They say that good fences make good neighbors, but it's equally true that good fences make for good design. Here, from Dwell's archives, are eight examples of fences that enhance the aesthetic value of their properties.
The exterior of Corbett and Yueji Lyon's house in Melbourne, Australia, which doubles as a public art gallery, has something of a Darth Vader look to it, without directly mimicking the brutalism that exemplified much of Melbourne’s modernist architecture of the 1960s. The names of the streets that form the corner on which it sits—Cotham and Florence—are marked out in the chocolate-brown brickwork fence. Photo by Dianna Snape.
This Cor-Ten steel fence, which the landscape architect and artist Mikyoung Kim designed for Bob Davoli and Eileen McDonagh, winds its way through the woods of Lincoln, Massachusetts, like a serpent skeleton fished out of the adjacent Farrar Pond. Unlike most fences—which follow rigid property lines in the utilitarian service of exclusion or containment—it meanders like a weathered Andy Goldsworthy sculpture that just happens to keep the family dogs near home as well. Photo by Charles Mayer.