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Best of 2012: Most viewed houses


According to Google Analytics the most viewed houses in 2012 were the following: Frederico Valsassina Arquitectos | House in Estoril Included in Estoril’s residential neighborhood, in a low density urban area, the House stands discreetly in a plot where the green predominates. Natural and artificial live here together as a mutual extension of each other, […]


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Nakahouse


Nakahouse is an abstract remodel of a 1960’s hillside home located on a West facing ridge in the Hollywood Hills, just below the Hollywood sign. To the South and West are views of the Beechwood Canyon; to the East is a protected natural ravine, with a view of Griffith Park Observatory in the distance. The existing home was built […]


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Openhouse


The Openhouse is embedded into a narrow and sharply sloping property in the Hollywood Hills, a challenging site that led to the creation of a house that is both integrated into the landscape and open to the city below. Retaining walls are configured to extend the first floor living level into the hillside and to […]


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Luzern Stadtarchiv


The Luzern Stadtarchive is conceived as a marker in the landscape. In its organization and architectural expression the building is closely related to the site topography and adjacent mountains. It is the first building one sees from the street upon reaching this plateau above the city of Luzern. Due to the complexity of the site access and orientation, the building addresses […]


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Sapphire Gallery


The Sapphire Gallery is a residential addition designed to display a private collection of contemporary art while also providing for a home office with views to the surrounding hills. The owners’ collection includes work by the artists Gregory Crewdson, Uta Barth, Tomoroy Dodge and the video artist Jennifer Steinkamp, and they wanted a new building […]


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Surfhouse


The Surfhouse appears as an abstract block of ebonized cedar a few blocks from the Pacific Ocean in Hermosa Beach. The site is very small. While typical lots in the area measure 120’ x 40’, the allowable building area for the Surfhouse measures just 33’ x 24’. The architects approached the project by subtracting the […]


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Openhouse


This residence is embedded into a sharply sloping hillside property, a challenging site that led to the creation of a house that is both integrated into nature and open to the city beyond. The structure and detailing of the house is more complex than it appears. Extensive grading and terraced retaining walls were developed to […]


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