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The Laundry and Machine Shop at Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, Mass., showed the author that the vocabulary of vernacular architecture includes bold, cleanly articulated buildings - and that influences on her firm's work don't always have to be res

Houses for two brothers, both designed by Burr and McCallum Architects, take the industrial-vernacular influence in different directions. One presents an outgoing, expressive exterior (shown here), while the other turns its focus inward.

Houses for two brothers, both designed by Burr and McCallum Architects, take the industrial-vernacular influence in different directions. One presents an outgoing, expressive exterior, while the other turns its focus inward (shown here).

In designing this mixed-use building in Williamstown, Mass., the author's firm was inspired by Bernd and Hilla Becher's iconic photos of mine shaft cable-winding towers. The project, completed in 2006, incorporates retail, office space, and apartments.

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