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January 4, 2016
From brick to wood to copper, these homes use a wide range of materials to produce tranquil and restrained exteriors.

This façade designed by Apollo Architects and Associates features an overhanging upper level, which ensures that the entrance is pleasantly shaded and demarcates the property’s two parking spaces. The home’s wooden structure is clad in a bright white exposed concrete.

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Brother and Sister cantilevered homes by Anonymous Architects

Linked by a modern version of a white picket fence, these two near-identical houses in Los Angeles added space by extending beyond their envelopes. The two separate structures were given a visual unity by cladding them with a specially fire-treated cedar siding on the exterior. The white picket fence is another visual tie between the properties.

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Monochrome facade of Sicilian home by Fabrizio Foti

Given a fantastic site bordering the Hyblaean Mountains of Southern Sicily, Italian architect Fabrizio Foti imagined this villa, titled Casa M_P, as a bold landmark within a bucolic landscape that stays true to its regional heritage.

The plexiglass tubes animate and add texture to an otherwise spartan facade. As the sun angle changes throughout the day, the aperture of the facade tubing changes with it, sometimes projecting an array of individual spotlights around the living room and gallery. 

 

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Brick facade House BVA in Belgium by DMVA Architects

Yves Borghs and Katleen van Ammel wanted their new house to offer maximum privacy but also maximum light. The solution proposed by Tom Verschueren, of Mechelen, Belgium-based DMVA Architects, was to create a closed street-side facade with an open backside facing the garden, totally glazed from the ground up to the saddleback roof. On the street side, the only true opening is the door; the seven tall, slim windows are screened by what Verschueren calls “knitted” bricks. “In this part of Belgium, 90 percent of the houses are built with brick,” says Verschueren. “It’s a classic material that we tried to use in House BVA in a totally different way.”

 

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The distance between site and structure is more dramatic in the evening when light shines through the sunken glass living room.

When Hideyuki Nakayama first sits down to dream up a design, he takes a pencil to paper and starts sketching. With a single line, a blank sheet of paper becomes a spacious floor. He adds another line, erases a dash here and there and the space transforms in the blink of an eye. For "2004," a private residence amid a new residential development in Matsumoto, Japan, Nakayama started off with sketches of a girl sleeping on a blanket with a floor hovering above her. What began as an exercise in exploring spatial relationships through rudimentary sketches spiraled into a home that breaks with convention.

The distance between site and structure is more dramatic in the evening when light shines through the sunken glass living room. Nakayama distanced the entire house from the site, which is overgrown with emerald green clover. A slim glass band snakes around the perimeter, separating the structure from earth.

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Austrian Latticework Home exterior facade

It seems impossible to be a minimalist and maximalist at the same time, but that's what Sven Matt achieved when he designed a 1,600-square-foot home in the hilly west Austrian town of Bregenzerwald for his brother Björn and sister-in-law Julia. The house's basic pared-down shape contrasts with its intricate, latticework shell—both inspired by regional design.

"The use of wood, formal reduction and still a rich, ornamented facade is a traditional motif," he explains. The lattice shell was hewn from silver fir sourced from a nearby forest. Eternit shingles clad the roof. 

 

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Architect Jamie Darnell had a simple plan for his family’s home in Kansas City, Missouri, but the result is anything but plain. Wrapped in corrugated copper, the house has a frontier-cabin quality that’s evolving with age. At first it was as shiny as a penny, but that’s changing. “My house looks like it has a skin disease,” Jamie says. “It’s just oxidizing in a weird way. Eventually it’ll go green. This is just the first stage of the patina.”

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This façade designed by Apollo Architects and Associates features an overhanging upper level, which ensures that the entrance is pleasantly shaded and demarcates the property’s two parking spaces. The home’s wooden structure is clad in a bright white exposed concrete.

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