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Tang House – Melbourne, Australia by 4site Architecture

With a jovial mix of cladding consisting of timber, steel and concrete, Tang House is a compact modern dream home situated in Carlton, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. Designed by 4site Architecture to maximize space on the narrow lot, the terrace house evokes a cool individuality and plentiful places to dwell.

The main living areas, master suite, bathroom and laundry were all completely renovated. The dining and lounging zones wrap around the kitchen and service core, while two bedrooms reside on the first level towards the front of the home, with the master bedroom with ensuite upstairs.

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Posted by Suzanne at 19 November, 2013

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Modern Mirrored Lake Cottage – Bolsover, Ontario, Canada by UUfie

With not even 700 square feet, Lake Cottage by Toronto-based design studio UUfie manages to feel airy with plentiful spaces which morph beautifully with its forestal surroundings near the Kawartha Lakes. Situated in Bolsover, Ontario, Canada, this small modern dream home is a retreat in the woods, a place to ponder and appreciate a definitive connection with nature.

Envisioned as an organic structure, the A-frame cottage is a new extension connected to an existing home, and is clad in matte black steel and charred cedar wood with other locally-sourced sustainable features. An entrance terrace of glass-and-mirrors with tree-stump flooring tiles allows for a perpetual interplay between the outdoors and inside spaces, reflecting the trees and rural landscape magnificently. The shiny elements paired with the white birch bark, green spruce trees and white powdery snow is sensational.

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Posted by Suzanne at 14 November, 2013

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Y-House – Singapore by Ong & Ong

With a chic, minimalist energy, Y-House is a modern dream home designed by Singapore-based architectural firm Ong & Ong. Sitting on a residential street, this home is nestled into its sloped setting, with stunning views from all three levels of the single-family residence.

A gabled roof is streamlined, elegantly showcasing the warm wood cladding (made of rice husks!) and cool concrete exteriors of the rather narrow structure. Interior walls mimic this concrete feature and receive horizontal ribbons of glass windows–such an innovative way to bring light inside while keeping spaces private from nearby neighbors. To ensure no view is obstructed, the rear retaining wall is topped with an open cable wire railing.

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Posted by Suzanne at 31 October, 2013

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House With View of the Future – Florence, Italy by Simone Micheli

Two apartments imaginatively converted into one modern dream home, House With View of the Future in Florence, Italy was designed by Simone Micheli for a family of four.

Now a three-level structure, the home is evokes a Florentine-meets-futuristic vibe. An open plan of living, dining and kitchen zones, the spaciousness spans both vertically and with a linear movement.

The predominantly white spaces float above and through one another, with bright lime, orange and violet-blue LED lighting penetrating these chic, minimalist interiors.

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Posted by Suzanne at 18 September, 2013

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Wadia Residence – New York City by Resolution: 4 Architecture

The Wadia Residence is an amazing duplex in the famed Flatiron Building in Lower Manhattan. Designed by Resolution: 4 Architecture, this modern dream apartment feels more like an airy loft with bright white spaces.

Encompassing approximately 3,000 square feet of highly-coveted Manhattan real estate, this luminous and cheery dwelling was designed for a family, including a young son and daughter. Washed in white, the upper level living room, dining room and kitchen are open to each other and interestingly feature bays of windows along each of the three exterior walls–a rare occurrence in New York City.

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Posted by Suzanne at 16 September, 2013

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Penthouse Loft – Barcelona by Pia Capdevila

The Penthouse Loft by Pia Capdevila immediately hits you with a fresh, bright energy. With a flowing floorplan and views overlooking the magical city of Barcelona, this modern dream home resonates with casual urban living.

A complete internal renovation, walls were removed within this attic-level dwelling to create a the light-filled openness. The chic transformation now features two bedrooms, two baths, a shared living-dining room, kitchen and private decked terrace perched over the city.

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Posted by Suzanne at 5 September, 2013

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Penthouse Duplex at The Metropole by FORMA Design

The Penthouse Duplex at The Metropole in Washington, DC is an art-filled, modern dream residence which was innovatively renovated by FORMA Design. 

What was once a rather closed-off duplex is now a spacious and airy dwelling with abundant light and storage. A main strategy was to open up the second level to create an airy L-shaped loft space by combining two bedrooms into one, while leaving it exposed to the adjoining study. Instead of being hidden behind drywall, the sleeping and work areas are now open to the downstairs living room, featuring a cable railing along the balcony so as not to block views of the city or the constant natural light filtering in through the double-story windows. Dark wood floors are a handsome contrast to the light coffee-hued ceilings, which contribute an overall richness to this space and the ones below.

The owners’ collection of contemporary art needed to be highlighted, so suspension lighting was placed throughout. Once incredible fixture is the hand-blown glass pendant which resembles a sculptural atom and is a stand-out design feature hovering over the apartment from the second floor off the study zone.

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Posted by Suzanne at 22 August, 2013

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