chapter  2
Architecture
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In this fragment of history, the workhome emerges as a specific building type. This offers a new perspective on architectural history as a whole. Hundreds of well-known buildings, previously extensively written about as houses or workplaces, can be reclassified as workhomes and reconsidered in terms of their dual use. And the architectural merit of many lesser-known buildings that bring workplace and dwelling together in unexpected or innovative ways becomes apparent. Architects have been designing workhomes for hundreds of years, so a full history of these buildings would run into many volumes. This chapter discusses only a few, selected from the architectural canon1 to identify a continuing tradition and to explore some different approaches architects have taken to bringing dwelling and workplace together in a single building.