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January 14, 2013
A few months ago we presented the 20 most popular homes ever to appear in Dwell. Here we share the long-awaited second installment, numbers 21 through 40.
Modern beach house porch in New Zealand
Bach to the Beach

With authenticity and simplicity as their rallying cry, a Kiwi architect and his wife have built a modern beach house that puts a fresh spin on the local vernacular.

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Originally appeared in Bach to the Beach
1 / 20
Exterior view of modern cottage in Maine
Worth the Wait

On an island 20 miles off the coast of Maine, a writer, with the help of his daughter, built not only a room but an entire green getaway of his own.

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Originally appeared in A Tiny Cabin is This Writer's Off the Grid Getaway
2 / 20
The Hupert-Kinmont house lies low in a century-old apple orchard, far from neighboring houses. The spaciousness of the rural surroundings is echoed inside.
Fertile Grounds

Nestled in an apple grove in Sebastopol, California, the Orchard House is a rural idyll. And with the voracious design appetites of a family of gastronomically inclined clients, this concrete prefab construction is quite literally a moveable feast of a home.

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Originally appeared in Fertile Grounds
3 / 20
Modern backyard pool patio BBQ area
Party in the Back

A surprisingly modern addition transforms an 1880 bungalow in Adelaide, Australia, into a spacious and sensuous abode.

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Originally appeared in This Luminous Australian Renovation Packs a Lot Into a 23-Foot-Wide Lot
4 / 20
The Blue Sky prototype house leads a second life as desert getaway for David McAdam and his partner Scott Smith.
Plan of Steel

The Blue Sky prototype home tiptoes gracefully across the desert landscape just north of Joshua Tree National Park. Nestled amid piñon and juniper trees and outcroppings of boulders, the house’s six steel columns permit a seasonal stream to run underneath it.

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Originally appeared in Plan of Steel
5 / 20
Dining room with traditional Japanese furniture
The Hidden Fortress

If good fences make good neighbors, then Shino and Ken Mori are the best neighbors ever. They invite us past the charred cedar facade of their Japan-inspired Southern California home.

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Originally appeared in An Atypical Modern Home in Southern California
6 / 20
Read the full story about Andrew and Todd's house <a href="http://www.dwell.com/articles/mod-men.html">here</a> and see more of their kitchen in our special <i>100 Kitchens We Love</i> issue, on newsstands April 5, 2011.
Mod Men

Todd Goddard and Andrew Mandolene have a spring in their step since completing their restoration of the near-derelict 1957 home of architect Arthur Witthoefft, who says, “I can’t get over what they’ve done—it’s unbelievable.”

Originally appeared in Tomato Pork Chop Rigatoni
7 / 20
Like many similar homes of its era, the Serra Residence was small for today's family. Rather than moving--the couple loves their close proximity to the neighborhood shops, parks, and running paths--they decided to stick it out and renovate, which meant co
Serra Residence Renovation

Like many similar homes of its era, the Serra Residence was small for today's family. Rather than moving—the couple loves their close proximity to the neighborhood shops, parks, and running paths—they decided to stick it out and renovate, which meant completely reorganizing the space.

Originally appeared in Serra Residence Renovation
8 / 20
The patio and the rest of the house are equally open to the outdoors.
Southern Greens

A change of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, neighborhood for Rick and Susan Moreland meant a chance to create a thoroughly modern house that owes its sleek, sustainable form to its vernacular roots.

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Joao Canziani
Originally appeared in Designed to Handle the Heat and More
9 / 20
Lawrence relaxes in the master bedroom with a hand-rolled cigarette. The room has a lavender ceiling (Alice was told it’s the best color to see when waking).
Village People

Amidst the pedestrian-friendly maze of leafy streets in New York City’s West Village, LOT-EK, a firm whose designs focus on the creative reuse of industrial materials, inserted a gut-renovated and intensely colorful new home—getting a facade embedded with truck beds past the heritage commission along the way.

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Originally appeared in Village People
10 / 20
In an effort to keep the rooms as pure and spare as possible, Atherton and Keener forewent traditional moldings in favor of a subtle reveal at the top and bottom of the wall. They sprayed the ceiling with silver Ralph Lauren metallic paint, selected to to
Startin' Spartan

When Jay Atherton and Cy Keener met in grad school at the University of California, Berkeley, they discovered in each other a rare constellation of common interests: minimalist architecture, rock climbing, and “not talking.” After graduation, Atherton moved back to his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona, and purchased a downtown lot. Wanting to build a house, he asked Keener—a pro carpenter, then living in Colorado—to help with design and construction. Six months later, “His house became our house,” says Keener. “It became obvious the only way it would get built was if I shared the mortgage.” Atherton cackles: “I suckered him down here.” The roommates are now business partners: They founded a design firm, Atherton Keener, in 2007. On a 110-degree day, they invited us in for a tour.

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Originally appeared in Startin' Spartan
11 / 20
outdoor wooden hanging bed
Time Share

On a lakeside plot outside Toronto, four friends forge a new kind of vacation house.

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Originally appeared in Four Friends Joined Forces to Realize This Idyllic Forest Retreat Outside Toronto
12 / 20
Prince of Tides

For all the joys of beachfront living, it’s not without its risks. But with some smart design and sound engineering, this small coastal house stands tall against the threat of rising tides.

13 / 20
Modern loft with sleek frosted glass sliding doors and ParaGear curtains
Come Sail Away On a quest to create a weekend house for herself and her husband, Nancy Church scaled back her design fantasies and discovered creative ways to build on a budget.
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Originally appeared in Come Sail Away
14 / 20
Miller House living room with Eames Compact couch
20th-Century Fox

In 1952, the late industrialist J. Irwin Miller and his wife, Xenia, commissioned a remarkable modernist triumvirate to create their home in Columbus, Indiana: Eero Saarinen designed the building, Alexander Girard masterminded the interiors, and Dan Kiley handled the landscape architecture. Luckily, the Miller heirs knew they had grown up in a gem, and when their parents passed away, they generously donated the house, along with many of its original furnishings, to the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

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Originally appeared in Miller House in Columbus, Indiana by Eero Saarinen
15 / 20
The Sub-Zero beverage chiller sits in easy proximity to the lounge area adjacent to the kitchen. Risom lounge chairs were rewoven with cat claw–proof leather strapping after the originals were shredded.
Project Runaway

Driven by the death of several appliances, a San Francisco family finds that a spanking new kitchen delivers a good dose of domestic harmony along with the excuse to execute a complete home makeover.

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Originally appeared in Project Runaway
16 / 20
Modern living room with a Canadian hayfield view
A Fresh Angle

Surrounded on all sides by a sweeping Canadian hayfield, the 23.2 House is an angular ode to rural life. Out of “respect for the beams and their history,” Designer Omer Arbel insisted that not a single reclaimed plank—still marked by nailheads and chipped paint—be cut nor altered during ­construction, which gave the home its striking geometric motif. It’s what he refers to as the “alchemy between ­material and process,” which also inspired the textured ­concrete walls and crisply milled walnut furniture.

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Originally appeared in Modern Angular Rural Family Home in Canada
17 / 20
Living room with shipping container room
Contained

Two San Francisco art and travel addicts overhauled a loft—and customized a pair of shipping containers—to accommodate their collection and reflect their passions.

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Originally appeared in Modern Shipping Container Home in San Francisco
18 / 20
mies van der rohe, lafayette park, detroit, michigan
Mies van der Rohe, Lafayette Park

High-rise superblocks and identical clusters of row houses set apart from the urban grid have been much maligned as some of the major wrongdoings of modernism, but Detroit's Lafayette Park—the first urban-renewal project in the United States—tells a vastly different story. Within a sprawling, decentralized city that has suffered near-disastrous decline, this racially and economically diverse enclave just northeast of downtown has not only aged gracefully but today flourishes with new life.

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Originally appeared in Mies van der Rohe, Lafayette Park
19 / 20
Back façade with Scottish oak and black aluminum cladding
A Piece of Home

Made of hardy Scottish materials and holding a Japanese heart, this Edinburgh house shows that two architects from disparate cultures can design a home that bridges the gap.

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Originally appeared in A Piece of Home
20 / 20
Modern beach house porch in New Zealand
Bach to the Beach

With authenticity and simplicity as their rallying cry, a Kiwi architect and his wife have built a modern beach house that puts a fresh spin on the local vernacular.

Photo by Matthew Williams. Image courtesy of matthew williams.

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