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August 24, 2015
Extra attention to spatial design enhances the way these residents experience their abodes.

An inventive Tasmanian abode maximizes views of the landscape and commands jaw-dropping views of rugged Tasman Island and the peaceful Southern Ocean beyond. The firm achieved this by installing floor-to-ceiling windows across the entire eastern length of the dwelling, offering a dreamy panorama of the Australian coast. The Lookout House, as the architect dubbed it, gives a whole new meaning to armchair travel. Looking into the warm, brightly lit house at night offers a different kind of view, one that charmingly recalls the cutaway dioramas in Wes Anderson’s films.

 

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Melbourne Middle Park House Addition double-height stairwell

Mitsuori Architects renovated and expanded a venerable Victorian house to accommodate a growing and energetic family. The double-height stairwell, just adjacent the kitchen, marks the transition from the historic building to the new renovation. A skylight pulls sunlight from above into the home office below. 

 

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Originally appeared in A Breezy Modern Addition Opens Up a Historic Melbourne Home
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The cross-section of the X, just off the kitchen, is outfitted with a cantilevered multi-use table and topped by a glass connector above. “This makes the building seem larger, allows the outside to come in and makes for an interesting situation architectu

Architect Jim Garrison of Brooklyn-based Garrison Architects designed a lakeside retreat that takes on an X formation, with one end of the X equipped with floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking the water.The cross-section of the X, just off the kitchen, is outfitted with a cantilevered multi-use table and topped by a glass connector above. “This makes the building seem larger, allows the outside to come in and makes for an interesting situation architecturally,” says Garrison.

 

Originally appeared in Modular Retreat
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Modern porch walkway with square stepping stones

Thanks to Matthew Hufft, their envelope-pushing architect and longtime friend, Hannah and Paul Catlett have a new home in southwestern Missouri that’s a fresh, unconventional take on the traditional farmhouse. The homeowners call the house Porch House after it's majestic wraparound porch, with a 2,800-square- foot L-shaped structure featuring a huge cantilevered overhang and a wide wraparound porch.

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Originally appeared in Modern Take on a Traditional Farmhouse in Missouri
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Dekleva Gregorič Architects turned a former utility building into a stylish, self-sufficient home with a downstairs living space and bathroom linked to two upstairs bedrooms by a sculptural, custom-designed black iron staircase. The central, welded-iron staircase is the house’s most striking contemporary feature. Beyond it, more large sliding doors conceal extra storage and the home entertainment system.

 

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modern house in el salvador with creative roofing

A 4,200-square-foot house near the coast of El Salvador captures the best of its striking setting—filled with sunlight, invigorating breezes, and sweeping views of lush woodlands. Architect José Roberto Paredes’s crowning achievement is the freestanding concrete roof that wraps around the structure. Paredes’s concept was to radiate rooms from a courtyard and join them with outdoor terraces—a move he borrowed from the traditional Moorish buildings he visited in Spain as a student. “It’s like a checkerboard of a house, where you have living spaces and patios between them,” says Paredes. 

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Originally appeared in Striking Green House with a View in El Salvador
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goodman residence dining room gabled ceiling wood beams

Architect Preston Scott Cohen resurrected an early 1800s barn as a vacation home for a literary couple and their family, calling to mind both the agrarian spaciousness of the structure’s former life and the vernacular of its new function as a house. "We didn't want to diminish the openness and height and feeling of a great expanse of space," said the owner of this resurrected 19th-century barn house in Pine Plains, New York. The barn frame's horizontal beams perform a domestic function by creating the illusion of a lower ceiling.  

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Originally appeared in Raising the Barn
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Modern dining room area with oval table and red chairs

Owner and Chef Alfredo Oropeza wanted the kitchen to be the heart of his house. The ground level of this high-design vacation home in Mexico City is completely exposed to the outdoors. By saving money on building materials elsewhere in the project, Castillo was able to indulge in cabinetry by Porcelanosa, bar stools by Ligne Roset, and a granite island, making this the crème de la crème of kitchens.

 

 

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Originally appeared in Two Brothers Bring Their Families Together to Share a Scenic Getaway
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lookout house night view

An inventive Tasmanian abode maximizes views of the landscape and commands jaw-dropping views of rugged Tasman Island and the peaceful Southern Ocean beyond. The firm achieved this by installing floor-to-ceiling windows across the entire eastern length of the dwelling, offering a dreamy panorama of the Australian coast. The Lookout House, as the architect dubbed it, gives a whole new meaning to armchair travel. Looking into the warm, brightly lit house at night offers a different kind of view, one that charmingly recalls the cutaway dioramas in Wes Anderson’s films.

 

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