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Riverview House

The Riverview House by Studio Dwell jumps off the page – not because it does any one thing the best, but because the perfectly crafted sum of its parts results in a modern masterpiece that embraces its surroundings and defines what it means to live in comfort. The home sits neatly on a low ridge that overlooks a grassy slope down to the Fox River in Wayne, Illinois. Views and transparency are central to the design, but what happens within the walls is what sets this project apart from other contemporary homes. Continue reading

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The Seed Of Time

The Seed of Time gives us a bizarre look at what happens when architecture meets science fiction. It’s an experiment in materiality, light, space and color and presents something utterly otherworldly and unconventionally exciting. Designer GG-loop went beyond tradition with this refurbishment project in Altamura, South of Italy. The exterior and interior tell two separate stories: the former about street presence and urban interaction, and the later about sensory inhibition and spatial perception. Continue reading

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Macro Lot A5

As part of a massive urban revitalization undertaking in suburban Paris, Macro Lot A5 is the first of a handful of new structures to be built over the next decade. Macro Lot A5 is one of three sectors that occupy land formerly home to a Renault manufacturing factory, and are to be developed with housing, schools, and commercial structures. The multi-family complex, designed by Tetrarc, consists of four stark white apartment buildings with an obvious flair for the unconventional. Continue reading

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Sky Walk

From afar, the Skywalk looks more like an abandoned winter waterslide than something conceived inside an architecture office. Towering high above the snowy peaks overlooking a mountainous region in the Czech Republic, the structure is designed by Franek Architects, and is a study in human procession, structural expression, and preservation of both view and landscape. It is a whimsical manifestation of an adolescent imagination, complete with a 101 meter long stainless steel slide for those who are not faint of heart. Continue reading

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THAT House

THAT House by Maynard Architects embodies the cheekiness of its name with a unique and stunning modern design unlike anything you’ve seen before. It’s comprised of three primary cubic volumes, all of which open to the entry facade with wall to wall panes of taught glass. The house isn’t exactly huge by luxury standards, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in style. The focus was to provide the clients with ‘just the right amount of space’ – a goal achieved with just a little of this and a little of THAT. Continue reading

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Heathdale Residence

The Heathdale Residence by TACT Design Inc. presents an interesting suburban dilemma: preserve an outdated architectural archetype of the McMansion, or fly in the face of anything you’ve ever seen to create something entirely unique. I’ll let you decide which path they took. Continue reading

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Mirror Cube

Look closely and you’ll perhaps be able to make out the Mirror Cube – a treehouse hidden beautifully in plain sight amidst nature. This delightful playhouse for the older crowd, delivers a view from the top of the garden, vineyards and pool, without obstructing the view from the bottom, but rather mirroring that which surrounds it. Literally. Continue reading

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Subline House

Model homes get a bad rap these days, and for good reason. Picking a house out of a catalog implies investing in a generic, cheaply conceived and constructed structure that is far from a sniff of architectural inventiveness. The Subline House from Swedish designer Gotenhaus aims to prove that convention wrong by offering a contemporary, modular kit of parts that can be configured based on site, budget, and personal preference. Continue reading

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Chalet Soleya

Set against the backdrop of a majestic French mountain range sits the Chalet Soleya: a modern masterpiece wrapped in a glowing ribbon of glass and surrounded by snowy hills and lush forest. Chevallier Architectes started with an existing mountain guide’s cabin and were tasked with transforming it into a contemporary home fit for the setting it occupies. They were charged with carrying the quaint charm of the original structure through the new design, careful not to cast aside what made it so special in the first place. Continue reading

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Tower House

Andrew Maynard is one of the most prolific young architects in the world. His practice in Australia has turned heads with a keen eye for design and wild architectural imagination. The Tower House is an appropriate example to showcase why he’s rising to the top among the design communities best. He takes a simple, universally understood vernacular and twists it around to offer a new and interesting result. Continue reading