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Baran Studio Architecture took on the Burnett project that involved an existing Victorian house that had been hidden by a simple white box. The design involved breaking up the box by pushing and pulling volumes on the exterior and cladding them in different materials. The Oakland, California house transitions the same feel of the exterior to the interior utilizing raw materials and a clean color palette. The open living space seamlessly transitions to the outdoor space through slidi

Arquitectura en Estudio designed Casa 5, a private, 560 square meter (approx. 6027 square foot) residence in La Reserva de Potosi, La Calera, Colombia. Once inside the two story home’s entrance, a large, glass-enclosed central courtyard comes into view, which wraps the internal circulation around it. The house stands 2750 meters above sea level, which creates unbelievable views of the surrounding mountains and valley, as well as the lake. With the area’s year-round cold w

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Located in the Lafayette neighborhood of Guadalajara, Mexico, the recently opened Casa Fayette seamlessly blends a newly designed tower space with an early 1940s mansion to become a 37-room hotel that blends tradition with classical European details. Hoteliers Carlos Couturier and Moisés Micha, the duo behind Grupo HABITA, hired Estudio5 to lead the transformation of the original Art Deco structure, which houses the hotel’s common spaces, including the library, restaurant, and u

San Francisco-based Alex Schleifer is the Vice President of Design for Airbnb, the site that lets you rent apartments and homes in over 190 countries around the world, where he works with a team of designers, writers, and researchers for the company’s web and mobile platforms. Airbnb is a design-led company so bringing on someone to focus on user experience, as well as the look and feel of the entire site, naturally made since. Schleifer came to the company exactly one year ago

House L, by Stephan Maria Lang, is an L-shaped residence in Munich designed for a young family. Protected from the street by a tall white wall, the energy efficient house is built with concrete core cooling/heating, sun collectors, thermal heat pump, and controlled air ventilation to meet the German standards of a low-energy house. A copper clad garage and an opening mark the entry to the private garden and living area behind the wall. Once inside the wall, a lush green yard awaits,

Located on Citrus Avenue in West Hollywood, this eco-friendly home spans 4,113 square feet and incorporates the indoor/outdoor, open-concept layout often found in California. Prime Five Home designed the five bedroom residence full of sustainable features, including large windows to help flood the interior with natural light, helping to reduce energy consumption. Solar panels and water capture systems were installed, to go along with the drought-resistant plants. They also managed to

This home on the shores in the Ukraine was once a small cottage for a family to spend their summers before they reached out to NOTT Design Studio wanting a much larger modern house. The main floor underwent a major transformation while a second floor was added to complete the new dramatic interior. The homeowners chose high-quality furniture made locally in Ukraine instead of factory-made pieces. All of the wood furniture, the entire kitchen, dining table, coffee table, and beds were

The Greenwood House is a 4-bedroom Eichler home that was built in Palo Alto, California in 1973. The homeowners hired Ryan Leidner Architecture to do a complete renovation that involved removing interior walls and reconfiguring the kitchen and living spaces to open them up to the outdoor space. The extensive plan also made sure to honor the existing post and beam construction to respect the architectural history of the design. To help bring natural light into the interior, skylights

Kim Herforth Nielsen, of Copenhagen-based 3XN Architects, founded this Danish firm 30 years ago, after graduating from Aarhus School of Architecture in 1981, building an extensive catalog of impressive cultural and commercial projects, like the Muziekgebouw concert hall in Amsterdam, the Danish Embassy in Berlin, Museum of Liverpool, and The Blue Planet, Denmark’s national aquarium, to name a few. Along with being involved in all of the firm’s major projects, he often juri

Billinkoff Architecture were hired by a couple who were interested in downsizing from a 7,000-square-foot family home in Westchester, New York to a much smaller Manhattan apartment. The clients settled on a two-bedroom, post-war apartment but with several demands to make it work. The apartment appeared to have zero potential when first viewed as it was located in a 1960’s white brick building with low quality finishes and details. The one appeal—an outdoor terrace the owners wer

Owners of a dark home in Sydney, reached out to Carterwilliamson Architects, not to add square footage, but to find ways to bring more natural light into the interior. Coming up with an unusual approach, they presented a design of two tall sculpted roof forms that had a low southern profile for the south-facing terrace problem they had. The high roof forms are able to draw northern light in while the lower profile allows the neighbor’s north facing windows to still get light. As

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