What floats your house boat, or would motivate you to live life up in a tree home? This collection features classic, contemporary, ultra-modern and futuristic houses that are innovative in both form and function – at once visually compelling and technically progressive living spaces. From DIY adaptive reuse to compact green design, simple and portable to prefabricated and offbeat, here are some of the most interesting homes in the world.
Breeziness, both spatial and sensory, is experienced from the functional and personal spaces located at the periphery: “The study, kitchen/pantry, bathroom and bedrooms are tightly composed-like extensions or fragments of the Victorian house plan. In opposition to the dynamic space at its centre, the views from these rooms are aligned towards the more intimate spaces at the edges of the site. In this way, aspects of the existing dwelling are reinterpreted in the new and used to provide different kinds of space over a small area. This allows the substantial brief of a young family of 5 to be accommodated without a large footprint.
Modern luxury defines the inner spaces, which exude a visually-striking array of materials and textures: “The living areas on the ground floor were designed as an open space, oriented to the south, with views over the garden, whereas a playroom and a guesthouse are situated on the back, along to the backyard. The upper floor accommodates the family’s bedrooms and an open space office, all with direct access to outdoor space. Storage rooms, gym, garage and living area for the domestic worker, can be found on the basement.
A complex layout with unlimited views of the landscape was the main idea for the design: “The Mirador house rises from the ground ascending to the main floor by a ramp, and is comprised of a large meeting space connected to two terraces that open to the sea and the countryside respectively on opposite sides, and two departments on both sides. The center of the great space is a double height area through which sunlight enters during the morning and the evening, and through which you may exit via a spiral-staircase to the roof terrace from which dominates the entire area.
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