from the editor

  • School of Hard Knocks

    It seems like everyone—novice and pro—became a real estate speculator during the housing boom. The go-go momentum inspired a number of residential architects to try their hand at investing as well. You might think this combination of enterprise and good taste would strike pay dirt in areas starved...

     

home front

  • slow and steady

    John Brown runs an unusual architectural practice in Calgary, Alberta. A licensed real estate agent and architect, Brown helps his clients find houses to remodel, does the design and construction, and helps them acquire financing for the work.

     
  • the architect is in

    McInturff Architects' second monograph, In Residence (The Images Publishing Group, 2007), takes up the body of work completed since 2000.

     
  • table talk

    Architect Emanuela Frattini Magnusson, AIA, has launched a new venture as an online furniture retailer.

     
  • humble abod

    When BSB Design decided to create a prototype for affordable housing in South Africa, it approached the task with gusto. Representatives from the firm's offices around the United States mocked up several different concepts, eventually settling on a simple metal design they dubbed—and...

     

green piece

  • spec lightly

    After graduating from architecture school, John Smith cast off for Germany to build prototype houses from discarded shipping containers. Now back on native soil in Houston and toiling for a commercial firm, Smith has a similar goal of creating compact, yet nicely detailed housing stateside.

     

green pieces

  • Teak Performance

    Dallas-based East Teak offers teak lumber in a variety of dimensions.

     
  • Metal-Worthy

    Two easily recyclable materials come together in one beautiful tile collection by Erin Adams.

     
  • Green Light

    Michelle Kaufmann, AIA, partnered with Flux, a Seattle-based industrial design studio, to create Vessel. The snazzy, energy-efficient light fixture comprises a slender, blown-glass cylinder that doubles as a vase and a powder-coated metal base that casts light from both ends.

     

k+b studio

bath

  • private time

    Pardo continues his quest for both privacy and openness in the master suite upstairs.

     

kitchen

  • elemental education

    This 3,600-square-foot surburban home isn't a typical project for Chris Pardo, principal and co-founder (with David Biddle) of Pb Elemental Architecture. The Seattle-based firm, whose specialties include design, construction, and development, normally focuses on high-density infill projects in...

     

practice

  • riding out the slowdown

    From his temporary location in Cambridge, Mass., where he is attending Harvard University on a Loeb Fellowship, veteran architect/developer Kevin Cavenaugh bemoans the housing market's troubles.

     

profiles

  • urban outfitter

    Sebastian Mariscal develops, designs, and builds—one project at a time.

     

projects

  • condo conversions

    Five firms foray into residential development in five different ways. They share the bumps and boons along the road.

     
  • primary residence

    Five firms foray into residential development in five different ways. They share the bumps and boons along the road.

     
  • two townhouses

     
  • adaptive reuse

    It doesn't matter how good your architecture is: If you haven't built relationships within your community, you won't be able to build much of anything. No one recognizes that more than David Trachtenberg, AIA, the architect and developer of Rose Street Townhouses in Berkeley, Calif.

     
  • pro forma: single-family

    Five firms foray into residential development in five different ways. They share the bumps and boons along the road.

     

products

new material

  • the hole truth

    Georgia-Pacific Wood Products says the XJ 85 prefabricated joist has strategically placed openings that allow contractors to install plumbing, HVAC, and electrical systems.

     
  • star turn

    Gas range from BlueStar Residential Nova Burner line is a true restaurant-style product for the home.

     
  • industrious design

    Architects have long ventured into the world of product design, resulting in such wildly successful pieces as the Vola faucet line and the LC4 chaise. That design spirit continues at Brooklyn, N.Y.-based 4pli.

     
  • gehry grab

    Two illustrious names in architecture—Frank Gehry, FAIA, and Valli&Valli—have teamed up to deliver door hardware worthy of display in your next high-end house.

     
  • Modern Classic

    When Viking Range Corp. bought St. Charles Cabinetry—a favorite of Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe—it gave the brand's all-metal products new engineering.

     
  • Shutter Bug

    Constructed from solid African mahogany or Western red cedar, these exterior shutters are cleverly designed to suit a variety of architectural styles.

     

architects' choice

  • Tex Mix

    Rob Paulus Architect: Mix Phifertex fabric panels with run-of-the-mill turnbuckles and eyebolts to create sunscreens and other architectural wonders.

     
  • On Guard

    Rob Paulus Architect: Tampa, Fla.-based McNichols specializes in lightweight perforated metal panels that are suitable for many architectural applications.

     
  • The Down Low

    Rob Paulus Architect: Off-the-shelf materials, such as Baltic birch plywood, can be used in unexpected ways to keep costs low.

     

workspace

  • Ibarra Rosano Design Architects

    Husband-and-wife architects Luis Ibarra and Teresa Rosano, RA, LEED AP, didn't need a lot of elbowroom for their five-person firm, but they did want separate public and private realms for their at-home office.