Cascading down a steep slope on the coast of Chile, the Ghat House is inspired by the topography of the land. The large slanted roof is supported by 15 pillars. Each one is unique in form, softening the monolithic presence of the concrete structure. The majority of the living spaces are found within this diagonal plane creating varying heights throughout the interior. These spaces are accessed by a series of floating staircases. Contrasting wooden volumes housing the bedrooms separate the private areas from the communal spaces. Vast expanses of glazing interrupt the two main materials allowing for panoramic vistas of the Pacific Ocean.
Just off the main house on a property in Brazil, concrete gets fancy for this swanky poolside annex. The Casa Elache is constructed from board-form concrete and glass. Left exposed to the interior, the concrete creates a unique texture, offset by the warmth of Italian walnut panels. The space is comprised of a living area, dining room, and kitchen. Its linear layout runs parallel to the adjacent indoor swimming pool. Encased in sliding glass panels, the room opens to the outdoors, granting direct access to the pool. On the opposite side, a covered terrace offers a place to enjoy views of the garden or take in the night’s sky through a gap in the canopy above.
You can 3D print just about anything these days and now you can add a house to the list. The first of its kind, the Icon 3D-Printed House was spawned from the desire to provide shelter for the 1 billion people on the planet that don’t have a place to call home. A collaboration with the non-profit New Story, the structures will be printed on a mobile printer called the Vulcan. It not only has the ability to produce an 800 square foot home but can do so in less than 24 hours and for a fraction of the cost of traditional construction. While the main goal is to help solve the global housing crisis, they also plan to use local labor, creating jobs in the process.
Drawing inspiration from traditional Estonian customs, the Muraste Cottage is a modern forest dwelling. The home consists of three units. The two housing the main living area and the bedroom are directly linked. A central terrace connects the main house to the detached sauna. While the former’s facade is left in its natural state, the sauna is set apart with a tar oil finish. The contemporary approach continues in the interior with white walls and minimal furnishings. North-facing panels are fitted with large glazed panels, revealing views of the Baltic Sea.
With a palette of cedar and glass, the Woodland House fades into the forest landscape. It’s situated on a wooded plateau. Comprised of three realms, the home is organized around an entry courtyard. The lawn leads to a glazed entrance, linking the structure’s sections. Internally, warm walnut floors and exposed beams compliment the scenery. White walls act as a backdrop to views of the neighboring lakeshore, framed in by floor to ceiling windows. While most of the building blends into its surroundings with a dark-stained cedar facade, a mirror-clad shed reflects the trees, almost disappearing into the woodland setting.
Clad in reflective glass, the Disappear Retreat integrates itself into any landscape. The prefab dwelling puts you right in the middle of nature without disrupting it. At just 83 square-feet, the structure is lightweight and can be transported on a standard trailer. Its compact size has minimal impact on the land and requires no active heating or cooling systems. All of the energy is collected from the sun with a thin-film PV in the south wall. A mirrored facade blends the exterior into its surroundings, while the inside is afforded prime views of the night’s sky through the glass ceiling.
Emerging from the terrain like an alien shrub, the Joshua Tree Desert House is organically ingrained into the rocky landscape. The sculpted exterior is formed by cast concrete slabs. Taking a decade to complete, its interior continues the same artistic approach with custom-made pieces and bronze accents. Massive boulders are incorporated into the design, propping up the fireplace and kitchen counters. Stone floors and cement walls complete the monolithic aesthetic while gaps in the facade soften the palette with natural light.
Situated on a glacier just below the summit of Denali, the Sheldon Chalet offers a swanky retreat in the rugged Alaskan landscape. The cabin sits 6,000 feet above sea level. Only accessible by plane, the exclusive accommodations include a living area situated around a fireplace, full kitchen, five guest rooms, and a sauna. Wrap around glazing immerses the interior with views of the towering peaks. During the day, guests can take full advantage of the surroundings and explore Ruth’s Glacier. After a personal chef prepares fresh Alaskan fare, cap off the night with a private viewing of the Aurora Borealis from the observation deck.
Located on Greece’s Paros Island, the Hug House is a contemporary ode to traditional Cycladic architecture. The holiday home is situated on a rocky slope. Wrapped in a wall of natural stone, it embeds itself into the landscape, concealing a pair of cubed structures. The buildings are clad in a white plaster facade and are joined by a shared terrace. At the center, a rectangular swimming pool extends out toward the coastline. Large openings in the surrounding wall afford the area expansive views of the adjacent Naoussa Bay.
There are so many interesting features in the Sao Paulo Duplex, it’s almost impossible to pick just one. First is the extensive art collection. From paintings on the walls to vintage furniture, the interior works as a backdrop to highlight the owner’s assortment of Brazilian pieces. Then there’s the lush garden landscape. Viewable from the living area’s double-height windows, the walls of vibrant greenery act as their own work of art. But the main focal point of the room has to be the swimming pool. Although it’s actually on the exterior of the home, the glass-encased pool can be seen while inside, creating yet another piece of art for the space.