written by:
May 17, 2013
In the penultimate chapter of our series on the 100 most popular projects ever published in Dwell, a selection of homes including a few mid-century favorites, a tree house in Canada, and more. View 1-20 here, 21-40 here, 41-60 here.
residential urban wooden box harpoon house
All We Need

This pair of handy Portlanders doesn’t crave any more of Oregon’s territory than what’s taken up by their 704-square-foot home, hard-working garden, and smartly designed outdoor spaces. Photo by John Clark.

 

Photo by 
Originally appeared in It's Hip to Be Square
1 / 20
prospect heights residence kitchen family portrait
Top Brass

A couple takes a minimalist approach to their Brooklyn apartment, focusing on supple materials, subtle gradations of color, and custom finishes by local craftsmen. Photo by Matthew Williams.

Originally appeared in Kitchens We Love: Part 2
2 / 20
A kitchen that opens onto the garden is the complete antithesis of Jakarta’s often dim and dingy suburban interiors.
Jakarta, Indonesia

In the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, Ahmad Djuhara is on a one-man crusade to blow away the conservative cobwebs of the city’s dowdy suburban architecture. Photo by Matthew Williams.

Photo by 
Originally appeared in Humid City, Cool Home
3 / 20
Atop a warehouse/office building overlooking Seattle’s Salmon Bay waterway, Tom Bayley’s home watches over a 250-slip marina. Few tenants below notice his presence, except when errant drops from his watering can fall from his deck, 25 feet above.
Sky Small

Building a small home doesn’t equate to easy lifting. Before Tom Bayley could call in a crane to lift the materials for his 800-square-foot house to the roof of the building on which it’s perched, he had to tackle a radical retrofit to shore up the structure. Photo by John Clark.

Photo by 
Originally appeared in Sky Small
4 / 20
The exterior facade of the renovated Victorian Everett House in Louisville Kentucky.
A Well-Grafted Home

Working creatively to meet strict preservation codes, architect Roberto de Leon affixes a modern annex onto a historic Louisville house. Photo by Noah Webb.

Photo by 
Originally appeared in A Well-Grafted Home
5 / 20
addition, austin, texas, rick black architect
Double Time

The last time Blake Trabulsi and Allison Orr had a party at their house in Austin, Texas, it lasted until 5 a.m. Observes Trabulsi: “People are so comfortable here, they never want to leave.” Photo by Jack Thompson.

Photo by 
Originally appeared in Double Time
6 / 20
Chelsea and Arthur Jackson renovated their fourth-floor condominium to include a custom Bulthaup kitchen.
Chef's Table

When these full-time foodies renovated their Chicago condo, getting the kitchen right meant finding the right kitchen island. Photo by Matthew Williams.

Photo by 
Originally appeared in Chef's Table
7 / 20
Modern kitchen dining area with Louis Poulsen and Tom Dixon pendant lights
Long Island Found

When the Fisher family’s 1960s Long Island beach bungalow started to crumble, they sought an architect who’d preserve the home’s humble roots and mellow vibe, while subtly bringing the place up to date. Photo by Richard Foulser.

Photo by 
Originally appeared in Long Island Found
8 / 20
Modern spacious dining room with concrete flooring
Paint It Black

A family of cost-conscious Hamburgers (freshly back in Germany after years abroad) converted a kitschy turn-of-the-century villa into a high-design home. Photo by Mark Seelen.

Photo by 
Originally appeared in Paint it Black
9 / 20
Walls and ceilings made out of reclaimed butternut wood
In the Loop

Adrian Jones lived in his top-floor loft in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood for nine years before renovating. For a bachelor set designer, the 2,500-square-foot space was perfect: plenty of room for his studio and collections of books and art, big windows affording city views, and exposed brick tagged with graffiti.

Photo by 
Originally appeared in In the Loop
10 / 20
Kitchen dining area with long, rectangular bottom floor
See What Develops

By keeping the budget strict, the insulation tight, and its values clear, Philadelphia’s Postgreen Homes shows a little brotherly love for green, urban housing.

Photo by 
Originally appeared in Green Urban Housing in Philadelphia
11 / 20
Sustainable home with galvanized steel shed roof and siding
Into the Great Wide Open

For this rural Ontario home, building sustainably was less about high-tech gizmos than learning to truly love the land. Photo by Derek Shapton.

Photo by 
Courtesy of 
© Derek Shapton
Originally appeared in The Off-Grid Home That Doesn't Worry About Too Many Gadgets
12 / 20
Small Amidst Sprawl

Rising out of the Texas bayou, Houston is both a sprawling metropolis and the largest city in the United States without zoning regulations. This cause-and-effect relationship has, over time, resulted in a hodgepodge of land use and a multitude of architectural styles that give the city its most unique alias, a city without memory. Photo by Misty Keasler.

Photo by 
Originally appeared in Small Amidst Sprawl
13 / 20
Australia kitchen
Glazed Old Fashioned

On a shady street just off the main drag of Melbourne, Australia’s hippest inner suburb, a pair of creative types and their two kids have made a bright, cheery home by renovating an 1860s stable, oddly named “Villa Boston.”

Photo by 
Originally appeared in Glazed Old Fashioned
14 / 20
Norwegian Wood

Designing a house for this setting was a thrilling puzzle of aesthetics and terrain for a young architect. The house they built that year suited the couple for 30 years of long summer vacations, but recently, as Kiehl tells us, it was time for an upgrade.

Photo by 
Originally appeared in Norwegian Wood
15 / 20
Ray Kappe relaxes in the central living space, which offers views onto other shared family zones. Behind him is a view down into his office. Half a level up, Shelly Kappe stands at the entrance to the upper family room.
Level Best

Los Angeles architect Ray Kappe built a multilevel house for his family back in 1967, and the results still resonate today. Photo by João Canziani.

Photo by 
Originally appeared in Ray Kappe-Designed Multilevel House in Los Angeles
16 / 20
The Fung/Blatt family enjoys the backyard of their Mount Washington home. Despite its 5,000-square-foot lot, the house is just 1,640 square feet. Michael Blatt admits, “If we could add anything to this house, it would be five walk-in closets.”
Domestic Democracy

In a code-happy L.A. suburb, how do you break the mold without breaking the law? Architects Alice Fung and Michael Blatt steer clear of anarchy with a little democratic design. Photo by Dave Lauridsen.

Photo by 
Originally appeared in Domestic Democracy
17 / 20
Twin houses face off in La Jolla across wide-open walls and decking. The design held such appeal that the architect claimed one 2inn for himself.
Double the Pleasure

These twin sun-drenched San Diego abodes prove that two decks are better than one. Photo by Bryce Duffy.

Photo by 
Originally appeared in Double the Pleasure
18 / 20
Eighteen-foot-long ribs run from top to bottom to form the treehouse's struts. The floor package runs into the ribs and creates a triangle, which negated the need for more structural support. During construction, Allen broke one of the long ribs but rathe
Dream Hatcher

Joel Allen had always dreamed of building his own home and this miniature treehouse was the first step.

Originally appeared in Dream Hatcher
19 / 20
courtyard house exterior side
Inside Job

Designing an innovative house is a rite of passage 
for many young architects. But building in a city doesn’t always make experimentation easy; after all, neighbors have their own ideas about how a block is supposed to look. Photo by Juliana Sohn.

Originally appeared in Growth Spurt
20 / 20
residential urban wooden box harpoon house
All We Need

This pair of handy Portlanders doesn’t crave any more of Oregon’s territory than what’s taken up by their 704-square-foot home, hard-working garden, and smartly designed outdoor spaces. Photo by John Clark.

 

Photo by John Clark.

Join the Discussion

Loading comments...

Latest Articles

45 dva 2270 persp1 cmyk 0
The prospect of retirement doesn’t just signal the end of a career; it offers the chance to recalibrate and re-prioritize in life.
July 25, 2016
18
You don’t have to choose between sustainable energy and curb appeal.
July 19, 2016
jakemagnus queensland 1
Each week, we tap into Dwell's Instagram community to bring you the most captivating design and architecture shots of the week.
July 06, 2016
content delzresidence 013 1
Each week, we tap into Dwell's Instagram community to bring you the most captivating design and architecture shots of the week.
June 29, 2016
abc malacari marwick stair 01 0
A simple set of stairs is a remodel’s backbone.
June 28, 2016
Design Award of Excellence winner Mellon Square.
Docomomo US announces the winners of this year's Modernism in America Awards. Each project showcases exemplary modern restoration techniques, practices, and ideas.
June 27, 2016
monogram dwell sf 039 1
After last year’s collaboration, we were excited to team up with Monogram again for the 2016 Monogram Modern Home Tour.
June 27, 2016
switch over chicago smart renovation penthouse deck smar green ball lamps quinze milan lounge furniture garapa hardwood
A strategic rewire enhances a spec house’s gut renovation.
June 26, 2016
young guns 2016 emerging talent coralie gourguechon treviso italy cphotos by coralie gourguechon co produced by isdat planche anatomique de haut parleur1
Coralie Gourguechon's paper objects will make you see technology in a whole new way.
June 26, 2016
green machine smart home aspen colorado facade yard bocci deck patio savant
Smart technology helps a house in Aspen, Colorado, stay on its sustainable course.
June 25, 2016
Compact Aglol 11 television plastic brionvega.
The aesthetic appeal of personal electronics has long fueled consumer interest. A new industrial design book celebrates devices that broke the mold.
June 25, 2016
modern backyard deck ipe wood
An angled deck transforms a backyard in Menlo Park, California, into a welcoming gathering spot.
June 24, 2016
dscf5485 1
Today, we kicked off this year’s annual Dwell on Design at the LA Convention Center, which will continue through Sunday, June 26th. Though we’ve been hosting this extensive event for years, this time around is particularly special.
June 24, 2016
under the radar renovation napa
Two designers restore a low-slung midcentury gem in Napa, California, by an unsung Bay Area modernist.
June 24, 2016
Exterior of Huneeus/Sugar Bowl Home.
San Francisco–based designer Maca Huneeus created her family’s weekend retreat near Lake Tahoe with a relaxed, sophisticated sensibility.
June 24, 2016
light and shadow bathroom walnut storage units corian counter vola faucet
A Toronto couple remodel their home with a special emphasis on a spacious kitchen and a material-rich bathroom.
June 24, 2016
Affordable home in Kansas City living room
In Kansas City, an architecture studio designs an adaptable house for a musician on a budget.
June 23, 2016
modern lycabettus penthouse apartment oak vertical slats office
By straightening angles, installing windows, and adding vertical accents, architect Aaron Ritenour brought light and order to an irregularly shaped apartment in the heart of Athens, Greece.
June 23, 2016
kitchen confidential tiles custom cabinetry oak veneer timber house
A modest kitchen addition to a couple’s cottage outside of Brisbane proves that one 376-square-foot room can revive an entire home.
June 23, 2016
feldman architecture 0
Each week, we tap into Dwell's Instagram community to bring you the most captivating design and architecture shots of the week.
June 22, 2016
Blackened timber Dutch home
A modern dwelling replaces a fallen farmhouse.
June 22, 2016
hillcrest house interior kitchen 3
Seeking an escape from bustling city life, a Manhattan couple embarks on a renovation in the verdant Hudson Valley.
June 22, 2016
angular
Atelier Moderno renovated an old industrial building to create a luminous, modern home.
June 21, 2016
San Francisco floating home exterior
Anchored in a small San Francisco canal, this floating home takes its cues from a classic city habitat.
June 21, 2016
modern renovation addition solar powered scotland facade steel balcony
From the bones of a neglected farmstead in rural Scotland emerges a low-impact, solar-powered home that’s all about working with what was already there.
June 21, 2016
up in the air small space new zealand facade corrugated metal cladding
An architect with a taste for unconventional living spaces creates a small house at lofty heights with a starring view.
June 21, 2016
young guns 2016 emerging talent marjan van aubel london cwai ming ng current window
Marjan Van Aubel makes technology a little more natural.
June 21, 2016
urban pastoral brooklyn family home facade steel cypress double
Building on the site of a former one-car garage, an architect creates his family’s home in an evolving neighborhood of Brooklyn.
June 20, 2016
Modern Brooklyn backyard studio with plexiglass skylight, green roof, and cedar cladding facade
In a Brooklyn backyard, an off-duty architect builds a structure that tests his attention to the little things.
June 20, 2016
the outer limits paris prefab home living area vertigo lamp constance guisset gijs bakker strip tablemetal panels
In the suburbs of Paris, an architect with an eco-friendly practice doesn’t let tradition stand in the way of innovation.
June 20, 2016