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November 19, 2015
A hallmark of the modernist aesthetic, steel grants these homes an air of durability and elegance.

Situated on a sloping desert plot just north of Joshua Tree National Park, the Blue Sky house hovers above its surroundings thanks to the support of six steel columns. 

 

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Modern split-level plan house in Germany

Architect Reinhold Andris' self-designed home in southwestern Germany centers around a split-level plan that affords it maximum spatial fluidity. This openness is furthered by the structure's steel frame and pervasive use of large glass panels. 

 

Originally appeared in Steel Framed Split-Level Home in Germany
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raw steel facade of modern house in Idaho

Architect Susan Desko, a former senior design architect for Frank Gehry, drew inspiration from minimalist sculptures when designing this steel-plate-clad home in Ketchum, Idaho. The untreated metal changes color to reflect the constantly varying sky above. 

 

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Originally appeared in Facade Focus: Steel
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Red steel canopy covering walkway.

Using steel to construct an elaborate weather-proof canopy for this Seattle home was very important to architect Tom Kundig. "It's strength and durability give me freedom to see those parts sculpturally," he says. 

 

Originally appeared in House of Steel
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ann arbor, michigan, house

With siding made from both steel and reclaimed wood, the SunHome in Ann Arbor, Michigan reflects its home state's industrial roots as well as the energy-efficient ideals of its owner, the city's recycling coordinator. 

 

 

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Originally appeared in Steel and Magnolias
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Villa Criss-Cross in Slovenia by OFIS Architects

The inlaid cross-hatch pattern on the steel-paneled facade of Villa Criss-Cross in Ljubljana, Slovenia, adds a playful touch while also evoking a pyramid built into the city's stone wall by famed architect Jože Plečnik. 

 

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Tomaz Gregoric
Originally appeared in Super Minimal Steel and Concrete Villa with an Unusual Facade
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blue sky prototype house exterior portrait balcony

Situated on a sloping desert plot just north of Joshua Tree National Park, the Blue Sky house hovers above its surroundings thanks to the support of six steel columns. 

 

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