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Taking a calculated turn from tradition, two Czech architects designed a modern rendition of a classic Bohemian home, powered by solar panels and a geothermal heat pump that draws energy from the ground itself, 300 feet underground. Photo by: Andrea Lhotakova Read more: http://www.dwell.com/slideshows/hot-rocks.html?slide=1=y=true##ixzz27WffeRhL

Stringent building regulations didn’t cramp the designers’ style. Sharp angles, tall windows, and varied material textures left room to make a striking architectural statement. Photo by: Andrea Lhotakova

In "Go With the Flow," we featured a residence sited on a lavaflow on Hawaii's big island. The Craig Steely–designed house features an interior clad with blonde wood and a mix of design classics and contemporary pieces. View our slideshow in the Lavaflow 2 house here.  Photo by Linny Morris.   This originally appeared in Go With the Flow.

Along the ever-expanding coastline of Hawaii’s Big Island, an architect and his family exchange fast-paced city life for a different kind of flow—the geological kind.

“It lends itself to massive relaxing,” says architect Cary Tamarkin of his 2,800-square-foot cottage on Shelter Island overlooking Long Island Sound.  “There's lots of napping, and big dinners on the teak tables out on the porch.” See more of the project here.  Photo by Bart Michiels.   This originally appeared in Shelter Island Retreat.

Shelter Island Retreat - Tamarkin Co: Reclaimed and recycled cypress beams measure 16 inches tall, six inches wide and are 36 feet long. Courtesy Architects and Artisans. Photo by: Bart Michiels

Resident Tom Givone likens the renovation of his 18th-century farmhouse to “an archeological dig: messy but rewarding.” The long porch is cantilevered over a stream that runs through the property. View 11 more photos of the project here.  Photo by Mark Mahaney.   This originally appeared in Hope Floats.

Floating farmhouse, Eldred, New York, Tom Givone. the solid glass wall is kind of cool but would probably ne hard to keep clean

“I’ve been all around the world, and whenever I come back here, I realize that the Pacific Ocean seen from those cliffs is the most beautiful view on earth,” says the resident of this house built into a hillside in Big Sur, California.  Courtesy of © Robert Canfield (415) 472-1302.

Architect Mary Ann Schicketanz of Carver + Schicketanz Architects created a home in Big Sur, California, that hugs its hillside site.

This Georgian Bay home shared by two families was an architectural experiment in communal living. Two-year-old Annika and five-year-old Soren make music on the "nap swing," a popular hangout spot for kids and adults alike. View 13 more photos of the home here.  Photo by Lorne Bridgman.   This originally appeared in Communal Lakeside Vacation House in Ontario.

A hanging bed serves as a "nap swing" for the family members of this shared, communal lakeside vacation home in Ontario, Canada.


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