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Located in Wadi Abu Jamil in Beirut’s Central District, the Wadi Penthouse is a renovation project where Platau updated a segmented, two-story penthouse for a family of four. Originally, the layout wasn’t working, especially between the two floors. To solve that, a double-height space was designed at the center of the home with living spaces, offices, storage, and bedrooms just off of it. A custom steel and copper light fixture hangs above in the double-height space becom

Matt Fajkus Architecture designed the [Bracketed Space] House in Austin, Texas with careful attention paid to the site’s uneven landscape by creating a progression of spaces as it changed. A long pathway transitions down to reach the front door alongside a retaining wall that continues through the house to the rear. The living room effortlessly extends out to the minimalist pool and spa area, which also features an outdoor eating space. The home is separated into private a

Kooyongkoot Road Residence is a minimal home located in Hawthorn, Australia, designed by B.E Architecture. The three-story house features a compact design situated on a smaller site with two north-facing courtyards. Planted gardens along the outdoor terraces create privacy from neighboring properties. The gardens also intersect with the building to create verdant views from all the internal spaces so that the urban property feels surrounded by nature. The material palette was a respo

The tiny house movement continues to grow as people attempt to downsize their lives and add a bit more freedom back by avoiding high cost mortgages and lots of material possessions. Maybe jumping on the tiny house train is a little scary for you without having tried it out but Getaway is aiming to change that. The venture-backed startup builds tiny houses, places them on rural plots of land, and then rents them out to those looking for a break or wanting to give them a try. So far, th

Sometimes church congregations move on, perhaps because the building itself is falling apart or it becomes too small. Either way, those unique structures show up vacant from time to time. For some living in a church may be a bit taboo, but for others, they welcome the challenge. Here, we’ve rounded up 10 projects where old church buildings are transformed into jaw-dropping modern homes. Take a look. A Victorian-style church in London was converted by Gianna Camilott

Valldoreix, located in the Barcelona province, is home to a residential project designed by 05AM Arquitectura. House in Valldoreix is not just a house though… it’s part house and part exhibition space for modern art. Set back from the street and neighbors, the residence opens up on the south side with large expanses of windows. The house comprises four volumes, two pairs that face different directions with three double-height spaces that connect the volumes, as well as th

Architect Dan Brunn, AIA, might have been born in Israel but he’s been an Angeleno since age seven. The Harvard grad received his MA in Architecture in 2005 after earning a BA in Architecture at the University of Southern California before going on to work at John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects. Along with practicing architecture through his eponymous firm, Brunn has taught at the Boston Architectural Center, Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), and the USC School of Archite

Though based in the United States, a couple wanted a modern apartment in São Paulo, Brazil that was both comfortable and cozy, where they could host friends and family. Hired to complete the job was Tria Arquitetura, who transformed this 1970s, 165 square meter (approx. 1776 square feet) apartment in the Jardins neighborhood into a space that worked in modern times but still honored its architectural integrity. The wood floors, windows, and ceiling height were kept the same, while th

Fitzroy Loft is a minimal residence located in Melbourne, Australia, designed by Architects EAT. Fitzroy Loft is located inside the 125 years old MacRobertson Chocolate Factory, adapted for mostly residential use in the early 90s. With original concrete floors and sawtooth roof structure, the space that the project occupies is a strata title on the first floor, with its own entry door at street level. The architects approached the conversion mindful of its context and historical sign

A corner flat in Thessaloniki, Greece, that’s positioned with the best views of the water, was designed by Urban Soul Project. The interior of The Floating Apartment is fairly minimalist with a neutral color palette, hidden linear lighting, and simple rectangular shapes throughout. Floor-to-ceiling glass panels frame different views of the close-by water making it feel like the apartment is floating above it, hence its name. They purposefully configured the layout so that the m

humn lab+ was commissioned to design a new home in Los Angeles’ Pacific Palisades neighborhood and with its Southern California location, indoor/outdoor living was a priority. The exterior pairs a smooth black finish on the second story with warm wooden planks installed horizontally for a visually dynamic street presence. Spanning just over 5,000 square feet, the house includes five bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms making it the perfect family home, especially with its close proximity

The Gingerbread House has a fairytale name and a fairytale-like interior designed by Carterwilliamson Architects. While the front facade appears to be the same, behind the door a new, light-filled space exists for a young, growing family. Located in Annandale, Sydney, NSW Australia, the home keeps its original charm with new, reconfigured spaces and one long path for circulation that offers sight lines from the front door to the backyard. It’s definitely what we call a mullet h

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