More stories about Projects

  • mind the gap

    When summer residences are closed in with drywall, they lose the casual charm of the old uninsulated beach houses, says architect Robert Young, AIA. The task of exposing the rafters of this lakeside home got him thinking about using materials in ways that express their strengths.

  • under the lotus

    Inspired by the main house's ultraefficient plan, the clients came up with the idea of embedding sleeping berths into the studio's floor.

  • encore, encore: pool cues

    Silvio Gueilburt specializes in hospital design in Argentina, but when he was given the opportunity to transform a defunct factory into a home for a professional couple, the commission was too good to pass up.

  • shell game

    The transformation of this 1905 New Haven, Conn., fire station into a live, work, and play space was all about shells.

  • super save

    Three neglected buildings are rediscovered, repaired, and reused as residential.

  • remote control

    Architect and prefab purveyor Geoffrey Warner, AIA, says most of the requests for his modern, modular weeHouses are for use as vacation homes.

  • methow madness

    After decades of designing retreats in Washington's Methow Valley, Ray and Mary Johnston, FAIA, decided it was time to do a place of their own.

  • plywood perfected

    San Francisco architect Nick Noyes, AIA, creats beauty from humble materials. Plywood-lined interior walls take on an abstract, aquatic quality, with ribbons of darker and lighter shades forming mesmerizing patterns throughout the space.

  • the great divide

    To add walls or not to add walls? That was the question Elizabeth Whittaker, Assoc. AIA, faced when renovating this Boston loft. Her client wanted to keep the wide-open spaces and exposed terra-cotta brick ceiling, but he was looking for a modicum of organization and privacy. Glass was the solution.

  • guiding light

    The problem of bringing natural light into spaces that lack it has vexed architects for centuries. Katherine Chia, AIA, and Arjun Desai came up with a smart, modern alternative when designing the conversion of this New York City loft from a commercial warehouse space to a residential one.