The integration between inside and outside is a key theme and function of this tropical house on Sentosa Island, Singapore. Designed by Guz Architects, the Fish House embraces Singapore’s tropical climate by creating an open space that allows interaction between the ocean, the garden, the swimming pool and the house. The natural sea breeze ventilates the tropical home, while the curved wavy roofs with solar panels supply energy to the house. This modern home promotes living in harmony with the natural environment.
Situated near the village of El Coco in the province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica, this modern house on a dramatic cliff has a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean and the lush rocky coastline. Designed by Victor Cañas Arquitecto, this 4,500-square-foot vacation home is largely made of glass on the ocean-facing side. Getting through the front door requires crossing a reflecting pool on concrete pavers which serve as the unorthodox “floor” of the foyer. The outdoor infinity-edge swimming pool and tempered-glass panels on the deck maximize the panoramic ocean view.
The Northland House is a modern home designed by Parsonson Architects which sits on a high ridgeline overlooking Wellington Harbour in Wellington, New Zealand. Looking east, there is a spectacular view of the harbour and hills beyond. A protective courtyard wall gives the house a lot of privacy from the roadside, while the interior spaces feel very open and connected to the harbour side of the outdoor landscape.
This modern home located in Cerro Lo Curro, Santiago, Chile, and designed by Schmidt Arquitectos Asociados, sits on a gentle slope with a forest of eucalyptus trees. Materials such as stone walls and wood floors are used for the house. The big windows bring the interior and exterior together, creating an open environment for the enjoyment of the natural landscape. The tiered lakes made of stone provide sound and moisture to the air.
Holman House, designed by Durbach Block Jaggers Architects, sits on a dramatic 70-meter (230 feet) high cliff in Dover Heights, in the eastern suburb of Sydney, Australia. The living and dinning areas cantilever out over the ocean, providing dramatic views of the coastline and the ocean. The lower floor base is built from rough stone walls forming an extension of the cliff below.
Fennell Residence is a floating house in Portland, Oregon designed by architect Robert Harvey Oshatz. Situated on the east side of the Williamette River, this weekend retreat has a dramatic view from the open plan interior. The architect’s imaginative use of curved glue laminated timber to evoke the poetry of the ripples and contours of a river makes this unique floating house a true work of art.
Cornwall Terrace in London, England is a row of eight double-fronted mansions overlooking Regent’s Park. The total value of the entire row of house is about $625 million and is now up for sale. The largest of the residences is 14,000-sq.-ft. and is worth about $100 million. The Regency terrace was designed by royal architect John Nash in the early 19th Century. The architectural details of the interiors offer paneling, mouldings, marble floors and fireplaces which are enhanced by contemporary interior decoration.
The Wave is an apartment complex with unique architecture in Vejle, Denmark designed by Henning Larsen Architects. The shape of the building connects the complex with the sea, the landscape and the town. The beautiful location overlooks the promenade and the bay. Every apartment has a magnificent view of the area.