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Leiden Schoolhouse Conversion

Originally built in 1925, the Leiden Schoolhouse Conversion turns a former school for infants into an impressive residential space. Each area was transformed to hold a new function — a prior classroom is now three bedrooms and the former gym has been transformed into a kitchen, dining, and living area — while much of the structure's historic charm was kept intact through the existing tile, doors, skylights, and wooden rafters. On the exterior, what was once a playground is now a courtyard with a sheltered sunken sitting area to enjoy outdoor dining and conversations.

Photos: Brigitte Kroone / Atelier Space

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    Levitation has been an interest of the Shaolin monks for centuries. The Shaolin Flying Monks Temple finally lets them experience it, thanks to a massive wind turbine. The turbine is surrounded by a curved amphitheater so spectators can enjoy the aerial displays, learning more about the history of Zen and Kung-Fu all while seated in a building inspired by monks' beloved Songshan mountain.

    Photos: Ansis Starks / Mailitis Architects

  • We House

    Composed of two main sections linked by a glass and wood kitchen, the We House ties together its various areas with a few smart details. Reclaimed wood from an old factory in Brooklyn is used throughout the house, most notably in the ceilings of the kitchen and bedrooms. It's mirrored in the board concrete used elsewhere in the house and complemented by steel casement windows that give the main living areas a slightly industrial feel.

    Photos: Ed Lederman Photography / TA Dumbleton Architect