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Surfboard House

I feel like Surfboard House deserves a high five, on repeat. This Hurricane Sandy recovery home, set in Breezy Point, Queens, is a triumph over tragedy that comes out looking like a shiny million dollar penny! Situated in a quaint community known for its oceanside views, pedestrian paths, and homes set at six feet off the ground due to regulations, nearly every room in this home comes equipped with an ocean view, courtesy – in part, to this regulation. Continue reading

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Caravanserai Prefab Farmhouse

Never have I seen a prefab farmhouse look as delightful as the Caravanserai house – located at the remote French Island in Victoria, AU, designed by Lai Cheong Brown. Continue reading

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St Kilda East Townhouses

The St Kilda East Townhouses are an example of architecture that embraces the established aesthetic force behind contemporary building design, but also goes against modern trends towards technology, self-sufficiency, and total privacy from the outside world. The pair of residential units was designed by Jost Architect for his young family of five and his parents, taking a careful look at how his family lives, and how they hope to interact with neighbors, the street, and within the building itself. Continue reading

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Phillip Island Modular Home

Exteriorly crisp, interiorly clean, with a side of countryside and a splash of sea breeze – is what this modern modular home is made of. Continue reading

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The Professor’s House

The Professor’s House is just that: the professor’s house. It was designed for a prominent author and teacher of Native American studies after she lost her husband and was looking for something smaller, more maintainable, and contemporary. She certainly got it. The home was designed by Arielle Condoret Schechter, an architect based out of North Carolina, and embodies the spirit of the professor with efficient spatial planning, refined palette, and a keen eye for clean lines and tidy detail. Continue reading

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Roofhouse

Never a move has been so bold as to name a home design after the most fundamentally obvious component of shelter. Yet, the Roofhouse dares to stake its claim to fame on the one thing that defines it over anything else. One look at this home designed by Australian firm BOarch and you’ll wonder how it could be called anything else, as its entire conceptual driving force is centralized around a massive triangular shaped shed roof. Continue reading

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Woolloongabba gardenhouse

The Woolloongabba Gardenhouse (say that five times fast) is concrete testimony that architecture can be quite small and still contain big ideas. It was designed by Australian firm REFRESH* for a client in Brisbane who was interested in doing a project that promotes urban density and infill. The 80 sq.m. Woolloongabba Garden house is a result of making the most of an incredibly compact space, and makes tiny living seem accessible for even the most skeptical square footage junkies. Continue reading

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Perched House Extension

The Perched House Extension exists behind an existing residence on a narrow plot of land in Melbourne, Australia. Designed by Rara Architecture, the contemporary addition makes the most of a modest floor plan with formal efficiency, elegant detailing, and a distinct attention to natural light. It is a two-story renovation that does few things wrong, and is a tidy architectural package wrapped in an eco-friendly sense of sustainability and energy consumption. Continue reading

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Between Two White Walls

Between Two White Walls exists a thoughtfully enclosed, formally pure, and existentially self-aware work of residential architecture. It’s a home as introverted as it is grandiose – a sculptural wonder designed by Portuguese architect Corpo Atelier. The home is protected on two sides against exposition to future neighbors, and in between celebrates both sight and experience, leaving the ever-flowing volumes of interconnected space to do all the talking. Continue reading

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Gemma Observatory

The Gemma Observatory is a bit of an enigma. It is a private astronomical observatory, perched high atop a remote mountain peak in New Hampshire, and presents itself as a twisting, folding, serpentine structure wrapped in decorative steel panels, designed to not only champion our place in the universe, but to marvel in what’s possible in architectural expression. Gemma was designed by Anmahian Winton Architects and bucks tradition in favor of something entirely unique that brings together earth and sky in a way few man-made structures are able to achieve. Continue reading