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    ROTTERDAM VERANDA

    Can a parking garage be sexy? The new Veranda Parking Garage in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, with its soft curves and elegant detailing, seems about as sensuous and inviting as a garage can be. Designed by the firm of Architectenbureau Paul de Ruiter b.v., part of the Veranda's allure, like most things sexy, is in what you can't see. In this case, it's the extraordinary story of the building's construction.

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    SOUNDING CINEMATIC

    "Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves." Although the 19th-century Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle couldn't have predicted it, his wisdom applies to modern-day home theaters. Now that technology has made it possible for homeowners to enjoy a theater-class audio experience, it's become important for their home theaters to be designed for both silence and sound, so that music can be heard as it was meant to be.

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