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Once upon a time, New York City was full of decrepit, molding apartments. Then people realized there was really no other place to live - why spend an hour commuting from Brooklyn, or pretending to understand Queens? No. Manhattan was the only option. One by one, old buildings were resuscitated. They were born again as slick, modern and modular homes. Were they still tiny? Yes - but this translated as cosy. Architect Tim Seggerman took on the challenge of this once unfortunate Upper West Side studio. The apartment is a showcase for brilliant woodwork if nothing more, being sculptured from the finest cypress, bamboo, ash and beech.

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The Villa F residence in Rhodes, Greece is a beautiful testament to angular architecture. From Hornung and Jacobi Architecture, the single-family home is a massive, multi-faceted prism which turns simple geometry into a house of beautiful light and shadow, and superbly sleek design. P.S., it's located along the Mediterranean coast, so there are stunning views of the sea to go along with the lovely villa. 

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Lake House 2, From McClellan Architects

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This is Lake House 2, by McClellan Architects, and I don't know how many times we all need to pin these pictures to a visionboard in order to get here, but we should try it. The space is sunny, simple, and looks great in a sunset. Think of summer, and drool away.

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In Japan, it is tradition to respect nature a little more than we do. They seldom tear down ancient trees to replace them with a Panda Express. Case and point is this beautiful house by Hironaka Ogawa & Associates, located in Kagawa, Japan. For thirty-five years, this building was home to both a family and two sturdy trees. The young daughter climbed the trees and the trees grew as part of the family. They blossomed with memories. When the daughter grew up and met the man of her dreams, the family decided to add an extension where they could live. The sentimental architects incorporated the trees into the design of their new home, so the couple could be as strong and sturdy as the everlasting trees.

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Henry Panton Architects designed this glamorous hidden Bunkhouse for an undisclosed film director in Bastrop, Texas. This small and rustic outdoor home bridges a ravine and leads deep into the forest, where the director can entertain his friends before sending them out to find ghosts and filming it. The Bunkhouse is made from the strongest cedar and steel and has a two-story porch throughout its length. The Bunkhouse is not just for creepy experiments and auditions though. It is fully heated, beautifully designed and without a doubt, the most modern Bunkhouse of all the hidden cabins in Texas.

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These are not conceptual sets for a film that will never reach its funding goal. These are the images that resulted from the combined minds of Marco Castillo and Dagoberto Rodríguez. These artists, who call themselves "Los Carpinteros" (The Carpenters) have an interest in architecture, furniture and sculpture - specifically when they're able to merge all these things together into one destructive worldscape. They also love lego. Los Carpinteros have been creating artwork and making installations that play with notions of space, function and physics. If they did ever design the landscapes for a fantastical film, I'd be first to add it to my Netflix queue and never have time to watch.

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Designed by architect John Lautner, Bob Hope's sprawling estate is part Hollywood home, part extraterrestrial palace. Lautner is famous for his architecture which has frequently appeared in notable films (video below). Legend has it, however, that Lautner "distanced himself" from the project after Mrs. Linda Hope kept hiring outsiders to make adjustments to his design. If that doesn't bother you, you might be pleased to know that you can purchase this house for 50 million dollars.

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Sometimes you don't want to make small talk with Eddie, see uncle Rodney or go on a company retreat. Sometimes you want to be alone. You go on so many vacations as it is, you've seen all the beaches of Maui and flown all the airlines across seas. It's time you did something different. Isolée is a prototype for a new kind of summer home. It is a tiny "smarthouse" which brings in solar power. The PVC panels can shut automatically if there's a storm. The energy taken in by the house is enough to charge all the batteries in the home's lights. You asked to be self-sufficiently isolated. Be Isolée-ted. Designed by TJEP.

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"I believe the inspiration for a building should be in the accumulation of history. Architecture...should be timeless and convey by its very fiber the assurance of permanence..."

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Happy birthday Edward Durell Stone!

Edward Durell Stone (March 9, 1902 – August 6, 1978) was a 20th century American architect whose modern architectural designs can be seen in a number of important American structures. Stone's staple contributions to American architecture include the main lobby and grand ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, the Museum of Modern Art, the Standard Oil Building in Chicago, and others.

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Designed by Gestion René Desjardins, the Iron Lace home in Montreal is a study of mixing textures to create an atmosphere that is both chic and inviting. Different elements of design come together to create unique passageways throughout the home, and show that industrial materials can be made soft and comforting in the right home.

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