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Difficult Run Residence in Virginia Parading An Abundance of Outdoor Living Spaces

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Bordering a stream in Mclean, Virginia, this green, steep seven-acre lot accommodated an old building known as the Difficult Run Residence. Robert M. Gurney Architect took on the challenge of renovating the construction and extending it with a detached garage and guest house. Additionally, “stone paths and stairways, corten steel walls, gabion stone walls, a […]

Dental Clinic in Sydney Built Around a Sculptural Wooden Installation

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On one of Sydney’s high-end retail streets Pedra Silva Architects were invited to design a high-level state of the art dental clinic. The client requested two receptions with two entrances that could function separately but without compromising the sense of spaciousness and its relationship with people passing by. In the same space there was a […]

Timeless Copper Corner Residence Blending Traditional Detailing with Modern Simplicity

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On a heavily wooded corner lot in an established neighborhood of Mississauga, Ontario, sits Copper Corner Residence, a timeless home envisioned by David Small Designs. Dark painted wood emphasizes the bold roof-lines, while light-colored stone adds warmth to the façade. And the most outstanding feature, the leaded copper roof, creates character and architectural interest. The […]

Playful Gift for an Architect: “Fantastic Cities” Coloring Book by Steve McDonald

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Once in a while, we love to find something “worthy” enough to catch an architect’s attention if offered to him or her as a gift. Canadian artist Steve McDonald created Fantastic Cities, an eye-catching coloring book filled with intricate illustrations. The project has a distinctive large square-format and features 60 cities from around the world, including […]

Designed to Boost Creativity: Contemporary Madison Residence in Kansas City, USA

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When designing Madison Residence in Kansas City, Missouri, the architects at KEM Studio decided to put aside functionality (as a starting point for the design) and create something inspired by the owners’ lifestyle. Three main directions were identified during the research process: “The first was for the new house to be modern, minimal and sustainable: […]

How To Balance Comfort and Style In Your Home

As regular readers of design sites like Freshome, it should come as no surprise that many of us consider pleasing aesthetics to a be an essential component of interior design. But, there should be no shortage of people who also agree that the rooms in our home should be comforting, an oasis of sorts from […]

Ingenious Addition to Small Victorian House in Dublin: The “Scale of PLY” Project

By employing plywood in a creative manner, the team at NOJI Architects remodeled Scale of PLY, a Victorian two-level building in Dublin, Ireland. Dark and uncomfortably small, the construction was cleverly upgraded: “The redesign of the ground floor knocked the ground floor walls in the return to open out the kitchen into a new extended […]

Contemporary Interpretation of Quebec Summer Cottage: L-House by CCM2 Architects

CCM2 Architectes completed the design and development of L-House, a modern summer cottage located in Fossambault-sur-le-Lac, QC, Canada. Nestled between birch trees, the residence is defined as a contemporary interpretation of the neighboring traditional Quebec homes. A prefabricated main volume intersects with a wooden cantilevered rectangular block, creating an L-shape. According to the project developers, […]

Adapted to the Modern Worker On-the-Go: Creative Shortcut Stool and Chair

With the modern worker is on-the-go, moving from meeting to meeting and from quiet to collaborative environments, Steelcase brand turnstone created the Shortcut stool and chair for short-term sits that keep pace in today’s office. Shortcut is ideal for conference room meetings or impromptu brainstorms around the kitchen. According to the project developers, the fully […]

How To Avoid Mistakes When Renovating

Renovating. The word alone conjures images of messy, dust-filled rooms. Think of kitchen renovations where the stove, fridge and dishwasher have been pulled out and placed in the middle of the TV room—optimal for entertaining guests, right?  Even worse, bathroom renovations where your entire family of five is forced to share ONE bathroom while the […]

Visually Striking Applecross House Showcasing Large Roof and Balcony Overhangs

Applecross House by Brian Burke Homes is an original looking two-level residence located in Perth, Australia, close to the Canning River foreshore. The aim of the architects was to maintain the essence of a traditional home, while planning an unconventional luxury retreat. Due to extensive use of glass and large terraces adjoining both levels, the […]

“Passage of Landscape” Residence in Japan Honoring Interconnected Spaces

Passage of Landscape in Toyota, Japan is a private home designed by Achitect ihrmk near a terraced paddy field. The clients wanted a home that would allow them to wake up to the peaceful sounds of nature. Functionally, the brief required plenty of storage space to fulfill their daily needs: “I did not want to […]

Visually Provoking Modern Retreat in Bulgaria: Slight Slope Long House

Located in Targovishte, Bulgaria, Slight Slope Long House is a modern residence envisioned by I/O Architects as a massive horizontal volume. According to the project developers, the topography of the site resembles a cavea of an antic theater: “The long structure is facing the favorable sun orientation and the view in slight opposition of the […]

Overlapping Spatial Volumes Defining Fenwick Street House in Australia

Fenwick Street House by Julie Firkin Architects surprises due to its unconventional architecture and indoor overlapping spatial volumes. Covering an area of 1,130 square feet, the project in Clifton Hill, Victoria, Australia consists of a wooden addition to the original weatherboard cottage on the site: “This design was developed to maximize the available light and […]

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