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Good wood - Beijing based Arch Studio renovated a traditional courtyard house in the Chinese capital, adding grey-brick paving that flows from the floor of the outdoor space to form internal walls and roofs. All combined with minimal wooden interiors makes for a stunning abode.

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Tuscan home by Vincenzo De Cotiis

Architect Vincenzo De Cotiis has renovated a former boathouse in Tuscany. The refurbishment, according to his sophisticated aesthetics, consists of a mix of unexpectedly juxtaposed materials, such as marble and concrete, brass and lacquer, which are far from holed up in a typical Tuscan house. 

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Another Venice

Andrea Mercatante and Adelaide Testa, from UDA Architect, renovated the top floor apartment and the common area of a 19th century building in Venice. In a city that lives radically in the past, the extraordinary architectural heritage finally welcomes the present.