‘Some of the most interesting conversations occur when there are opposing points of view,’ writes architect Gil Schafer III in the foreword to the book The New Old House.

In the built environment this exchange of ideas comes from different styles of architecture. As Schafer adds, some of the most exciting buildings – private and public, big and small – combine different genres, eras and materials.

The New Old House’s editor Marc Kristal has scoured Europe and North America to bring us the best examples of houses that contrast old bones with new additions, and do so with (as Schafer puts it) ‘intelligence and civility’.

We’ve picked 10 of our favourites.

The New Old House: Historic and Modern Architecture Combined by Marc Kristal is out now via Abrams

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