from the editor

  • disappearing ink

    A complete reinvention of our website is fitting as people look to the Internet—in addition to ink on paper mediums—for their news and information.


home front

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    rebuilding haiti

    Since the earthquake in Haiti, architects and design-related nonprofits have pitched in to help rebuild.


green piece

green pieces

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    electric slide

    Device offers more control for dimmable CFLs.

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    hot spring

    GE's hybrid unit uses heat pump technology to reduce energy expenses by up to 62 percent.


k+b studio

  • A 2-foot gap between the kitchen walls and ceiling promotes daylighting and natural ventilation.

    natural instincts

    Accordion doors link the kitchen to the outdoors, and a freestanding wall, ending 2 feet below the ceiling, allows both natural breeze and light to enter the space.

  • The bath takes full advantage of the mild Northern California climate, with plenty of opportunities for natural ventilation.

    teak experience

    William Duff Architects designs a relaxing master bath that opens to a private garden.



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    the trouble next door

    While not everyone shares the same aesthetic, there are strategic, peaceful ways to handle design differences among neighbors.



  • Correcting a previous mistake, Ohashi Design Studio opened up this '60s ranch to water views with a wall of aluminum and glass facing San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.

    ranch revival

    East Bay residence gets energy-efficient upgrade and new solar roof.

  • Alex and Ivan Terry created a sense of continuity by bringing the ipe inside the house to rooms such as the kitchen/dining/living space.

    most improved

    Terry & Terry Architecture remodels a nondescript 1960s house into a handsome—and sustainable—urban residence.

  • New Morning

    Tiburon House's face-lift includes a cool roof and offers expansive San Francisco Bay views via aluminum-frame sliding glass doors.


doctor spec


new material

  • The Economy Series hinge offers an affordable way to install frameless shower doors. Priced at about $16, the architectural-grade product is produced from solid forged brass with square corners and edges. Its designed for 3/8-inch-thick glass and rated to support 40 pounds per hinge. Available in glass-to-glass and wall-mount options and three finishes: satin nickel, polished chrome, and oil-rubbed bronze. US Horizon, 877.728.3874;

    trickle-down economy

    Economy Series hinge offers an affordable way to hang frameless shower doors.

  • This 27-inch freezer column from Sub-Zero brings more design versatility to the kitchen. Available in all-refrigerator and all-freezer models, the Energy Star-rated unit features digital controls, low-profile hinges, heavily insulated doors, and magnetic door seals that help prevent air leaks. Antimicrobial air purification and microbiological water filtration systems reduce bacteria and other impurities. Sub-Zero, 800.222.7820;

    divide and conquer

    Sub-Zero's integrated columns offer design flexibility in the kitchen.

  • bred in the bone

    Aeros pendant inspired by bone tissue structure.

  • Inspired by the visual arts and architectural design trends, Bendheims new Robert A.M. Stern Collection of decorative glass includes etched and obscured patterns suitable for installation in partition walls, doors, and shower enclosures. Patterns are produced on both sides of ultra-clear low-iron float glass, which is available in three standard thicknesses and various sizes and colors. The permanent etched surfaces are free of coatings and naturally fingerprint-resistant. Bendheim, 800.606.7621;

    new classics

    Stern-designed decorative glass collection draws on the visual arts and architectural design.

  • AlumaFloor adds a hipster cool to urban lofts, office spaces, or live/work projects. Manufactured from recycled aluminum alloy, the 3/16- and 1/8-inch-thick tiles are sealed with a clear coat for durability and install with adhesive to eliminate exposed fasteners. Pieces are produced in aluminum, black, and titanium in sizes of up to 24 inches by 48 inches. AlumaFloor, 630.628.0226;

    lovely foil

    Alumafloor aluminum flooring tiles add interest to urban projects.

  • Designed for multifamily and light commercial projects, the Hardie Reveal Panel fiber cement cladding system uses aluminum Reveal Trims manufactured by Fry Reglet Corp. to help architects achieve a contemporary look. Available in 4-foot-by-8-foot widths, the panels are 40 percent thicker than residential fiber cement and can be painted in the field or ordered pre-finished in 26 colors. James Hardie Commercial, 888.542.7343;

    hardier hardie

    Hardie Reveal Panel is a comprehensive cladding system with a contemporary look.

  • TRUFIG represents a new way to install wall switches, outlets, and audio/video wall plates. The custom installation kits allow designers to flush-mount the panels and keypads controlling a variety of devices, for a cleaner, more integrated look. Ideal for new-construction or remodeling projects, the kits come with white, brown, and almond face covers that may be custom-painted. Dana Innovations, 949.366.8782;

    hidden depth

    System allows designers to mount wall switches and other accessories flush to the wall.

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    made for shade

    S1E Eco-Screen offers insect and solar control for large horizontal openings.



  • The firm used salvaged materials and reused as much of the elements in the building as possible. BELL tightened the envelope, restored the millwork and the original windows, and exposed the beams, among other moves.

    bell architects

    Washington, D.C., firm known for preservation and adaptive reuse transforms an 1880s-era row house into its new office space.