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Photo by Stephan Goettlicher Rene Gonzalez is one of Miami’s most renowned architects whose work goes beyond just designing buildings. The award-winning architect is noted for his residential and commercial projects beyond his Miami locale each with a focus on material exploration, innovative compositions, and memorable experiences for all who take them in. After earning his Bachelor of Design degree from the University of Florida, Gonzalez received his Master of Architecture de




For a family of four in King City, Ontario, Canada, Amantea Architects designed the Clearview Pavilion within a bare backyard surrounded by a line of Norway Spruce trees. The goal was to save the trees while incorporating privacy, along with a design that included a swimming pool, pool house, outdoor kitchen, lounge, and play area. The pool house was built underneath the canopies of the trees, following the same line, to reduce the view of the house behind the property. The wooden s




Situated on a quiet street in the German village of Pliezhausen, just south of Stuttgart, is the E20_House, a crystal-shaped monolith designed by Steimle Architekten. The concrete house faces the street with minimal windows to ensure privacy from passersby. The two shorter sides of the house run parallel with dramatic roof lines sloping down to give the geometric house a sculptural feel. Other parts of the house feature large sliding glass doors that frame the surrounding views wh




Loft Panzerhalle came about after smartvoll won a 2013 competition to design the space, which is no surprise after seeing the finished results. Located in Salzburg, Austria, the loft spans 350 square meters (3767 square feet) of open space over two floors with smoothed and waxed concrete being the material of choice. Original details, like the brick walls, are perfectly juxtaposed with the bright white surfaces throughout. The upstairs stays close to the perimeter of the building in




Moloney Architects recently completed a modern extension on a century-old Victorian weatherboard house in Ballarat, Australia. The original house was no longer working for the family of five, so the architects devised a plan to give the house a more open feel by adding a “wooden box” on the back. A hallway joins the two structures into one home, which is now called the Wooden Box House. The extension design allowed for keeping the original roof structure so you’d ne




Most architects would probably run from a tiny, triangular site like this one in Melbourne, Australia, but not OOF! Architecture, who turned a rundown Victorian weatherboard cottage into a compact home, named the Acute House, for a modern family. Wanting to blend in with the neighborhood, they reused much of the original materials, including warped weatherboards, fence palings, door knobs, vents, and street numbers. Each piece was removed, labeled, put in storage, and then re-installe




Whether it’s to save money or to simplify a lifestyle, more and more people are going small. Luckily there’s been a rise in tiny home design to meet the demand for it, which has resulted in some really cool and compact living situations that might just make you give up some square footage. ESCAPE Homes had a “prairie style” cottage that we liked before and now they’ve unveiled one that’s a little more scaled back than its predecessor but it’s




Vertical gardens have become much more popular as it seems that horizontal space has been growing smaller and smaller. Living walls can exist both indoors and out making them a great yet unconventional design option for your walls. They not only bring a natural element to a space, but they can easily become works of art in their own right. Plus, they help purify the air we breathe, so it seems like a win-win, right? Take a look at ten walls that have been turned into live vertical gar




The following post is brought to you by A’ Design Award and Competition. Our partners are hand-picked by the Design Milk team because they represent the best in design. Another A’ Design Award and Competition wraps up, and the winners of this year’s competition are now live! The competition highlights some of the best global designs, concepts, buildings, interiors, and products in all creative disciplines and industries. Submissions are reviewed by an esteemed




Created as a family retreat as well as a rental for other seeking a vacation spot, The Bear Stand is a 3,300 square foot house that’s nestled on the shores of Contau Lake, which is just three hours northeast of Toronto. Bohlin Cywinski Jackson designed the two-story residence within 100 acres of woodlands with a private trail, courtesy of the homeowners, for visitors to explore. The house sits parallel to the lake with the main living spaces fashioned at ground level putting




With offices in London, Beijing, and New York City, PENSON has risen to the top of the crop of architecture and interior design firms thanks to the company’s innovative founder and CEO, Lee Penson. He’s clearly got a sharp eye and an adventurous nature that lends itself to that kind of jaw-dropping creativity people are drawn to and businesses want to tap into. His roster of of clients include the likes of Jay Z, Google, PlayStation, Jaguar Land Rover, Lotte World Tower,




Valley Villa is a residence located in Vilnius, Lithuania just off of a main city street, but looking at the house you’d never know. Designed by arches, the house is surrounded by a lush forest of trees making for a peaceful existence. The design process began with building regulations and the clients’ desire to construct a modern house, which resulted in a house being built into an existing slope. They were able to preserve all of the trees by working with the open land



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