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Practice makes perfect

Upgrading premises to cater for growth can be painful but one Swedish architect has moulded a 1930s apartment into the ideal replacement for his firm’s much-loved former home.

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Close to home

The house that Japanese architect Tsutomu Abe built for himself 42 years ago says as much about his thoughtful design process as it does about his humble character. He takes us on a tour and discusses the vital relationship…

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About time

Hidden in a leafy, historic corner of São Paulo, Casa CSF has stood as a quiet expression of Brazilian modernism since the 1940s. Now it is experiencing a new lease of life as young architect Felipe Hess combines original…

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Designer plans

Dubai wants to be known for more than its artificial islands and ‘megatall’ skyscrapers. We visit the city’s design district and meet the makers trying to turn it into a bastion of Middle Eastern craft and creativity.

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Master of all trades

Christopher Descours, the president of luxury group EPI, explains why he’s building the firm’s property portfolio, how to keep large companies feeling personal and the best way to put down international roots while keeping…

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Style envoy

If a nation’s embassy is about projecting its character onto the world stage, Denmark’s London mission is a masterclass. It combines modernity and an outward-looking philosophy while offering visitors just the right amount…

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Working from home

When a husband-and-wife team decided to transform their apartment behind Madrid’s Paseo de Prado into a space in which they could live and work, little did they know that the project would provide so much comfort.

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Group think

As urbanists around the world devise new approaches to better everyday living, we highlight three projects in Japan, Sweden and Singapore taking a fresh perspective.

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Hunt for a home

Built as a hunting lodge in the 1930s and seized by the SS during the Second World War, Villa St Martin in Alsace has a colourful history. Now an idyllic family home, its Bauhaus and art deco architectural styles

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Estate of the art

A progressive 1960s concrete estate in the middle of precious woodland might send alarm bells ringing in many design circles. But Siedlung Halen just outside Bern is a quiet, friendly triumph where nurture sits alongside…

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Samba style

Set on a mountainside with views over the Atlantic and surrounded by trees and tranquillity, this Rio residence reflects the cosmopolitan lifestyle of its Parisian and Swedish occupants.

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Camera obscurer

In Chiba, photographer Shinichi Ito found the perfect canvas for his laid-back style. A short stroll from the sea, he has crafted a cosy refuge within the wood and concrete shell of a most unusual property.

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A great Dane

Photographer Thomas Ibsen’s house, a classic of the post-war ‘funkis’ style characterised by simple lines and clever use of light, is filled with design treasures and new pieces that he’s created.

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Lake life

Buy a barn, take it apart, move it a few hours down the road and then rebuild it as a summerhouse. That’s exactly what architect Erik Persson did, resulting in his simple yet stunning retreat in the peaceful depths of the…

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Life in the round

Standing out against a backdrop of drab, square tower blocks on the north bank of the Chicago River, the white “corncobs” of Bertrand Goldberg’s distinctive Marina City buildings are still inspiring, both inside and out.

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