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November 1, 2013
If you’re the blaming type, you might fault Le Corbusier for making the white facade so utterly irresistible. Here are 9 that could cause you to rethink your shade when the next need for an exterior coat rolls around.
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  Corporate high-flyers and admitted neat freaks Bruce Thatcher and Kirsty Leighton couldn’t handle the chaos anymore. With two small boys and demanding jobs (he works in hedge funds, she’s a PR executive), they craved order, light, and space but were prepared to settle for a washing machine. In came architect William Tozer with a plan that inserted clean white planes into the envelope of their Victorian terrace house in London. Photo by Matthew Williams.  Photo by Matthew Williams.   This originally appeared in Composite Index.

    Corporate high-flyers and admitted neat freaks Bruce Thatcher and Kirsty Leighton couldn’t handle the chaos anymore. With two small boys and demanding jobs (he works in hedge funds, she’s a PR executive), they craved order, light, and space but were prepared to settle for a washing machine. In came architect William Tozer with a plan that inserted clean white planes into the envelope of their Victorian terrace house in London. Photo by Matthew Williams.

    Photo by Matthew Williams.
    This originally appeared in Composite Index.
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  Casa Delpin, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, is fronted by perforated concrete panels. Photo by Raimund Koch.   Photo by Raimund Koch.   This originally appeared in San Juan, PR.

    Casa Delpin, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, is fronted by perforated concrete panels. Photo by Raimund Koch. 

    Photo by Raimund Koch.
    This originally appeared in San Juan, PR.
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  Tall and surprisingly open, the Tel Aviv Town House by Pitsou Kedem Architects continues in the tradition of its Bauhaus-inspired neighbors with a white facade and black window frames. Photo by Amit Geron.   Photo by Amit Geron.   This originally appeared in Modern High-Rise Town House in Tel Aviv.

    Tall and surprisingly open, the Tel Aviv Town House by Pitsou Kedem Architects continues in the tradition of its Bauhaus-inspired neighbors with a white facade and black window frames. Photo by Amit Geron. 

    Photo by Amit Geron.
    This originally appeared in Modern High-Rise Town House in Tel Aviv.
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  In 1962, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill architect Arthur Witthoefft won the AIA's highest honor for a home he built in the lush woods of Westchester County. Having fended off a developer's wrecking ball, Todd Goddard and Andrew Mandolene went above and beyond to make this manse mint again. Photo by Jason Schmidt.   Photo by Jason Schmidt.   This originally appeared in Mod Men.

    In 1962, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill architect Arthur Witthoefft won the AIA's highest honor for a home he built in the lush woods of Westchester County. Having fended off a developer's wrecking ball, Todd Goddard and Andrew Mandolene went above and beyond to make this manse mint again. Photo by Jason Schmidt. 

    Photo by Jason Schmidt.
    This originally appeared in Mod Men.
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  Richard Meier's Douglas House is a clear nod to Les Terrasses, a 1928 residence created by Le Corbusier in Garches, France. Shared elements include curved walls, spatial ambiguities, and a planar white facade. Photo by Dean Kaufman.   Photo by Dean Kaufman. Courtesy of © Dean Kaufman 2011 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.  This originally appeared in On the Waterfront.

    Richard Meier's Douglas House is a clear nod to Les Terrasses, a 1928 residence created by Le Corbusier in Garches, France. Shared elements include curved walls, spatial ambiguities, and a planar white facade. Photo by Dean Kaufman. 

    Photo by Dean Kaufman. Courtesy of © Dean Kaufman 2011 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
    This originally appeared in On the Waterfront.
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  Yurika Ninomiya says good morning to busy central Nagoya from her third-floor bedroom while husband Takuya opens up the shop and gallery that they run below. Photo by Takashi Homma.   Photo by Takashi Homma.   This originally appeared in Small Space Live/Work Box Home in Japan.

    Yurika Ninomiya says good morning to busy central Nagoya from her third-floor bedroom while husband Takuya opens up the shop and gallery that they run below. Photo by Takashi Homma. 

    Photo by Takashi Homma.
    This originally appeared in Small Space Live/Work Box Home in Japan.
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  For argument's sake, let's call it a pool facade: A bright white wall surrounds the pool at a house at the base of Echo Mountain in Phoenix by Wendell Burnette. Photo by Dean Kaufman.     This originally appeared in 8 Modern Desert Homes.

    For argument's sake, let's call it a pool facade: A bright white wall surrounds the pool at a house at the base of Echo Mountain in Phoenix by Wendell Burnette. Photo by Dean Kaufman. 

    This originally appeared in 8 Modern Desert Homes.
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  A long, low, bright response to the rugged landscape, Doug Paton and Stacey Chapman Paton’s house by architect Maurice McKenzie is a linear white exercise in modern entertaining. Photo by JUCO.   Photo by JUCO.   This originally appeared in 5 Prefab Desert Homes .

    A long, low, bright response to the rugged landscape, Doug Paton and Stacey Chapman Paton’s house by architect Maurice McKenzie is a linear white exercise in modern entertaining. Photo by JUCO. 

    Photo by JUCO.
    This originally appeared in 5 Prefab Desert Homes .
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  For the duo of young architects behind the firm Atherton Keener, the harsh, ever-changing light of Phoenix, Arizona, desert served as inspiration for their minimal and malleable home. The exterior of the house consists of sandblasted masonry and Ferrari shade sails stretched on a steel frame. Photo by Ye Rin Mok.   Photo by Ye Rin Mok.   This originally appeared in Startin' Spartan.

    For the duo of young architects behind the firm Atherton Keener, the harsh, ever-changing light of Phoenix, Arizona, desert served as inspiration for their minimal and malleable home. The exterior of the house consists of sandblasted masonry and Ferrari shade sails stretched on a steel frame. Photo by Ye Rin Mok. 

    Photo by Ye Rin Mok.
    This originally appeared in Startin' Spartan.
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Corporate high-flyers and admitted neat freaks Bruce Thatcher and Kirsty Leighton couldn’t handle the chaos anymore. With two small boys and demanding jobs (he works in hedge funds, she’s a PR executive), they craved order, light, and space but were prepared to settle for a washing machine. In came architect William Tozer with a plan that inserted clean white planes into the envelope of their Victorian terrace house in London. Photo by Matthew Williams.

Photo by Matthew Williams.

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