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Chewuch River: Exploring the Cruciform Design in WA

Distinctive wooden-beamed structure with expansive glass walls overlooking a rural landscape.

Situated along the banks of the Chewuch River in Washington, D.C., this 2022 cabin design by Prentiss Balance Wickline delivers a striking blend of modern and natural elements. The cruciform floor plan features a high-ceilinged central living space intersected by a lower-roofed wing containing bedrooms and utility areas, offering a thoughtful response to the rugged surrounding landscape.

Empire: Seamless Renovation Blends Heritage and Modern

A modern, open-concept home surrounded by lush greenery and featuring clean architectural lines.

Empire, a stunning renovation and addition by award-winning Australian architecture firm Austin Maynard Architects, is a testament to the transformative power of thoughtful design. Located in Canberra, this modest, inter-war style bungalow has been reborn as a contemporary family home that seamlessly blends the old and the new. The project’s carefully crafted details, such as the handfinished white metal shingles, showcase the architects’ dedication to preserving the character of the original structure while infusing it with a fresh, modern aesthetic.