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December 3, 2013
Whether it's subtle accents or solid exterior facades, we examine seven modern homes that utilize the classic and durable metal, steel.
Pittsburgh, apartment building, eve picker, edge studio, dutch macdonald

Edge Studio's apartment building with its glass-and-steel facade is a glowing example of the urban renaissance that's gripping Steel City. The 947 Liberty Lofts, in downtown Pittsburgh’s Penn-Liberty Historic District, is one of developer Eve Picker’s efforts to bring the city core back to life. A 20-foot setback leaves room for an outdoor café that bustles at lunchtime. The 15-foot sculptures were created by James Simon, a Pittsburgh artist. Photo by Roger Davies.

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Originally appeared in Steel Life
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ann arbor, michigan, house

With its reflective steel cladding on the sun-drenched second floor and reclaimed wood from an old barn on the heavily shaded ground floor, the flat-roofed SunHome looks not unlike an early Frank Gehry project. Photo by Chad Holder. 

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Cedar clad home in Seattle.

On the sandy shores of Fauntleroy Cove in Seattle, renowned firm Olson Kundig Architects crafts a subtle home with striking steel accents.

Originally appeared in Modern Steel House in Seattle
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Exterior rammed earth home

Studio eM Design’s rammed-earth home in Corrales, New Mexico, updates the regional adobe archetype into a hallmark of sustainable design. Governed by Roger Downey's strict mandate for minimalism, architect Efthimios Maniatis was able to craft eco-friendly features around the thermal properties of the rammed-earth walls. Photo by Kirk Gittings.

Originally appeared in A Sustainable Rammed Earth Home in New Mexico
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Modern split-level plan house in Germany

Unlike the traditional stone houses in the neighborhood, Reinhold Andris’s home feels lightweight, thanks in part to the split-level plan and spatial fluidity. “When the sun moves through the house, it creates thousands of different situations of light,” he explains. Photo courtesy Reinhold Andris Office, Walddorfhäslach.

Originally appeared in Steel Framed Split-Level Home in Germany
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modern River House façade in Virginia

With a modernist palette of concrete, glass, and steel, Ziger/Snead Architects constructed an ode to rowing in rural Virginia.

Originally appeared in Row House
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Here's a view of the steel and glass master bedroom as it cantilevers over the patio and yard. You can see the cantilevered concrete patio in the foreground. The structure of the building is more common to commercial construction—steel framing with metal

Architect J.C. Schmeil of Merzbau Design Collective recently completed this 4-bedroom, 4-bath house on Lake Austin in Texas, designed for a couple with three young children. "The design of the new residence resulted from a single, bold gesture: the bisection of the sloping site with a 14-foot high concrete retaining wall," says Schmeil. "The retaining wall appears as an interior finish on the ground floor, registering the passage of the day through a constant play of light and shadow." Photo by Brian Mihealsick.

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Pittsburgh, apartment building, eve picker, edge studio, dutch macdonald

Edge Studio's apartment building with its glass-and-steel facade is a glowing example of the urban renaissance that's gripping Steel City. The 947 Liberty Lofts, in downtown Pittsburgh’s Penn-Liberty Historic District, is one of developer Eve Picker’s efforts to bring the city core back to life. A 20-foot setback leaves room for an outdoor café that bustles at lunchtime. The 15-foot sculptures were created by James Simon, a Pittsburgh artist. Photo by Roger Davies.

Photo by Roger Davies.

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