Eye Of The Storm Beach House In South Carolina

South Carolina’s beaches are nothing if not beautiful, but owning a home there comes with a big caveat: sometimes you have to weather hurricanes. Of course, you’ll be much better prepared to do so if you move into the ‘Eye of the Storm’ dome-shaped beach house. Located almost literally on the beach on Sullivan’s Island, just 20 minutes from the urban hub of Charleston – this is the first time this particular residence has been up for sale. And while the home is certainly uniquely stunning – with its large yard, 2nd & 3rd floor balconies, covered garage, Japanese soaking tub, and generous living areas and bedrooms – the highlight is certainly its construction. You see, the dome design was created specifically to withstand hurricane-level winds and rain – similar to the geodesic dome shape of mountaineering tents. That means this is likely the safest place on the island come hurricane season. The house is available now for $5 million. If you liked this beach house you should definitely check beach house in Canada and Avalon house.

Modern Beach House with Beautiful Views of the Ocean

This beautiful house of open spaces coated in fabulous wood and walls of glass, which lets us clearly set our eyes on marvelous exterior, was undertaken by architectural firm John Wardle Architects. It was designed in 2012 and was built in the Australian city of Fairhaven. In total, it occupies a space of 430 square meters. This beach house enjoys some beautiful panoramic views of the ocean and the coast nearby, with surfers frequently testing their skills against the waves. It is located in the upper part of the mountain range over Great Ocean Road on the Victorian coast. The proportions, the orientation, and the dimensions of the windows are adapted to the views available and reveal the interior spaces.

Minimalist Stockholm Summer House

Combining the best of Japanese and Scandinavian design, the Stockholm Summer House is a minimalist coastal retreat. The timber-clad dwelling is located on an island in Sweden’s largest archipelago. It’s comprised of an existing cottage and a new construction. Both structures are connected to one another by a shared roof, creating a covered terrace below. Surrounded by both the forest and the sea, the home is a direct reflection of the natural setting. Windows, patios, and entire rooms were intentionally placed to capture the best scenes of the rustic pines in the rear and the shoreline ahead. Lined with panels of light plywood, its interior showcases the dual aesthetics, emphasizing simplicity, natural materials, and the surrounding nature. And don’t forget to check Viking Seaside Summer House by FREAKS Architecture.

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.

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.

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 Cottage Design in Saint-Elie-de-Caxton by YH2

Right on the shores of Lac Plaisant in the village of Saint-Élie-de-Caxton, the Window on the Lake house rests on the same land as an old family cottage. Design by YH2, the minimalist abode features wood construction both outside and in with a gable roof that makes for optimal views of the water. The architect kept the design simple and refined, dedicated to cottage life, making it perfect for family vacations. The cottage is situated in a small opening with a hidden foundation, which helps reduce the scale of the house. Both the roof and the sides of the house are clad in white cedar boards for a minimalist look. Along the sides, three tall windows keep the interior filled with light. The entire south side of the modern cottage is made of glass framing the picturesque view outside. The main living space has a double-height gable ceiling that’s been painted white, keeping the space light and bright. Overall, the cottage sleeps up to 12 people in two bedrooms on the ground floor and one open sleeping loft on the second floor. Also don’t forget to check another great modern cottage.

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.”