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April 17, 2014
These 10 urban homes run the gamut from renovated commercial spaces to new constructions on small, irregular plots.
The apartment towers at Lafayette Park.

Built between 1958 and 1960, each unit of Mies van der Rohe’s Lafayette Park in Detroit has undergone subtle renovations which have preserved the brilliance of his original design and catered to residents' desires for personalized spaces. Photo by Raimund Koch.

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Modern brick screen.

Beyond an aging facade, artistic director Jean-Christophe Aumas' Paris apartment bursts with color and life. But, in his small flat, Aumas' challenge is privacy and separating spaces. A white brick screen shields his office from his dining room. Photo by Christian Schaulin.

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Originally appeared in A Furniture Collector's Renovated Flat in Paris
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Architect Grant explains that the recessed orange wall with built-in storage shelving is a counterpoint to the view of Boston in the opposite direction.

After extensive renovation, an apartment in Boston is reborn as an approximation of an urban Usonian. Photo by Kent Dayton.

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Village vanguard kitchen

The Henrybuilt system in the light, airy kitchen of this West Village apartment provides storage and contributes to an aesthetic of clean, simple lines. Photo by Ball & Albanese.

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Originally appeared in A Family-Friendly New York City Apartment
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Up on the ninth floor, their sober Neo sofa and chaise from DWR and classic Florence Knoll credenza are contrasted by more exotic accessories like Patrick Townsend’s Orbit chandelier and an offbeat white vase from Creative Growth, an Oakland, California,

On the ninth floor of a building in Brooklyn, a couple are living the high life. A subdued palette helps keeps their space current while subtle patterns and personal items add character. Photo by Dean Kaufman.

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Modern live work space in Toronto

The challenge of recycling an old commercial space in Toronto was a unique opportunity for the residents to engage with the city's hustle and bustle. Photo by Naomi Finlay.

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Originally appeared in Converting a Commercial Storefront to a Home (and Studio!)
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When an exporter renovated his home in Shanghai, he found a way to connect his current lifestyle with the tradition and history of his lilong-style house. Photo by Christian Schaulin.

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Originally appeared in Modern Lilong House Renovation in Shanghai
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Narrow brick house in Toronto.

Slipped between two older buildings, a striking glass home in Toronto provides a family with a contemporary environment in view of historic, traditional structures. Photo by Dean Kaufman.

Originally appeared in 5 Small and Narrow Modern Houses
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Shipping container home office with bunk bed

The residents of a former Chinese laundry and tooth-powder factory in San Francisco honor the industrial heritage of their space by introducing two industrial shipping containers. Photo by Drew Kelly.

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Bright orange framed door by the rooftop

In the Italian city of Syracuse, a trio of natives built a contemporary dwelling within one of the city's historic terracotta colored edifices. Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.

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Originally appeared in Less Is Amore
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The apartment towers at Lafayette Park.

Built between 1958 and 1960, each unit of Mies van der Rohe’s Lafayette Park in Detroit has undergone subtle renovations which have preserved the brilliance of his original design and catered to residents' desires for personalized spaces. Photo by Raimund Koch.

Photo by Raimund Koch.

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