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from the editor

  • the man in the machine

    I admit I provoked our cover guy, Scott Merrill (“Eye of the Storm”), to talk about the divide between modern and traditional architects. At this point in his career, he really couldn't care less about the anachronistic debate that still consumes others in the profession. He's much more interested...

     

home front

  • hipper habitat

    Designed and built by Louisiana State University Architecture School students, this contemporary Habitat for Humanity house in Baton Rouge breaks the organization's typical mold.

     
  • boulevard of dreams

    Imagine a slew of developable land parcels facing a brand-new, landscaped thoroughfare, right in the heart of one of the nation's most expensive cities. The entrants of the San Francisco Prize/Octavia Boulevard Housing Design Competition didn't have to rely on their imaginations; they had a crack...

     

k+b studio

bath

  • bath: northwest hybrid

    “We knew we wanted the house to fit its Northwestern context,” says architect Dave Pelletier, “but our clients had a willingness to be adventurous and try new things—like a steel countertop in the master bath.” And so, homeowners and architect commenced their translation of the locale's contextual...

     

kitchen

  • kitchen: bungalow unbungled

    These San Antonio homeowners adore the charm of their early-1900s bungalow and didn't want to disturb the fabric of its historic neighborhood. What they did want was a contemporary kitchen that flowed into expanded living spaces; and they sought privacy from their neighbors without losing valuable...

     

perspective

  • numbers game

    Our generation has become very adept at quantifying things. We “crunch the numbers” with great efficiency. But I believe we have too often lost sight of the bigger picture in doing so, ending up with undesirable results. The design of our homes, and the construction of them as well, is falling...

     

practice

  • the architecture track

    Four years ago, Marc Swackhamer, a 1997 graduate of Rice University's master of architecture program, reached a milestone in his fledgling architecture career: He finished all 700 training units of the Intern Development Program (IDP) and was ready to sit for the exam. But then his road to...

     

profiles

  • eye of the storm

    Scott Merrill, AIA, knows something about storms. Toiling in hurricane alley while building out the New Urbanist communities of Seaside and now Windsor in Vero Beach, Fla, has cemented Merrill's practical side. His first design objective is to protect the occupants of his houses and secure their...

     

projects

  • field's edge

    When it comes to architectural richness, not many places can top the Berkshire Mountain region in western Massachusetts. The area boasts great depth in its collection of 18th- and 19th-century farmhouses and agricultural buildings, in addition to some well-preserved Shaker-built structures.

     
  • Found In Translation

    When an interpreter translates a sentence, he doesn't reiterate it word for word. Instead, he communicates the speaker's fundamental meaning, adjusting structures and expressions from one tongue to another. Stephen Muse, FAIA, performed a similar adaptation for this Washington, D.C., house, which...

     
  • Living History

    Progressive vernacular is what Bernie Baker calls his architecture. And he's both amused and pleased that clients from both sides of the great style divide seek out his firm.

     
  • River Approach

    Annapolis, Md., architect Wayne L. Good, FAIA, is known for his stylized tweaks on traditional domestic architecture. That sense of updated tradition sets the tone at the Thompson residence, a vacation home near Annapolis that Good designed for a family of four and sited on a slender, forested...

     

architects' choice

  • Clear Value

    Johnsen Schmaling Architects: PPG Industries' Starphire ultra clear glass

     
  • Slight Light

    Johnsen Schmaling Architects: Lumière's Westwood 913 light

     
  • Neat Sheet

    Johnsen Schmaling Architects: CYRO Industries' Acrylite sheets.

     

doctor spec

  • rock on

    Granite is one of the most prized counter-top materials, the ultimate status and style symbol in the kitchen. And with good reason—it's water-, heat-, and scratch-resistant; durable; and virtually maintenance free. It's a rich, lustrous natural material that upgrades the look of the whole kitchen...

     

digital home

  • network news

    These days, high-end home buyers expect to have music in every room and a palette of viewing options at every TV. Internet in every room isn't far behind, making cable and data outlets as much a part of the room planning as the AC wiring.

     

end quote

  • elegant pare

    Modernists and Traditionalists alike admire the sure-handed lines of C.F.A. Voysey's country houses.

     

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