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  • grammatically correct

    Frank Lloyd Wright's first client in Los Angeles, the eccentric oil heiress Aline Barnsdall, didn't just want a house. She wanted a locus for the local theater community and a center for public art and gardens. Although her ambitious scheme was never fully realized, it did result in a residence...

  • green peace

    The city of Paris' original plan for this 200-unit affordable housing complex included a public street passing through the middle of the project. Then it hired the Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Dismayed at the thought of the daily chaos the street would bring to residents, Piano and his colleagues...

  • home sweet dome

    Well before inventing his famous geodesic dome, Buckminster Fuller decided the world needed affordable, mass-produced housing. So, with typical disregard for convention, he designed the Dymaxion House, a circular aluminum structure suspended from a central mast.

  • unfettered vision

    John Lautner tended to set his expectations high. He wanted his architecture to nourish clients both mentally and spiritually, as well as satisfy their basic need for shelter. At the Arango House on Mexico's Acapulco Bay, he realized this grand ambition to glorious effect.

  • ranch

    Perhaps no other house type has inspired as much love and loathing as the ranch. This descendant of Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian houses became ubiquitous across the post–World War II landscape, and architects adore its open, one-story plan.

  • colonial revival

    The center-hall colonial revival is a lot like a well-made tuxedo: It outlasts trends and is perfect for formal occasions. But, as with a tux, it's unyielding for everyday situations. The living room usually sits too far away from the kitchen and dining room to serve as the comfortable gathering...

  • revisions of home

    Out of the millions of houses built in the United States from the early 1900s through the 1970s, the vast majority qualify as a classic builder-driven house type. American foursquares dominated the outskirts of cities in the late 1800s and early 1900s, only to give way to the beloved bungalow of...

  • Lauding Lautner

    With their arresting geometric forms and wide-open interiors, the homes John Lautner created expanded the boundaries of American residential architecture.

  • a simple plan

    The interior of this Montecito, Calif., home, one of Smith's first commissions after returning from Europe, reveals his love for straightforward, almost minimal, forms.

  • domestic bliss

    Josef and Anni Albers changed residential interiors forever. When the German-born, Bauhaus-educated artists emigrated to the United States in 1933, they brought a holistic view of design incorporating bold new notions about color, material, and texture. Not content to work within the traditional...