8 Modern Fences

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January 6, 2014
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.
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  The fence outside the house that Jesse Bornstein renovated into a two-family dwelling in Santa Monica, California, follows the grade of the steeply sloping street outside. Photo by Catherine Ledner.  Photo by: Catherine Ledner

    The fence outside the house that Jesse Bornstein renovated into a two-family dwelling in Santa Monica, California, follows the grade of the steeply sloping street outside. Photo by Catherine Ledner.

    Photo by: Catherine Ledner

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  This fence behind a remodeled house in the Los Feliz section of Los Angeles incorporates functional elements, including a bench and a grill. Photo by Lisa Romerein.  Photo by: Lisa RomereinCourtesy of: Copyright Lisa Romerein

    This fence behind a remodeled house in the Los Feliz section of Los Angeles incorporates functional elements, including a bench and a grill. Photo by Lisa Romerein.

    Photo by: Lisa Romerein

    Courtesy of: Copyright Lisa Romerein

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  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.  Photo by: Dianna Snape

    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.

    Photo by: Dianna Snape

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  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.  Photo by: Charles Mayer

    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.

    Photo by: Charles Mayer

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  A slatted Western red cedar fence in landscape designer Marcel Wilson's backyard in San Francisco adds a measure of privacy while permitting branches from a neighbor's Japanese maple to cross the property line.

    A slatted Western red cedar fence in landscape designer Marcel Wilson's backyard in San Francisco adds a measure of privacy while permitting branches from a neighbor's Japanese maple to cross the property line.

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  The fence around the house in Venice, California that architect David Hertz designed for himself and his family is made from sustainably harvested ipe wood. Photo by Misha Gravenor.  Photo by: Misha Gravenor

    The fence around the house in Venice, California that architect David Hertz designed for himself and his family is made from sustainably harvested ipe wood. Photo by Misha Gravenor.

    Photo by: Misha Gravenor

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  This Toronto house has a quiet presence, its front half hidden behind a fence of cedar two-by-sixes. Photo by Matthew Williams.  Photo by: Matthew WilliamsCourtesy of: matthew williams

    This Toronto house has a quiet presence, its front half hidden behind a fence of cedar two-by-sixes. Photo by Matthew Williams.

    Photo by: Matthew Williams

    Courtesy of: matthew williams

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  A once-sloping yard behind a remodeled house in San Francisco's Bernal Hill neighborhood now has a slatted fence, climbing vines, and foxtail agaves. Photo by Ike Edeani.  Photo by: Ike EdeaniCourtesy of: Ike Edeani

    A once-sloping yard behind a remodeled house in San Francisco's Bernal Hill neighborhood now has a slatted fence, climbing vines, and foxtail agaves. Photo by Ike Edeani.

    Photo by: Ike Edeani

    Courtesy of: Ike Edeani

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