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Locally-sourced rock fence creates a natural wind break for Melbourne’s Whitehall Road Residence

Locally-sourced rock fence creates a natural wind break for Melbourne’s Whitehall Road Residence

It's great to see more of the vernacular in contemporary architecture, like this sturdy rock fence that frames a summer home just south of Melbourne. Designed by b.e. Architecture and located on the

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Quonochontaug House is a daylit vacation home in Rhode Island that uses light as sculpture

Quonochontaug House is a daylit vacation home in Rhode Island that uses light as sculpture

New York–based design studio Bernheimer Architecture designed this daylit vacation house in Rhode Island, the interior of which plays with light like it were a sculpting chisel. The Quonochontaug House

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Contemporary cabin-like cafe pops up in the heart of Bucharest

Contemporary cabin-like cafe pops up in the heart of Bucharest

Clad in standing-seam black sheet metal, this urban cabin has a monolithic and low-key appearance during the day. In contrast, the interior is covered with light spruce panels. Large windows and skylights

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House of Four Houses is a cohesive residence formed out of four separate volumes

House of Four Houses is a cohesive residence formed out of four separate volumes

This beautiful holiday house in Portugal, inspired by the vernacular architecture of the region, has four simple volumes that create myriad playful spaces. Portuguese design studio PROD Arquitectura

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Ramshackle alpine shed transformed into a rustic mansion in France

Ramshackle alpine shed transformed into a rustic mansion in France

+ Chevalier Architectes Photos by Alexandre Mermillod courtesy of v2com

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Argentina’s airy RM House floats elegantly above the grassy Pampas landscape

Argentina’s airy RM House floats elegantly above the grassy Pampas landscape

The stunning RM House in Mar de Ajó is 230 miles drive from Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires. It was designed as a summer and weekend retreat from all the hustle and bustle of daily city life.

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Mexico’s sublime Milan Expo 2015 pavilion resembles corn on the cob

Mexico’s sublime Milan Expo 2015 pavilion resembles corn on the cob

A giant corn on the cob has popped up in Milan, but it's probably not very tasty. Logeur Design conceived Mexico's pavilion for Milan Expo as a representation of the country's immense gastronomic history,

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Medici Architects rock 5-Star Built Green standards with gorgeous Kirkland Home

Medici Architects rock 5-Star Built Green standards with gorgeous Kirkland Home

The first thing you notice is the reclaimed wood siding Medici Architects applied to the outside of this modern home in downtown Kirkland, WA, which earned Built Green 5 star certification. A voluntary

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Barend Koolhaas’ triangular-plan House in Almen has two black wooden walls and a glazed one

Barend Koolhaas’ triangular-plan House in Almen has two black wooden walls and a glazed one

Barend Koolhaas worked for OMA and IDEO before setting up his own studio in Amsterdam and, yes, he is a relative of Rem Koolhaas. His latest project, House in Almen, was designed around one of its three

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Poland’s Rozove Cafe captures the feeling of home within a small flexible space

Poland’s Rozove Cafe captures the feeling of home within a small flexible space

The client wanted a space that would evoke a cozy and welcoming home-like environment. Thus mode:lina swapped the typical cafe counter with a moveable kitchen island located at the center of the space.

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WING multi-use loft transforms a derelict warehouse into a cultural hub in Hong Kong

WING multi-use loft transforms a derelict warehouse into a cultural hub in Hong Kong

This breezy loft in Hong Kong, designed by LEED-Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design, is the latest addition to the city’s up-and-coming Chai Wan neighborhood. Designed as a flexible

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Passage of Landscape House soaks up light, winds and sounds of Japanese rice fields

Passage of Landscape House soaks up light, winds and sounds of Japanese rice fields

This beautiful house in Toyota, Japan, designed by studio ihrmk, is dominated by passages that connect it to the scenery of the adjacent terraced paddy field. Conveniently entitled “Passage of

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Two-faced Austrian house hides a surprising subterranean wine cellar

Two-faced Austrian house hides a surprising subterranean wine cellar

While the front of the Stroblkeller matches the modest aesthetic of the surrounding buildings, its low-key exterior contrasts dramatically with the contemporary rear facade and minimalist interior. The

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Playful Melbourne family home by Make Architecture has a community hub feel

Playful Melbourne family home by Make Architecture has a community hub feel

Make Architecture have created a playful new extension for an outward looking family in Melbourne. The new gable roofed extension to an old bungalow creates a second front and entrance that connects,

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Four couples create a rustic cabin compound on a communal plot in Texas

Four couples create a rustic cabin compound on a communal plot in Texas

Four families purchased an idyllic plot on the Llano river with a rough idea to build a house to share. Inspired by the tiny house movement, they chose instead to build individual cabins for each couple

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Fentress Architects’ new Tom Bradley Terminal receives LEED Gold Certification

Fentress Architects’ new Tom Bradley Terminal receives LEED Gold Certification

The new Tom Bradley International Airport (LAX), the Los Angeles landmark building, has achieved LEED Gold certification. The building, designed by Fentress Architects, features a dramatic arching

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Energy Harvesting Eco-leaf Shade Doubles as a Light Source at Night

Energy Harvesting Eco-leaf Shade Doubles as a Light Source at Night

The Eco-leaf is a solar shade concept that will lower your carbon footprint and brighten your living room. Eco-leaf's unique energy harvesting design integrates proven-technologies like solar, E ink, and

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Chrysalis Childcare Centre uses existing trees as symbolic centerpieces

Chrysalis Childcare Centre uses existing trees as symbolic centerpieces

Large and looming trees can be seen as problematic for commercial development, yet the architects at Collingridge and Smith Architects instead saw a unique opportunity. The site was realized as an ideal

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Cepezed transforms turn-of-the-century industrial buildings into the “Creative Cluster Delft”

Cepezed transforms turn-of-the-century industrial buildings into the “Creative Cluster Delft”

The three halls on the Ezelsveldlaan were built at the start of the twentieth century as a laboratory for the department of Mechanical and Marine Engineering, to teach the workings of steam and combustion

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House 3 is a green-roofed modern home in Toronto that seems to glow from inside

House 3 is a green-roofed modern home in Toronto that seems to glow from inside

The house is located in the West Queen West neighborhood of Toronto-a two-kilometer strip that runs along Queen West between Bathurst St and Gladstone Avenue which has reinvented itself since the 1990s as

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Viereck Architekten’s green-roofed mountain chalets offer 360-degree views of the Alps

Viereck Architekten’s green-roofed mountain chalets offer 360-degree views of the Alps

Austrian architecture firm Viereck Architekten designed a series of wooden mountain chalets that offer otherwordly 360-degree views of the Alps. The buildings feature locally-sourced larch wood and

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Elegant timber extension uses angular volumes to maximize natural light

Elegant timber extension uses angular volumes to maximize natural light

The two-level addition extends diagonally from the back of the house. A sloped roof section that connects the original cottage to the timber extension doubles as an angular overhang that protects the home

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Coy Yiontis Architects use bold geometry to extend a Victorian home

Coy Yiontis Architects use bold geometry to extend a Victorian home

A family living in a small Victorian terrace in Melbourne sought a creative solution to the challenge of housing an extended family. Coy Yiontis Architects answered their brief with a bold geometric

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Modern Marlboro Cottages use natural and locally sourced materials in Vermont

Modern Marlboro Cottages use natural and locally sourced materials in Vermont

Built to house senior musicians, the cottages comprise three different configurations: three 1,620-square-foot cottages with three bedrooms, one 1,445-square-foot two-bedroom cottage, and one

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Ryue Nishiziwa’s gorgeous vertical garden house takes root in Tokyo

Ryue Nishiziwa’s gorgeous vertical garden house takes root in Tokyo

Instead of a true facade, full-height windows, curtains, benches, and planters separate rooms and amenities. A living room and kitchen occupy the ground floor. Ascending the painted steel staircase leads

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A gorgeous patchwork of wooden shutters transforms this home in Vietnam

A gorgeous patchwork of wooden shutters transforms this home in Vietnam

Inspired by Ecopark’s forested and low-density urban landscape, the architects sought to emulate those landscape characteristics throughout the home and describe their ideas as “pure, simple, and a

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Renovated ‘Ship in a Bottle’ home springs up in San Francisco’s Noe Valley

Renovated ‘Ship in a Bottle’ home springs up in San Francisco’s Noe Valley

The theme of this year's Architecture and the City Festival was “Architecture of Consequence", and each home on the tour demonstrated how progressive design and creative problem solving can address

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Gorgeous cedar-clad house boasts stunning mountain views in Canada

Gorgeous cedar-clad house boasts stunning mountain views in Canada

MU Architecture completed the Malbaie VIII Residence La Grange, a beautiful cedar-clad home that’s as swoon inducing as the breathtaking Canadian landscape that surrounds it. Clad in white cedar and

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Tiny green-roofed atelier sinks into a leafy backyard in Belgium

Tiny green-roofed atelier sinks into a leafy backyard in Belgium

To preserve the leafy environment of the backyard, l’escaut partially buried the 323-square-foot atelier underground and covered it with a prairie grass roof. White concrete steps lead down to the

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Ethereal timber horse grooming retreat rises above a barley field in Spain

Ethereal timber horse grooming retreat rises above a barley field in Spain

The Grooming Retreat was commissioned by a young urbanite who moved back to the countryside to work in her family’s agricultural business. In response to the client’s desire for a space for

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