The Modern Bucolic

A backcountry house gets the modern treatment with bold vistas and exceptional energy efficiency. Originally published on Metropolis magazine’s website Architect Greg Wiedemann, who completed the project with his firm Wiedemann Architects, describes the house as “a modern interpretation of the traditional white clapboard farmhouse and red barn that populate the neighboring countryside.” In his…

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Rooms with a View

Oversized windows and doors make a wilderness home come to life. With its simple lines and monochromatic colors, Knoll House is a study in architectural understatement. That’s because every element was chosen specifically for its ability to marry the home’s sylvan surroundings with the design itself. Even before the owners had the home built for…

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From Big Camp to Little Camp, the Spirit of Nostalgia Brings a Summer Home to Life

After renting a charming summer home for years, homeowners sought to recreate the rustic lodge-style feeling in a new dwelling that won “Best Traditional New Construction” in the 2017 Marvin Architects Challenge. The first time these homeowners laid eyes on the gray-shingled, slightly ramshackle “Big Camp” located in coastal New England, they were in love. They rented…

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Historic School Gets New Lease on Life

A former Catholic elementary school is reborn as luxury condos in a Philadelphia suburb. Built in 1925, The St. Margaret School in Narberth, PA had outgrown its original purpose and was in need of a refresh that could give new life to the historical building. After seeing potential in this beautifully crafted gothic building, Moser Construction…

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A Risky Remodel Yields Big Returns

“In some ways,” said Scott Payne, principal of Farmer + Payne Architects, “this home was never meant to be remodeled.” Payne was referring to the monolithic Kawneer commercial storefront system used to frame many of the home’s original windows. Although state-of-the art at the time of the home’s completion in the 1960s, the heavy aluminum…

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Capturing the Nordic Light

Expansive windows celebrate natural light in a northern climate Scandinavian design is everywhere. You likely encounter this popular style throughout the course of the day, perhaps unknowingly. So what is it that makes this design so popular? It’s the simple, modern elements that elegantly combine fit and function. One stunning home in particular, based in…

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