from the editor

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    the office at home

    Architects can and should reinvent how we work in the places we live.


home front

  • The homes can be built as singles (typically 12 feet wide), doubles (24 feet wide as a duplex), and camel backs (a single or double with a second-floor addition).

    shotgun chic

    The shotgun prototype could help ease New Orleans' housing shortage.



Other Articles

green piece

  • Rooftop trays constitute mounting brackets for solar panels and shading devices for windows.

    leading light

    A Greenville, S.C., house points to a natural affinity between sustainability and modernism.


k+b studio


  • The bath's large skylight offers views of the Pacific Northwest's changing cloudscape.

    containment strategy

    This Seattle-area master bath uses stark white millwork elements to define space and create a soothing atmosphere.



  • The bright white surfaces of the kitchen's blocklike forms, as much as their geometry, define a separate functional area within a larger room.

    solid geometry

    A Seattle area kitchen uses color and geometry to distinguish kitchen functions in a cooking/dining/living room.



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    spring showers

    A large square showerhead tops off the DreamLine shower column, which boasts the amenities of a home spa in a clean-lined aluminum panel.

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    high light

    The Memory XXS spotlight emits direct and indirect light.



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    shedding borders

    With the economic recovery stuck in low gear, U.S. architects are looking overseas for commissions.




  • Alternating bands of gloss and matte white paint on the walls of the ground-level office bounce and reflect light, while fixtures made from circular fluorescent bulbs and contractor-grade porcelain sockets add a botanical touch.

    inside job

    The Urban Barn live/work project turned abandoned city lots into light-filled office space and sleek living quarters.

  • The workspace occupies the entire ground floor.

    family business

    A remodeled San Francisco building houses work and living spaces for a creative and enterprising family.

  • When the studio door is open, it highlights the home's double-height ceilings and loft-like feeling.

    artistic value

    A live/work house on Whidbey Island, Wash., nourishes the mind and soul.


shelter lab

  • The 25-foot-long Airstream currently is parked on a residential site in Santa Barbara, Calif.

    mobile hot spot

    A remodeled Airstream trailer provides a cozy, portable live/work space.


doctor spec

  • Stressing technology and design, Duravit has launched SensoWash, a line of shower-toilet seats that are long on form, function, and luxury.

    the new necessary

    The toilet category is abuzz with cool designs and ultra high-efficiency products.



new material


    thin lines

    Invisiled Pro claims to be one of the thinnest LED products on the market.

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    palms up

    Manufacturer says its Deco sugar-palm flooring is more architecturally interesting than wood.

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    sheep’s clothing

    PermaLoft is perhaps the only loose fill, blown-in wool insulation on the market.

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    glide on

    The Ultimate Glider allows homeowners to clean the glass from inside the house.

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    control yourself

    RainBrain computer system allows users to control the shower electronically.

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    peak performance

    The Peak Series of kitchen sinks adds an architectural element to the kitchen.