This glass-and-steel house located at the base of the Beskydy Mountains in Ostrava, Czech Republic is built in the shape of a bird. The wings shade the house in the summer and are equipped with an electric snow-melting heating system for the winter. Designed by Atelier Simona Group, the interior decor is a mix of modern and retro style. The focal point inside is a central glass stairwell framed by white steel pillars that support the titanium-plated wings of the house from the interior. The curved kitchen is in keeping with the circular lines of the house. The indoor swimming pool has large windows with views of the natural surroundings.
This simple single storey house in Avila, Spain is built to become one with its natural setting. Designed by A-cero Architects, the minimalist home rests on a hill with beautiful views of the meadows. Natural materials such as stone and wood are used. A soft palette gently highlights its natural environment.
This 250-square-meter (2,700 sq. ft.) home in Sao Paulo, Brazil balances between indoor and outdoor living. Designed by Fernanda Marques Arquitectos, the outdoor elements are used inside, and indoor elements are used outside, creating a seamless and harmonious environment.
This modern single family home on the island of St. Miguel in the Azores, Portugal has a very unique design by Bernardo Rodrigues Arquitecto. The shape of the house is inspired by the wind, the climate and the natural environment of the region. The idea is to bring the outside inside regardless of the weather condition. The house is a collection of stacked structures that is both functional and a freedom of expression.
Located at the General Motors Plaza in New York, the entrance to the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue is an iconic self-supporting glass cube. Designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Architecture, this 32-foot glass structure is entirely free of structural steel. Once you enter the store from the plaza level, a glass elevator with a glass cylinder — which is wrapped by a circular staircase — takes you to the underground main level. The glass cube brings plenty of natural light underground. At night, the cube is lighted, creating an elegant glow.
Influenced by contemporary Japanese, Mediterranean and Califorinia architecture, this house in Venice Beach, California has a style of eclectic modernism. Designed by Lewin Wertheimer Architect, this 3,100 square foot family home has an open downstairs plan and the house is organized with a series of L-shaped spaces. This is also an energy efficient home powered by photovoltaic panels and the pool water is heated with solar panels.
This modern luxury home in Jakarta, Indonesia is built around an interior courtyard garden. The lower level courtyard has a swimming pool and a garden. The second level outdoor space is dominated by a safety glass wrapped by a reflecting pond. The wooden front door with custom floral pattern reflects the courtyard inside. Plenty of natural light filters throughout the house with the interior garden courtyard providing a sense of peace and tranquility.
Built as a vacation home on the coast in Hezelia in central Israel, this modern home designed by Pitzo Kedem Architects connects the inside with the outside. The swimming pool is the focal point of the house where the interior space and the exterior space becomes blurred.