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October 16, 2013
Ipe, commonly known as Brazilian walnut, is a South American hardwood that is three times harder than cedar, has the same fire rating as concrete and steel, and is resistant to humidity and mildew. Here are six examples of the hardwood at work.

More than just a clever cover, the ipe wood shell of Mark Erman's spa, thanks to its 40-foot tracks, niftily navigates the rocky straights between spa shelter, dapper deck, and bespoke buffet table. Photo by Jeremy Harris.

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Originally appeared in Stoked to Soak
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The deck of this guest house on the property of two New Haven architects was fashioned from ipe and built around one of the property’s many granite outcroppings. Photo by Mark Mahaney.

Originally appeared in Growth Spurt
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On the ground level of Christine Ho Ping Kong and Peter Tan's laneway home in Toronto, the front door is tucked into an ivy-covered alcove lined with ipe, a material used throughout the house. Photo by Juliana Sohn.

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Boy and dog stroll alongside their Missouri home’s wraparound porch, made of Brazilian ipe. Rolling slatted doors screen the living room windows, providing shade on sunny days. Photo by Joe Pugliese.

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Above the front patio, the designers created a trellis of Ipe, a Brazilian hardwood. This transformed the very important function of keeping the Texas sun at bay into one of the most striking elements of the house. The sun break wraps up and then over the

For this Austin home, designers Bercy Chen created a trellis of Ipe, a Brazilian hardwood. This transformed the very important function of keeping the Texas sun at bay into one of the most striking elements of the house. The sun break wraps up and then over the second story with an artist’s flair. “It does more than just shade the windows,” says Bercy. Photo by Denise Prince Martin.

Originally appeared in Red, Wood, and Blue
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“I simply was drawn to the notion of concrete. So much great modern architecture has made use of it,” Blauvelt says.

In a South Minneapolis neighborhood of century-old housing stock, Julie Snow’s bold but elegant residential design fulfilled Andrew Blauvelt and Scott Winter’s desire for a loft on the ground. The home’s mix of dark ipe wood, concrete, and glass give credence to Winter’s description of it as “an open bunker.” Photo by Dean Kaufman.

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Originally appeared in Modern Urban Retreat in South Minneapolis
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More than just a clever cover, the ipe wood shell of Mark Erman's spa, thanks to its 40-foot tracks, niftily navigates the rocky straights between spa shelter, dapper deck, and bespoke buffet table. Photo by Jeremy Harris.

Photo by Jeremy Harris.

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