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05/23/2013 05:55 pm ET Updated Jul 23, 2013

Are These the Best Houses In The World?

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A white box covered in Teflon-coated fiberglass fabric in the Netherlands. A Cor-Ten-clad volume cantilevering over a glass shop in Pittsburgh. A house in Tokyo composed solely of glass and small platforms of white steel. A raised concrete box in West Africa designed by two German artists. A seven-story concrete tower serving as a house and office for Chilean architects. These are a handful of the 50-plus houses collected in the third volume of Philip Jodidio's Architecure Now! Houses books (Taschen, 2013).

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