All of famed architect' Mies van der Rohe's modernist Lafayette Park homes look alike -- from the outside. Dutch photographer Corine Vermeulen, who now calls Detroit home, photographed nine Lafayette Park families inside their identically-designed townhouses. With audio interviews and photographs, this interactive article in the New York Times shows how differently these families interpret Mies' design.
Then again, Detroit has an abundance of beautiful housing options: one can live in a huge Victorian mansion, a beautiful arts and crafts house or a cavernous loft-conversion space in a former factory. Living in a townhouse built by a renowned architect isn't as noteworthy as one might think. At the same time, such nonchalance is a mark of success: the homes are great because they work, not because they come affixed with a famous name.
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