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Dorman House

The Dorman House by Andrew Maynard Architects is a determined example of preservation in the face of common practice. In the mind of the architect the ‘easy way out’ is a non-starter – a cop out many developers and homeowners fall victim to when faced with the realities and difficulties that come with an adaptive reuse project. This fact makes the Dorman House all the more remarkable. It is a modern conversion of an old Australian beach shack that turns heads as much as it raises eyebrows about the importance of remembering the past. Continue reading

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Oak Pass House

The Oak Pass House by Walker Workshop breathes new life into site-responsive architecture. It combines contemporary design sensibilities with an innate sense of place, resulting in a unique hillside home that embraces its surroundings while offering a few new and interesting things itself. As an architectural object it’s stunning. As a home on a distant plot of land surrounded by over 130 Coast Live Oak Trees, it is something incredibly special. Continue reading

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Tea House in Hutong

Steeped in the ancient history seeping from the traditional building it inhabits, and the piping hot tea it distributes, the Tea House in the Hutong district in Beijing is something truly special. It was constructed within an old building destined for demolition, but saved in order to give locals and distant visitors alike a place to gather, marvel, and relax with an authentically prepared cup of Chinese tea. The Tea House was designed by Arch Studio, and embodies the rich culture that surrounds while presenting new and interesting interior design. Continue reading

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Just Be Apartments

Luxury apartments rarely enjoy such a playful sense of place. Just BE is an incubation project by Arqmov Workshop, situated in the Colonia Condesa neighborhood in Mexico City – and area well known for its social identity and thriving nightlife. The designers incorporated these cultural undertones with a contemporary structure that isn’t afraid to also embrace a more traditional Mexican vernacular. Continue reading

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Garden Void House

The Garden Void House isn’t your typical suburban mini-mansion. Toronto based firm Alva Roy Architects saw to that when they designed a contemporary two story marvel in architectural composition and interior organization. Named for a vertically punched void containing a thriving garden, this house isn’t short on “wow” moments. From the second it’s visually demanding front facade grips your eye, it’s a lesson in how to do residential architecture right. Continue reading

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Lost Utopias

What started as a Kickstarter project turned into one of the top 50 photo books of 2016 by American Photo. Photographer Jade Doskow set out to capture post-utopian World’s Fair monuments – you might know some of them as the Eiffel Tower, Seattle’s Space Needle, New York’s Unisphere, San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts, and Safdie’s Habitat in Montréal. Continue reading

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Lakeside Residence

On the fringes of one of the world’s most congested and overpopulated locals hides this stunning residence by Ayutt and Associates. Sitting lakeside just outside Bangkok, Thailand is the LSR113 – a home organized around traditional Thai appropriation of space and function, but given a modern jolt of electricity. The result is a decidedly contemporary piece of architecture that doesn’t forget the history and culture that surrounds it. Continue reading

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Hemmingford House

Uprooting your life in the city for a quiet home in the country can be challenging. However, finding yourself resting your head in this contemporary farmhouse goes a long way to easing an otherwise jarring transition. The Hemmingford House by SIMARD Architecture embodies the slow-paced life of country living, while carrying a modern edge that is unmistakably new – offering a farmhouse vernacular for a new generation of urban deserters. Continue reading

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Sycamore House

Any run of the mill architect might see a gigantic, old-growth Sycamore tree in the planned path for their modern 1500 square foot house addition and make quick plans to send it to the wood chipper. It’s a good thing Aaron Neubert Architects aren’t your typical residential architect. When they made plans to breath new life into this mid-century modern home in Los Angeles, they made a deliberate decision to preserve the natural beauty that surrounded the existing home. The result is a literal intersection of building an nature, where the trees don’t just grow around the structure, they grow through it. Continue reading

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The Courtowers

The Courtowers project represents a paradigm shift in Lebanese residential architecture – wrapping a discerning focus on ecology and preservation around an expressive series of towering homes and sunken courtyards. The project occupies a neglected neighborhood on the Aamchit coast, and provides a man-made landscape that blends the sea into the mountains in both form and sensitivity to surrounding environmental forces. Hashim Sarkis Studios have breathed new life into the area, giving it four identical homes that cut, carve, and loom over the landscape in ways rarely seen in such a place. Continue reading