Step by Step

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February 15, 2013
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  The basic house has under-staircase storage, which is more practical, but less beautiful. Read more about this symmetrical Swedish residence here.  Courtesy of Åke E:son Lindman.

    The basic house has under-staircase storage, which is more practical, but less beautiful. Read more about this symmetrical Swedish residence here.

    Courtesy of Åke E:son Lindman.
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  The stairs and the wood paneling were designed and built by wood-worker Noah Israel, a longtime neighbor and friend. Read more about this mountaintop dwelling here.  Courtesy of John Clark.

    The stairs and the wood paneling were designed and built by wood-worker Noah Israel, a longtime neighbor and friend. Read more about this mountaintop dwelling here.

    Courtesy of John Clark.
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  The rear facade is a complex articulation of angles and walkways. Read more about this cascading architectural wonder here.  Courtesy of Dean Kaufman.

    The rear facade is a complex articulation of angles and walkways. Read more about this cascading architectural wonder here.

    Courtesy of Dean Kaufman.
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  The top of the house is dedicated to a dining area and a kitchen outfitted with steel-topped cabinets from Sanwa Company. Read more about this  dimensional three-storied Japanese home here.  Courtesy of Koichi Torimura.

    The top of the house is dedicated to a dining area and a kitchen outfitted with steel-topped cabinets from Sanwa Company. Read more about this dimensional three-storied Japanese home here.

    Courtesy of Koichi Torimura.
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  The wood-and-steel open staircase wends its way up three stories, supported by a concrete structural wall embedded with PVC tubes and bare lightbulbs. Read more about this 21st-century Argentine home here.  Courtesy of Crisobal Palma.

    The wood-and-steel open staircase wends its way up three stories, supported by a concrete structural wall embedded with PVC tubes and bare lightbulbs. Read more about this 21st-century Argentine home here.

    Courtesy of Crisobal Palma.
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  Matthew Trzebiatowski matched an extreme aesthetic to an extreme climate, but his sustainable moves took a gentler approach. Read more about this eye-catching architecture here.  Courtesy of Gregg Segal.

    Matthew Trzebiatowski matched an extreme aesthetic to an extreme climate, but his sustainable moves took a gentler approach. Read more about this eye-catching architecture here.

    Courtesy of Gregg Segal.
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  The "floating" staircase is actually supported by steel rods hidden within each step. Read more about this sustainable vertical loft here.  Courtesy of Hertha Hurnaus.

    The "floating" staircase is actually supported by steel rods hidden within each step. Read more about this sustainable vertical loft here.

    Courtesy of Hertha Hurnaus.
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