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Lake/Flato studied the local built environment before starting the design process. “Some of the original architecture around Santa Fe, N.M., is so beautiful—simple cubist shapes that stack on top of each other,” says Ted Flato. “It was a good springboard.

The design had to comply with demanding coastal codes, because of the home’s location on the Pacific Ocean. But the site provided opportunities as well. For example, DesignARC used stacking sliding doors and mitred glass corners to break down the division

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