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November 12, 2015
From midcentury modern renovations to cutting-edge architecture, explore how these architects work when they're the client and designer.

Architect Paul Hinkin and his partner, Chrissy Pearce, bought and restored this 538-square-foot Deckhouse at Emsworth Yacht Harbour in Hampshire, England. With the help of builder Peter Watts, the couple returned the house to its original early-1970s glory, utilizing the space beneath for both boat and car.

 

 

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The outside steps of the Zulaikha–Laurence house in Sydney’s suburb of Balmain Point present an effective transition from the solid rock underfoot to the delicate structure of the house beyond. This approach helps to define the singular space of the resid

Utterly dynamic, the residence of architect Brian Zulaikha and artist Janet Laurence stands on an urban peninsula in Sydney. The house is rich with inventive and thoughtfully considered spaces. Walls become windows and screens slide shut to repel (or entice) the changing weather.

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The rain garden is framed by bamboo on one side and horsetail on the other. A filter fabric beneath the pebbles helps direct water from the roof into the planters and the ground, eliminating runoff.

A house that survived the Great Quake and the intervening decades was reborn after a serious intervention by a modernist architect. David Baker’s carefully crafted rehabilitation kept the bones of the building intact, while letting in light and air and creating a new relationship between the structure and the street.

The house's rain garden is framed by bamboo on one side and horsetail on the other. A filter fabric beneath the pebbles helps direct water from the roof into the planters and the ground, eliminating runoff.

 

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Modern living room with 620 Chair Programme by Dieter Rams

Native Texans and married designers Elizabeth Alford and Michael Young came home to roost ten years ago, when they ditched big-city life in New York for a ranch house in Austin. The home, originally built by architect Jonathan Bowman in 1957, sits in a landscape of limestone cliffs in the Balcones fault zone, the geographical boundary between the prairie lands that extend all the way to the Gulf of Mexico and the rolling, agriculture-rich Hill Country.

Dieter Rams’s modular 620 Chair Programme, from the 1960s, takes center stage in the Alford-Young family’s living room. The set is accompanied by Artemide’s classic Tolomeo floor lamp and a Portofino Bergère chair that was designed by Rodolfo Dordoni for Minotti. The rolling glass doors running the length of the room are from Fleetwood.

 

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Architect and developer Cary Tamarkin designed and built his family’s summer home to face due southwest to capture prevailing breezes all summer long. Courtesy <a href="http://architectsandartisans.com/">Architects and Artisans</a>.

Architect and developer Cary Tamarkin designed and built his family’s summer home to face due southwest to capture prevailing breezes all summer long. “It lends itself to massive relaxing,” he says of the 2,800-square-foot cottage on Shelter Island overlooking Long Island Sound.  “There's lots of napping, and big dinners on the teak tables out on the porch.” 

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The 300-year-old beech tree supplies shade, movement, sound, and color to the site, and provides a towering natural counterpoint to the renovated home's long, low expanses of glass.

When Belgian architect Dieter Van Everbroeck and his girlfriend, chemist Bep De Reu, set out to find a home, “a banal bungalow from the 1960s,” as Van Everbroeck describes it, was not on their wish list. In fact the couple fell for a spectacular 300-year-old beech tree in a former deer park of a chateau on the outskirts of the historic Flemish city of Ghent.  It just happened to come with a bungalow. In the interest of sustainability and economy the couple opted against wholesale demolition, and were keen to salvage what they could from the old house. 

The 300-year-old beech tree supplies shade, movement, sound, and color to the site, and provides a towering natural counterpoint to the renovated home's long, low expanses of glass.

 

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Backyard picnic table in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

On a lot nobody, particularly the city of Baton Rouge, could love, architect David Baird created an oasis for his family and his community—both interstate-side and street-side.

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Architect Paul Hinkin and his partner, Chrissy Pearce, bought and restored this 538-square-foot Deckhouse at Emsworth Yacht Harbour in Hampshire, England. With the help of builder Peter Watts, the couple returned the house to its original early-1970s glory, utilizing the space beneath for both boat and car.

 

 

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