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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.
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  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.

    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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  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.  Photo by Christian Schaulin.

    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.

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

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

    Photo by Kent Dayton.
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  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.  Photo by Ball & Albanese.

    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.

    Photo by Ball & Albanese.
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  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.  Photo by Dean Kaufman.

    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.

    Photo by Dean Kaufman.
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  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.  Photo by Naomi Finlay.

    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.

    Photo by Naomi Finlay.
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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.  Photo by Christian Schaulin.

    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.

    Photo by Christian Schaulin.
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  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.

    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.

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  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.  Photo by Drew Kelly.

    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.

    Photo by Drew Kelly.
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  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.  Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.

    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.

    Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.
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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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