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White and Colored Solar Modules

At last, photovoltaic (PV) panels are available in colors other than deep blue and black. PV panels collect solar energy and turn it in to electrical power. Deep blue and black absorb the most sun light and make the panels more effective and efficient. However, these color limitations, along with other challenges such as high cost, have mostly relegated them to discreet locations, typically roof tops. Continue reading

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Landsdowne House

In an inner city suburb of Montreal that’s rich with historic homes, a new home blends remarkably well. Neo-gothic and arts and crafts style neighbors use ornate asymmetry as their defining elements. The modern house, designed by Affleck de la Riva architects, is like their spirited young offspring. Continue reading

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Tucker Lake Cottage

A 20-year-old cottage in Ontario is brought in to the 21st century. Altius architecture designed an addition to the lakeside cottage that doubles its size, views, and versatility. Continue reading

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Prince Philip Residence

A 1960s Montreal residence is stretched in to the 21st century with mid-century lines. Thellend Fortin Architectes added a wealth of living space and light to the formerly one-level home. Notched in to the steep site, the two-story expansion is grounded by a contemporary limestone-sheathed gym. Outside, the narrow walk, pool, and terrace are clad in limestone. A wooden terrace and planter box wall add warmth, interest in their varying levels, and privacy. Continue reading

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Sunlighthouse

Outside Vienna is a home that utilizes the challenges of the site and lofty energy goals to create dynamic responsive architecture. Juri Troy Architects designed the house as part of Velux’s Pan European model home 2020 project. Six different homes are being built using varying methods of sustainable design and living. Continue reading

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Scape House

Surrounded by traditional clay tiled Japanese homes, this contemporary hillside house stands out with its clever geometry. And that interplay of form and light serves a purpose inside and out. Daylight, views, and privacy were paramount to the young client family. To achieve these goals, FORM / Kouichi Kimura Architects pushed and pulled surfaces and volumes around carefully selected vistas. Continue reading

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Wooden Box

Skilled manipulation of simple wooden boxes creates a home that emanates Japanese simplicity and flexibility. Keisuke Kawaguchu + K2 Design created a modern home derived from centuries of proven Japanese architectural elements. The house makes the most of the natural environment while maintaining a calm privacy. Continue reading

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Camera Lucida

What artist wouldn’t want to create in this amazing studio? Designed by Christian Tonko, the hillside workshop is industrial in form and material. It’s very reminiscent of an artist’s urban loft in a former factory. The resident artist paints and sculpts here, sketching and painting small watercolors on the upper section and sculpting and painting larger pieces on the lower level. Continue reading

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Number Ninety

With a splendid blend of mass and voids, Smerin Architects maximized urban living in a new five-story London home. Nestled within traditional period houses, this is clearly contemporary in style. It gives a nod to history in scale and the brick facade. Yet it moves forward without superfluous detail. Continue reading

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Roy-Lawrence Residence

Outside of Sutton, Quebec, there is no shortage of natural beauty. Signs of the Swiss immigrants who took up residence in the 1930s dot the landscape with traditional chalets. Chevalier Morales Architectes used those iconic elements as the foundation for this 276 sq.m. contemporary home. Continue reading