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  • more than shelter

    Imagine designing a home for a client who may be deaf, blind, or mobility-impaired—you're not sure which. The residence has to fit into a tiny space, say 250 square feet, and must be easy to duplicate 10, 50, or 100 times over.

  • escape from bellevue

    Vacation homes appeal to us on an almost primal level because they hold a promise of freedom—from formality, self-consciousness, fussy posturing. It's no accident this full-time home also sheds those shackles.

  • divide and conquer

    The owners of this summer house in East Hampton, N.Y., weren't looking to impress their neighbors. “They didn't want a typical East Hampton mega mansion,” says architect Bill Grover, FAIA, of Centerbrook Architects and Planners. “They were looking for a property where the house wouldn't be visible...

  • water rise

    Some architects loathe review boards and the maze of requirements they impose. But Phil Regan, a partner at Hutker Architects, thrives on creativity within the lines—of review boards and of architectural context.

  • in salsa veritas

    At 150 square feet, Big Ten Burrito is a tiny space. But the Ann Arbor, Mich., eatery carves out an identity with some deft design moves by local firm PLY Architecture.

  • log haven

    When Jeff Kovel left his first job in Telluride, Colo., little did he know the log cabin motif would reappear later in his career. After nine years spent working on hip, contemporary residential and commercial projects, the Portland, Ore.–based architect designed Doug Fir, a restaurant, lounge, and...

  • cross purposes

    The ascent of the big-box retailer hasn't been kind to elite writing instrument makers like the A.T. Cross Co. But as part of its rebranding and repositioning strategy, the company hired Boston architect David Hacin's firm to design a prototype store for its products.

  • vision: transform containers into housing

    The iMac proved that consumers crave high design within economic reach. Architect Michael Graves achieved household-name status selling teakettles at Target. So when Robert Humble, AIA, and Joel Egan, Associate AIA, insist that prefab is about to take off because the public is demanding design...

  • vision: adapt custom design to prefab techniques

    Like many architects, Geoffrey Warner welcomes change. Years ago, the St. Paul, Minn.–based architect quit his job at a big commercial firm in search of something missing from his professional life: the hands-on nuts-and-bolts of construction. “When you graduate from architecture school, you don't...

  • vision: outsource sales and marketing

    Architect Michelle Kaufmann and her contractor husband, Kevin Cullen, are conducting the ultimate prefab experiment. They're building their own Modern, site-built house in Marin County, Calif., while Kaufman sells the same design as a modular house she calls the Glidehouse.