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    "House of Winter": Just recently announced (September 2015), this spectacular winter home is by the notable Ukrainian designer Sergey Makhno. No word yet how the designer intends to heat the space with the high celings and glass curtain walls, but the design is beautiful! No information is available yet as to location, although it may be Zima, Russia.

    A great blend of rustic and contemporary #design. Stone House transformation.

    Projekter | Nicolai Bo Andersen Arkitekt

    "Bodegas Ysios Winery": Named for the Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris, the sinusoidal shapes of this iconic winery in Rioja region of Spain mimic the mountains behind it. The Southern facade (shown here) is clad in cedar slats to resemble wine barrels when reflected in in the pools below. Design: Santiago Calatrava, 2000 Photo: Andrew Forbes

    I never thought about a barn conversion as a house before...but this looks so clean and modern, whilst still being a little rustic and warm

    Loughloughan Barn House in Broughshane, UK / designed by McGarry-Moon Architects

    This modern farmhouse is one of five homes featured in the Kitchens in the Vineyard Tour in Napa Valley. Photo: Natasha Biasell

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    "Eco Pavilion": Extending the play of angles and light that are one the hallmarks of the Museo Experimental Eco (by artist Matthias Goeritz, 1953), this award-winning temporary pavilion uses parallel lines of rope to define a parabolic "roof" above the central courtyard. | 2011, MMX

    "Wilshire Grand": Soon to be the tallest building in Los Angeles, this $1 billion dollar tower will feature a 900 room luxury hotel, 400,000 SF of office space, and 45,000 SF of retail in it's roughly 2 million SF plan. The site is currently being excavated to the maximum depth of 106 ft in preparation for one of the largest concrete pours in Los Angeles history: 3 days of truck convoys shooting more than 24,000 cubic yards of concrete. | Architects: AC Martin Partners (completion: 2016)

    "Vegas Case Study": This beautiful prefab home was manufactured in California over a 4 month period, then transported to Las Vegas a placed on a concurrently constructed basement garage and foundation. Another 3 months were spent doing exterior and interior finish work, delivering this beautiful home in a remarkable 7 months. | Marmol Radziner, 2013

    "Oakmont Residence" Exemplifying the California Ranch Style through its spacious plan, expansive windows and low gable roofline, Marmol Radziner added 3,000 square feet to the existing 6,000 square foot home, incorporating a new office, gym, and a studio quality theater. | Original Architect: Cliff May (1956)

    "La Cité du Corps Humain": Serpentine curves create interlocking 'fingers' in the plan view of this winning design for Montpellier's Museum of the Human Body. Skillfully undulating the form to weave natural and man-made spaces, BIG addressed both the adjoining Charpak Park and City Hall. The allusion to fingers and fingerprints was intentional--and appropriate to the city, where a medical school has existed since the 12th century. | Bjarke Ingalls Group and A+ Architecture (2013)

    "Umbrella Facade for the Madrid Pavilion": Drawing on the common usage of shade umbrellas throughout this Chinese city, this retail/office pavilion (originally used for the Shanghai 2010 World's Fair) is bring reclad in articulating parasols. The entire facade is covered in Corten steel, with each umbrella operable by the office occupant. Separate controls will help customize the amount of light to enter the space while giving the facade a dynamic appearance. | Design: 3Gatti Architecture Studio

    "Dragonfly Vertical Farm Concept": Conceived for the southern tip of NYC's Roosevelt Island in the East River, this visionary 132 floor self-sustaining vertical farm is modeled on the wing of a dragonfly. 28 different fields would allow production of fruit, vegetables, grains, meat, and dairy, with wastes recycled into fertilizers. Housing and work spaces surround the farm to ensure 24 hour care. | Vincent Callebaut Architectures (2009)

    "Livraria da Vila": This bookstore in Sao Paulo, Brazil, puts bookshelves to creative use, doing double-duty as pivoting doors to the space. Light wells in the center of the building are also lined with books -- making almost every vertical wall a shelf for their products. | Isay Weinfeld (2009)

    "Amager Bakke Waste-to-Energy Plant": The replacement for one of Copenhagen's power plants comes in the form of a 31,000 square meter ski slope, allowing the building to double as a tourist attraction. A chimney extending up from the top of the plant will blow a smoke ring for each ton of carbon dioxide released from the waste incinerator used to power the plant. The rings are intended to remind the Danes of their carbon footprint. | Design: BIG (2013)

    "Bratislava Culenova": Recent plans reveal the capital of Slovakia will be welcoming a new 7-tower city centre designed by the prolific architectural firm of Zaha Hadid. Elliptical high-rises are extruded up out of a 1-story plinth of shopping at street level, with parking below. Winding paths rise to the first story roofs and fall to street level throughout the site, creating a sense of intrigue as visitors discover new features not directly in their line of sight. | Zaha Hadid (2013)

    "New Google & Apple Headquarters": Comparing birds-eye views of Google's (left) and Apple's (right) future HQs reveals a lot about their corporate culture. Google's rendering shows a somewhat random layout, sprawling and a bit messy. People are everywhere in the rendering, in rooftop tents and on bridges, connecting in random ways. Apple's HQ image, on the other hand, has a zen-like elegance, but also appears fortress-like, secretive to the outside world. | Google: NBBJ, Apple: Foster +Partners

    "Auditorium Aquila": Clad in larch wood strips, the same wood used for Stradivarius violins, the new auditorium and event spaces in earthquake-torn L'Aquila, Italy, are both temblor-resistant and acoustically efficient. The multi-hued cubes were pre-fabricated offsite and shipped flat-pack to the city's medieval castle grounds, replacing an auditorium destroyed during a 2009 quake. | Renzo Piano (2012)

    "Mountain Retreat": Clad in stone to compliment the gravel trails and rocky alpine setting, this beautiful 1000 sq meter retreat in Central Otago, New Zealand, is an exercise in restraint: minimal interior furnishings in natural tones allow the spectacular views to remain front and center. | Fearon Hay Architects (2008) Photo: Patrick Reynolds

    "Schaffer House": Featured in designer Tom Ford's first movie, "A Single Man", this gorgeous home in Glendale, California, bears the open, wood and glass hallmarks associated with this iconic mid-century architect. | John Lautner (1949)