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Viewed from a good distance down the slope running to the Union River, the Maison Amtrak is clearly oriented toward the river. The deck is sheltered from the neighbors’ view by Cohen’s bedroom to the right and the living room at left.

The Right Track

With nearly a half century of architectural experience, Peter Cohen designed this ingenious spine-and-module home for him and his wife Sally in the coastal forests just outside Ellsworth, Maine.

The bottom floor of Maison Amtrak hosts Cohen’s office, a guest room that doubles as Sally's office, the mechanical systems, and storage space. Though the bottom floor is set below grade, windows look out just a few feet above the ground, allowing lots of light in.

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The bottom floor of Maison Amtrak hosts Cohen’s office, a guest room that doubles as Sally's office, the mechanical systems, and storage space.

Studio Build | Made in the Middle

Built by Studio Build in Kansas City, United States with date Images by Bob Greenspan Photography. The 1653 Residence is located in Kansas City’s Westside neighborhood. Located within walking distance of downtown Kan.

“The site drops away dramatically beneath the living room,” Bassam notes. “You really feel like you’re in this big floating box way above the landscape.”

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“The site drops away dramatically beneath the living room,” Bassam notes. “You really feel like you’re in this big floating box way above the landscape.

An Artemide Aggregato pendant light hangs over the kitchen table. While most of the home's lighting is intentionally inconspicuous, the architect intened this pendant to stand out.

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Twenty-two 12-foot-wide steel-frame modules were combined to form nine to 14-foot-high rooms that were stacked and bolted together. Ten deck modules added more than 4,700 square feet of sheltered outdoor space. Image courtesy of Jill Paider.

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Twenty-two steel-frame modules were combined to form nine to rooms that were stacked and bolted together. Ten deck modules added more than square feet of sheltered outdoor space. Image courtesy of Jill Paider.

Quiete, silenzio e sensi delle Dolomiti. La Pedevilla. Ruhe, Stille und Sinne der Dolomiten.

Quiete, silenzio e sensi delle Dolomiti. La Pedevilla. Ruhe, Stille und Sinne der Dolomiten.

At the same time she annexed the trailer, Siegal opened up the master bedroom to include a new bath and laundry room. “The house hadn’t been touched since the 1920s—it had lots of tiny little rooms,” says Siegal of the home she bought in 2002. “But I loved that yard, and I thought, I could make this place really great.” Her latest addition   is a two-story workspace where the garage once stood.

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Dwell - Eco-Friendly Prefabs and the Modern Mobile Home: Spotlight on Jennifer Siegal

Once a 19th-century train depot, Depot House is a rehabilitated home completed by Gray Organschi Architecture. It is located in rural Connecticut, and makes use of the original rubble foundation to create a home that is elegant and modern while still retaining a sense of its historical past.

Depot House by Gray Organschi Architecture

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