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August 18, 2013
While the saying, "It's what's inside that counts" certainly rings true, the exterior matters just as much with these six homes garbed with striking facades. See Part One here.

Norwegian Wood

Designing a house for this setting was a thrilling puzzle of aesthetics and terrain for a young architect. The house they built that year suited the couple for 30 years of long summer vacations, but recently, as German-born architect Jürgen Kiehl tells us, it was time for an upgrade.

Photo by: Pia Ulin

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Dotted by potted plants and lined with a simple iron gate, Casa Tuscania’s back patio aims to exist harmoniously with the wild environment just beyond.

Welcome to the Jungle

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. Paredes gives us a tour of his house, set in the rain forest outside San Salvador, El Salvador.

Photo by: Paco Perez

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Montara California surf home

The Full Montara

In Montara, California, architect Michael Maltzan designed a home for, his sister and brother-in-law. From certain vantage points, the home’s unique angles result in M.C. Escher–like optical illusions.

Photo by: Noah Webb

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farmhouse renovation in Eldred, New York

Hope Floats

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. Ikea loungers are illuminated from the interior by commercial gymnasium lights repurposed as pendant lamps.

Photo by: Mark Mahaney

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Exterior view of charred cedar cabin

Modernist L-Shaped Charred Cedar Cabin in Alaska

In the shadow of Mount McKinley, amid Alaska’s meadows and icy streams, a former teacher and a four-time Iditarod winner built a modernist cabin as expansive as the Last Frontier.

Photo by: Kamil Bialous

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Affordable house renovation in new zealand

Rock the Boat

New Zealand architect Davor Popadich invoked nautical sheds in his unconventional design for his family’s home on Auckland’s North Shore.

Photo by: Simon Devitt

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holm residence exterior portrait

Norwegian Wood

Designing a house for this setting was a thrilling puzzle of aesthetics and terrain for a young architect. The house they built that year suited the couple for 30 years of long summer vacations, but recently, as German-born architect Jürgen Kiehl tells us, it was time for an upgrade.

Photo by: Pia Ulin

Photo by Pia Ulin.

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