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As previously looked at in 5 Bold and Modern Glass Facades, Dwell takes another look at 8 contemporary structures that are recognized for their creative and daring use of combined materials and glass.
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  Teaming up with architect Craig Steely, an industrial designer and a mechanical engineer find just the right design for a striking home on a San Francisco hill. Photo by Ian Allen.  Photo by: Ian Allen

    Teaming up with architect Craig Steely, an industrial designer and a mechanical engineer find just the right design for a striking home on a San Francisco hill. Photo by Ian Allen.

    Photo by: Ian Allen

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  Architect Reinhold Andris has lived in his house in southwestern Germany since 1998. Fifteen years on, the structure remains emblematic of his modernist perspective. Unlike the traditional stone houses in the neighborhood, Andris’s home feels lightweight, thanks in part to the split-level plan and spatial fluidity. Photo courtesy Reinhold Andris Office, Walddorfhäslach.

    Architect Reinhold Andris has lived in his house in southwestern Germany since 1998. Fifteen years on, the structure remains emblematic of his modernist perspective. Unlike the traditional stone houses in the neighborhood, Andris’s home feels lightweight, thanks in part to the split-level plan and spatial fluidity. Photo courtesy Reinhold Andris Office, Walddorfhäslach.

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  Geraldine and Kit Laybourne’s apartment is inside architect Neil Denari’s HL23 building in the Chelsea arts district of New York. It hovers above the High Line, a former elevated rail line now transformed into a public park. Photo by Christopher Wahl.  Photo by: Christopher Wahl

    Geraldine and Kit Laybourne’s apartment is inside architect Neil Denari’s HL23 building in the Chelsea arts district of New York. It hovers above the High Line, a former elevated rail line now transformed into a public park. Photo by Christopher Wahl.

    Photo by: Christopher Wahl

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  Tall and surprisingly open, the Tel Aviv Town House by Pitsou Kedem Architects continues in the tradition of its Bauhaus-inspired neighbors with a white facade and black window frames. Photo by Amit Geron.

    Tall and surprisingly open, the Tel Aviv Town House by Pitsou Kedem Architects continues in the tradition of its Bauhaus-inspired neighbors with a white facade and black window frames. Photo by Amit Geron.

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  The second-story viewing platform was born from an onsite discovery. After framing the first level, Patch Work Architecture noticed a vista to the west and decided to add a window. Photo by: Paul McCredie.

    The second-story viewing platform was born from an onsite discovery. After framing the first level, Patch Work Architecture noticed a vista to the west and decided to add a window. Photo by: Paul McCredie.

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  Edgeland House, built on a cliff-top lot in Austin by architect Thomas Bercy for lawyer and writer Chris Brown, is topped by a living roof to help it blend into the landscape. The concrete, steel, and glass house is divided into two distinct public and private halves. Photo by Dave Mead.  Photo by: Dave Mead

    Edgeland House, built on a cliff-top lot in Austin by architect Thomas Bercy for lawyer and writer Chris Brown, is topped by a living roof to help it blend into the landscape. The concrete, steel, and glass house is divided into two distinct public and private halves. Photo by Dave Mead.

    Photo by: Dave Mead

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  A glass-and-concrete mountainside lair is fit for a Bond villain with a penchant for stunning Alpine views. Photo by Hélène Binet.  Photo by: Hélène Binet

    A glass-and-concrete mountainside lair is fit for a Bond villain with a penchant for stunning Alpine views. Photo by Hélène Binet.

    Photo by: Hélène Binet

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  Architect José Roberto Paredes’s crowning achievement is the freestanding concrete roof that wraps around the structure. Photo by Jason Bax.  Photo by: Jason Bax

    Architect José Roberto Paredes’s crowning achievement is the freestanding concrete roof that wraps around the structure. Photo by Jason Bax.

    Photo by: Jason Bax

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