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August 27, 2015
You wouldn't guess it from the street, but these nondescript buildings contain microcosms of modernity.
Bienstock/Sayer Family Apartment Living Area

Bart, the resident of this New York City house, loves to cook, but in his old home, that often meant spending a few hours alone in the kitchen, away from his family. So when he and his wife, Regina, purchased a 2,200-square-foot apartment in 2013, they knew they wanted an open floor plan. The block-long, cast-iron building was built in 1887, and while original details remained, the apartment had recently been subjected to rather bland renovations. The couple called on Jane Stageberg of Bade Stageberg Cox (BSC) to help them design a home to meet the needs of a modern family while paying tribute to the building’s history.

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Andy Ryan
Originally appeared in Luminous Apartment in a Historic NYC Building
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Melbourne Apartment Kitchen

Just because you start having kids doesn’t mean you have to pack up for the suburbs. For proof, look to this recent apartment renovation in Melbourne’s central business district by Clare Cousins Architects. The firm smartly (and inexpensively) reimagined an 800-square-foot apartment to provide more than enough space for a young couple expecting their first child.

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Originally appeared in A Tiny Apartment Renovation for a Growing Family in Melbourne
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Renovated Art Deco apartment in Rome by SCAPE includes elm millwork and faceted enamel ceilings

For the renovation of a top-floor apartment on Via Mecenate in Rome, the architects at SCAPE took a transformative approach, stripping the space of its Art Deco details and inserting custom millwork and a minimalist wood stairwell volume.

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Originally appeared in You Won't Believe This Historic Penthouse Transformation in Rome
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Milan Hughston's quiet street in Manhattan's West Village is moments from the neighborhood's boutique shopping and nocturnal ruckuses. Architect Joel Sanders made Hughston's space multi-functional; here it's shown as a living room, for relaxing or enterta

This single-room apartment is located at the rear of a historic multi-unit building in Manhattan's West Village. Architect Joel Sanders made the space multi-functional; here it's shown as a living room, for relaxing or entertaining friends. 

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Originally appeared in One Room Fits All
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The engineering of House Ray 1’s load-bearing structure was extremely complex. Since the house had to be built on top of an old building, the architects opted for lightweight steel skeleton construction. The living/dining area has sliding glass walls that

In Vienna, a dazzling penthouse by Delugan Meissl has boldly inserted itself between traditional rooftops of the city’s Wieden district like a recently landed alien intruder. 

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Casa Na stucco living area.

Sometimes great potential hides beneath a home’s previous unflattering renovations. That was the case with the early-20th-century flat in the historic Lisbon neighbourhood of Mouraria that José Andrade Rocha recently remodeled. “It had lost its soul over the years,” the architect explains. He brought the 592-square-foot apartment back to life by restoring its original materials, strengthening its relationship with the street, and defining its public and private spaces.

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Ricardo Oliveira Alves
Originally appeared in Minimal Apartment in Lisbon Divvied Up by Sliding Doors
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Set atop a 1908 warehouse in the Courtenay Precinct of Wellington, New Zealand, three contemporary apartments by Architecture Workshop glow like lanterns at dusk, signaling a new day for this once-seedy neighborhood.

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Bienstock/Sayer Family Apartment Living Area

Bart, the resident of this New York City house, loves to cook, but in his old home, that often meant spending a few hours alone in the kitchen, away from his family. So when he and his wife, Regina, purchased a 2,200-square-foot apartment in 2013, they knew they wanted an open floor plan. The block-long, cast-iron building was built in 1887, and while original details remained, the apartment had recently been subjected to rather bland renovations. The couple called on Jane Stageberg of Bade Stageberg Cox (BSC) to help them design a home to meet the needs of a modern family while paying tribute to the building’s history.

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