Prepare to be Floored

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March 19, 2013
From decorative tile to rustic brick to futuristic glass, these five homes feature myriad creative uses of textures and materials.
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  Homeowners Cecilia Tham and Yoel Karaso renovate their home in Barcelona, harmoniously overlapping elements of the old and the new. Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

    Homeowners Cecilia Tham and Yoel Karaso renovate their home in Barcelona, harmoniously overlapping elements of the old and the new. Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

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  Gregory Katz proves that three times is a charm with his trio of concrete homes, which challenge the status quo in this quiet Johannesburg suburb. The freestanding staircase was built three times before Gregory deemed it structurally sound—a tribute to the architect’s tenacity. Photo by: Elsa Young

    Gregory Katz proves that three times is a charm with his trio of concrete homes, which challenge the status quo in this quiet Johannesburg suburb. The freestanding staircase was built three times before Gregory deemed it structurally sound—a tribute to the architect’s tenacity. Photo by: Elsa Young

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  For the floors in the kitchen and throughout, architect Paola Navone placed hexagonal Carocim tiles of her own design. Photo by: Wichmann + Bendtsen

    For the floors in the kitchen and throughout, architect Paola Navone placed hexagonal Carocim tiles of her own design. Photo by: Wichmann + Bendtsen

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  With the help of architect Bart Lens, Veerle Wenes and Bob Christiaens merged a 19th-century building with a 1970s one to create a combined home and art gallery in Antwerp. Photo by: Tim Van de Velde

    With the help of architect Bart Lens, Veerle Wenes and Bob Christiaens merged a 19th-century building with a 1970s one to create a combined home and art gallery in Antwerp. Photo by: Tim Van de Velde

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  An American architect in Paris experiments with Corbusian perceptions of interior and exterior space. Installing glass floors, interconnecting different spaces in the home. Photo by: Filippo Bamberghi

    An American architect in Paris experiments with Corbusian perceptions of interior and exterior space. Installing glass floors, interconnecting different spaces in the home. Photo by: Filippo Bamberghi

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