Joe Wertz

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Ranch House Reaches Out With Sustainable Redesign

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Reworking a shell with potential and a site with extraordinary views, Adam and Becky Burke tapped Oregon’s Matthew O. Daby to open up and update this 1950s ranch house, bringing in more light and functional use for a family on the move. The home was redesigned into to zones: one for adults, and...

Hiroshima Wedding Hall Marries Design And Nature

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A wedding space on the south side of Hiroshima, the South Harbor Resort’s Wedding Hall faces both a dense forest and the sea. Subtly luxurious, the hall doesn’t compete with the beauty or scale of the natural landscape, but the space is expansive enough to include a foyer, chapel and banquet...

New Center Fixes Faults, Quakes With Green Design

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Officials with the Portola Valley School District’s probably never thought they’d find a buyer for their one-room schoolhouse. Serving a town of only 4,500, the school rests on 11 picturesque acres and was built with a much-desired mid-century design aesthetic. One problem: The complex...

Hampton Beach House By Alexander Gorlin Architects

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Built to accommodate a family of four and designed with entertainment in mind, the Southhampton House has a rooftop terrace and room for multiple guests. Nestled between the bay and the ocean, New York City’s Alexander Gorlin Architects clad the Hampton’s beach home with European limestone and...