When Budget Building Goes Right

When local architect Kevin Oreck was given the opportunity to design a Los Angeles home on a tight budget and a tighter space constraint, he didn’t think twice. The result is a 1,500-square-foot home built out of metal and plywood on a 39-foot-wide lot, and it’s amazing.

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Photos courtesy of Remodelista.

Inspire Me Monday: Jeffrey Milstein’s Aerial Cityscapes

While aerial photography is often stark and unimaginative (think Google Maps), Jeffrey Milstein has an eye for capturing city landscapes from above. His angle reveals colorful shapes and views that display New York and Los Angeles in new and interesting ways.

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Photos copyright Jeffrey Milstein.

Celebrate the Final Days of Summer with these Modernist Swimming Pools

Great architects have an eye for design, despite the material. Whether they are working with wood, stone, or water, the results are always breathtaking. Here are a few perfectly-minimalist swimming pools designed by some of the best modern architects.


Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavillion, 1929.


Home in Spain’s Canary Islands by Corona y P. Amaral Arquitectos, 2008.


A chlorine-free, bio-filtered pool in Riehen, Switzerland by Herzog & de Meuron, 2009.

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A penthouse in Antwerp, Belgium designed by Hans Verstuyft Architecten, 2013.


Lap pool in a renovated 1920s villa in Belgium by architect Vincent van Duysen, 1920s.


Infinity pool in Long Island by Edmund Hollander Design.


Pool on Cyclades Island by Kois Associated Architects, 2014.


Swimming pool built from a former livestock watering tank at architect Olle Lundberg’s redwood cabin in Cazadero, California, 1996.

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Phillip Johnson’s bright, circular pool at the Glass House, 1949.


Pool in a Kensignton home by David Chipperfield Architects, 2012.


Pool at the Solo Houses Project in Spain by Pezo von Ellrichshausen Architects.


Pool at the Vals Thermal Spa in Switzerland by Peter Zumpthor, 1996.


An indoor pool in the Melbourne Tower by Elenberg Fraser.


A wading pool on the roof of the Cité radieuse building in Marseilles, France by Le Corbusier, 1952.


The Villa Mairea in Finland designed by Alvar Aalto, 1940.


Pools at a home in Belgium by Vincent van Duysen,

Photos courtesy of Gardenista.