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6 FAMOUS BRUTALIST BUILDINGS

Named after its raw aesthetic, Brutalism in modern architecture features elements of strict linear design and repetitive geometric shapes. The controversial style rose to popularity in the 1950s and mostly fell out of favor in the last few decades with the exception of sporadic resurgences in South America and the Middle East. Here are six famous Brutalist buildings featured in Dwell.

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10 MODERN REAR FACADES

While curb appeal may get all the fan fair we think great architecture deserves kudos from all angles. Here, we've gathered 10 homes from the Dwell archives that pay as much attention to the design of back as the front.

Originally appeared in Five Open Decks
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The Schaffer's furniture includes an Eames Aluminum Group lounge chair ("and ottoman!" adds Im.) A coffee table made of glued, corrugated cardboard was the couple's first project together, when they met in college eight years ago.

7 CITY LOFTS WE LOVE

We take a journey from San Diego to Brooklyn to Warsaw and beyond to check out the myriad ways to rework a loft space.

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10 OPEN-PLAN LIVING ROOMS

Though open-plan spaces are the new norm, some—like the following 10 we hand-picked from our pages—clearly stand out from the rest.

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Backyard picnic table in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

7 MODERN HOMES DECORATED WITH IVY

Ivy-covered houses conjure romantic thoughts of English cottages and times of yore but modern homes can benefit from a little lush greenery decoration too. Here, we take a look at seven modern houses with a touch of ivy.

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Copper House, Omi, New York

EMPIRE STATE OF MODERN: 7 UPSTATE NEW YORK HOUSES

Where does Upstate New York begin? Ask a New York City dweller and they are likely to tell you that "Upstate" means anything north of the Cross-Westchester Expressway. Wherever its southern boundary lies, there is plenty of Upstate New York to go around and, as it turns out, plenty of noteworthy residential architecture, too. Here, from Dwell's archives, are some of our favorite Empire State houses.

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Modern bedroom with wooden floors.

HOW TO: WOOD-PANELED BEDROOM

If you're a minimalist but prefer a cozy, not cold bedroom, one tactic to consider is wood-paneled walls. Adding organic materials warms up the space without adding fussy detail. Here are eight examples.

Originally appeared in Red, Wood, and Blue
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Orange County Government Center

6 FAMOUS BRUTALIST BUILDINGS

Named after its raw aesthetic, Brutalism in modern architecture features elements of strict linear design and repetitive geometric shapes. The controversial style rose to popularity in the 1950s and mostly fell out of favor in the last few decades with the exception of sporadic resurgences in South America and the Middle East. Here are six famous Brutalist buildings featured in Dwell.

Photo by Chris Mottalini.

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