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April 11, 2014
Modernism scales to new heights with these structures, all of which found unique ways to touch the sky.
green sustainable residence roof deck

The roof deck atop this 30-foot tower in Silicon Valley provides a comfortable setting for observing the surrounding landscape. Photo by Bruce Damonte.

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Originally appeared in A Sustainable Home in Silicon Valley
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Tim asked his grandfather how his family came to rehabilitate this water tower -- and as I expected, there was a lot of history behind these circular walls. Photograph courtesy <a href="http://timv.smugmug.com/">Tim Villabona</a>.

An abandoned water tower in Poland has been converted into a comfortable home overlooking the countryside. Photo courtesy of Tim Villabona.

Originally appeared in Living in a Polish Water Tower
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Salvaged chair and telescope by the window

Perched atop a vacation home in New Zealand, this small tower serves as a perfect lookout and stargazing spot. Photo by Matthew Williams.

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Originally appeared in Bach to the Beach
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Chateau d'eau from Steenokerzeel in Steenokkerzeel, Belgium

A converted concrete water tower in Belgium meets the residents' specifications for the perfect home, offering character, a unique history, and a great view.

Originally appeared in Living in a Belgian Water Tower
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The apartment towers at Lafayette Park.

The apartment towers in Detroit's Lafayette Park, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, have aged gracefully and flourished with new life. Photo by Raimund Koch.

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Byron Mouton and girlfriend, Julie Charvat watch the world go by, New Orleans style.

In hot and humid New Orleans, a chartreuse-and-silver tower distinguishes this house from the traditional, century-old houses that surround it. Photo by Amy Eckert.

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Originally appeared in Big Easy Living
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Modern seating area with David Weeks armchair

The New York City skyline is on full view outside architect Cass Calder Smith's Manhattan apartment. Photo by Brian Finke.

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Originally appeared in Above the Fray
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green sustainable residence roof deck

The roof deck atop this 30-foot tower in Silicon Valley provides a comfortable setting for observing the surrounding landscape. Photo by Bruce Damonte.

Photo by Bruce Damonte.

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