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Ancerl Studio separates twin Toronto townhouses with a slender gap

March 28, 2020 James Brillon 0
116 and 118 Sorauren by Ancerl Studio

Canadian firm Ancerl Studio has designed a pair of houses in Toronto to make them look like a single building. The two houses are located on very tight lots on Sorauren Street in the city’s Parkdale neighbourhood, as is typical in Toronto’s residential neighbourhoods. Called 116 Sorauren and 118 Sorauren, they each have angled roofs that

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A/L Studio updates home in former Rhode Island meeting hall

March 22, 2020 James Brillon 0
Ward House by A/L Studio

Design practice A/L Studio has built a wooden volume to house the kitchen and bedroom inside this  historic civic building in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The renovation is the latest update to the property called Ward House, which was built in 1886 as a meeting hall and was used for several different civic uses, such as

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Natalie Dionne Architecture creates Brick House from Montreal apartment building

March 7, 2020 James Brillon 0
Brick House by Natalie Dionne Architecture

Montreal firm Natalie Dionne Architecture added a new brick facade to an apartment building in the city to transform it into a light-filled and contemporary home. Natalie Dionne Architecture overhauled a three-unit apartment in residential neighbourhood Villeray to create the residence called Brick House. “Montreal is known for its lively neighbourhoods and its traditional streets,

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MYT+GLDVK completes eclectic food court Cocina Abierta in Mexico City

March 1, 2020 James Brillon 0
Cocina Abierta by MYT+GLVDK

Architecture studio MYT+GLVDK has created an upscale food court inside a Mexico City shopping mall with elements that take cues from Japanese and Mexican design traditions. Cocina Abierta, or Open Kitchen, comprises several restaurants offering different world cuisines, and a variety of seating options in which to enjoy different foods. Among the variety of dining options

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Two-toned wood wraps Washington home by Open Studio Collective

February 23, 2020 James Brillon 0
Terrace Residence by Open Studio Collective

Hand-charred wooden planks contrast whitewashed cedar in the facade of this residence in Washington state, designed by Portland practice Open Studio Collective. The builder made the dark facade boards by hand using Shou Sugi Ban, a traditional Japanese technique of charring wood to increase its resistance to moisture and insects. The rest of the building

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Hernan Landolfo tops courtyard house in Argentina with glass extension

February 22, 2020 James Brillon 0
Casa Juramento by Hernan Landolfo

Argentinian architect Hernan Landolfo has extended an apartment in Buenos Aires and reorganised the living spaces around a double-height atrium with an olive tree growing in the centre. Landolfo was enlisted by his clients to expand their living space to include a home office. He determined that the best way to increase the useable area

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Walker Warner Architects takes cues from traditional Hawaiian shelters for Makani’ Eka house

February 16, 2020 James Brillon 0
Makani Eka by Walker Warner Architects and Philpotts Interiors

Large pitched roofs top the volumes of this Hawaiian house, which US firm Walker Warner Architects designed to “strike a balance between modernity and tradition”. The 4,800-square-foot (445.9 square metres) home is located on Hawaii’s Big Island, atop a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the neighbouring Island Maui. Native grasses cover the lush site

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O’Neill McVoy Architects creates black Double Square Studio in Connecticut for a sculptor

February 9, 2020 James Brillon 0
Gelah Penn Studio by O'Neill McVoy

New York firm O’Neill McVoy Architects has used a lightwell and clerestory window to illuminate the interiors of this studio in Connecticut for artist Gelah Penn. Penn, whose work mainly focuses on sculpture and installation, commissioned O’Neill McVoy Architects for an addition to her home in Litchfield County, Connecticut. The artist wanted a space with

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Mark Odom Studio restores mid-century building for Austin insurance company BKCW

February 2, 2020 James Brillon 0

US firm Mark Odom Studio has opened up the floor plan of a mid-century office building in Austin for insurance company BKCW. The original structure by architects Pendley & Day was built in 1960 on North Lamar Boulevard, in an area just north of downtown Austin. It’s low-slung form juts out on stilts to overlook

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Semi Semi by COMN Architects comprises two matching homes on a lot in Toronto

January 25, 2020 James Brillon 0
SemiSemi House by Peter McNeil and Clarissa Nam COMN Architects

Architects Peter McNeil and Clarissa Nam have built two detached houses on a corner lot in Toronto to live in and use as a rental property. Semi Semi is the first home of McNeil and Nam, the co-founders of COMN Architects, which stands for Collaboration between Peter McNeil and Clarissa Nam. The project came about

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