9 Striking Modern White Facades

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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

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

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

    Photo by: Raimund Koch

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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

    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

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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

    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

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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 KaufmanCourtesy of: © Dean Kaufman 2011 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

    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

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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

    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

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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. 

    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. 

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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

    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

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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

    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

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