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February 17, 2016
A variety of metal homes plays with lightness and simplicity.
Marmol Radziner–designed prefab house

When Abbie and Bill Burton hired Marmol Radziner to design their prefab weekend home, their two requests were “simple-simple, replaceable materials,” says Abbie—such as concrete floors (poured offsite in Marmol Radziner's factory) and metal panel siding—and “the ability to be indoors or outdoors with ease.” Deep overhangs provide shade and protection from rain, so the Burtons can leave their doors open year-round and hang out on their 70-foot-long deck even in inclement weather. They visit the house once a month, usually for a week at a time, with Vinnie and Stella, their rescue Bernese Mountain dogs. 

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Originally appeared in When Prefab Is Painless
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modern house in montreal with metal facade and permeable pavers

Located in Montreal, Tuan Vu and Jean François's sleek modern home is designed to balance the need for privacy while maximizing natural daylight. The exterior is clad in a single material to maintain a unified aesthetic. "We wanted to keep the house light and we wanted to emphasize its overall form instead of its different elements so we found a metal cladding that could work on both the roof and walls," says Thomas Balaban, the architect who designed the structure. 

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Originally appeared in A Minimal, Metal-Clad Montreal House With A Hidden Courtyard
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The woven wire steel mesh presents a semi-transparent sheath to the interior.

Matthew Trzebiatowski matched an extreme aesthetic to an extreme climate, but his sustainable moves took a gentler approach. The woven wire steel mesh presents a semi-transparent sheath to the interior. 

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Originally appeared in Xeros Effect
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The patio and the rest of the house are equally open to the outdoors.

Catovic Hughes’s design for Rick and Susan Moreland is all about embracing the outdoors. The undulation of the aluminum cladding makes a regular, rhythmic backdrop for the yards-high bamboo he lovingly tends. 

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Originally appeared in Designed to Handle the Heat and More
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Pittsburgh, apartment building, eve picker, edge studio, dutch macdonald

Edge Studio's apartment building with its glass-and-steel facade is a glowing example of the urban renaissance that's gripping Steel City. The architects used an aluminum-and-glass curtain-wall system for the building’s façade. Enormous floor-to-ceiling windows frame impressive views of Pittsburgh’s skyscrapers to the south. 

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Originally appeared in Steel Life
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“There’s a lot of horse talk here, and with this place there is plenty of opportunity for interaction. My horses can play Mister Ed and join right in,” says Kropach. Her inquisitive Andalusian steeds regularly socialize with guests via sliding windows alo

The Kropach/Catlow residence at Myocum, 100 miles south of Brisbane, Australia, is set in the hinterland near the surfing mecca of Byron Bay. The making of this striking sustainable house brought together an equine specialist, a flight engineer, and a sure-footed architect. Clients Louise Kropach and Ross Catlow were well prepared to take up residence in a lightweight metal structure, having already inhabited a farm shed they had erected onsite. For their permanent home, project architect James Grose produced a carefully sited, lightweight assembly of steel and glass. It rises from a disarmingly simple diagram and plan, and is characterized by vernacular language notable for its bolt-together steel frame and softly burnished cladding.

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Marmol Radziner–designed prefab house

When Abbie and Bill Burton hired Marmol Radziner to design their prefab weekend home, their two requests were “simple-simple, replaceable materials,” says Abbie—such as concrete floors (poured offsite in Marmol Radziner's factory) and metal panel siding—and “the ability to be indoors or outdoors with ease.” Deep overhangs provide shade and protection from rain, so the Burtons can leave their doors open year-round and hang out on their 70-foot-long deck even in inclement weather. They visit the house once a month, usually for a week at a time, with Vinnie and Stella, their rescue Bernese Mountain dogs. 

Photo by Dwight Eschliman.

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