The Peninsula Residence on Lake Austin

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Originally built in the 80s, the Peninsula Residence in Austin, Texas received a minimalist facelift to enhance its appeal and blend with the natural scenery and the nearby lake.  The Peninsula Residence features a triangular pool on a quiet, wooded lot, a nature scene that flows into an interior with natural wood furnishings and large windows.  The designers from Bercy Chen Studio have...

Soak Up Scandinave's First Urban Spa

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Over the last decade, Scandinave has built a reputation for its impeccable, exclusive spa retreats. In 1999, the company opened its first spa in the rural cabin country near Quebec’s Mont Tremblant ski hills. In 2006, the first franchise opened in the Blue Mountain ski hills of Collingwood, Ontario. Cutting the ribbon on its first urban spa, Scandinave’s brand new Les Bains Vieux-Montréal...

The Biscuit House: Overcoming Landscape Drawbacks

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Located in a small village close to Lyon, France, the Biscuit House by architect Pierre Minassia is a surprisingly soft addition to the steep and harsh landscape. All clad in concrete, steel and glass, the two storey building stuns with an exotic external curtain and its "biscuits" made of iroko wood. Although the curtain is inspired by mid-century modern design, it is executed here in a very...

Fawcett Home For Sale To Wright Buyer

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With its low-pitched roof, flashes of oxidized copper and repeating triangular motifs, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Fawcett Home is a complete example of the architect’s style and aesthetic language. At the center of the home is a 6-foot by 12-foot fireplace that dominates a living room filled with built-in mahogany cabinetry. The 3,700 square-foot Los Banos home was completed in 1961,...

Olive Green: Inspiring Eco-friendly Factory Design

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Factories are generally built for function rather than form. But for the company office and production headquarters, Olisur Olive Oil went out of the way to make sure its new building was eye-catching and environmentally sound. Guillermo Hevia Architects used prefabricated panels and combined them with wood, concrete and glass to create a geometric building that doesn’t distract from the...

Madrid Prefab Home: A Concrete Concept With Gravity

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To the Greeks, Hemeroscopium means a place where the sun sets. To create a home with enough substance to support the horizon, Spanish designer Antón García-Abril Ruiz and Ensamble Studio went large scale, creating a massive steel and concrete temple in Madrid, Spain. Planning for the Hemeroscopium House took over a year, but construction only lasted seven days because the structural elements...

16,000 Square-foot Modern London 'Mansion'

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Unsatisfied in their search for the ideal family home, husband and wife team Anil and Marisa Varma decided to create what the market couldn’t muster: a 16,000 square-foot, 8-bed “flexible” and modern home near Hampstead, London. The home is impeccable and opulent, framed by large windows and voluminous, clean-white interior spaces. Dark wood accents mark bedrooms and bar areas, while...

Pakistani Home Upgrades Islamic Tradition

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Building the tastes of a traditional Islamic family is a Pakistani home that’s historically influenced, but upgraded with contemporary spaces, lines and forms. The Islamabad home, designed in 2003 by architects at Montage DESIGNBUILD, the 2,100 square-foot home was built in a hip neighborhood with views of the Margalla Hills. The designer said he removed the home’s boundaries, blurring the...

Oregon Getaway Raises Earthy Architecture Awareness

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The Oregon landscape barely notices this modern, but modest vacation retreat. The rural Neal Creek Reisidence, situated near Hood River, was built with a minimal impact and serves its owners — both windsurfing and snowboarding enthusiasts — as an efficient and earth-friendly retreat that rises to float among the treetops. Designed by architect Paul McKean, the raised home avoids both...

Taiwan Bank Tower Built With Earth-savings Plan

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Taiwan's Chinatrust Bank Headquarters has made quite an investment with its trio of green-roofed towers. Designed the Los Angeles-based NBBJ Architects, the energy efficient towers host scores of green building tech, including passive heating and cooling, vertical atriums, daylight channeling exterior facades and roof-top gardens that insulate and prevent rainwater run-off. The 2.5 million...

West Hollywood Apartment A Walk In The Park

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West Hollywood's Formosa 1140 apartment building was designed to match its residents' hip, urban lifestyle, but the 11-unit complex was also built to return space to the densely packed community by way of a public park. Pushing outdoors what would have been internal common areas for residents only, architects at LOHA used roughly a third of the project space for the park. Perforated, vented...

Powerful Home For A Malaysian "Power Family"

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To honor an influential Malaysian “power family,” the YTL Design Group tapped Jouin Manku, a Paris designer who built a home that mirrored the family’s impact on the Kuala Lumpur skyline. Planning began in 2003, and by late 2008, Manku revealed a large, contemporary residence that combines industrial elements with livable modern accents. The 9-bed/21-bath residence houses three...

Art And Nature Inspire Dutch Architecture

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To accommodate the art collection of his passionate clients while preserving views offered by the Kudelstaart waterfront lot, Dutch architect Paul de Ruiter needed an elegant solution for a simple problem: How to maximize wall space while simultaneously showcasing pristine landscapes? For Villa Röling, De Ruiter created two contrasting spaces: A wooden gallery box that sits atop a transparent...

Veenendaal Villa By Paul de Ruiter

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Filling a lot space once occupied by a 1970s bungalow is a sleek, linear villa designed to pair homeowner privacy with open views of Netherlands’ woods. Architect Paul de Ruiter designed the Veenendaal home around three spaces catering to separate living functions. Closest to the street, the home’s eastern section is the home’s dining and entertaining space, which is framed by clean,...

Sun Sustains Off-Grid Santa Fe Home

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Santa Fe’s Milder residence blends old-world adobe charm with contemporary construction methods, creating an earthy example of sustainable home building. For the New Mexico home, Boston architects at Signer Harris took cues from traditional area homes, using materials that mimicked its desert surroundings. Built with autoclaved aerated concrete blocks and subtle metal detailing, the house...

Casa Tolo, Hugging the Scenery

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Creation of Portuguese architect Alvaro Leite Siza, Casa Tolo is an utterly amazing vacation home located on a sharply inclined hill in Lugar das Carvalhinhas, Portugal. Designed with a functional cascading form that brings back a distant culture, the concrete sloping structure blends perfectly with the difficult natural environment. All connected through a gradually widening set of irregular...

Bright Brighton Home With Bay Views

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This Brighton house is bright indeed. A concept courtesy architect Nic Bochsler, the Australian home was built to supply the whole home with natural light. The 4-bed/5-bath house is for sale and designed around empty volumes and purposeful voids, which make rooms feel open and airy, but not empty. Views of the bay and nearby Melbourne skyline are offered through large glass windows. The bay...

Australian Architect Masters The Force For Vader House

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Constructed within high walls created long before restrictive zoning rules would have prevented them, Andrew Maynard's Vader House expands upon a Victorian-era shell, mixing modern lines and materials with existing period masonry. New construction on the Melbourne, Australia home centered around a playful outdoor courtyard, which became the new focal point of the home. Portions of the existing...

Tidal Style: Raumati Beach House

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Simple is very rarely easy. Refined and understated, the Raumati beach house demonstrates a mastery of materials and design philosophy. It has everything you could ever really want in a beach house: An open living room, fireplace, outdoor shower and — most importantly — direct beach access. The rear of the New Zealand home, which was designed by architects at Herriot + Melhuish, has...

Dorobanti Tower, Futuristic Touch in Bucharest

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Intrigued by the city's eclectic mixture of 'fin de siecle' architecture and the vividly urban life, you'll find that the small Paris of Eastern Europe charms you at a first glance. That must be the reason why Zaha Hadid Architects elected Bucharest to plant one of their stylish skyscrapers. Nothing short of breathtaking, Dorobanti Tower is sinusoidal expressive structure that will...