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gabion cages filled with local stones support villa beusi’s verdant terraces in italy

‘villa beusi’ by italian architecture studio calvi ceschia viganò is a single-family home that nestles within a verdant stepped terrain in the coastal town of sanremo. surrounded by olive groves, the residence rests on a degraded agricultural land that has been restored and transformed through multi-level terraces and retaining walls that combine concrete and stone-filled […]

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‘Home Depot architecture’: How one developer is turning farm storage into sleek apartments

In Detroit, one developer has turned Quonset huts—better known for their use on farms and military bases—into affordable, efficient housing.

On a half-vacant block a few miles outside of downtown Detroit sits an unabashed oddity. Nearly 200 feet long and 23 feet high, it’s a gleaming half-cylinder of metal surrounded by trees. Built out of a military-style Quonset hut and plopped into the dwindling remnants of a residential neighborhood, this alienlike arched steel structure may be the world’s most unexpected new apartment building.

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