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Here’s one typical city lot and a doubly surprising solution to the challenges of a dense neighborhood and lack of natural light. In Montreal, a lot spanning between two streets takes up back-to-back residences, designed by Blouin Tardif Architecture-Environnement. Split equally in half the lot hosts two nearly identical three-story brick street facades. The richly colored wooden entry and garage doors recess in to coves on opposite sides. Continue reading

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Glade House

A soft and gradual connection to nature, was the goal of this renovation of a 1950s house in Auckland, New Zealand by Strachan Group Architects (SGA). The architects have maintained the typical-of-its-era low-pitched roof with exposed rafters whilst crafting a home both sensitive to it’s suburban context and past. Continue reading

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The Adaptable House

The Adaptable House is a single family home of 146 sq.m designed by Henning Larsen Architects. Located in Nyborg, Denmark, the name of the house stemmed from the desire of the architects to design a flexible dwelling which could adapt to the changing needs of a family through life. In addition, the architects hoped to save time, resources and CO2 output by working with standardized parts and materials. Continue reading

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A-Frame Rethink

This is not your childhood or your grandmother’s 1960s hip A-frame home. Well, it’s not any longer… At the maximum size the lot can support and with the standard original spiral stair (six feet in diameter) taking center stage, a leaking roof, and failing foundations, this transformation, by Bromley Caldari Architects, was no day at the beach. Continue reading

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Bridge House

Designed by Branch Studio Architects, the Bridge House has idyllic vistas along the coastline of Melbourne and a unique perspective through a former railway. A site with this much beauty offers distinct challenges as well. Salt air, winds, and extreme temperatures require durable materials and systems that can take care of themselves. Building on and harnessing the site’s attributes make this a self-sufficient low maintenance home with sea views from every room. Continue reading

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Delta House

The Delta House, by Danish architecture firm CEBRA, takes a fresh look at maximizing the beauty of a sloped site. Upon arrival the upper floor entrance carves out in a welcoming gesture. The notch reveals an inner roof top terrace with a garden view to the side. Visual connection through the house and to the site beyond is made immediately through glass doors and windows. From the entrance it appears to be a ground hugging structure. Yet the modern home’s size only revealed once inside. Continue reading

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Appeltradgarden Atrium Townhouse

Situated in an apple orchard in Gothenburg, Sweden, Appeltradgarden is an enticing proposal for a suburban life imbued with nature and community. Clear forms, sustainable materials, simple variated details, and a clear connection to landscape were just some of the elements which convinced jurors to award this 75 unit residential townhouse development the WAN and Property Awards in 2011. Continue reading

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Edgeland House

Taking its cues from Native American pit houses, this home, by Bercy Chen Studio LP, embraces and burrows in to the earth. On a former brown field site, adjacent to the Colorado River, the house captures nature’s resources in time tested and modern ways. Continue reading

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House in Frogs Hollow

Avid cyclists have a unique perspective on their weekend retreat’s site on the Niagara Escarpment that overlooks Georgian Bay. Their proximity to the 100 acre site through biking and observing the paths of horses and snowmobiles convinced them to straddle the landscape. Continue reading

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The Modern THAI House

Thanks to Tuttle Publishing I had the pleasure of uncovering some of Thailand’s most beautiful houses. The wonderful book “The Modern THAI House” by Robert Powell aroused my curiosity to explore how today’s young architects deal with various challenges such as sustainability, natural cooling, cultural tradition, and the unique climate of Southeast Asia.

This book is a large hardcover (224 pages) depicting 25 amazing projects in the vicinity of Bangkok, Phuket and Chiangmai, featuring detailed plans and photos of amazing houses surrounded by lush tropical vegetation, water features, and magnificent sea views. Continue reading

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