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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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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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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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Santa Maria

A new housing development two hours outside of Mexico City purely benefits from the richness of the past and the luxuries of the present. In a historic and protected area of Valle de Bravo, nine townhouses provide a calming respite from the hectic nature of the bustling capital city. Hierve-Diseneria designed the complex with a deft hand that implements the spatial and material restrictions of the site with great finesse. Continue reading

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Paperwhite

A contemporary home plays nicely with its 1950s neighbors in Montreal. Architect Jean Verville designed a 320 sq.m. family house that rests like a sculpture on a manicured lawn. Entirely sheathed in horizontal white wood, its bold geometry is quietly artistic. Continue reading

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M House

Staggering two simple rectangular forms creates a surprising dynamic. In the M House, architect Marcel Luchian embellished pure forms with light and shadow by cleverly offsetting the top level from the ground floor volume. Both floors are built from solid sturdy concrete panels and enlightened by large glass expanses. Continue reading

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BONE Structure

There’s a light steel system on the market that is transforming the construction of residences and commercial buildings. BONE Structure’s prefab components are designed and manufactured in Quebec with the same technology that is used for the precise parts of aircraft and automobiles. This technology offers distinct advantages over traditional building methods. Continue reading

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Carre Seine

An urban infill project is always challenging when trying to meet the needs of diversity and economic viability. Add to this a much needed and intense environmental policy and the results are unique. Pietri Architectes designed a complex of three buildings, two of which house 69 dwellings. The third is a hotel of 175 guest rooms. Continue reading