The Tire Shop Project

Just 800 square feet in Montreal, this former tire shop is small in size and environmental footprint. Designers Mark Fekete and Viviana de Loera, Mark+Vivi, turned the former industrial space around. Their two level home studio is designed to be an active part of their community and a show place for their work and others’ art as well. Continue reading


Port Townsend Timber FabCab

Sustainable building takes on many forms and every effort is valid and worthwhile. A less frequently considered factor in environmental building design is creating a home that allows full access to individuals with varying physical abilities. This is typically called universal design, which should also implement elements that allow individuals to age in place. True sustainability considers long-term functionality. Continue reading


Closse Residence

Have you ever dreamed of remodeling the home your father built in the 1960s? This client of Nature Humaine architects was fortunate enough to do just that with father-approved common sense and unadorned style. Continue reading


Garage Loft

Calling all car lovers! This former carpentry workshop in Rotterdam invites the beloved automobile right in to the three bed home. Studio OXL drove this modern home design with strength and light. The 30 meters length of the home was daunting in regard to natural light. Yet their solution is brilliant on so many levels. Continue reading


St. Dominique Residence

Slick modern design meets honest industrial in this Montreal apartment. The family of four’s home is on the second floor of a 1920s building that originally housed a soup factory. Anne Sophie Goneau produced a home with open living and individual private spaces. Continue reading



What a brilliant conversion of a 140-year-old barn! Thomas Kroger designed this home north of Berlin for a young family in one-half of the former barn. Gone are all traces of the livestock that resided here. Yet the hearty structure of timber and thick brick walls lives on. Continue reading


Victorian Kitchen

This stunning kitchen appears to have stepped straight out of the Victorian era of the home in which it resides. Oh, except that it’s spacious and bright and incorporates a dining table, and a sofa! Jessica Helgerson Interior Design mixed modern living requirements with Victorian character to blend this kitchen in to its Portland home. Continue reading


Apartment Design in Minsk

Who knew greys could be so warm and luxurious? Int2Architecture does and designed a rich home that benefits from a palette of toasty greys with spicy accents. Just one bedroom and bath, this small apartment in Minsk is smartly laid out and furnished with international flair. Continue reading


Loft Design in Old Montreal

The chill is gone from this former refrigerated warehouse. Nevertheless, the expansive space remains, as do the enormous original concrete columns and beams. ACT Design added warmth and opportunity to this Montreal loft for its modern art-collecting owner. Continue reading


Vedbaek House

Beauty is truly in the details of this 1862 fishing cottage, now the family home of architect Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, cofounder of Norm Architects. The charm of the original structure, lying outside Copenhagen, remains. Yet the modern interventions blend perfectly with the quirkiness of days gone by. Continue reading