Well-Proportioned Modern Hawthorn Home

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This Hawthorn house, comprised largely of copper, glass and slate, is comprised of "enormously proportioned" spaces that readily fill with natural light. The 4-bed/4-bath home — located in the Scotch Hill precinct of the Melbourne, Australia suburb — was built with off-peak, electrical floor heating and centers around its atrium-inspired ground floor, which is bolstered by an Emporite and...

Playing With Light: The Grand Rapids Art Museum

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Long known as a center for furniture (Herman Miller is headquartered nearby) and automobile manufacturing, Grand Rapids has an amazing heritage when it comes to design. And to prove my case, here's the new Grand Rapids Art Museum. Carefully planed by designers from wHY Architecture, thIS imposing building looks like an oasis surrounded by urban life and a sheltering canopy of trees....

Sun Shines On Seattle Home Design

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Location dictated design for this modern Seattle home. Located in the Sunset Hill neighborhood, the ChiaroScuro House is oriented to soften and diffuse intense western light, while not obstructing views towards Puget Sound and the Olympic Peninsula. Designed by architects at Studios Ectypos, the house's warm wood paneling contrasts its industrial base, which is built atop a foundation and...

Bay Watch: Cantilevered Australian Home

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Cantilevering to offer panoramic views of nearby Port Phillip Bay, the Beaumaris Home offers both unobstructed views and intimate, restricted family space. Completed in 2007 by designers at Maddison Architects, the 5-bed/4-bath home (currently for sale!) was built in the Beaumaris suburb of Melbourne, Australia. The design centers around two large rectangular structures. The home's black,...

Small Australia Resort Offers Best Beaching And Eating

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A boutique beach retreat built amid a forest of gum trees, Sydney's Pretty Little Beach House looks pretty spectacular. You won't find trendy house music or flat-screen televisions adorning the small, independent resort, which has wisely shrugged off all-out opulence for relaxed luxury. Each of the resort's three, private beach pavilions come with private pools and villas outfitted with plush,...

A Fiery Monument: The Pinnacles Interpretive Centre

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Blending with thousands of protruding limestone formations in the Nambung National Park in Western Australia, the Pinnacles Interpretive Centre conveys a powerful emotion expressed through design. Inspired by the harsh fires that shattered Australia in the last few years, the building was designed by Woodhead Architects only using limestone, wood and glass to be much more than just a great...

Seattle Home Brings Outside In, Preserves Privacy

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Keeping the owners' interests in mind, designers at Rex Hohlbein Architects created a versatile, comfortable Seattle home for entertaining, cooking, art collecting and gardening. The architects used environmentally responsible materials and construction methods for the Clyde Hill home. The landscape of the contemporary home's surroundings are brought in through large windows and structural...

Lofty Project: $2.8 Million SoHo Rennovation

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Taking her own space to task, DUB Studios founder Natalya Kashper led the renovation and restoration of her $6.9 million SoHo loft. After a year of demolition and permit bureaucracy, Kashper got to work, and told New York Times reporter Mimi Zeiger she spent 10 months and $2.8 million reforming the once "Pop-Art inspired bachelor pad" into a bare, 7,200 square-foot industrial shell. The result...

The Therme Vals: Soothing Swiss Spa

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The sizzling Therme Vals in Switzerland definitely has to be among the  most contemporary hotel-spas on the planet. Merging the goodness of natural thermal springs - the only ones in the area, with astonishing architecture, the hotel is scorching in every sense of the word. And the most interesting part is the interior. With natural stone for both the indoor and the outdoor pools, ambient...

Lavish Warringah House in Sydney, Australia

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A truly magnificent contemporary residence, the Warringah House in Sydney, Australia, is a great example of what can be done with a fresh, green perspective. Designed by Corben Architects with a sophisticated lifestyle flavor, the luxurious house looks like a treasure clad in timber, sandstone, marble and limestone. On sale by Richardson & Wrench for some $5.3 million USD, the most impressive...

How Does Your (Rooftop) Garden Grow?

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It can be tricky for green design to take roots in urban cities like Los Angeles. But here, Southern California Institute of Architecture students teamed with faculty and city officials to create a rooftop garden project that will bloom with edible results. Based on a prototype designed by architect and university professor Alexis Rochas, the SYNTHe project grew atop The Flat, a residential...

Villa Vriezenveen: Designed to stand out from the mob

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Villa Vriezenveen in The Netherlands is a unique structure that gets your attention with its linear modern shapes and cool black exterior. Designed by Zecc Architecten, the sleek and stylish home encompasses sweeping rooms that are spaciously styled in a minimalist fashion. Vriezenveen features an upper floor which consists of two separate, detached structures allowing privacy to you and your...

Stunning New Concert Theater Takes Shape in Central France

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Designed by Portuguese architect Agency JLCG Arquitecto, this modern concert theater in the heart of the traditional town of Poitiers in central France, stands in contrast to the conventional structures that surround it. Adorned with stylishly illuminated glass and beautifully crafted wooden interiors, the building is a break away from the more tradition-clad theaters that span all across...

Close to Nature: Concrete House in Portugal

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Thinking outside the box is what inspires the unconventional, but this concrete house in Gerês, Portugal, brings the unconventional within that proverbial box. Designed by Architects Graça Correia and Roberto Ragazzi to preserve the trees and blend with the colors of the landscape, the house overhangs towards the nearby lake. With a lovely interior enhanced by large windows, contemporary...

BanQ Restaurant In Boston - Topographic Design

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A space inside Boston's historic Penny Saving Bank building has been renovated with a new interior bolstered by topographic wooden spirals which draw attention to the organically vaulted ceilings of BanQ, a sexy international restaurant and bar situated in the city's South End. Inside the shell of the 1917 building, urban architects at Boston's Office dA used intricate, nature-inspired...

Mediterranean Summer House in Mallorca

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With Mediterranean influences and irregular shapes, architect Álvaro Siza has created a stunning, contemporary summer house in one of Spain's most thrilling islands, Mallorca. Following a fragmented composition, the whole white structure is divided in three large blocks that rest nicely amongst the breathtaking Spanish scenery. Surrounded by pine trees and overlooking the calm blue sea and...

Sea Worthy New Zealand Beach Home

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Echoing the dynamic nature of the beach itself is an award-winning modern New Zealand home built to move with tidal demands and shifting sands. Forgoing concrete construction, designers at Herriot + Melhuish used oiled cedar weatherboards, painted plywood and zinc sheeting to surround a pair of interlocking spaces. The beach home, which can be relocated if it's beachfront spot erodes or...

Contemporary Spanish Tree House

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A stapled steel shroud canopies Casa de los Pinos, a mountain “house among the pines” rooted in the rocky El Esparragal hamlet of Murcia, Spain. The XPIRAL architecture team, led by Javier Peña Galiano, designed the home with transparent walls, which unifies individual rooms into a single visual space. A cantilevered upper area creates an exterior access corridor that shades and cools....

The Unique TBWA/HAKUHODO Offices in Tokyo

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With a little creativity and a playful spirit, the new offices for ad agency TBWA\HAKUHODO in downtown Tokyo are a great example of contemporary Japanese design. Assigned to Klein Dytham Architecture, the project involved the renovation of an old bowling alley into a large open space with two vacant center floors, central walkways and stylish workstations arranged between the beams. Looking...

Fab Rehab: Vancouver Home

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Contractors could barely keep pace with housing demand in Vancouver, the costal Canadian city that saw rapid growth from 1965 to 1985. Builders met the market with scads of cheap, easy to build homes known as “Vancouver Specials” — a term now disparagingly used to denote tacky design and relatively poor construction. Chris Doray and Arno Matis from Iconstrux have turned the phrase around...