Sunflower House Above the Mediterranean Sea

Perched on the cliffside above the Mediterranean Sea in Cap de Creus, a rocky peninsula off Spain’s Costa Brava a few kilometres south of the French border, Sunflower House is both blessed with breathtaking views and saddled with a sun-deprived orientation that also leaves it completely exposed to the region’s punishing north winds that can reach up to 180 kilometres by hour. Barcelona and Mexico-based award-winning architecture studio Cadaval & Solà-Morales faced these challenges with gusto and ingenuity, taking advantage of the local topography and climate to design a modern residence that takes in its surroundings in sips rather than gulps. Diving precipitously into the sea, the dry, tree-less foothills of the Pyrenees create a wild landscape of ever shifting views that lend Cap de Creus a dramatic sensibility. It was this scenic quality with its promise of great views along with the Mediterranean sun that attracted Mel and Geoff, the house’s owners, to this plot of land. Its north-facing orientation however meant that despite the panoramic vistas sun exposure was minimal. The design of the two-storey house therefore evolved from the twin quest for views and sunlight. Similarly to a sunflower that turns its head to track the sun, each room juts out in a different direction to optimize its sun exposure as well as break down the sweeping seascape panorama into intimate views.

On the upper floor, the three bedrooms fan out to enjoy private views of the open sea while a seating room on the back opens up to a patio bound by the building and rock and thus protected from the strong local winds. On less windy days, the occupants can enjoy the decked terrace on the front and the infinity pool lower down the landscaped slope. The house is built exclusively out of local materials with the only exception being the high-tech glazing usually found in skyscrapers, which had to withstand not only the gusty winds and the solar heat but also the extreme humidity of the coastal location. Inside, a minimalist aesthetic of white walls and ceilings and dark grey screed flooring, gives the interiors a neutral aura against which the deep blues of the sea and the shifting hues of the sky stand out in all their glory. From afar, the protruding cubic blocks appear as a modernist sculpture of geometric abstraction, enhanced by its brilliant whiteness set against the brooding rocks and shrubs of the cliffside, a fitting description for a house that contains such kaleidoscopic views of the open sea. Also we recommend you to check other creative houses on our site.

Comfortable ‘Georgica Cove’ Single Family Residence

Bates Masi + Architects have recently completed a new home for a couple in East Hampton, New York, that would be comfortable for just the two of them the majority of the time, but also large enough to accommodate their children, grandchildren, and guests. The house was designed to blend in with the pastoral setting and vernacular building traditions of the area, like predominantly shingle style homes and barns that are often built and added to over time. The cedar shingles on the house, common to local buildings, have been scaled up to the size of boards to cover the roof and sidewalls, while cedar screens provide privacy and filter light. A marble plinth filled with sand elevates the house above the floodplain while also creating drywells to accept storm water runoff.

Complicated Modern Cottage in Japan

For this lakeside house in Japan, Tokyo-based studio Sugawaradaisuke used five interlocking levels to create multiple viewing platforms both inside and outside the property. Rather than a traditional two-storey structure, the architecture practice designed a multi-level layout for the cottage, that gives the occupants multiple perspectives of the surrounding forest. The house, called called Nojiri-ko Nature Platforms, sits near the shore of Lake Noriji in the Kiso Mountains of Japan’s Nagano Prefecture. Each of the five platforms is made from different materials in different sizes and set at different heights. Floors double as benches, shelves, and even beds.

Concrete House in Chile with a Cantilevered Swimming Pool

Entitled ‘Casa H’, this residence in Chile is a testament to the beauty of reinforced concrete. Designed by Felipe Assadi, Trinidad Schönthaler, and Macarena Avila, the dwelling is composed of a succession of longitudinal and transverse beams that together generate a single structure hovering gracefully above the ground. “As always, we prefer to inhabit a structure instead of structuring a room,” explains Felipe Assadi. “In this way, we consider the technical feasibility of a project as its actual design resolution; feasibility is not separate from project design. This means that before becoming a house, the project is its own structure. “The structural beams are supported by four walls, creating a dramatic 7-meter cantilever. These walls support the entire structure and create a base for the bedrooms. The house also includes a pool, which is set within another block of concrete at a perpendicular angle to the house itself. Without partitions or columns, an access level contains all of the home’s common areas, such as the lounge, dining room, and kitchen. A corridor leads to the master bedroom at the opposite end of the home. On the lower level, a family room is joined by additional bedrooms. Also we recommend you to check other interesting concrete houses: The Wall House in Portugal and Fortress-like Concrete House in Switzerland.

Contemporary Shipping Container Home from Cocoon Modules

Athens, Greece based Cocoon Modules has partnered up with natural mattress brand COCO-MAT to turn a shipping container into a place someone would actually like to live. The container architecture startup takes old shipping containers and creates ideal modern dwellings for nomads, emergency housing, or people looking for a weekend home. Their idea is to design units that are modular and can be moved if need be, while being outfitted with everything needed when the keys are handed over. Each unit only takes 6 weeks to complete before being delivered to its location making it a much more affordable option than other prefabs. They’re able to keep manufacturing costs up to 50% lower than conventional construction methods.

Asymmetrical Villa M in Berlin

For Graft Architects, ‘Villa M’ in Berlin was a chance to rethink the traditional typology of a private house. The structure resembles more of a boulder than a human home as we have come to know it. Its glacial appearance is achieved by cladding the façade with ceramic plates. It sits in a sea of green, strategically placed to establish visual connections with the landscape. This asymmetrical appearance is reflected in the interiors where flowing transitions between the rooms create a sense of openness.

Modern Wooden House ‘Malangen’ by Stinessen Arkitektur

Stinessen Arkitektur have designed a modern house that sits on the Malangen peninsula in Norway, for a family and their visiting friends. The layout of the home involves several individual volumes connected via in-between spaces and a central winter garden.

Modern Rectangular House with Pool in Australia

This rectangular house is an exercise in simplicity. Built on top of a hill in Portsea, Australia, the modern home is comprised of three parts that connect together and stretch into an elongated volume. Its exacting shape and sharp edges are a lovely, if unnatural, contrast to surrounding rolling hills and ocean. In a clever move, FGR Architects took advantage of the hilltop site, perching the house atop a base to give it the appearance of floating in midair. In another visual trick, the house cantilevers nearly 20 feet over the driveway—a dramatic effect that’s as practical as it is visual since the hangover provides cars with covered parking. The 3,660-square-foot-home is flanked by floor-to-ceiling windows, which makes it easy to peer from the front of the house to the back, where a deck and swimming pool span its length. And don’t forget to check 12 of the world’s most extraordinary swimming pools.

Modern Wooden Barn by MOTIV Architects

Asher deGroot of MOTIV Architects has designed a modern barn in Langley, BC, Canada, for his parents who own a modest hobby farm. The simplicity of the barn’s form is intentionally reminiscent of traditional North American barns. It’s clad entirely in vertical Douglas fir siding, reclaimed from prior use as boardform concrete formwork. The architect also acted as builder for the project, and along with his father, they coordinated specific build days with crews of up to 40 people. The frames of the roof structure were constructed completely on site and raised into place in less than 4 hours.

Fully Rotating Round House in Italy

Architect Roberto Rossi has completed a house in northern Italy that can rotate 360 degrees. Balanced on a central pillar, the octagonal house can be mechanically rotated in both directions to give its owner varied views. The rotation is also used to direct the house’s solar panels towards the sun. The house takes cues from another Italian home that can be rotated; Villa Girasole is an experimental two-storey house built in the 1930s by architects Angelo Invernizzi and Ettore Fagiuoli, which revolves on circular tracks around a central point. Located near the city of Rimini, Rossi’s house was constructed by Italian building contractor ProTek. The challenge was to keep the building lightweight and to allow it withstand traumas caused by its rotation. The structure has a steel frame, with walls made of wooden strips, and insulation panels of hemp and wood fibre. According to the architect, the house generates all of its own energy. The solar panels are fitted on the roof, so are able to take full advantage of the sun at all times of the day. Along with the solar panels the house is equipped with a heat pump and a solar thermal system, which also generate energy. Rossi’s house is the latest in a series of buildings that move – check ReActor.

Modern Concrete Block House in Kuala Lumpur

A faceted concrete shell punctuated by openings of varying sizes wraps around this house in Kuala Lumpur, which contains pockets of interior landscaping that create private outdoor spaces. Local studio Formzero designed The Window House for a hillside site on the edge of a forest overlooking the Malaysian capital. The architects’ initial thoughts were to maximise the connection between the house and the adjacent forest, but the clients were more interested in the internal experience than the outward views.

Disappear Retreat – Zero Energy, Zero Waste, Zero Water

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 dwell prefab 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. And don’t forget to check another great example of mirror house – luxury hotel in Northern Sweden.

Manhwaricano – Surprising Geometric Home In Korea

Located in Manhwa-ri, South Korea, the Manhawricano home is designed by Rieuldorang Atelier architects. In this residential project, architect Kim Seongyoul aimed to explore the idea of how beauty can be produced out of the simplest and most ordinary forms. She says, “In order to discover beauty from ordinary things, it is necessary to have a poetic sensibility to look back on ordinary things from a different point of view. I started designing with the question of how architecture can enter the world of emotion.”

15 Most Awesome Tree Houses From Around The World

Humans have not really given up on ideas of an Edenic life. Which is why they often seek to escape to paradises amidst nature whenever they get the chance. Here is a list of 15 treehouses from around the world that turn living among trees into a literally amazing experiences.

Barrington House – Minimalist House with Grass Roof

Sunken into a Brentwood hillside, the Barrington House by Eric Rosen Architects is a geometric marvel. The structure is comprised of multiple polygons buried in the sloped terrain. Covered with a grass roof, the three-story home is nearly undetectable from the front. Its asymmetrical form follows the contour of the site, opening the rear to surrounding landscape. Made of board-formed concrete, metal, and glass, the interior adopts an unconventional Z shape. The top level houses the main living area and the bedrooms are below. Each level extends out to generous outdoor spaces including a poolside terrace with views of downtown Los Angeles. Here is another interesting project – Modern House In Costa Rica.

Cool ORIGIN Tree House In a Forest in France

Atelier LAVIT have designed the ORIGIN Tree House for their clients in France who wanted to have a unique cabin. A hundred year-old oak was the starting point for the whole design, with the goal of being as functional and comfortable as a hotel room, and inspired by the shape of a birds-nest. The tree house is accessed from a platform suspended on another tall oak thirty meters away, which includes a heated spa and a chilling area. From this platform, there’s a wooden walkway, ten meters from the ground, that leads you straight into the heart of the nest. Upon arriving at the tree house, there’s a small patio around the trunk that has the feeling of protection, much like an actual nest. Two large sliding glass doors provide access to the living area. As the tree house has been designed in the shape of an octagon, there are plenty of large windows that look out into the forest. Inside, the wood interior is made from poplar, and a small sitting area and bedroom provide a comfortable place for relaxation. On the other side of the tree house is a narrow corridor with three sliding doors that provide access to a dressing room, a bathroom and a technical closet. Back out to the patio, there’s a wooden ladder inviting guests to continue the ascent in close contact with the tree. Once at the top of the ladder, the tree house opens up to a rooftop terrace that has 360° panoramic views of the forest.

Unique Complex for Work And Leisure on the Island of Flainevar, Norway

Up at the north end of Europe, off the coast of Norway, there is an archipelago of islands known as Fleinvaer. Amongst those tiny Arctic isles, far from the hustle and bustle of normal society, a cluster of cabins has been erected – called Fordypningsrommet. And you can rent them out. Equal parts isolated vacation getaway and artist colony, this unique grouping of structures actually functions as a larger whole, like a house separated into smaller parts. That means there are cabins for sleeping, one that houses a kitchen, and another for bathing. There’s even a sauna down at the base of the property on a dock over the calm cold waters of the Norwegian Sea. There are no nearby shops, no roads, and no predatory animals – just peace and relaxation. But don’t worry, you don’t have to brave it alone if you don’t want to, as guests are given the option to have a host (a personal guide and expert on the surrounding lands) accompany them on their trip. Pricing starts at $2,577. And don’t forget to check our list of 15 most creative wooden houses.

Maralah – Conceptual Cliff House

Cantilevered over the edge of a mountain in Calgary, the Maralah Cliff House by LAAV Architects is a love letter to architectural icons Frank Lloyd Wright and John Lautner. Like the works of its influencers, the structure has a strong connection to its natural environment. The concrete and steel volume is sunken into the terrain and concealed from view with a grass roof. On the cliffside, a master bedroom hangs off the rocky ledge. Its glazed facade opens the entire interior to landscape, offering near 360-degree views of the dramatic scenery and the river below. If you liked this mindblowing project – check other houses on a cliff in our list of 10 of the Most Spectacular Cliff Top Houses.

House Ourem By Filipe Saraiva Arquitectos

Filipe Saraiva Arquitectos have designed a modern family house that sits on a slightly sloped piece of farmland in Melroeira – Ourém, Portugal. The design of the house was inspired by the way a child draws a house with just 5 lines, a rectangle and two squares. The pentagon at the front of the house is composed by five lines represents the walls and the roof, while the rectangle is meant to represent the door and the squares, the windows.

Mix of Stone, Concrete, Glass and Wood – The Wall House in Portugal

Take a look at this stunning private residence by Guedes Cruz Architects. Like a wall in a Castle not in stone, but in concrete, glass and wood. Not to for protection but because of the neighbours and the strong Atlantic Wind. A Patio house with a Mediterranean country culture in the hardness Atlantic Coast. A big Window opens to the golf and scenery sea views can be seen from the interior and exterior spaces. Two exterior pool’s located in the patio crossing each other, one in the ground and the other in the air.