from the editor

  • to have and hold

    I admit I am powerless over my real estate habit. Every weekend is like Christmas to me, but I do work hard for my bounty.


home front

  • summer reading

    Most monographs follow a rather formulaic approach: project descriptions, photos, supporting plans, and drawings. Plain Modern: The Architecture of Brian MacKay-Lyons delves deeper, with a narrative by architect and historian Malcolm Quantrill.


k+b studio


  • double dipping

    A vacation home usually promotes languorous living, and no room encourages relaxation like a soothing bath. But sometimes bathing is a practical affair and saving time the essential goal. Instead of balancing these opposing functions—waking up and winding down—in one large room, the two realms were...



  • retreat reclaimed

    A tranquil retreat with strong outdoor ties and opportunities to display treasured mementos was the client's mandate for her second home, overlooking the bay in Sausalito, Calif.



  • prospecting

    My firm, Hutker Architects, has a multifaceted marketing program. One key ingredient is our Web site. It took a good deal of capital and person-hours to create, and the site continues to require attention to remain fresh.



  • on site and in mind

    Construction observation, also known as contract administration, is a phase of architecture that's clearly spelled out in AIA contracts. And yet it's a minefield, fraught with missteps by architects, interference from contractors, and nuances clients often fail to understand.



  • light from both sides

    David Salmela's modernism honors the past, the human need for comfort and warmth, and the north country's fleeting sun. A self-described modernist who admits, with a hint of bewilderment, to being controversial, Salmela routinely creates sophisticated houses that blend his own proclivity for...



  • 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.


architects' choice

  • radiant touch

    Bisque radiators “appear like sculptures on the wall,” says Bloomberg, who speced one for this bathroom.

  • resin d'etre

    Kube: Parklex is made from high-density Kraft paper impregnated with resin, and surface is always 100 percent natural wood.

  • see through

    Kube: LUMAsite translucent plastic panels are cast from 100 percent acrylic or modified polyester resins to create tough shatterproof sheets, the manufacturer says.


doctor spec

  • closing ranks

    Building a house on a sweet spot near the coast is a commission most architects covet. But when Hurricane Andrew slammed into South Florida, on Aug. 24, 1992, it made some reconsider the opportunity.



  • pro choice

    Choose between a traditional Finnish sauna heater or nine infrared wall panel heaters in the Synergy combo sauna.

  • expected showers

    RainSkyM shower panel with three spray options operating individually or in combination.

  • tranquility for two

    The Consonance whirlpool comprises two distinct soaking areas and dual controls for a shared experience tailored to individual preferences.

  • light lift

    Morphosis I Alpha wraps comfortingly around bathers, encircling them in mood-enhancing Illumatherapy.

  • serenity now

    With its gentle slopes at both ends, the Cerine tub invites repose. Heavy-gauge stainless steel in a satin finish retains the water's warmth, prolonging a sumptuous soak.

  • hot seat

    Allegro modular saunas blend contemporary styling with Old World luxury.

  • spacious sub

    With the PRO 48, Madison, Wis.–based Sub-Zero combines performance and design to offer a commercial-grade appliance for the home.

  • home coming

    KitchenAid's washer has 3.8 cubic feet of capacity, 11 cycles, 1,200 rpm spin speed, and a 1,000-watt water heater; the dryer offers 7.5 cubic feet of gross space.

  • simple shades

    David 10 is made from Knoll Textiles' Imago panels, which combine resin and fabric.


digital home

  • the skinny on flat-screen tvs

    Lawmakers and television-industry leaders are still squabbling over the turn-off date for analog TV that will officially usher in the high-definition age, but most custom electronics installation specialists are designing A/V systems as if the HDTV transition were yesterday's news.


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  • the big idea

    When the Modernist architect and industrial designer Eliot Noyes designed a house, he fixed its central concept in his mind and let the details flow from there.


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  • exploring a national treasure

    from origami as architecture to designing affordable housing, the building museum's exhibits should not be missed.