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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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Mobile Living: The Floating Houseboat in Dubai

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Reinventing the idea of a mobile home, the creative folks from X-Architects in Dubai came up with a 220 sqm floating structure that adds uniqueness and style to the nautical lifestyle. Settled on two catamaran beams, the Houseboat is elegantly clad in stainless steel and glass and features two large decks. The upper deck has a kitchen, a living room and an informal dining area, while the lower...

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...

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....