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August 21, 2015
From spacious living rooms to towering homes, this collection of massive, modern architecture is truly magnificent.
Living area and hearth in an Istanbul loft

This unconventional, 2,000-square-foot space has no full walls, and just one room. The team’s design philosophy was “not to have too many ideas,” and instead focus on a few key aesthetic moves that would be carried through the entire space. The lower living level features a full-wall storage system and statement hearth on a concrete platform. Sectional seating offers sweeping city views of Karakoy, including an old Armenian church and Galata Tower.

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Originally appeared in A Single-Room Loft with Impressive Wall-to-Wall Storage
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This classic mid-century modern home in Lakewood, Washington, had great "bones" that had been compromised by subsequent remodels. In the kitchen, Ikea cabinets were combined with durable work surfaces and personal touches like a chalkboard wall. Decopour flooring, a cement topping similar to terrazzo, is a very durable, family friendly surface. Kitchen, dining and outdoor space flow around a 12-foot long island—nicknamed "the mother of all islands" by the residents.

 

Originally appeared in A Mid-Century Renovation in Washington
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Modern open-plan living room with gray walls

Charles Gwathmey’s residential masterpiece, a modest but pioneering home for his parents in the Hamptons, looks as fresh today as it did in 1965. Even after subtle updates—like a new privet hedge—the house maintains the efficient yet spacious feel that helped make it an American icon, especially successful on a regional scale and once described as “more convincing than anything else in the Hamptons.” Inside, the slim cedar boards wrap the walls horizontally, a visual trick that seemingly expands the home’s petite footprint.  

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modern town house Israel white facade

Six stories high, crowned with a pool, and with a direct lineage back to the Bauhaus, a new town house in Tel Aviv manages to both embrace and provide refuge from the teeming Israeli city. Tall and surprisingly open, the Tel Aviv Town House by Pitsou Kedem Architects continues in the tradition of its Bauhaus-inspired neighbors with a white facade and black window frames.

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With the white exterior and huge black-framed windows, this six-story, 4,843-square-foot town house with the is a contemporary update on Bauhaus forms. Inside, suspended floors mean that each level is both open and adaptable, and because the house is divided up between so many floors, the black steel staircase doubles as an architectural showpiece and a perpetually used bit of circulation.

 

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New York home lined with mahogany planks

As the facade of a Bates Masi-designed home in Water Mill, New York, rises from eight to 14 feet high, the mahogany planks subtly widen. “It was quite a demand to make of the contractor,” architect Paul Masi says. “But the design was so much about traveling through the site and weaving [the house] together with the deck.”

 

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With this elegant steel prototype, Marmol Radziner and Associates launch a new prefab venture with the goal of bringing their modern design sensibilities to a broader market.

When you think of prefab, “palatial” is probably not what comes to mind. But as you take the bend of the desert road, their house—4,500 square feet of sturdy steel modules (2,100 interior square feet and 2,450 covered exterior square feet) rooted onto a concrete pad atop an untamed hill—looms into view like a sleek metal oasis. 

Originally appeared in Modern Prefab Living
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modern ecoconscious pavilion walkway roof

"Pulling the buildings apart allows what is not a big house to feel really big," says architect Jonathan Feldman of the sustainable retirement home he built for a couple in California. "Because of the ways it opens up, it feels much more expansive than it really is."

 

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modern beach house thatch roof living dining bar cart

By eliminating walls and incorporating a series of interior gardens, architect José Roberto Paredes created an eclectic and inspired beach house at the northern end of El Salvador’s coast.

 

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Double height space with stairwell

Bas van Bolderen and Willem van Bolderen designed a new home in a small Dutch town for a couple who had lost their centuries-old home to a fire. The architect-brothers were able to complete the dwelling in just eight months so the couple’s lives could return to normal. Soaring ceilings and lots of open space make visits from their grandchildren frequent. "They can bike and run around inside and with the walls of windows, we can keep an eye on them when they’re outside," says one of the residents. Large paper lamps illuminate the double-height dining area and stairway.

 

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Originally appeared in This Blackened Timber House Triumphantly Emerges After a Fire
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Clad in a rich wood palette, architect Charles Gane's summer cottage on the Georgian Bay draws all its energy needs from a mighty solar array. The home maintains remarkable material consistency, with Douglas fir cladding the beams, kitchen countertop, and interior walls. The open-plan kitchen absorbs views of the lake through an expansive glass wall. 

 

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Modern living room with furniture designed by Ludovica + Roberto Palomba

The acclaimed Italian designers Ludovica+Roberto Palomba carved a serene retreat out of a 17th-century oil mill in Salento, filling it with custom creations and their greatest hits. The couple realized that they could put their own imprint on the house but still retain its raw spirit, keeping the ancient stone floors, walls, and arches intact. The nearly all-white dwelling is filled with the couple’s designs and is a fitting stage for a dramatic presentation of their work.

 

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Living area and hearth in an Istanbul loft

This unconventional, 2,000-square-foot space has no full walls, and just one room. The team’s design philosophy was “not to have too many ideas,” and instead focus on a few key aesthetic moves that would be carried through the entire space. The lower living level features a full-wall storage system and statement hearth on a concrete platform. Sectional seating offers sweeping city views of Karakoy, including an old Armenian church and Galata Tower.

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