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Earth First

A pioneering house fares well during sustainability's ascent. More

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Flights of Fancy: How Moving a Staircase Breathed Light Into a Century-Old Rowhouse

(VIDEO) Kube Architecture had to gut an entire rowhouse on N Street in Georgetown in order to move a staircase and install a magnificent skylight. The result is a light-filled contemporary home. More

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Historic log cabin renovation in the Virginia countryside.

A trio of historic structures comes together in the Virginia countryside. Moreweaetxdyvaydzcwq

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Merit Award: Key Peninsula, Gig Harbor, Wash.

Sustainbly built waterfront home connects residents to the outdoors while retaining some inspirations--and materials--from the cabin it replaced. More

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Black White Residence, Bethesda, Md.

Our judges were impressed by how this house by David Jameson, FAIA, pays homage to classical modernism. More

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Connors House, Westwood, Mass.

Our Custom Home of the Year gave architect James Estes an opportunity to engage in placemaking on an unusually extensive scale. Sitting astride a prominent ridge, the house deploys long, low wings, granite landscape walls, and stone-edged terraces to domesticate broad swaths of outdoor space. The result reflects the program for this year-round home, Estes says. More

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desert variations

World-class paintings and sculptures possess a constant ability to surprise. The... More

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embedded architecture

It seems that countries known for their vast natural landscapes produce architects with an extraordinary sensitivity to site. Think Australia's Glenn Murcutt, whose buildings sit lightly on their fragile ecosystems. Or Brian MacKay-Lyons, FAIA, who's known for plainspoken materials and forms that draw on the rural building traditions of his native Nova Scotia. More

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This simple, elegant staircase plugged into an adjacent retaining wall may seem like an easy detail to pull off, but the opposite is true. More

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