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May 14, 2015
These modern guesthouses are good enough to live in.
Winton Guest House by Frank Gehry

Up for auction this month, this guesthouse was designed by a young Frank Gehry. The 2,300-square-foot guest house was a key moment in the evolution of his style. 

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Wright Auctions
Originally appeared in Would You Buy This Idiosyncratic Frank Gehry Guest House?
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Sarasota modern home by Paul Rudolph with sweeping roof

The Healy Guest House in Sarasota, Florida, designed by Ralph Twitchell and Paul Rudolph in 1950, is a rich example of the area's midcentury architecture. 

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Greg Wilson
Originally appeared in Midcentury Modern Architecture of Sarasota
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Modern guest cottage of a historic home on Long Island

Originally designed by modernist architect Andrew Geller in 1963, Bates Masi + Architects recast what was previously the main residence of this Hamptons compound as a guesthouse

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Originally appeared in Modern Wood-Lined Family Home in the Hamptons
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Modern Sea Ranch home with a modern guesthouse

A new home at Sea Ranch, a half-century-old enclave of rugged modernist houses on the Northern California coast, captures the spirit of its surroundings. Sea caves on the property forced the architects to split some of the living space into a 483-square-foot guesthouse.

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Originally appeared in Modern Home Joins a Storied Site on the Pacific Ocean
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Fujimori has an affinity for building structures that appear to be perched precariously: His charred cedar-clad Guest House seems to balance on a sliver of a wall.

A longtime professor at the Institute of Industrial Science at the University of Tokyo, Terunobu Fujimori came to designing late—he got his first commission at age 44, 19 years ago—but he has since conceived some of Japan’s most startlingly original buildings, on average one per year. Fujimori has an affinity for building structures that appear to be perched precariously: his charred cedar-clad guesthouse seems to balance on a sliver of a wall.

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Akihisa Masuda
Originally appeared in Terunobu Fujimori
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Podere 43 allows for an endless array of leisure activities like ping-pong.

A complex of farm buildings from a less than glorious period in Italy’s history is magically transformed. The result? A sophis­ticated yet kid-friendly retreat that seamlessly fuses historical influences with contemporary design, complete with a freestanding guest apartment.

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Originally appeared in Somewhere Under the Tuscan Sun
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Modern guesthouse renovation in New York with Arcadia curtain wall

An architect and an interior designer convert a dilapidated toolshed into a modern guesthouse in New York. The architect replaced the remaining facade with a custom curtain wall that affords a sweeping view of the property. 

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Originally appeared in Can You Believe This House Used to be a Dilapidated Toolshed?
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zimmerman residence exterior

When the Zimmerman family settled in Seattle in the late 1990s they bought a 1,100-square-foot Craftsman built in the 1920s. Twenty years later, they began craving a bit more space. With the help of Ninebark, a local design-build studio, this granny flat now serves as a playroom, office, and guesthouse for visitors, complete with a kitchenette and full bathroom.


Originally appeared in Garden Pavilion, Seattle
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Inner courtyard with pool

Despite Mexico’s strong modernist tradition, Tijuana hasn’t always embraced the style. However, Marco and Angelica Becerril welcomed local architect Jorge Gracia's vision for Casa Becerril, a home for the couple and their extended family. A courtyard faces the guesthouse, which is accessible from custom-made staircase, designed by Gracia himself.

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Originally appeared in Appetite for Construction
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Winton Guest House by Frank Gehry

Up for auction this month, this guesthouse was designed by a young Frank Gehry. The 2,300-square-foot guest house was a key moment in the evolution of his style. 

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