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7 Facades Full of Color

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No shrinking violets, these polychromatic facades are awash with bright hues.
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  Though the front of this house in Belgium is brick, the back is semi-opaque. When illuminated from within, it takes on a rainbow look.

    Though the front of this house in Belgium is brick, the back is semi-opaque. When illuminated from within, it takes on a rainbow look.

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  An eco-friendly penthouse in Alberta features a prismatic facade. Photo by Garth Crump.

    An eco-friendly penthouse in Alberta features a prismatic facade. Photo by Garth Crump.

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  Along a Massachusetts home’s facades, deep window openings pop through the silvery, white-cedar cladding in bright bursts. “The punches of color are points of personal expression,” says Taylor, cofounder of Taylor and Miller Architecture and Design. “They let the vitality of the residents leak out so passersby can experience the inside from the outside.” Photo by Gregory Cherin.

    Along a Massachusetts home’s facades, deep window openings pop through the silvery, white-cedar cladding in bright bursts. “The punches of color are points of personal expression,” says Taylor, cofounder of Taylor and Miller Architecture and Design. “They let the vitality of the residents leak out so passersby can experience the inside from the outside.” Photo by Gregory Cherin.

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  With these modern-day lodges for Kansas City campers heading to the country, a Missouri architecture firm puts a fresh face on a 100-year-old Girl Scout tradition. Photo by Mike Sinclair.

    With these modern-day lodges for Kansas City campers heading to the country, a Missouri architecture firm puts a fresh face on a 100-year-old Girl Scout tradition. Photo by Mike Sinclair.

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  Charred wood and a bold wash of red enliven the facade of a green house in the Netherlands. Photo by Hans Peter Follmi.

    Charred wood and a bold wash of red enliven the facade of a green house in the Netherlands. Photo by Hans Peter Follmi.

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  Craving not just a home but a proper piece of architecture, a handful of design- and business-savvy Dutch families banded together, hired an architect, and set about forming the community that would net them the houses of their dreams. Their color or choice? Bright orange. Photo by Dean Kaufman.

    Craving not just a home but a proper piece of architecture, a handful of design- and business-savvy Dutch families banded together, hired an architect, and set about forming the community that would net them the houses of their dreams. Their color or choice? Bright orange. Photo by Dean Kaufman.

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  The Brook, a supportive housing project in the Bronx, occupies what had, for years, been a vacant lot. “Before we built on it, there were remnants of dead chickens from who knows what sort of illicit activities,” says project architect Coren Bomback.

    The Brook, a supportive housing project in the Bronx, occupies what had, for years, been a vacant lot. “Before we built on it, there were remnants of dead chickens from who knows what sort of illicit activities,” says project architect Coren Bomback.

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