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The open spaces and transparency of modern architecture turn out to be extremely useful when there’s a house full of relatives.

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  In her spacious kitchen, Mahnaz Fashandi prepares for Persian New Year with her brother Mohsen and her parents Mohammad and Azam.  Photo by Justin Fantl.
    In her spacious kitchen, Mahnaz Fashandi prepares for Persian New Year with her brother Mohsen and her parents Mohammad and Azam. Photo by Justin Fantl.
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  From the street, the house maintains a low profile, saving the architectural surprises for the inside.  Photo by Justin Fantl.
    From the street, the house maintains a low profile, saving the architectural surprises for the inside. Photo by Justin Fantl.
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  The open dining space accommodates groups such as Fashandi’s book club with ease.  Photo by Justin Fantl.
    The open dining space accommodates groups such as Fashandi’s book club with ease. Photo by Justin Fantl.
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  A feast that includes stuffed tomatoes and giant meatballs called “koofteh."  Photo by Justin Fantl.
    A feast that includes stuffed tomatoes and giant meatballs called “koofteh." Photo by Justin Fantl.
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  The architecture mixes Douglas fir beams and exposed steel framing, achieving its soaring spaces without pretentiousness.  Photo by Justin Fantl.
    The architecture mixes Douglas fir beams and exposed steel framing, achieving its soaring spaces without pretentiousness. Photo by Justin Fantl.
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  Fashandi arranges flowers and greenery for Persian New Year, which is a celebration of spring.  Photo by Justin Fantl.
    Fashandi arranges flowers and greenery for Persian New Year, which is a celebration of spring. Photo by Justin Fantl.
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  The square fountain at the courtyard's center is a modern rendition of a very traditional feature in many Middle Eastern homes.  Photo by Justin Fantl.
    The square fountain at the courtyard's center is a modern rendition of a very traditional feature in many Middle Eastern homes. Photo by Justin Fantl.
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  The visible structural engineering is part of the beauty of the home’s design. At the roof corner, a double-channel steel hip beam and cantilevered wood rafters come together like pieces of a puzzle.  Photo by Justin Fantl.
    The visible structural engineering is part of the beauty of the home’s design. At the roof corner, a double-channel steel hip beam and cantilevered wood rafters come together like pieces of a puzzle. Photo by Justin Fantl.
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  An interior view of the same corner.  Photo by Justin Fantl.
    An interior view of the same corner. Photo by Justin Fantl.
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  Tension rods provide bracing for the glass walls, and exposed bolts reveal how everything is put together.  Photo by Justin Fantl.
    Tension rods provide bracing for the glass walls, and exposed bolts reveal how everything is put together. Photo by Justin Fantl.
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  Another view of the tension rods.  Photo by Justin Fantl.
    Another view of the tension rods. Photo by Justin Fantl.
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  Jawed Umerani, who did the structural engineering on the house himself, likes to work on blueprints in the front room.  Photo by Justin Fantl.
    Jawed Umerani, who did the structural engineering on the house himself, likes to work on blueprints in the front room. Photo by Justin Fantl.
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  The master bedroom has sliding doors that connect directly to the backyard.  Photo by Justin Fantl.
    The master bedroom has sliding doors that connect directly to the backyard. Photo by Justin Fantl.
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  In the living room, Fashandi enjoys lounging in the Saarinen Womb chair by Knoll near the fireplace. The red wall is flanked by thin windows, causing it to glow in the sunlight.  Photo by Justin Fantl.
    In the living room, Fashandi enjoys lounging in the Saarinen Womb chair by Knoll near the fireplace. The red wall is flanked by thin windows, causing it to glow in the sunlight. Photo by Justin Fantl.
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  Outside, the back of the fireplace functions as a minimalist sculpture.  Photo by Justin Fantl.
    Outside, the back of the fireplace functions as a minimalist sculpture. Photo by Justin Fantl.
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  In the backyard, Umerani and Fashandi decided to limit the lawn to minimize water consumption.  Photo by Justin Fantl.
    In the backyard, Umerani and Fashandi decided to limit the lawn to minimize water consumption. Photo by Justin Fantl.

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