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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.
England town house modern facade

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.

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Originally appeared in Composite Index
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Casa Delpin concrete panels white facade

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

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Originally appeared in San Juan, PR
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modern town house Israel white facade

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. 

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Originally appeared in Modern High-Rise Town House in Tel Aviv
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midcentury modern renovation

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. 

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Originally appeared in Mod Men
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An exterior view of the cascading architectural promenade of the Douglas House.

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. 

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Originally appeared in The Lake House That's a Living Piece of Architecture History
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Modern box house in Nagoya, 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. 

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Originally appeared in Small Space Live/Work Box Home in Japan
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pool white wall Phoenix

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. 

Originally appeared in 8 Modern Desert Homes
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mckenzie residence exterior facade

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. 

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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.

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. 

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Originally appeared in Startin' Spartan
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England town house modern facade

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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