you've got into an outdoor oasis.

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7 Space-Saving Solutions from Some of Our Tiniest Houses

With a little wood and a lot of imagination, these diminutive homes manage to pack a lot of function into very little square footage.


5 new home trends for 2015

Think micro-appliances, the latest, greatest energy-efficiency rating, and a shorter commute.

The future of home design is looking more and more efficient, compact and customized. While we aren’t quite ready to 3D-print dinner, innovation and invention are at the forefront of building industry …


18th Avenue City Homes by Malboeuf Bowie Architecture

Seattle-based architecture firm Malboeuf Bowie Architecture presents the 18th Avenue City Homes. Committed to developing innovative, unconventional, and modern design solutions, Malboeuf Bowie Architecture transforms a single-family home lot into three distinct townhomes, which are layered …

10 Game-Changing Desks for Your Home Office

They'll make answering work emails much less painful.

This stunning desk features a surface with geometric crevices and built-in docks and USB ports for all your favorite gadgets. Only downside? It's currently not available to purchase, but we'll be ready to hit "Add To Cart" the second it is. …

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10 Fascinating Housing Trends From Around the World

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Almost every rendering of the future includes predictions about how and where people will live, with varying degrees of accuracy. …


The Incredible Steampunk Tiny House By Maximus Extreme

When a company with the name like “Maximus Extreme” builds a tiny house you know to expect something a bit different. So when they completed this …


Psst! Follow Us Down These 5 Secret Passages

Remember when you were a kid and you'd knock on walls trying to uncover hidden staircases? Of course you do. These six homes make good on that childhood dream with carefully-concealed private spaces.


The American Institute of Architects announces their top 10 best green buildings of 2015

The Bullitt Center, designed by The Miller Hull Partnership, is an office building in Seattle that is also the largest certified Living Building. The …


Genius Unfolding Kitchen Tucks Neatly Into Small Spaces

At Salone del Mobile, Clei unveiled the Box Kitchen, an unfolding unit that's made for small space dwellers.

Small Space Design

Home Tour: Inside the Ultimate Getaway Cabin

It's the man cave you always wanted.

This isn't a Lincoln Logs-style cabin. It's made from locally-sourced and sustainable materials with a look that blends modern and classic together impeccably.

When it comes to a pool deck or patio, less is always more. It's easy to love how they ditched the …


Prefabrication Key To Energy Efficient Homes

Published on April 10th, 2015 | by Stephen Hanley


Energy Efficient Homes Result From Prefabrication

Energy efficient homes from Volula, an architect …

Sustainable Design

9 of the World's Skinniest Houses

Signal-Blocking Architecture and the Faraday Home

[Image: "RAM House" by Space Caviar].

An interesting new project by Space Caviar asks, "Does your home have an airplane mode?"

Exploring what it could …

How Much Could You Do with 270 Square Feet?

Taking its lead from a Swedish building code, a new book proposes ingenious concepts that can fit in 270 square feet.

The Swedish building code includes a unique provision that allows owners to build small, 25-square-meter (roughly 270 square feet) structures without much oversight, as long as they …


1930s Barcelona Apartment Gets a Minimal Makeover

A restored 1930s apartment in Barcelona is a minimal masterpiece.

When Barcelona architect Adrian Elizalde embarked on a renovation project for his family’s recently purchased apartment near the Sagrada Familia in the Eixample district, he quickly realized he was walking on ground that had already …


9 Tiny Apartments in New York City

In New York City, minuscule studios and cramped family apartments abound. In these examples, homeowners found clever solutions to less-than-ideal square footage, carving out surprisingly luxurious digs in the most unlikely spaces.

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Alpine Foothills House / Deamicisarchitetti

Architects: Deamicisarchitetti
Location: 10080 Borgiallo Turin, Italy
Area: 180.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: L. Bartoli, G. Leo

From the architect. The …


Minoyanagi House / TAB

Architects: TAB
Location: Ogaki, Gifu, Japan
Area: 69.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Masaki Yokoyama

From the architect. 69.2 sqm is the total floor area of …

House AA / Moca Architects

Architects: Moca Architects
Location: Nara, Nara, Japan
Architect In Charge: Kanako Momma, Shinya Furukawa
Structural Design: Manabu Ueda
Area: 63.0 sqm
Year: …


Minimalist prefab modular house, California: Modern prefab modular homes

Rising at 1,5 meters above the ground, this 185 sq.m. minimalist prefab modular house (California) capturing the beautiful views of the surrounding …