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  • what custom really means

    What truly qualifies as a custom home? Houses that are designed from scratch for a particular site and a specific client's program. A real human being's program—not a hypothetical demographic profile, even if it's very narrowly defined.

     

home front

  • on the boards / green in accra

    California-based Stephen H. Kanner, FAIA, has expanded his practice to another West coast—the one in Africa. Accra, the capital of Ghana, has captured both his attention and his creative passion.

     
  • america's favorite dwellings

    Just 17 residential buildings earned slots in The American Institute of Architects' top 150 buildings survey, but they're keepers. In honor of its 150th anniversary, the institute commissioned a Harris Interactive poll of more than 1,800 members of the American public, asking them to rank their...

     

k+b studio

bath

  • pointed counterpoint

    The rejuvenated Brewhouse's hard-edged aesthetic is echoed in the bath, where polished surfaces stand in contrast to the chunky interior stone walls. Like the kitchen/living room relationship, the bath is largely open to the adjoining master bedroom.

     

kitchen

  • sincerely austere

    How does one insert ultramodern living spaces into a former industrial military building? Acanthus Ferguson Mann Architects of Bristol, England, accomplished it with a kitchen and bath retrofit that's bold enough to hold its own inside the heavyweight building, yet is also sleek and translucent.

     

perspective

  • theory vs. practice

    Our studio relationship began at Princeton University, which we attended as both undergraduate and graduate students. There we established a way of thinking about architecture that we have tried to maintain as we have progressed from an academic environme

     

practice

  • shop talk

    savvy architects are investing long-term by owning their buildings.

     

architects' choice

  • Secret Attachment

    Bohlin Cywinski Jackson: EB-TY hidden deck fasteners allow for consistent spacing between boards.

     
  • G Whiz

    Bohlin Cywinski Jackson: G-U Hardware's lift-slide hardware consist of aluminum-constructed handles and aluminum-alloy fittings that can be used to move large panels.

     
  • Into the Light

    Bohlin Cywinski Jackson: Polygal structured sheets are polycarbonate multi wall materials with 200 times the impact strength of glass, while weighing considerably less.

     
  • Brass Brand

    Bohlin Cywinski Jackson: Sugatsune's concealed hinges are solid-brass, 8-inch door hinges that can support a door weight of 110 pounds.

     
  • Roll On

    Audrey Matlock Architect: Cotterman's single-mounted rolling ladder is an indoor-use ladder that can extend from 50 inches to 110 inches high.

     
  • Gray Matter

    Audrey Matlock Architect: Concrete flooring from the Portland Cement Association offers a strong, low-maintenance alternative to other flooring surfaces.

     
  • Slim Pick

    Audrey Matlock Architect: Delray Lighting's T5 fluorescent light is a linear fixture made from a cast zinc-aluminum alloy. It comes in 2-foot, 3-foot and 4-foot lengths and can be mounted horizontally and vertically.

     
  • Metal Magic

    Max Strang Architecture: Modern Masters' Metal Effects is a water-based decorative painting system that can create patinaed and oxidized metal finishes for architectural applications.

     
  • Foiling Aluminum

    Max Strang Architecture: Galvalume aluminum zinc-coated sheets are lightweight panels that can be used for wall applications.

     
  • Going Global

    Max Strang Architecture: Enviromental Graphics' wall panels are applied like regular wallpaper, but is printed on 80-pound paper.

     
  • Storm Chaser

    Max Strang Architecture: PGT Industries' WinGuard windows are made with impact-resistant laminated glass and come with either vinyl or aluminum frames.

     
  • Set With Erecta

    Richardson Architects: Metro Wire Super Erecta shelving can support up to 800 pounds and its heights and widths range from 14 x 24 inches to 36 x 72 inches.

     
  • Moon Glow

    Richardson Architects: The Flos Romeo Moon S1 pendant is an 8 1/3-inch tall light fixture that hangs from a steel suspension cable.

     
  • Crystal Persuasion

    Richardson Architects: DuPont's Zodiaq surfacing is made from 93 percent quartz crystal, giving it a depth and radiance and making it strong, durable, and heat- and scratch-resistant.

     
  • Over the Edge

    Richardson Architects: Tydix low-profile edge pulls are made from solid brass or solid bronze and come in diameters of ¼-inch, 5/16-inch, 3/8-inch, and ½-inch.

     
  • Tanks Again

    Richardson Architects: Rinnai's on-demand tankless water heaters deliver a continuous supply of hot water for as long as needed and the full line of heaters range between outputs of 15,000 to 237,000 BTU.

     
  • Sound Cork

    Moskow Architects: Amorim Flooring's Wicanders cork deadens sound, functions as a thermal insulator and can be used for both flooring and wall applications.

     
  • Fixed Slate

    Moskow Architects: Camara Slate Products' unfading green slate tiles are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use and are available in six natural colors.

     
  • Cable Provider

    Moskow Architects: Feeney Architectural Products' CableRail is a stainless steel railing system that comes in 5 foot increments spanning up to 70 feet.

     
  • Slow Burn

    Moskow Architects: RAIS's Komba wood-burning stove is powerful enough to heat up to 1,292 square feet of space and feature a soapstone baking liner and top plate.

     
  • Weather Foe

    Cole Prévost: Parklex 1000 is a versatile wood-resin composite panel that can be used for cabinetry or as a rainscreen. Parklex has a natural wood surface that resists rain, extreme sunlight, wind, and snow.

     
  • Gropius Grip

    Cole Prévost: TECNOLINE's 1923 Bauhaus door lever comes in four different finishes, two different designs and comes in lengths of either 4¾ inches or 4 5/16 inches.

     
  • Room for Squares

    Cole Prévost: Dornbracht's Maro faucet in made from cast brass and projects 9½ inches and rises 13½ inches high.

     
  • Above It All

    Michelle Kaufmann Designs: deXstone's GratedeX decking system is comprised of a fiberglass underlayment that's installed over traditional wood framing. It uses stainless steel fasteners and adhesive to accept natural stone or tile.

     
  • Fresh Breeze

    Michelle Kaufmann Designs: NanaWall folding glass patio doors are available in custom sizes and can be fabricated in such species as sapeli mahogany and speced with aluminum cladding.

     
  • Hot Spot

    Michelle Kaufmann Designs: Takagi tankless water heaters conserve energy and are offered in a variety of capacities.

     
  • Greater Good

    Michelle Kaufmann Designs: Heath Ceramics' recycled tiles can be used for floors, walls, pools, or fountains and are available in more than 80 crackle, matte, and glossy glazes.

     
  • Trough Love

    Michelle Kaufmann Designs: Kohler's stainless steel trough sink is 33 inches long with a basin depth of nearly 6 inches. A wire rack and wire storage basket are included accessories.

     
  • Run, Spot, Run

    Donald Powers Architects: Seiho's Aluminum SpotDiffuser is ideal for moving conditioned air from an inaccessible place to a work environment, according to the manufacturer. The unit is crafted from heavy-gauge anodized aluminum in sizes ranging from 3 inc

     
  • Real Appeal

    Donald Powers Architects: No. 1 Grade Blue Label shingles are a premium-grade product for roofs and sidewalls and can be steamed for curved applications. The shingles are comprised of 100 percent defect-free heartwood with a 100 percent edge grain.

     
  • Hardi Boy

    Donald Powers Architects: James Hardie's Hardiplank fiber-cement siding is a durable exterior that resembles wood and resists rotting, cracking and moisture.

     
  • Petal Push

    Donald Powers Architects: Ikea's Knappa pendant lamp is made from white polypropylene and measures 18 inches wide and 14¼ inches tall.

     
  • Light Bridge

    Donald Powers Architects: Lighting fixtures from Brass Light Galleries offer a wide range of opitons for shades and glass types and bridge the gaps among architectural styles, according to architect Donald Powers.

     
  • Wild Tile

    COOP 15: Royal Mosa's Romain series of unglazed floor tiles are uniquely manufactured giving them a useful versatility for flooring applications.

     
  • The Anti-Log

    COOP 15: Moderustic glass rocks function as a decorative alternative to conventional gas fireplace designs and are processed to burn clean with no cinders, embers, or smells.

     
  • High and Dry

    COOP 15: Cembonit cement-based cladding sheets are crafted from cement, cellulose fibers, and fillers. Sheets come in thicknesses of ¼ inch and 5/16 inch and measure up to 4 feet by 10 feet.

     
  • Original Species

    Van Dam Architecture and Design: Available in casement, awning, double-hung, and slider styles, Kolbe & Kolbe's all-wood windows' exterior components are immersed in a life-prolonging preservative treatment before assembly.

     
  • Warm Steel

    Van Dam Architecture and Design: Ideal Roofing's corrugated steel roofs are oven-baked and pre-painted and can be custom-cut to lengths of up to 40 feet in 30 colors.

     
  • Cool Design

    Van Dam Architecture and Design: Sub-Zero's handbuilt refrigerator/freezers are designed with dual cooling systems, electronic controls, and an alarm to alert homeowners when the door is ajar.

     
  • Right Light

    Van Dam Architecture and Design: Belfer's 6230 Varial sconce light fixture is made from cast aluminum and operates on a 100-watt or 150-watt halogen bulb.

     
  • Rules of Refraction

    Steely Architecture: Interstyle's Cobblestones Series glass tiles are impervious to liquids and resistant to fading, staining, and discoloration. The mosaics are 1-inch-by-1-inch and are mesh-mounted on 12-inch-square sheets.

     
  • Shipshape

    Steely Architecture: Stelton's 17-inch-tall oil-fueled ship's lamp is made of stainless steel and its sleek design helps give it an added architectural element.

     
  • Directors' Cut

    Steely Architecture: Valli&Valli's vcr line of door hardware is made of solid brass or zinc with chrome, satin chrome, and stainless steel finishes.

     
  • Fire in the Sky

    Steely Architecture: Fireorb is a 24 x 13-inch fire window made of spun-steel that is suspended from the ceiling.

     
  • Red State

    Baylis Architects: Western Red Cedar's wood siding contains natural preservatives that resist moisture, decay, and insect damage.

     
  • Easy Does It

    Baylis Architects: Taylor Metal Products' Easy Lock standing-seam metal roofing comes in 16-gauge and 24-gauge steel that can withstand wind gusts of up to 140 miles per hour, according to the manufacturer.

     
  • Axor Answer

    Baylis Architects: Hansgrohe's Axor plumbing line includes styles for the kitchen and bath and can be speced in chrome, brushed nickel, and satinox, as well as with PVD finishes.

     
  • Glass Menagerie

    Val Glitsch, FAIA, Architect: Ann Sacks' line of glass tile features tiles mesh-mounted on sheets measuring 12 or 13 square inches.

     
  • Frosty Views

    Val Glitsch, FAIA, Architect: American Acrylic's LUMAsite translucent panels are a lightweight alternative to frosted glass. The shatterproof sheets are cast from 100 percent acrylic or modified polyester resins and reinforced with fiberglass.

     
  • Tough Choice

    Val Glitsch, FAIA, Architect: IceStone surfacing is made of recycled glass and cement and slabs measure 52½ inches wide, 96 inches long, and 1¼ inches thick.

     
  • Raw Hide

    Val Glitsch, FAIA, Architect: Silestone Leather quartz-based surfacing and is made from 93 percent quartz and 7 percent resins and color.

     
  • Germane German

    Val Glitsch, FAIA, Architect: Bulthaup's high-end cabinets allow for versatility and mobility in the kitchen with freestanding units as well as wall-hung units.

     
  • Minding the Store

    Giulietti/Schouten, AIA Architects: Arcadia's line of products includes thermally and nonthermally broken storefronts and doors, as well as casement, hopper, and ventilating windows.

     
  • A Shoe-In

    Giulietti/Schouten, AIA Architects: Blackstock's leather tiles provide sound insulation and are made from the same material used for shoe soles.

     
  • A Touch of Grass

    Giulietti/Schouten, AIA Architects: 3form's line of resin-based panels are made of 100 percent recycled materials. Sheets measure 48 inches wide by 96 inches or 120 inches long.

     
  • Greenhouse Glass

    Merle Thorpe Architects: Harmon's custom fabricator combines different building materials for small- and large-scale new-construction and renovation projects.

     
  • Sound Off

    Merle Thorpe Architects: Loewen's push-out casement windows, when combined with RC-1 resilient furring products from USG, “reduce sound-wave transmission into bedrooms and studies,” according to architect Merle Thorpe. Features include Douglas fir interio

     
  • Crossed Star

    Merle Thorpe Architects: Jado's Colonial 850 cross-handle faucet is made from cast brass, uses ceramic disc valves and has three handle options.

     
  • Open Casement

    Fung + Blatt Architects: Milgard's aluminum casement windows have clean, narrow sight lines, special hinges that allow them to completely open outward, and mechanically joined corners.

     
  • Plastic Makes Perfect

    Fung + Blatt Architects: GE Plastics' Lexan Thermoclear cellular polycarbonate serves as a light, inexpensive alternative to frosted glass, according to architects Michael Rosner Blatt and Alice Fung.

     
  • ROHL With It

    Fung + Blatt Architects: ROHL's Shaws Original handmade kitchen sink is made from acid- and alkali-resistant fireclay and comes in single- and double-bowl configurations.

     
  • Industrial Evolution

    Fung + Blatt Architects: Chicago Faucet Co.'s line faucets are made with cast brass and ceramic disc valves.

     
  • Giving Tanks

    Fung + Blatt Architects: Noritz's on-demand tankless gas heaters efficiently heat water only when it's needed.

     
  • Classic Dimension

    Fung + Blatt Architects: Hakatai Enterprises' Cartglass mosaic tiles are ¾-inch-thick, come in 43 colors and 23 different blends.

     
  • All Bark, No Bite

    Gracia Studio: Lisbon Cork tiles from Lumber Liquidators comes in four colors and as glue-down 6-inch tiles or 12-inch-by-24-inch floating floor planks.

     
  • Wood Times

    Gracia Studio: The California Redwod Association's natural redwood siding accepts finishes well and is resistant to decay and insects.

     
  • Stain Alive

    Gracia Studio: Cabot's water- and oil-based semi-solid wood siding stains are guaranteed not to crack, peel, or blister, even under harsh weather conditions, according to the manufacturer, and are available in 74 colors.

     
  • Wall With a View

    Gracia Studio: Suntuf polycarbonate panels from Palram are translucent and fade- and chip-resistant.

     
  • Blaze of Glory

    Dixon Weinstein Architects: Majestic's Designer Series Regal Group mulitsided fireplace is gas-powered and comes with a standing pilot or electronic ignition.

     
  • Bella Bell

    Dixon Weinstein Architects: spOre's illuminated doorbell buttons are light-emitting diodes that consume less than a watt of power and are manufactured with a satin-aluminum finish in amber, blue, green, red, and white.

     
  • Plain Good

    Dixon Weinstein Architects: LBL Lighting's Plano pendant has an Italian glass shade with nickel metal accents. The telescopic stem measures 42½ inches long and is available in black or white.

     
  • Warm by Design

    Roger Ferris + Partners: Agape's Spoon bathtub is crafted from a resin/quartz powder composite that reportedly allows the tub to retain heat.

     
  • Forma and Function

    Roger Ferris + Partners: Boffi's collection of kitchen and bath products are manufactured in a diverse mix of materials—stainless steel, anodized aluminum, and wood veneers among them. Base and upper units can be speced in a variety of sizes.

     
  • Mixed Media

    Roger Ferris + Partners: Duratherm's custom wood windows and doors come in choices such as African mahogany, cypress, Douglas fir, and teak.

     
  • Good Trade

    Roger Ferris + Partners: This project by the firm uses a wood curtain wall system with a light-gauge steel frame for maximum wall transparency—a testament, Ferris says, to the versatility of Tradewood Windows and Doors.

     
  • Hide and Sleek

    Roger Ferris + Partners: Edelman Leather's floor and wall tiles are cut from the thickest parts of the hide and come in a range of sizes, including 2 inches by 8 inches, 4 inches by 8 inches, and 18 inches square. Various colors, shapes, and patterns are available.

     
  • architects' choice

    In our fast-paced, supersaturated lives, we've reached the point where we're no longer empowered by choice, we're burdened by it. Your clients are overwhelmed by it, you're conflicted by it, and project budgets are stretched by it. That product you're about to spec—is it beautiful enough, practical...

     

doctor spec

  • surface appeal

    It's not easy to design a handsome building, no matter what its type. You have to get so many elements just right if you want it to rise above the mediocre or mundane. You have to nail the usual to-do list of massing, scale, proportion, and detail. But gr

     

products

new material

  • Win Column

    California Faucets' Shower Column is a free-standing shower fixture that works with both in-wall and concealed valves.

     
  • Doctored Imago

    The David 23 pendant light fixture is suspended from an 8 foot stainless steel aircraft cable. It features a 1/16-inch thick shade made of heat-encapsulating Imago material.

     
  • Building Blox

    Xylem's Blox collection of bath products include a 20-inch wall-mounted vanity that can be speced with a drawer, shelf, or glass door.

     

off the shelf

digital home

  • new perspective

    After two failed attempts to corner the market on TV and PC convergence, Microsoft's Vista operating system will try to make the third time the charm.

     

workspace

  • archimania

    When Todd Walker, AIA, founded Archimania with Jeff Blackledge, AIA, in 1995, they were strapped for cash. So their build-out in an industrial building in downtown Memphis, Tenn., tapped into their still-successful formula of doing much more with considerably less.

     

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