Modern Farmhouse in Rural Pennsylvania

Cutler Anderson Architects have completed a modern farmhouse for a large family on a 93-acre farm in northeastern Pennsylvania, that was designed to fit in with the surrounding farming community. To do this, the architects designed a simple white box-like house with large rolling screens. White was often used to paint original farmhouses as it was the least expensive paint. Inside, the double height ceilings create a lofty and open space, while large windows fill the interior with natural light. Wood has been used throughout the interior to create a contrast with the mostly white interior. Stairs lead up to the second floor of the farmhouse, and at the top of the stairs, there’s a home office area with a long built-in wood desk. And don’t forget to check our list of 15 creative modern 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.

Breathtaking Lake View Cliff House In Lake Tahoe

Located less than 10 minutes away from Nevada’s popular Diamond Peak Ski Resort, in a privileged position of Crystal Bay, this stunning contemporary home was designed by San Francisco-based studio Mark Dziewulski Architect. Four bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths, and many other goodies, cover 8,694 square feet of luxurious living areas that the new owners are expected to enjoy. Lake Tahoe serves as the perfect backdrop for this stunning glass home, adding to its magical mountainous surroundings and the unique appeal of this property. The gorgeous waterfront home before you also benefits from steel beams that create an ultramodern aesthetic and floor to ceiling windows that invite everyone to savor the snowy scenery. There is also a six-story glass staircase winding between the multiple floors and finishing off the crystal-clear theme inside this house. Several fireplaces and entertainment areas are also part of the long list of amenities this property shows off, which might explain for the staggering $39.75 million price tag. This house would be a great addition ot our list of TOP 10 Cliff Top Houses.

Modern House In Costa Rica With Stunning View

Cañas Arquitectos have designed this modern house with a sloped flat roof, that’s located in the Papagayo peninsula in Costa Rica, and is surrounded by forest. The design by architect Victor Cañas embraces the dramatic setting and takes full advantage of stunning ocean and canopy views. Elaborate window walls frame ever-changing views of the seasonal forest and Papagayo gulf. Borders between inside and outside worlds virtually disappear. You’ll love the fabulous open plan, dramatic double volume spaces and elaborate sliding glass door systems that fold away, unifying indoor and outdoor living rooms. Ensuite bedrooms with no walls appear to meld with the jungle and ocean below. Afternoons by the pool and movie nights in the Monkey Room – a secluded media room that feels more like a tree house – are sure to become new family rituals.

Private Futuristic Astronomical Observatory in US – Gemma Observatory

Designed by Anmahian Winton Architects, Gemma is a private astronomical observatory is located on a remote mountain summit in central New Hampshire. The site is characterized by granite outcroppings and is situated at the center of a three-mile radius “dark” landscape with very little light pollution to obstruct astronomical viewing. Gemma’s design rejects a traditional dome in favor of a synthesized architectural form that maximizes usable space and responds to the stark geographic context. Its continuously faceted shape reflects the surrounding landform, and terraced concrete platforms transition between the summit’s bedrock and the building foundation, knitting together natural and man-made landscapes. An unconventional pattern of lock-seamed zinc cladding mediates between the irregular site topography and the building’s geometry, reflecting Gemma’s orientation to both geological and celestial landmarks. Its dimension, color, and patina evoke a material relationship to the gray granite outcroppings, while its heat transfer capability facilitates sky observation by minimizing temperature differential distortion. As a counterpoint to the exterior and its context, the interior is lined with fir plywood, creating a haven of refuge and warmth from the harsh surroundings. The first floor is comprised of a research office, sleeping bunk, and warming room, and is super-insulated to prevent interior/exterior temperature differentials from creating heat eddies that would impede astronomical viewing. A helical stair leads from the cantilevered entry canopy to a fissure in the cladding that opens onto the exterior observation deck. Continuing, the stair arrives at the observatory’s primary viewing platform inside the faceted turret, its interior characterized by high ceilings, a larger telescope, and a camera array. A single person can rotate this turret by hand with an assembly typically used in high-precision manufacturing facilities, and a hand-cranked sliding hatch opens the telescope to the sky. A rift in the zinc cladding creates a corner window, framing Polaris when the turret is locked into the southern cardinal position.

Infinity House With A Swimming Pool On The Roof

Perched atop a hill in northern Norway, the Infinity House designed by Vladimir Konovalov uses a series of large apertures in its rectangular concrete form to maximize its views of the surrounding mountains and the Norwegian Sea. The interior of the superstructure is primarily open, with the living room, kitchen, and bedroom by an oversized bookcase on one end and a black box containing the bathroom on the other. Inside the box, there’s a hidden staircase that leads up to the 21m infinity pool that makes up the roof, with a resting bath on one side, and a swimming land overlooking the water on the other. A restrained interior palette allows the colors of the outdoors to shine.

Modern Wooden House In Slovenia by studio PIKAPLUS

studio PIKAPLUS have designed this small two bedroom house surrounded by a forest in Slovenia, that has an exterior of black metal siding and a softer light wood interior. Inside the home, black furniture and design elements contrast the light wood interior, like in the living room and the stairs. Glass doors open the living room to the deck outside. Opposite the living room is the dining room, also with doors to the outside. Windows that follow the shape of the house allow natural light to flood the space. White bench seating along the wall has been included on one side of the dining table to save space. Next to the dining room is the kitchen. It has a u-shaped layout with white hard-ware free cabinets, a wood countertop and open shelves that float on the wall. Black elements, like the fridges and sink and artwork, are also featured. Also on the main level is the only bathroom in the home, that has a black shower and flooring, as well as a light wood vanity. Black steel and wood stairs lead to the upper floor of the home. Upstairs, the master bedroom has a sloped ceiling, matching the line of the house. On one side of the bed there’s a glass railing that overlooks the living room, and on the other side of the bed, there’s a wall of built-in storage. Opposite the master bedroom is the children’s bedroom. Custom bunk beds perfectly fit into the space, and if friends stay over, there’s a pull out bed too. Another glass railing allows the bedroom to overlook the dining room below.

Ultra Modern Triangular VMS Minimalist House

Placed on a triangular plot on the outskirts of a small town, the VMS House by Marcos Miguélez takes advantage of its layout to provide natural light throughout the day. The home’s two bedrooms sit off one side to better capture the morning sunlight, while the open kitchen, living, and dining areas receive evening light through their large windows. Above the latter lies a library, reached via a cantilevered staircase made from rusted steel. Structural steel protrudes through the building’s facade, providing an interesting contrast with the rough granite that clads the exterior of the ground floor.

Creative House with Incredible View in Switzerland

Built in a picturesque area of Medeglia, Switzerland, this distinctive house provides incredible views over a valley, forests and mountains. Surrounding vineyards and pastures also enhance the bucolic look and feel of the landscape, immersing inhabitants into nature. Designed by Milan-based studio JM Architecture, the Montebar Villa redefines the traditional house in a sculptural and minimal design. The striking structure simplifies shapes to create a monolithic appearance, but unlike the timber clad retreat that took inspiration from a stereotypical form, this mountain retreat looks more like a modern sculpture.

Massive Wave-Like House in California

LA-based architect Mario Romano designed a house in Venice, California, that’s unlike any other. The Wave House spans 5,700 square feet with five bedrooms and four bathrooms featuring a series of organically designed floors and walls that are just as visually intriguing as its undulating exterior. Romano’s art background is clearly displayed from the moment your eyes feast on the wave-like, white aluminum facade that mimics an ocean swell. Utilizing CNC technology and customized digital tools, Romano crafted a skin out of hundreds of unique pieces that were attached to a complex metal structure to give its flowing form. Horizontal stained cedar boards under the soffit perfectly contrast the sleek aluminum panels. On the far wall of the courtyard, overlapping “feathers” were installed at a 30 degree pitch so air could circulate better to keep the house drier and cooler. The house wraps around a large outdoor space with a pool helping to merge indoor/outdoor living. The wall and flooring systems that Romano designed are antibacterial and waterproof making them ideal for people with children. The geometric patterns bring a level of high-tech art to various spaces in the house.

Hupomone Ranch – Original Barn House in California

Hupomone Ranch is an original 160-acre homestead located just a few miles outside of the small Californian town of Petaluma. Designed by architecture firm Turnbull Griffin Haesloop, the property was neglected for 30 years, but has now been transformed into a stunning living space by the owners, a young family with three children. They wanted to build a barn house that would reflect their commitment to sustainable farming, that would incorporate seamlessly into the environment and would be as green as possible. The house is certified LEED Platinum, with both passive and geothermal heating and cooling, and solar panels to help offset energy usage. The open plan living room and kitchen are the heart of the ranch and feature a glazed wall and sliding doors that open towards the garden and connect the interior to nature. The property also includes a separate poolhouse located directly opposite the barn with wash room and covered bar that´s open to the concrete deck.

Modern Private Studio Next To A Pond

Australian firm Branch Studio Architects, have recently completed this small multi-purpose retreat for their client that wanted ‘a slow moving space that would provide a refuge from the hectic paces of modern life. A slow building for slow living.’ Sitting next to a pond, the space is required to switch between being an empty shell and a fully functional space to be used as a yoga studio, a home office, entertaining, or whatever occasion it may be needed for. The retreat is clad in Hardwood Shiplap (Silvertop Ash) with a Cutek ‘Black Ash’ Oil Finish, while the galvanised steel in a black finish frames the windows and makes them stand out from the rest of the siding. A low wall guides you from the grassy yard to the entrance of the retreat. Inside, the interior has been covered in plywood and a large window gives you a perfect view of the pond. In front of the window, there’s a sunken day bed allowing you to almost sit at eye level to watch the ducks. A group of plywood boxes have been designed to ‘infill’ the sunken section and provide a consistent floor level when the space is being used for gatherings and parties. Each wall withing the building has been designed with sections that manually open and close, allowing the client to easily transform the space. A foldaway bed lets the space be used as a guest house, while a fold down desk transforms the space into an office. Shallow storage has also been included in some areas of the interior. On the wall opposite the fold-down desk, is a small kitchen with brass detailing. To the right of the kitchen is the bathroom hidden behind a plywood wall. The bathroom is a strong contrast to the natural wood look with its walls made from rammed earth in a charcoal color. A large skylight makes it appear as though you are showering outdoors. At the back of the retreat, there’s a small area for taking off muddy boots before heading in a rear entrance.

Exclusive QL House On The Atlantic Coast

Located in Algarve, Portugal, this inspiring two-storey house was designed by Visioarq Arquitectos. “The QL House is located in one of the most exclusive areas of Algarve, on the Portuguese southern coast, a singular presence in an essentially residential neighbourhood. From where it was erected it is possible to see captivating surroundings: golf courses, residences, the estuary and, dominating the background, the Atlantic Ocean. The QL House project was an exercise in balancing spaces and landscape integration. The articulation of two overlapping and perpendicular spaces generated not only a particular spacial dynamic, but also different visual relations between full and empty, light and dark – caused by the dynamic of shadows – between private areas, semi-private areas and the view of the surrounding landscape. Two stories and a basement encapsulate a precise functional program: garden, swimming pool, sun room, living and dining room, bathrooms, a regular kitchen and a summer kitchen, four bedrooms, an office and space for a playroom. Circulation takes place through a continuous stairway along the indoor garden, which illuminates all the indoor spaces in this home. This nuclear garden structures the direct interaction between the entire indoors and the outdoors, gifting all spaces of the QL House with the luxury of natural lighting. The spaces were designed to create constant and singular relations between the indoor and outdoor spaces, in a permanent and multifaceted dialogue. The bedrooms, on the first floor, face the green surrounding landscape, and take advantage of the terrace on the roof of the living room and summer kitchen in order to create areas for contemplation on the top floor. The space occupied by the bedrooms extends in both directions beyond the bounds of the first floor, hovering over the empty space, in a serene and quiet balance. On one side, a balanced veranda greets the main entrance to the house, on the other side, a pergola provides shade for the living area by the pool and living room, making particularly hot summers more enjoyable. The main entrance to the house is through a door of unusual dimensions, in line with the imposing scale – one of the singular features of this architectural piece. White concrete walls formalize the spaces in the QL House, in a chromatic mimicry of the buildings in this region of Portugal – designed with a particularly hot climate in mind. The natural cork lining, a traditional Portuguese material, is articulated in the connection between the space and the land. The bedrooms, on the other hand, feature slats and motorized metallic shutters in their lateral openings, which filter light without making it impossible to contemplate the surrounding landscape, surely one of the valuable assets of the QL House. The project was structured primarily with the goal of valuing the relationship between the indoor and outdoor spaces, the creation of complicities between the user and the landscape, and the former with the created space. As built, the QL House exceeded expectations and once again endorses the work of Visioarq- Arquitetos.”

Unexpectable Beauty Inside Rustic House In Colorado

Located in Telluride’s historic district, the Walsh House offers the chance to own John Pawson’s first U.S. commission. The exterior pays homage to the area’s mining heritage with its metal roof, weathered timber siding, and fieldstone facade, while the interior is a prime example of the architect’s signature minimal style. The four bedroom structure combines concrete, marble, and a bright white pallet to offset the rugged mountain landscape, brought in through numerous windows and skylights. A second story, consisting of an open living area, expands out to a private deck, affording unspoiled views of Colorado’s San Juan Mountains.

Modern Wooden House In Lithuanian Valley

Lithuanian practice Arches has recently completed the valley villa on the sunny side of a valley near the small Lithuanian town of Raguva. Set in a highly regulated natural area almost completely secluded from the urban center, the project finds an architectural expression to meet the clients modern tastes while adhering to stringent zoning regulations. The structure’s stacked L-shaped floor plan serves various functions both in plan and in section, taking advantage of the unique shape to control light, views, and external aesthetic. The bottom level is buried partially into the hillside, clad in a dark slate that almost disappears under the home’s shadow. A living room, bedroom, and office enjoy glass walls that open up onto the valley. A small perimeter stone walkway expands into wooden decks that reach out onto the site and create opportunities to connect with the surroundings. An indoor and outdoor stairway connects to the upstairs level which sites partially on a higher grade and features a drastic cantilever over the valley. The primary bedrooms and master suite occupy one wing of the second story which is inverted to the orientation of the level below. Tucked back into the dense vegetation, these spaces enjoy the most privacy. The primary living area and kitchen project out over the landscape on the other wing of the home. Full-height glass walls surrounding the entire space immerses the interior in the green environment. Natural timber planks make up the facades of this volume, which seems to float above the darker structure below. The stacked forms natural create overhangs and pockets which provide shading and control the passage of natural light. outdoor patios both enjoy the cover of the cantilevered areas but are also created.

Triangular Modern Family Home Instead of Victorian Weatherboard Cottage

Completed by St Kilda based design studio OOF! architecture Acute House is something really special! “Acute House is the transformation of a ‘renovator’s nightmare’ into a compact 21st century family home. The severe limitations of a tiny, very triangular site and the demanding heritage context have resulted in a pointy new wedge of house that is designed to exploit its problems. The original, and extremely decrepit, Victorian weatherboard cottage had become impossible to inhabit but was well loved by the neighbourhood as well as its new owners. We tried to retain its weathered character by re-using as much original fabric as possible from warped weatherboards and fence palings to random accumulations such as door knobs, vents and street numbers. Like fragile museum artefacts, these were carefully removed, labelled, stored and re-installed in their original location on a new mount that not only highlights their charms by contrast but allows the house to live again in a new way.”