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October 9, 2015
The splendor of these homes is immediately apparent from a street-side view.

Lorcan O'Herlihy's self-designed home in Venice, California is wrapped in a kaleidoscopic display of colorful windows that dazzle from the exterior and offer slices of vista views inside. 

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Modern wood and glass house in San Francisco

Industrial designer Peter Russell-Clarke teamed up with architect Craig Steely in order to design his dream home on the edge of a vertiginous hill in San Francisco. Before they had a set plan in place, the two would engage in animated discussions about design. "Our conversations would move easily from brutalism to driftwood to kachinas and then flow right back to something applicable to architecture," Steely remarked. 

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The house’s street-level entrance shows an openness to its surroundings, and a glass door allows curious passersby a glimpse of the interior.

Johnny Lökaas and Conny Ahlgren's white modernist home in Landskrona, Sweden, bursts from a street of traditional terraced cottages like a minimalist mirage. 


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Narrow brick house in Toronto.

On a suburban Toronto street lined with Victorians, Karen White and David MacNaughtan built a narrow modernist three-story that wedges between two neighboring homes like a bookmark. With a facade composed of mostly glass and purple brick, the home possesses subtlety and splendor. 


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Narrow brick house in Harlem, New York.

Thanks to its tilted bay window and blooming boxes of flowers on the sidewalk and roof, this formerly derelict Harlem apartment stands out from its neighbors. 

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London house exterior

Despite being tucked away at the end of a residential lane in Hackney, London, the wonder of architect Marcus Lee's home is immediately apparent from outside. Influenced equally by barns, warehouses, and Japanese residential architecture, the timber-framed structure packs in five bedrooms, a music room, and a mezzanine gallery, while still leaving enough space for an open-plan ground floor and garden. 

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Haffenden house exterior facade nighttime.

Wrapped in fiberglass fabric infused with 3-millimeter-thick silicon, this backyard writing studio in Syracuse emits a translucent glow from its apparition-like rows of windows. 



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oherlihy residence exterior front view

Lorcan O'Herlihy's self-designed home in Venice, California is wrapped in a kaleidoscopic display of colorful windows that dazzle from the exterior and offer slices of vista views inside. 

Photo by Misha Gravenor.

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