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Twins: Houses in Five Parts is an architectural project in upstate New York, for two brothers and their families who don't mind spending their vacations together, as long as they can retire to separate (neighboring) quarters. The overall structure is also some kind of mathematical meta-homage to the brothers' relationship as parts of a whole (twins are weird, as usual), but I'll let O'Brien explain that below.


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In the lush and nautical town of Montauk, New York, Bates Masi Architects designed the Genius Loci Residence. The breezy beachfront property replaces what was once a horse ranch, and is now a dreamy summer utopia where you could potentially host all your Great Gatsby-inspired parties.

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In order to revitalize this San Francisco home, Fougeron Architecture completely rearranged its layout, changing the order of rooms until they created a cohesive and cozy interior (see the comparison below), with better flow throughout. A custom-build glass wall invites natural light and lots of cool shadows, I bet. 


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To promote three of Shakespeare's plays, the students at Pratt Institute have designed these cool statistical representations of each play: Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Mathematics and language arts belong together, as it turns out. The posters (12x18) are available for sale through Nicholas Weltyk

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Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens (March 29, 1869-January 1, 1944) was an English architect. The majority of his work went to English country houses, but he is also known for his contributions to New Delhi, a subsection of Delhi, India. He also designed many cemeteries, the Liverpool Catholic Cathedral, the British Embassy in Washington, D.C., and the Johannesburg Art Gallery. He received recognition while he was alive; he was knighted after the First World War. He was buried in St. Paul’s Cathedral.

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Robert Garneau, architect of Studio Garneau lives and works in this very tiny, very carefully organized apartment. Within 650 square feet, Garneau's meticulously planned living space folds, tucks, and slides in ways that will make you rethink your own space, no matter how big or small.

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From Dutch art group Observatorium, Warten auf den Fluss (Waiting for the River) is part architectural art exhibit, part environmental protection, designed to celebrate the rehabilitation of the Emscher River. Once considered biologically dead from years of waste materials, the river is expected to be in good health by 2020. The habitable bridge which will eventually overlook the river, is 125 feet long and includes enough space for long walks, naps, and picnics. 

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If you've never dabbled in the extensive world of DIY, the time is now. Thanks to DIY.org, the internet is now your very own educational database, on everything from baking, painting, electrical engineering, camping, beekeeping (really) to the hard sciences. If you've ever wanted to try building your very own Rube Goldberg machine, there are no more excuses! Other things you can learn to do include woodworking, foraging for food in the wild, building your own instruments, playing new instruments, and building an awesome fort. There's an app version so you can keep track of your progress on your iPhone, if you want to, and you can earn badges for each completed project, which might satisfy the inner nature scout in you. There are no sashes involved, but you'll get tons of imaginary internet points. The whole DIY database is truly exhaustive and worth looking at. Here is just a tiny sample of some of the things you can learn. 

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This beautiful apartment located in Gothenburg, Sweden, is three hundred years old and still lovely to look at. 

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Hudson St by Bagnato Architects

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Bagnato Architects designed this opulent residence located in Melbourne, Australia, which is not only big and beautiful, but the result of the conversion of an Anglican church from 1892. How cool is that? Nowadays, the Hudson Street residence boasts incredibly tall ceilings, enviable windows, and my favorite: a great attic.

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