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Off-grid Retreat

This cabin is sustainable in style and systems. Midland Architecture designed a 900 sq.ft. getaway located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Nearly touching the seven-acre lake, it rests at the base of never ending rolling hills and woodlands. Continue reading

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Bolton Residence

I’m fascinated by the multitude of ways that a simple country home can be executed so that it is unique. Naturehumaine architects conceived this mountain house in eastern Quebec, at the pinnacle of a dramatically sloped site. The natural plateau presented itself as the perfect location to settle in. Continue reading

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Casa Fiera

Restoring an ancient Italian home must be high on every architect’s list. Massimo Galleoti has transferred his good fortune and his design to the owners of this home in Treviso, Italy. All signs of the building’s neglect are gone and a modern home resides within the ancient walls. Continue reading

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Tiny Retreat

Approached to design two mountain retreats for skiers outside of Sarajevo, Fo4a Architecture extracted ancient traditions in to a tiny modern shelter, just 24 sq.m. In homage to the cherished and now rare Bosnian village, the contemporary wood framed building represents the typical old home structure. Continue reading

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M House

In a suburb of Melbourne, MAKE architecture expanded a family home brilliantly. The unusual roof lines that form the M actually mimic the original home’s double hip roofs. A flat roof section connects the new addition to the initial building. The minimal modern extension is sized to maintain as much garden space as possible. Facing south, it is also designed to capture northern light year round and shelter the interiors from the blazing summer sun. That’s a tall order and one fulfilled through the use of deep overhangs, high glazing, and sheltered courtyards. Continue reading

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Vipp Shelter

The prefabricated Vipp Shelter is a getaway like no other. It not only sweeps you away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. It eliminates the thousands of decisions required when creating your very own escape. Well, you will have to determine where you would like it to be placed….woods, mountains, seaside, desert. Continue reading

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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