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Hired by a couple who love travel, sports, and books, Studio K renovated a semi-detached house near the center of Leuven, Belgium. The clients longed to brighten up the once-dark home so an extension was added with a courtyard in the middle to ensure light passed through the entire interior. The addition was designed with exposed plywood panels, beams, and columns, which is juxtaposed with the black furnishings and finishes. The kitchen hides away behind white sliding doors and whe

NORTHBOURNE Architecture + Design was enlisted by a young couple in Melbourne to renovate their house in an effort to make room for their unborn child. Instead of adding an extension, NORTHBOURNE was able to save the clients money by reconfiguring the existing floor plan and optimizing functionality, resulting in a cozy, modern home. A new fireplace was installed above a marble hearth that doubles as a bench with storage for firewood underneath. One of the clients’ wishes was

While loft living might not be for everyone, others find it dream-worthy. Wide open spaces paired with high ceilings lead to innovative storage solutions and clever furniture layouts for some, while others become overwhelmed with the lack of walls. When done well, lofts become the covetable places that any urbanite would love to hang their hat, which led us to search out ten lofts that are doing it right. Take a look. Designed by Ofist in Istanbul, Turkey, the Karaoke Lof

Los Angeles architecture and construction firm Marmol Radziner are renowned for sophisticated residential architecture and custom furniture, most notably the historic restoration of Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann House in Palm Springs and their desert prefab prototypes. It’s fair to say the firm has left their mark across the Southern California architectural landscape in multitude. But count us surprised to walk through the doors for lunch to discover their signature attention to fo

Located in Phoenix, Arizona, Uptown Row is a townhome development situated between a historic residential area and a busy industrial road, which happens to be less than 500 feet from a light rail station. The project was designed by The Ranch Mine to feel like single-family homes while actually being multi-family units in a city that is slowly embracing public transportation. The development houses 10-units, five in each building, where each building’s width is close to the sam

Located in Kakanui, New Zealand, The Whittaker Cube is a budget-friendly residence designed by Dravitzki & Brown that spans two floors, each just 8 meters by 8 meters (approx. 26 feet by 26 feet). Its small, seaside location meant maximizing views, while also providing privacy from the neighbors and the street. The exterior’s simple look is created using cedar planks, which act as a rain screen and hide the flashing underneath. While the house is modest in size, the

Photo by Drew Kelly Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 16 years, chances are you’ve spotted, picked up, or have a copy (or 20) of Dwell magazine in your house. Since 2000, design lovers have been staring longingly at the pages dreaming of one day living in one of the houses that’s beautifully showcased on its pages and we have its founder and board chair Lara Deam to thank for that. Her Dwell journey began when she moved to Mill Valley, California an

OOA | Office O architects designed Villa CD near the sea in Oostduinkerke, Belgium. Surrounded by dunes and bungalow houses from the early 60s, the design had to follow certain restrictions in accordance with the other houses and the environment. The result is a bungalow-inspired house that appears to just be one story at first glance. The residence features a horizontal design that cantilevers over the driveway creating covered parking. The sloped site gives the appearance of the ho

Architect Asif Khan created a series of three Forest installations in London’s Shoreditch for Mini Living as part of the London Design Festival. Inspired by the Japanese concept of ‘shinrin yoku’ (‘forest bathing’), the spaces enabled visitors to use all their senses to absorb the forest atmosphere – what they heard, what they smelled, even the feeling under their feet, and temporarily switch off from the city around them. Arranged around the three theme

The recently completed House Under Eaves is a residence by MRTN Architects in Point Wells, New Zealand that’s located in a new neighborhood not far from Auckland. The house was the first built on the flat site and with no neighbors yet, they developed a design that would feel like a retreat away from the street. At first glance, the house looks to be a simple gable style residence with a concrete wall that shields the front door. The exterior is clad in thick cedar planks, whic

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Perched on top of a hill facing Sydney Harbour, Hill Top Cottage was designed by Luigi Rosselli Architects for a young family that wanted to be respectful of their neighbors in a conservative area of North Sydney in Australia. After board proceedings and numerous objections, the design was finally approved and they were accepted by surrounding community. While maintaining the cottage-like feel on the front, they were able to give the back two-story addition more of a modern feel. The

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