from the editor

  • a disservice to the house

    Everyone is lamenting the deflation of the housing bubble. But there''s at least one bright side to its departure.


home front

  • an eye for detail

    Robert C. Lautman's first photography job was as an Army shutterbug in World War II. After the war, he discovered architectural photography and over the subsequent decades became one of its top practitioners.

  • corbu close-up

    More often than not, the way an architect handles details holds clues to his overall design ethos.

  • flower power

    The skyline in one of south central Singapore's prime residential districts will soon receive a makeover of dramatic proportions, courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects of London and a four-member consortium of developers led by Singapore-based CapitaLand.

  • a "not so big" anniversary

    Few architecture books have had the staying power of Sarah Susanka, FAIA's The Not So Big House: A Blueprint for the Way We Really Live. Ten years (and several sequels) later, the book's core message about the value of thoughtful, personalized design continues to resonate with an ever-expanding...


green piece

  • Swale Tale

    Rogers Marvel Architects recently parlayed overburdened sewers into a pivotal design for a mixed-income, mixed-use housing development on a brownfield site bordering Brooklyn, N.Y.'s Gowanus Canal.


green pieces

  • great dane

    Designed by architect Knud Kapper for Denmark-based Hansen Living, Living Kitchen Architecture is an eco-friendly collection of solid wood cabinets and islands.

  • for your amusement

    Amuse is the latest addition to Waterfall's environmentally sensitive bath vanity line.

  • community building

    Debuting October 23 and running for a year, Green Community explores the space between buildings.


k+b studio


  • space within space

    Elegantly detailed materials culminate in lighthearted surprises in this master bath.



  • pattern play

    The clients for this Seattle kitchen remodeling job wanted more space and better light.



  • steel sky

    With its access to the sky and spectacular views of downtown San Francisco, this bedroom penthouse addition is the crown jewel of a loft renovation in an abandoned-warehouse district.

  • one step up

    In much of our work, we spend a lot of time detailing to make things look really minimal,” says Eric Haesloop, AIA, LEED AP, a principal at the San Francisco firm Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects.

  • shelve it

    Renovations to this 100-year-old row house in downtown Washington, D.C., focused on better flow and flexible spaces.

  • rain, go away

    Eggleston Farkas Architects practices in the Pacific Northwest, where precipitation is a constant companion, so the firm is continually exploring ways to celebrate water and its conveyance.

  • desert gate

    Luis Ibarra says courtyards are the best “technique for living in the desert climate.” In fact, his latest development project with partner (and wife) Teresa Rosano, RA, LEED AP, counts on the appeal of courtyard living to sell six spec houses.

  • the wind up

    At its simplest, a stairway is an element that moves people vertically through space, but in architect Brad Lynch's house, it's also a means of passive heating and cooling.

  • mind the gap

    When summer residences are closed in with drywall, they lose the casual charm of the old uninsulated beach houses, says architect Robert Young, AIA. The task of exposing the rafters of this lakeside home got him thinking about using materials in ways that express their strengths.

  • under the lotus

    Inspired by the main house's ultraefficient plan, the clients came up with the idea of embedding sleeping berths into the studio's floor.


architects' choice

  • door score

    Banducci Associates Architects: Clopay's Avante Collection are made with 2 1/8-inch frames in custom sizes.

  • all that glass

    Banducci Associates Architects: Oceanside Glasstile's Tessera are made from silica sand and, in some cases, post-consumer recycled bottle glass.

  • good cover

    Banducci Associates Architects: Western red cedar siding is stable, resists decay and offers clean lines.


doctor spec

  • the new standard

    There are plenty of off-the-shelf products on the market that can help resolve transition issues and a host of other problems. In the process, they can create details that are every bit as elegant as a skilled artisan's, but not nearly as costly.



new material

  • discriminating taste

    To say architects love details is an understatement. Perhaps that's why they flock to brands that share the same mania for minutiae. One such brand is Henrybuilt.

  • cover art

    Clear or frosted weather- and UV-resistant acrylic snaps to a stainless steel frame in this sleek Lightline canopy from Feeney.

  • desk job

    Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Atlas Industries says its ad6 desk is ideal for an architect's office.

  • aqua recliner

    Rich wood gives the Agata a stylish furniture look, and integrated neck pillows and a generous depth make it feel like a comfy recliner.

  • occidental tourist

    Ornamentation is welcomed in certain applications. This Eastlake interior door knob—a popular late 1800s design that was a fixture of the 1897 Sears catalog—proves it.

  • heaven-sent

    Glass artisan Steve Weinstock, of Alchemy Glass & Light, found inspiration for his Celestial Series of sinks in the iconic work of artist Jasper Johns.

  • disappearing acts

    NanaWall's new HSW50 individual panel sliding system makes traditional walls virtually unnecessary.

  • wowzer, houzer

    HOUZER's Novus Series offers everything plus the kitchen sink, fusing good looks with great function.

  • the down low

    If the thought of a homely shower drain keeps you up at night, Sugar Hill, Ga.-based MTI Whirlpools has a solution: the Concealed Drain shower base.



  • Chadbourne + Doss Architects

    Working from their 1910 Craftsman home suited Daren Doss, AIA, and Lisa Chadbourne just fine-until their daughter was born.


Other Articles

  • another solution

    Details, details. Beautiful, creative, well-executed details can mean the difference between a pleasant project and a showstopper.

  • waiting to exhale

    This is an uncertain period for architects, but also an interesting one, as market trends shake out in response to production housing's spectacular fall and the new energy realities.