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a modern historic barn

This beautiful historic gambrel barn was partially destroyed in a fire. The owners commissioned Specht Hapman to reconstruct the barns exterior and to completely redesign the interior for use as a new home. The exterior incorporates traditional forms and materials in a way that respects the other historic buildings on the 8 acre site. Whist the radical reconstruction of the interior creates a free and...

the coach house

A stunning coach house stable from 1760 has been converted into a spacious house by Netherlands design studio Zecc architects. A mishmash of built curiosities from previous renovations were removed reinstating the historical elements and large spaces. The stable, still complete with hay racks, stone troughs and iron cast horse heads, is used as a living room. The original tack room is now the entrance...

coastal Victoria

The house at Blake Street located in coastal Victoria by BE Architecture is a stunning response to the rural and coastal characteristics of the site. The dominant feature of the house is the massive stone podium which allows for the ruggedness of the site to be preserved without compromising the utility of the house. By elevating the house, it has the feel of being in...

The Sky House

The Sky House is a residence constructed within a previously unoccupied penthouse structure at the summit of one of the earliest surviving skyscrapers in New York City. With its steep hipped roof of projecting dormers and chimneys set over a base of enormous arched windows, the exterior of the penthouse gives the impression of an ornate mansion suspended midway within the iconic vertical cityscape of...

Apartment gallery

A collector of art and furniture enlisted the help of design studio Parallel Architects to convert his 140m2 apartment in São Paulo into a simple and neutral space to showcase his collections. The brief was to integrate the art and furniture into the home allowing pieces like the iconic Favela chair by the Campana Brothers, or the Eames chair, a classic of the masters Charles...

the Warehouse Loft

This project located in the historic Oriental Warehouse Loft Building in San Francisco’s South Beach neighborhood, is a complete reconfiguration and renovation of an existing loft apartment. In order to maximize the spatial experience of the loft, traditional notions of domestic privacy were abandoned in favor of open and transparent relationships. Opaque guardrails at the sleeping mezzanine were replaced with frameless glass guardrails in order...

the Desert house

The Klein Residence by Ohlhausen DuBois Architects located on a rugged hillside site in the desert, the design resonates with the sublime, timeless quality of region providing the ideal setting for living with a contemporary art collection. The house was designed around specific works of art including pieces by Ellsworth Kelly, Kiki Smith, Richard Serra and Donald Judd.  A contrast to the panoramic views and...

the Wine Country

Set within a rural parcel in the heart of Northern California Wine Country, the Summerhill Residence by Edmonds + Lee consists of 3 separate buildings. A main house, guest house and detached garage that are situated to maximize the connection between the natural and the man-made. The distinction between the indoors and the outdoors is intentionally blurred as interior and exterior spaces extend in all...

east hampton house

This project designed by New York-based practice Robert Young was once a single doweling originally from the 1980's. The outdated structure was injected with bands of glazing, increasing the visual connection between the occupants and woods beyond and filling the home with dappled sunlight throughout. The rectangular cedar clad volumes are set at various heights as if to take its cue from the various tree...

White washed … comfortable & unfussy

As the end of summer approaches here in Sydney Australia , I can’t help but look upon this project of Marilena Rizou’s and wish I was there. Set on the Greek coast and in sympathy with traditional architecture, the interiors display a languid and desirable way of life. White washed walls and exposed timber beams set the stage for comfortable and unfussy furniture finished in...