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February 7, 2013
Cantilevering is a frequent and defining feature of modernist architecture, perhaps most famously exemplified by Frank Lloyd Wright's 1935 masterpiece, Fallingwater. The following examples of homes with cantilevered design are selected as much for their power to stimulate the eye and mind as they are for their problem-solving functionality. Now that's modern.
Banks of windows and translucent panels help keep Casa Tuscania nice and airy.

In Central America, Spanish colonial architecture prevails. But the creeping tide of modernism—represented here by the home of architect José Roberto Paredes—is signaling that change is afoot. Grand interior cantilevering (by way of a soaring loft) is visible externally in this modern abode.

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Cantilevered steel house near Granite Falls, Washington

In the story "On a Rock in a Hard Place", Scott Stafne’s Cantilever House rests easy in the middle of the Washington woods. The design of the Cantilever House, as it's known, is based on a 14-by-86-by-22-foot steel frame resting on a 14-by-31-foot concrete foundation bolted to an existing rock.

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Here's a view of the steel and glass master bedroom as it cantilevers over the patio and yard. You can see the cantilevered concrete patio in the foreground. The structure of the building is more common to commercial construction—steel framing with metal

Here's a view of the steel and glass master bedroom as it cantilevers over the patio and yard. You can see the cantilevered concrete patio in the foreground. The structure of the building is more common to commercial construction—steel framing with metal studs, storefront glass, and a concrete topping slab poured onto corrugated metal decking at the second floor. See more of the Lakeside House here.

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Sustainable cabin with hooded deck exterior near Vancouver

Perched over a cliff face, the hooded deck of the Gambier Residence reads like a ship’s prow over Howe Sound, the scenic waters near Vancouver. The cantilevered main floor creates space for bracken fern and other indigenous 
vegetation to flourish.

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farmhouse renovation in Eldred, New York

The Floating Farmhouse's semitransparent addition has a roofline that matches the pitch of the original 1820s farmhouse. A porch, tucked under the side eaves, is cantilevered over a stream that runs through the property.

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From his perch Dwares can enjoy a glass of wine while gazing at the ocean.

With some smart design and sound engineering, architects Matthew Peek and Renata Ancona built an elevated modern structure beside a modest 1940s bungalow in Stinson Beach. With almost as much area dedicated to decks as to interiors, the home is truly made for outdoor enjoyment. The cantilevered entry court assists with the reinforcement by securing the building’s weight seaward.

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Banks of windows and translucent panels help keep Casa Tuscania nice and airy.

In Central America, Spanish colonial architecture prevails. But the creeping tide of modernism—represented here by the home of architect José Roberto Paredes—is signaling that change is afoot. Grand interior cantilevering (by way of a soaring loft) is visible externally in this modern abode.

Photo by Paco Perez.

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