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Untouched for decades, this steep site in Northridge, a suburb of Sydney, had an unusable sloping lawn with an unfortunate view of the family's carport. This outdoor area had little usable space, with the exception of a small paved area surrounded by a rock retaining wall. Landscape designer Ken Pattinson and...
Must-Know Modern Homes: Mies van der Rohe's Villa Tugendhat
Twenty years before Ludwig Mies van der Rohe realized his famous Farnsworth House, and seven years before emigrating to the United States, he designed Villa Tugendhat in 1930 for the wealthy couple...
Saving Facades: Modern Gems Merge Old and New
Modern architecture is the misunderstood, trouble-making child of the built world. I discovered just how much trouble modern architecture makes for people after writing this...
Houzz Tour: Complexity Hides Inside a Concrete Box
The design of this house in Quebec is driven by the structure and needs of the family — namely, some privacy for the teenage children and some family gathering spaces. Architect Paul duBellet Kariouk's result may seem harsh at first glance, but the...
3-D Printing Takes Furnishings to New Heights at ICFF 2013
Today's printers do so much more than put ink on paper. Now printers use layers of plastics and metals to create custom decor and even building materials. Not too long ago, new fabrication technologies like 3-D printing and laser cutting were limited...
Upholstery in 3-D Comes to ICFF 2013
With a design of the future on top and a nod to the past on the base, this eclectic chair mixes iconic and innovative design in an award-winning piece of furniture. Katie Lee, a product design student at the University of Oregon, designed this "6 Shades...
Do These Surprising Contemporary Exteriors Hint at the Future?
Walk down any suburban street, and you can probably guess the general layout of most of the houses. We are familiar with conventional houses and subconsciously absorb the clues their facades reveal — a tall, vertical window possibly reveals the stairs;...
My Houzz: Original Drawings Guide a Midcentury Gem's Reinvention
While helping their friends move to Ellensburg, Washington, Scott and Emily Faulkner fell in love with a midcentury home there. Designed by architect James Cowan in 1957, the house nodded to Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian style, with its L-shaped plan,...
Kitchen of the Week: Grandma's Kitchen Gets a Modern Twist
Turquoise stained flooring, a bright yellow wall and crisp, modern cabinetry — you might not guess this was once Grandma's kitchen. Architect Mark Lawrence inherited this house from his grandparents,...
Glimpse Design's Imagined Future in 'Oblivion'
The creators of the science fiction movie Oblivion have imagined a future where humans have left Earth for lunar colonies, and a few left behind hover above it in Skytower, a residence, command center and heliport 3,000 feet up. "Skytower...
Houzz Tour: Boldly Stylish in Hong Kong
“Tiny" doesn't have to mean "timid." Project Manager Javis Ma of Urban Design & Build kept this mantra in mind when turning a small Hong Kong residence into a stylish...
Houzz Tour: Wood and Wonder in a Modern Carmel Residence
Carmel-by-the-Sea (often called just Carmel), a small town on California's Monterey Peninsula, is known as much for its golf as for its natural beauty. Chicago's Dirk Denison Architects tapped into this beauty in a house the firm designed on a narrow...
Must-Know Modern Homes: Edith Farnsworth House
Philip Johnson's Glass House and Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House are very similar, but their small differences are dramatic. Each is a glass box with...
My Houzz: Tropical Modern Casitas Perch in the Nicaraguan Hills
When Austin, Texas, native Robert Dull visited Nicaragua for the first time in 1997, he fell in love with the country and vowed to come back and buy land as soon as possible. Two years later he fulfilled his dream by buying 10 acres on a hillside 320...
Houzz Tour: A Parisian Apartment Goes Modern and Bright
Drawn to the wraparound terrace and stunning view of Paris' Left Bank, this home's owner decided the panorama was worth the 485-square-foot apartment's odd layout and funky decor. Husband and wife design duo Alon...
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