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  • Soak Up the Eccentric History of Britain's Craftiest Home

    Photo via Wikimedia Commons When England's A La Ronde first came into the hands of the National Trust, its caretakers found a cache of 476 keys that it took them four years to match to all the doors, …

    Photo via Wikimedia Commons When England's A La Ronde first came into the hands of the National Trust, its caretakers found a cache of 476 keys that it took them four years to match to all the doors, cupboards, secret...

  • Shipping Container Co. Turns its Product into Coolest HQ Ever

    Photo via Inhabitat Serving as quite the effective advertisement, this sleek HQ built for shipping container company Royal Wolf just might be the coolest office ever to be made entirely from cargo containers. …

    Photo via Inhabitat Serving as quite the effective advertisement, this sleek HQ built for shipping container company Royal Wolf just might be the coolest office ever to be made entirely from cargo containers. While other workplaces might feature the odd...

  • Neglected Scottish Farmstead Gets a Rad Steel-Clad Redo

    Photos by Andrew Meredith/Dwell When Angelique Robb and her husband Gavin first toured the hardscrabble cluster of semi-derelict Scottish farmstead buildings that they would eventually call home, their …

    Photos by Andrew Meredith/Dwell When Angelique Robb and her husband Gavin first toured the hardscrabble cluster of semi-derelict Scottish farmstead buildings that they would eventually call home, their original idea was to do the renovation themselves. "Now I wonder what...

  • 'Masterpiece of Human Creation' in Oregon Asks $15.9M

    Have a nomination for a jaw-dropping listing that would make a mighty fine House of the Day? Get thee to the tipline and send us your suggestions. We'd love to see what you've got. Click here to …

    Have a nomination for a jaw-dropping listing that would make a mighty fine House of the Day? Get thee to the tipline and send us your suggestions. We'd love to see what you've got. Click here to view the full...

  • On its 50th Birthday, a Look at the Starchitecture of the '64 World's Fair

    Photo via Wikipedia Commons On this day 50 years ago, on a 646-acre swatch of Queens, the 1964 New York World's Fair unveiled the future. Here architects built a world The Jetsons (which debuted in …

    Photo via Wikipedia Commons On this day 50 years ago, on a 646-acre swatch of Queens, the 1964 New York World's Fair unveiled the future. Here architects built a world The Jetsons (which debuted in '62) might have encountered: disk-shaped...

  • World's Most Ovular Treehouse Invites Alone Time on a Pond

    Photo via Arch Daily Built by German design firm Baumraum—no strangers to the world of avant-garde arboreal architecture—this 398-square-foot treehouse in the forests of Uslar, Germany is just about as …

    Photo via Arch Daily Built by German design firm Baumraum—no strangers to the world of avant-garde arboreal architecture—this 398-square-foot treehouse in the forests of Uslar, Germany is just about as secluded as they come. Surrounded on all sides by natural...

  • Virginia Farm with George Washington Ties Heads to Auction

    Click here to view the full photogallery. While JFK's vacation home waits for a buyer at $7.95M, another Virginia property with a presidential seal of approval is looking to change hands, this one …

    Click here to view the full photogallery. While JFK's vacation home waits for a buyer at $7.95M, another Virginia property with a presidential seal of approval is looking to change hands, this one part of Fairfield, an estate once...

  • The tale of one woman's radically simplified 'built-it-myself' life

    Dee Williams lives in an 84-square-foot house with no running water and no Wi-Fi. But it's the streamlined life she chose after learning of a heart condition a decade ago -- and as she writes in her just-released …

    Dee Williams lives in an 84-square-foot house with no running water and no Wi-Fi. But it's the streamlined life she chose after learning of a heart condition a decade ago -- and as she writes in her just-released memoir, she doesn't regret it.

  • Former Tenement Comes Back to Life as a '60s-Inspired Pad

    Photo via Contemporist Located in an old tenement building, this charmingly eccentric little home in Warsaw, Poland recently received a cheerful makeover at the hands of Polish firm Widawscy Studio Architektury. …

    Photo via Contemporist Located in an old tenement building, this charmingly eccentric little home in Warsaw, Poland recently received a cheerful makeover at the hands of Polish firm Widawscy Studio Architektury. Due to its petite size and rather narrow build,...

  • Legendary Paul Rudolph Home is Getting a Touring Replica

    Photo via Arch Daily Modernism fans dismayed by the abnormally short lifespans of homes by late legend Paul Rudolph finally have a recent Rudolph-related development worth celebrating. The Sarasota Architectural …

    Photo via Arch Daily Modernism fans dismayed by the abnormally short lifespans of homes by late legend Paul Rudolph finally have a recent Rudolph-related development worth celebrating. The Sarasota Architectural Foundation recently announced that Rudolph's iconic Walker Guest House will...

  • Spaceship Cabins; Designer Tables for Cats; More!

    Photo via Inhabitat · Architect John Mills' Winnetka mansion is back on the market. · Innovative school proposes lush vegetation on its roof. · For $1.9M, here's the mirrored bathroom of your dreams. …

    Photo via Inhabitat · Architect John Mills' Winnetka mansion is back on the market. · Innovative school proposes lush vegetation on its roof. · For $1.9M, here's the mirrored bathroom of your dreams. · This sleek table is hiding a...

  • Higher prices 'choke' housing

    Forget the harsh winter. Higher home prices are stifling sales around the country, and low inventories aren't helping.

    Higher prices 'choke' housing

    Forget the harsh winter. Higher home prices are stifling sales around the country, and low inventories aren't helping.

  • This 'Aviator's Villa' Takes Reclamation to Wacky New Heights

    Rendering via Design Boom Most often, when a home is built from salvaged plane parts—from wings, to engines, to entire cabins; as one enthusiast once put it, "like the Native Americans use every part …

    Rendering via Design Boom Most often, when a home is built from salvaged plane parts—from wings, to engines, to entire cabins; as one enthusiast once put it, "like the Native Americans use every part of the bufallo"—that's the oddest and...

  • See Bjarke's Lego Museum Done in (What Else?!) Real Lego

    Photo via Arch Daily In a bit of wonderfully meta news, Lego's newest, limited-edition set is none other than The LEGO® House, a museum proposed by BIG, Bjarke Ingels' Copenhagen-based firm. Currently …

    Photo via Arch Daily In a bit of wonderfully meta news, Lego's newest, limited-edition set is none other than The LEGO® House, a museum proposed by BIG, Bjarke Ingels' Copenhagen-based firm. Currently only available in Lego's hometown of Billund, Denmark,...

  • Myron Goldfinger's 'Temple in the Dunes' Wants $32.5M

    Click here to view the full photogallery. Architect Myron Goldfinger is always a good bet for contemporary Hamptons homes that eschew the glassy and cottage-y looks that so dominate the area without appearing …

    Click here to view the full photogallery. Architect Myron Goldfinger is always a good bet for contemporary Hamptons homes that eschew the glassy and cottage-y looks that so dominate the area without appearing out of place. Though his designs...

  • 11 Slick, Fascinating Examples of Houses Within Houses

    Click here to view the full photogallery. First, a handful of minimalist Japanese architects began by fitting sleek interior cubbies into otherwise spare, open spaces. Next, a few a hipsters in Brooklyn …

    Click here to view the full photogallery. First, a handful of minimalist Japanese architects began by fitting sleek interior cubbies into otherwise spare, open spaces. Next, a few a hipsters in Brooklyn built little cabins and treehouses inside their...

  • Chinese tycoon bets on Scandinavia, the Baltics

    With Chinese tourists venturing ever further afield, Chinese tycoon Huang Nubo is betting they'll start adding Scandinavia to their bucket lists.

    Chinese tycoon bets on Scandinavia, the Baltics

    With Chinese tourists venturing ever further afield, Chinese tycoon Huang Nubo is betting they'll start adding Scandinavia to their bucket lists.

  • Prestigious London Rowhouse Gets a 'Contemporary Edge'

    Photos by Richard Powers/Architectural Digest Fifteen years ago, interior designer Veere Grenney outfitted this posh slice of London real estate, a neoclassical townhouse on London's Regent's Park …

    Photos by Richard Powers/Architectural Digest Fifteen years ago, interior designer Veere Grenney outfitted this posh slice of London real estate, a neoclassical townhouse on London's Regent's Park designed in the 1820s by prestigious London architect John Nash, according to a...

  • Historic Miami Teardown Gives Way to $37M Modern Manse

    Have a nomination for a jaw-dropping listing that would make a mighty fine House of the Day? Get thee to the tipline and send us your suggestions. We'd love to see what you've got. Click here to …

    Have a nomination for a jaw-dropping listing that would make a mighty fine House of the Day? Get thee to the tipline and send us your suggestions. We'd love to see what you've got. Click here to view the full...

  • The 2-foot-by-2-foot kitchen

    This tower takes up floor space of about 70 centimeters squared and contains virtually everything you'd expect a kitchen to contain — plus a few bonuses, like a small herb garden.

    This tower takes up floor space of about 70 centimeters squared and contains virtually everything you'd expect a kitchen to contain — plus a few bonuses, like a small herb garden.

  • Set Up This Tiny Prefab 'Glamper' in Five Hours Flat

    Photo via Inhabitat For some time now, the design sphere has had the hots for prefabricated housing, and its promise of mass-produced, easy-to-assemble designs that can be applied to affordable housing …

    Photo via Inhabitat For some time now, the design sphere has had the hots for prefabricated housing, and its promise of mass-produced, easy-to-assemble designs that can be applied to affordable housing developments, artsy party barges, even diminutive, frills-free tree houses....

  • 'Scene-Stealing' Manse From Flashy Cadillac Ad Asks $28.8M

    Click here to view the full photogallery. Made famous by its stint in Cadillac's latest television commercial—that one where a super-cool dad campaigns for hard work, capitalism, and the brand's …

    Click here to view the full photogallery. Made famous by its stint in Cadillac's latest television commercial—that one where a super-cool dad campaigns for hard work, capitalism, and the brand's new hybrid car whilst traipsing through a scene-stealing mansion—this...

  • Drop $500K on a Blissful Swedish Attic Conversion

    Click here to view the full photogallery. Revamped garret maisonettes don't get much more picture perfect than this studio in Gothenburg, Sweden, a magical city where some homes run entirely on sun …

    Click here to view the full photogallery. Revamped garret maisonettes don't get much more picture perfect than this studio in Gothenburg, Sweden, a magical city where some homes run entirely on sun and friendship. Intersected by a few black-painted...

  • Joe Cocker's 240-Acre, Euro-Style Colorado Ranch Asks $7M

    From Curbed Ski comes word that British musician Joe Cocker, the raspy-voiced rocker known for his bluesy renditions of Beatles songs and his own "You Are so Beautiful"—listed his 10-bedroom, …

    From Curbed Ski comes word that British musician Joe Cocker, the raspy-voiced rocker known for his bluesy renditions of Beatles songs and his own "You Are so Beautiful"—listed his 10-bedroom, Euro-style Colorado ranch estate, and the 240 acres it...

  • Pen the Next Great Sci-Fi Series in This Futuristic Writer's Hut

    Rendering via Design Boom There are plenty of perfectly sweet, walden-esque writerly abodes out there, but for authors seeking inspiration for the next blockbuster sci-fi series, there's really no …

    Rendering via Design Boom There are plenty of perfectly sweet, walden-esque writerly abodes out there, but for authors seeking inspiration for the next blockbuster sci-fi series, there's really no better choice than the proposed House of Writing by Phoenix, Ariz.-based...

  • Hi-Tech Glamping Dwellings; Kate Bosworth Sells in L.A

    Photo via Design Boom · Award-winning O4W home has website, wants $850K. · Opera trailer tent: luxury outdoor living. · Buy Kate Bosworth's incredible L.A. pad, it's only $2.49M. · What makes a …

    Photo via Design Boom · Award-winning O4W home has website, wants $850K. · Opera trailer tent: luxury outdoor living. · Buy Kate Bosworth's incredible L.A. pad, it's only $2.49M. · What makes a copy-cat a copy-cat? A look at architectural...

  • Tour Miami Beach's Burdines Department Store in 1953

    Click here to view the full photogallery.Photos via "Library of Congress Today we take take a break from the regularly scheduled residential fare to have a look at the interiors of a department store …

    Click here to view the full photogallery.Photos via "Library of Congress Today we take take a break from the regularly scheduled residential fare to have a look at the interiors of a department store in the 1950s. Burdines, the...

  • Break the Mold With a Brutalist 'Tree House' on the Chesapeake

    Click here to view the full photogallery. Up for $1.29M on Maryland's Gibson Island is this atypical Chesapeake cottage, a 2,826-square-foot fortress designed by blocky brutalism extraordinaire, Ulrich …

    Click here to view the full photogallery. Up for $1.29M on Maryland's Gibson Island is this atypical Chesapeake cottage, a 2,826-square-foot fortress designed by blocky brutalism extraordinaire, Ulrich Franzen. Known as the Glass Tree House, the 1962 three-bedroom was...

  • Colorful Fabrics Restore a 'Dilapidated Concrete Bungalow'

    Click here to view the full photogallery.Photos by Simon Upton/Elle Decor Enchanted by the "wild dogs and unrestored, decaying palazzos" of Lecce, a historic city in Puglia, Italy, fashion designer …

    Click here to view the full photogallery.Photos by Simon Upton/Elle Decor Enchanted by the "wild dogs and unrestored, decaying palazzos" of Lecce, a historic city in Puglia, Italy, fashion designer Liza Bruce and her husband, artist Nicholas Alvis Vega,...

  • Inside Karim Rashid's Magical, Hot Pink 'Sparkle Krib'

    Click here to view the full photogallery. Give designer Karim Rashid pretty much anything—a condo tower, a food court, a record album, a Twitter account—and he'll be sure to make it fruit-punch colored …

    Click here to view the full photogallery. Give designer Karim Rashid pretty much anything—a condo tower, a food court, a record album, a Twitter account—and he'll be sure to make it fruit-punch colored and amorphous, the princess castle of...

 
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