Week in Design: Best of DesignCrave for Monday, July 13

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Craving more eye-catching style than is available in this world? Stop by DesignCrave for all the latest in edgy, innovative architecture and design. Check out 10 futuristic architectural marvels that will fill you with envy. Not on the list, but equally futuristic and conceptual, the Grid House is raised on stilts and features a bridge over water mirror connecting separate living spaces. Also,...

Epic London Townhome Embodies Exclusive, Expensive England

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Built just blocks from the Thames in the swanky Knightsbridge district of London, this townhouse on Cheval Place combines traditional, opulent British architecture and furnishings with contemporary luxuries like a Zen-minimal catering kitchen, media room and a commercial car lift and turntable system, which whisks autos to a private underground garage. The 13,000 square-foot townhome has...

Sparing New Materials, Brooklyn Alley Bowls Strike With Adult Play-pin

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A bowling shrine unlikely to attract the staggering, distended bellies and Bud Light Lime-infused sweaty sheen sopped off hobby leaguers at the alleys that populate most of this country, New York’s newly renovated Brooklyn Bowl is also part restaurant, bar and venue and looks like a ball. Inhabiting the 23,000 square-foot former warehouse home of Hecla Iron Works, the alley was...

Award-winning, Spacious $2.8 Million Manhattan Triplex

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With its 11-foot ceilings, trio of balconies and west Manhattan address, the penthouse triplex at 105 W. 89th Street is a spacious, functional oasis at the cluttered city center. Architects at Marble Fairbanks combined two townhouses for the $2.8 million condo, which was built for the founder of a large health-care company. The owner tasked the architects to create a home that could also serve...

$35 Million Hamptons Retreat Built By Architectural Icon

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With more than three acres of prime, oceanfront real estate, this 5,000 square-foot Hamptons home was built by architectural icon Philip Johnson and was built in 1946 amid the dunes of Sagaponack. The eight-bed/seven-bath home was built atop wooden piers and has a glass-enclosed living room with expansive ocean views. The $35 million home has 363 feet of covetable Hamptons shoreline, accessed...

$38 Million Tennessee Titan Has 135 Acres, Its Own Lake

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Flanked by Tennessee’s Harpeth River and a 135-acre equestrian estate, the Franklin home at 1301 Moran is a charming and massive empire for the most epic southern spenders. The $38 Million home has six bedrooms and eight bathrooms spread throughout 18,600 square feet. Built in 1997, the waterfront home sits aside a stocked 10-acre lake and has a boat house so scenic, it could be mistaken for a...

Once Sammy Hagar's, Malibu Beach Digs A $10.9 Million Ticket

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A rustic getaway with a staircase that descends onto the Pacific sand, this California beach house has uninterrupted ocean views and a historic quirkiness reminiscent of older Malibu. Once owned by Sammy Hagar, the “Red Rocker” of Van Halen and overrated (and overpriced) tequila fame, the six-bedroom, 5,000 square-foot home is surrounded by trees and Nantucket-style gardens. The $10.9...

'Apes' Estate: Estella Warren's $1.95 Million Home For Sale

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Model-turned-“Planet of the Apes” remake actress Estella Warren recently put her Beverly Hills home on the market for a price so reasonable, celebrity real estate blogs have started questioning her urgency. Built in 1959, the “Regency style,” single-story home is small by Hollywood standards — only 2,250 square-feet — and at $1.95 million, doesn’t come with many of the glitzy...

Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis House, Seen in Blade Runner, On Sale Now

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Frank Lloyd Wright Ennis House for Sale - Fixer upper types looking for a potentially huge payoff should consider Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis House, which still looks great from the outside considering its dilapidated condition. Wright used pre-cast concrete blocks to build the home in Los Feliz, Calif., giving it the feel of a Mayan temple. The Ennis House took earthquake...

George Lucas Building Hearst Castle Look Alike in Marin, CA

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George Lucas Hearst Castle Clone - All the ideas for George Lucas's production ranches originate from the legendary filmmaker, but his latest seems to borrow more than a little from another mogul's palace. Critics are saying the proposed Grady Ranch in Marin County is a copy of Casa Grande, the main building in William Randolph Hearst's San Simeon castle (pictured). Lucas's...

Florida Mansion for Sale Next to NBA's Dwight Howard and PGA's Chris...

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The buyer who snaps up this Florida home should make sure to meet their new neighbors. On one side of the fence lives PGA player Chris DiMarco, the opposite: NBA megastar Dwight Howard, of the Orlando Magic. The five-bedroom was listed for sale yesterday, and with 16,000 square-feet of play space, the $5.5 million home might as well be a basketball court or driving range. The Longwood home is...

$25 million Pioneer Springs Ranch in Aspen

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The Pioneer Springs Ranch is a refreshing, intimately designed estate just minutes from Aspen and the lifts of Snowmass Mountain. The contemporary property expands on over 40 pristine acres, with lush green meadows and beautiful views of the skiing resort and the rolling hills in the foreground. Promoting large, open living spaces, the 13,000 sq ft building features seven bedrooms including a...

Gumball 3000 Rally Kicks Off from LA to Miami

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Gumball Rally 3000 Pictures - On Saturday, more than 120 racing teams chirped out of Los Angeles and barreled for the Nevada desert. Some drivers sharply squealed off the starting line, others revved and roared away as the flag for their interval was dropped.  This year’s Gumball 3000 is out of the gate, and teams are making their way from West to East...

Custom 1965 Frua-bodied Jaguar E-Type, found on eBay

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Brainchild of famed Jaguar racer John Coombs, this 1965 Jaguar E-Type is a fresh, stylistic spin that will easily defy all its counterfeiters. Custom designed by the Italian design team at Frua, with a modified front and rear coachwork, this car made it to the 1966 Geneva Salon where it fell short of client’s expectations. But more than 40 years later, after a year-long restoration, the 1965...

Seinfeld's Former L.A. Home For Sale

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With a home like this, you’d almost welcome Kramer for a neighbor. The former residence of Jerry Seinfeld, this $6.3 million Sierra Mar home boasts direct views of both downtown Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean. Behind walls of glass lie three bedrooms and five bathrooms, a 4-car garage and a screening room. The home was built on a lot in Doheny Hills, which has room for expansion in case...

Chilean Restaurant Serves Up Unique Pavilion Design

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The design of Santiago’s Mestizo Restaurant is based in an architecture competition that asked would-be designers to create a space that incorporated imagery from elsewhere. The winning concept — with a child’s pool ring-inspired ceiling, large quarried granite boulders and industrial water piping-turned perimeter lattice — pleased the client, but didn’t quite cut it with city...

Energy-sipping Concrete Zurich Prefab

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In this year’s February issue, Dwell detailed a minimalist concrete Zurich prefab built for “Spartan-minded” clients Christof Meili and Farzaneh Moinian. The Swiss home was designed by Felix Oesch, who oriented the home south, away from the noise of a nearby road and towards emerald views a nearby river. The home’s entrance is framed with a heavy timber door, which opens into a large...

Mall Shoppers Dine With Clean, Turkish Design

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Built on site out of steel and glass by architects at Autoban, The House Café was designed to integrate the surroundings of its Kanyon Shopping Mall home in Istanbul, Turkey. Architects Sefer Çaglar & Seyhan Özdemir created a glass and girder space-within-a-space, setting the restaurant atop a raised walnut platform, which offers customers a warm respite from the busy mall. Inside, a large...

Long Island Re-Cover House Claims Coveted AIA Award

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The new owners of the Re-Cover House seamlessly expanded the Long Island home to suit their growing needs by reusing original materials from the vacation retreat’s original construction. Designed 35 years ago by Bates Masi + Architects, the home was built almost entirely from cypress wood clapboards, which were salvaged from the south wall and deck to accommodate new siding, stair treads,...

Aussie Home Built Outside The Letterbox

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Built to pay “respect” to the Blairgowrie peninsula, the Letterbox Home was created to bring smiles. Designed by architects at McBride Charles Ryan, the 900 square-foot Australian home undulates and seethes with indoor and outdoor spaces, inviting viewers to try to find its doors and windows. Golden brown wood striations mark the exterior façade, which is echoed inside with wood flooring....