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August 18, 2013
While the saying, "It's what's inside that counts" certainly rings true, the exterior matters just as much with these six homes garbed with striking facades. See Part One here.
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  Norwegian Wood Designing a house for this setting was a thrilling puzzle of aesthetics and terrain for a young architect. The house they built that year suited the couple for 30 years of long summer vacations, but recently, as German-born architect Jürgen Kiehl tells us, it was time for an upgrade. Photo by: Pia Ulin  Photo by Pia Ulin.

    Norwegian Wood

    Designing a house for this setting was a thrilling puzzle of aesthetics and terrain for a young architect. The house they built that year suited the couple for 30 years of long summer vacations, but recently, as German-born architect Jürgen Kiehl tells us, it was time for an upgrade.

    Photo by: Pia Ulin

    Photo by Pia Ulin.
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  Welcome to the Jungle In Central America, Spanish colonial architecture prevails. But the creeping tide of modernism—represented here by the home of architect José Roberto Paredes—is signaling that change is afoot. Paredes gives us a tour of his house, set in the rain forest outside San Salvador, El Salvador. Photo by: Paco Perez  Photo by Paco Perez.

    Welcome to the Jungle

    In Central America, Spanish colonial architecture prevails. But the creeping tide of modernism—represented here by the home of architect José Roberto Paredes—is signaling that change is afoot. Paredes gives us a tour of his house, set in the rain forest outside San Salvador, El Salvador.

    Photo by: Paco Perez

    Photo by Paco Perez.
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  The Full Montara In Montara, California, architect Michael Maltzan designed a home for, his sister and brother-in-law. From certain vantage points, the home’s unique angles result in M.C. Escher–like optical illusions. Photo by: Noah Webb  Photo by Noah Webb.

    The Full Montara

    In Montara, California, architect Michael Maltzan designed a home for, his sister and brother-in-law. From certain vantage points, the home’s unique angles result in M.C. Escher–like optical illusions.

    Photo by: Noah Webb

    Photo by Noah Webb.
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  Hope Floats The Floating Farmhouse’s semitransparent addition has a roofline that matches the pitch of the original 1820s farmhouse. A porch, tucked under the side eaves, is cantilevered over a stream that runs through the property. Ikea loungers are illuminated from the interior by commercial gymnasium lights repurposed as pendant lamps. Photo by: Mark Mahaney  Photo by Mark Mahaney.

    Hope Floats

    The Floating Farmhouse’s semitransparent addition has a roofline that matches the pitch of the original 1820s farmhouse. A porch, tucked under the side eaves, is cantilevered over a stream that runs through the property. Ikea loungers are illuminated from the interior by commercial gymnasium lights repurposed as pendant lamps.

    Photo by: Mark Mahaney

    Photo by Mark Mahaney.
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  Modernist L-Shaped Charred Cedar Cabin in Alaska In the shadow of Mount McKinley, amid Alaska’s meadows and icy streams, a former teacher and a four-time Iditarod winner built a modernist cabin as expansive as the Last Frontier. Photo by: Kamil Bialous  Photo by Kamil Bialous.

    Modernist L-Shaped Charred Cedar Cabin in Alaska

    In the shadow of Mount McKinley, amid Alaska’s meadows and icy streams, a former teacher and a four-time Iditarod winner built a modernist cabin as expansive as the Last Frontier.

    Photo by: Kamil Bialous

    Photo by Kamil Bialous.
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  Rock the Boat New Zealand architect Davor Popadich invoked nautical sheds in his unconventional design for his family’s home on Auckland’s North Shore. Photo by: Simon Devitt  Photo by Simon Devitt. Courtesy of © 2011 Simon Devitt.

    Rock the Boat

    New Zealand architect Davor Popadich invoked nautical sheds in his unconventional design for his family’s home on Auckland’s North Shore.

    Photo by: Simon Devitt

    Photo by Simon Devitt. Courtesy of © 2011 Simon Devitt.
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Norwegian Wood

Designing a house for this setting was a thrilling puzzle of aesthetics and terrain for a young architect. The house they built that year suited the couple for 30 years of long summer vacations, but recently, as German-born architect Jürgen Kiehl tells us, it was time for an upgrade.

Photo by: Pia Ulin

Photo by Pia Ulin.

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