The most beautiful houses in the world. Ancient buildings, amazing modern homes and luxury villas

City in the Sky - Future City Concept by Hrama

City in the Sky - Future City Concept by Hrama

The design group Hrama has proposed an exotic project which seems to be similar to shots from the movie about the far and fantastic future. Externally, the buildings look like giant blooming flowers soaring above the tall skyscrapers. Towering over such polluted huge cities as New York and London this oasis project lets people take a break from everyday stress, problems and concerns. The building will be higher than famous in the US One World Trade Center and the Empire State Building. A lotus flower has been taken as a form for this project. The image of the lotus is borrowed from the Buddhist mythology where this flower was a symbol of all pure, which was growing up untainted including the fact that it was born out of a swamp. Thus, the giant lotus-building, staying in a noisy metropolis, go far away in the sky.

The stems will be used as a support, the leaves that are placed horizontally will be the parks, where you can escape from the omnipresent hustle and bustle and finally relax. The whole year here will blossom cherry trees and lilies will float in the shimmering waters. Grids will be decorated with creeping ivy. The light inside the mirror lotus flowers will be reflected and form a rainbow. Gardens and people who rest there will be protected from wind and bad weather with glass walls.

 There is no word yet whether it will be possible to fish in those clean ponds, enjoying the quiet atmosphere. And it is not also known whether there will be famous condescending posters, reminding visitors about proper behavior. But be 100 percent sure that those fantastic landscapes will amaze you for a long time and will not leave indifferent. And what's more, the City in the Sky will inspire everyone on creative ideas.

Smart Home - Smart Devices Make your own House Become your Friend


Let us imagine the utopian world where most of our work is done by machines and people there even dress up, wash the dishes and move from one corner of the house to another with electronic assistants. To perform any operation you will need to press only one button on your cell phone and voila – all your work is done for you! Remember the Jetsons who have illustrated us the futuristic world of the year 2060 with humanoid robots, aliens and fancy technical devices. Like it or not, the show became some kind of prophecy because, nowadays, we have got smart phones and smart watches and a lot of smart machines that help us about the house every day. Perhaps, we will have even flying cars in the nearest future? Who knows! For today, the primary goal for most companies is the invention and distribution of smart devices for people’s dream houses.

Very soon we will all live in so-called "smart homes" where everything is done to improve living conditions. Hundreds of billions US dollars are expected to be earned by the year 2019, delivering about two billion house appliances all over the world. Because of widespread popularity of smart phones and easy availability of sensor chips it will soon become possible for many devices of the future to integrate with your houses. But some drawbacks of these devices are already visible today.

Namba Parks Landscape Gardens in Osaca, Japan



Naniwa-ku, the administrative district of Osaka in Japan, is well known for its nine-storey commercial and office complex called Namba Parks. The architects have planned the building of Namba Parks the way that was considered to become a natural intervention into the tough environment of Osaka metropolis.

The architect John Jerde constructed a nine-story business center (well-known as Parks Tower) with 120 shopping malls and a park on the roof on the place of the former Osaka Stadium. Landscape gardens cross all nine floors, gradually rising up to the roof of the building. John Jerde’s project has become significant because the priority was given to the fact that there are only a few green areas in the huge metropolis of Osaka. Located in 30-storey building, this project combines a modern shopping mall with the landscape park on the roof. It is easy enough for visitors to get into Namba Parks and fully enjoy rocks, lawns, cliffs, streams, waterfalls, trees, ponds and open terraces and then to go down into the place of entertainment venues and restaurants.

Let us consider what is located on each floor. The ground floor of Namba Parks is represented as a mall, where both sides of the shopping street are covered with shops, restaurants, cafes, etc. The first and the fourth floors are created for successful shopping. Casual cuisine and relaxed atmosphere can be observed in the restaurants that occupy the fifth floor. The variety of fine Chinese, Japanese and Italian cuisines can be enjoyed on the sixth and seventh floors. Also, the building contains an amphitheater for live performances, small private areas for planting and mobile trade stalls. And the entire ninth floor (the last one of the building) is occupied by gardens.

Green walls by FlowerArt GmbH | styleGREEN



The flat and pole moss wall is based on a flat moss subsoil, which is accented with clumps of pole moss. The flat moss plants with uniformly distributed clumps of pole moss looks very tidy and is reminiscent of a Nordic forest floor north of the tree line.

Material Thickness: 12mm MDF, 1-3mm adhesive, 15mm+ of greenery
Weight: 15kg/m²
Installation Options: Private rooms: Living room, bedroom, dining areas
                               Public buildings: entrance halls
                               Office buildings: lobbies, conference rooms, work stations
Sound Insulation: average

Product details on the green wall: Set on a gentle flat moss subsoil, clumps of pole moss are spread across the wall, giving the panels a varied and at the same orderly design. The pole moss, which is actually not a moss but rather a lichen – i.e. a symbiosis of algae and fungus – forms lush, fresh pads that rise from the subsoil with their round form. The result is a form of vertical greenery that not only insulates sounds, but also requires no maintenance thanks to a special preservation process – so no additional costs and no watering. Individual dimensions and different shades guarantee a unique character for any moss wall.

 The flat moss wall is versatile, livens up bedrooms and dining areas and transforms dreary conference spaces.When this wall is around, it’s easy to forget that you’re not on a densely planted, lusciously soft clearing in the Nordic tundra.

Design: FlowerArt GmbH | styleGREEN

The dragon fountain at Fantasy Con in 2014


The dragon fountain at Fantasy Con in 2014.

102-story Residential Building, NYC (Steampunk Neo-Art-Deco Architecture)

Residential Building, NYC (Steampunk Neo-Art-Deco Architecture)

A 102-story residential building with sweeping views of Central Park and the New York City skyline. Each unit has its own unique figurally carved façade and balconies that frame particular features of the surrounding urban and natural landscapes. The building is draped in a façade of limestone-tinted Taktl© concrete panels with hydroformed sheet-bronze details and brass-tinted alloy structural extrusion enclosures. The 64th floor features a sky-lobby with exclusive retail stores, a 2-story high ballroom for events, and a 4-star restaurant all of which have access to four massive cantilevered balconies that offer an awe-inspiring event and dining experience unique to the city of New York.

Design: Mark Foster Gage Architects


36 million dollars modern home in Beverly Hills


Realtor asked 36 million U.S. dollars for this incredible modern home in Beverly Hills. Description from Mauricio Umansky:

"1201 Laurel Way, a true Jewel Box, represents years of devotion, patience, and visionary excellence. High up among the treetops, on a self-contained Beverly Hills enclosure, lay an architectural masterpiece nothing short of spectacular. Presented in the most cinematic way possible, the entirety of Downtown Los Angeles, Catalina, and the coastline of California is offered in one unobstructed, sweeping view. 

It’s the kind of view that inspired a team to build a home like no other with the utmost integrity. Visions of a house encased in glass, with effortless flow from room to room and from inside to outside, is the central ethos that guided the evolution and completion of this real estate gem."


Beautiful split level two story home


Villa Nilsson is a beautiful split level two story home situated in Höganäs, Sweden, where the landscape, architectural and stylistic interplay between material and nature is in absolute interaction. The villa was built in 2010, it is a building with low-key appearance that clearly manifested but is also blends well with the surroundings. The architecture consists of clear, rigorous and simple volumes where the encounter between the different building materials is important. The Villa Nilsson is comprised of 235 square meters (2,529 square foot) of living space with three-and-a-half bathrooms and three bedrooms. The living room and kitchen are on the second level, which includes a grand terrace with an outdoor fireplace, offering beautiful unobstructed views and an external staircase to the pool area. Swimming pool has a pleasant cast mosaic as well as a meditative and quiet courtyard. In this beautiful split level two story home all the green roofs are covered with sedum (environmentally friendly, functional and incredibly beautiful when it blooms).

Photos courtesy of Patrick Engstrom 


Rustic interior design


Rustic interior design and architecture in the United States was influenced by the American craftsman style. Popularity of the American Craftsman style began in the last years of the 19th century. As an art movement and interior design it remained popular into the 1930s. In architectural design and decorative arts, rustic interior design style has continued with numerous restoration projects and revivals through present times.


Most Amazing Observatories


Perhaps among all scientific buildings an observatory can be attributed to the most attractive and somewhat romantic. This is a place where probably man can feel keenly not amenable to realize dimensions of the Cosmos, the eternal existence of the stars and planets in comparison with human life. If deep down you feel about the same, welcome under the cut. Here we have compiled some of the most interesting observatories and weather stations located in a very beautiful corners of our planet and these buildings are an interesting architectural patterns.


Future Architecture - Ocean City


Ocean City - "Complex at the Center of the Universe" by Marek Staszek is the winner of the digital art competition NVArt Challenge with main theme "Art Space: Architecture and Landscape".

Marek Staszek: "The most beautiful places that come to mind always have water, steep cliffs and tropics in common. Lush turquoise colors emphasizing positive vibes, something I've never seen. I wanted to achieve complete integration of future architecture with nature, complete with green parks, trees and gardens. Everything that makes us feel relaxed and calm. Architecture can give people magnificent vistas, as well as a small historical old-town feel. This might be a futuristic city growing somewhere in another galaxy on a planet similar to our own."

Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower in Florence, Italy



Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower (Italian, "Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore") is the main church of Florence, Italy. Construction in the Gothic style began in 1296 and was completed with the dome in 1436. The exterior of the building is faced with marble polychrome panels in various shades of pink and green bordered by white and has an elaborate 19th-century Gothic Revival façade.

The basilica is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site along with other beautiful buildings in the historic centre of Florence and is one of a major attraction to tourists from all over the world visiting the Tuscany. The Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower is one of largest churches in Italy, and until invention of modern building materials, it was the largest dome in the world. It remains the largest dome ever made of bricks.

Ski Dream Home - luxury mountain retreat, Utah

Photo Courtesy of Resorts West Ski Dream Home

"Nestled atop Little Baldy Peak in the exclusive, private gated community of Deer Crest, the Resorts West Ski Dream Home offers 14,000 square feet of indoor living space. The home features six bedrooms, 10 baths, a gourmet kitchen with separate butler's pantry, a home theater with stadium seating for 16, freshwater trout aquarium, pool table, DJ booth, 2 custom bar areas and Full Swing Golf simulator. Outside, enjoy stunning panoramic views, outdoor fireplaces, heated wrap-around decks, a heated outdoor pool plus oversized hot tub and slope-side ski-in/ski-out access via a private heated ski bridge." Resorts West

Contemporary Glass House by Nico Van Der Meulen Architects, Johannesburg, South Africa


“The house is situated on a 4000 sq.m site, with a total floor area of 2500sq.m. The owner requested a modern, glamorous, open plan, light-filled house with views from all rooms into the garden.

The shape on the south side is a half circle, forming a horseshoe on the north side. Approaching the house form the gate the driveway is elevated to allow glimpses thru’ the house to the garden and raised water feature on the other side of the house.”

Architecture: Nico Van Der Meulen Architects
Photography: Barry Goldman, David Ross

Luxury 5 star chalet / boutique hotel in Swiss Alps


Situated in one of the world's most desirable locations, Chalet Zermatt Peak is a luxury 5 star chalet / boutique hotel. With uninterrupted views to the iconic Matterhorn and over the village of Zermatt, it is the premier Chalet in the Alps.

Wildcat Ranch in Snowmass Village, Colorado


Situated on 500 private acres in Snowmass Village, Colorado, this spectacular Wildcat Ranch is a compound that includes a main house, barn, guest house, ponds, pastures, breathtaking views and heavenly outdoor spaces. The incredibly designed main house features over 23,000 square feet on 3 levels with 4 bedrooms, 6 baths, 6 half baths, modern kitchen, formal and informal living rooms, glorious her and his master baths and closets, massage room, large exercise room, indoor spa with sunken hot tub, game room, multiple offices, wet bar, three-tiered theater, hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, beautiful outdoor spaces with wood-burning fireplace and fire pit, and a 6 car garage totaling 2,532 square feet.

Photography: Sotheby's

Modern beautiful home with reflecting ponds


This AIA award winning home resides at The Strand in Dana Point, California. A series of overlapping reflecting ponds within the home’s central courtyard instills a sense of meditation and retreat where one can contemplate the sky and ocean. Outdoor and indoor living is orchestrated by balancing views with privacy, communal space with intimacy. The clear expression of the steel skeleton structure, infilled with wood and glass, allows the structure to sit lightly along the coastal terrain, while limestone walls anchor the structure.

Architecture: Horst Architects
Photography: John Ellis

Beautiful luxury mansion in California


This beautiful luxury mansion in California set right on the front row of a beach and greets us with an elegant luxury design and breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Spreading over 5,750 square feet, the mansion features five bedrooms, seven baths, expansive outdoor terraces, swimming pool and a spa overlooking the Laguna Beach coast.

Frank Gehry's beautiful architecture - Schnabel House, Brentwood, Los Angeles, California


Built in 1989, Frank Gehry's Schnabel House in Brentwood (Los Angeles) has been called many things: free-form architecture, career watershed, family home, status symbol, sculpture. The house has five bedrooms and five bathrooms and has been described as "a village that looks inward". The half-acre of grounds include a swimming pool, a reflecting pond and an olive orchard. There is a main house, a guesthouse an office and a garage-and-gym building with a breezeway.

Architecture: Frank Gehry
Photography: Nick Springett, LATimes

Bedroom design - waterslide to swimming pool


Amazing idea of bedroom design - waterslide to swimming pool.

Photography: Calvin Marketing

Piano and violin house, China


This piano and violin house is located in the An Hui province of China. The piano shaped building contains city plans to showcase future growth of the region and the violin contains an escalator.

Design: Huainan Fangkai Decoration Project Co.

Cliff house on Mediterranean sea, Alicante, Spain


The living spaces of the Cliff house on Mediterranean sea are spread over four floors to reduce to a minimum adjustments to the topography. The white lime walls stucco recalls the traditional Mediterranean architecture of the area. A swimming pool terrace set on the lowest level and opens to the dramatic sea view. Leading up from the swimming pool, an outdoor stair is attached to the concrete monolithic exterior allowing residents to change levels in different surrounding sceneries. The living room, bedrooms, kitchen and dining are situated at the top level of the house.

Architecture: Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
Photography: Diego Opazo

Transparent glass house concept


The transparent glass house concept allow inhabitants to be completely immersed in surrounding nature. Every building's detail is composed of structural glass pieces, except for the ground floor. With the touch of a button, the glass panels instantly change transparency for privacy, and hidden sliding curtains allow visually close individual rooms.

Design: Santambrogiomilano

Loft apartment in Manhattan, NYC


The design of the loft apartment in Manhattan, NYC mediates between living space and art gallery. The existing loft was characterized by demanding proportions: the space is wide and long, but also rather low. Curved walls were introduced to divide the main area into proportionally balanced zones. This generated spaces of comfortable proportions for living, while simultaneously creating a large amount of area for the display of art.

Design: UNStudio
Photography: Iwan Baan

Contemporary cantilever house in Lithuania


Built in 2006, this cantilever house is located in the beautiful countryside of western Lithuania. Parking space is selected under the cantilever, which includes a large part of the house.

Architecture: G.Natkevicius and partners

House on Azores, Portugal


The clients asked for a home in which they could enjoy the outdoors year around and still be comfortable. Keeping their request in mind, the architect created protected patios and courtyards that are filled with indirect light during the day and that offer shelter from the weather, which can be especially severe on this side of the island.

Architecture: Bernardo Rodrigues Arquitecto
Photography: Iwan Baan

Modern sustainable home, Dallas, Texas


The architect designed this modern sustainable home so that it fits into the landscape, integrated into the iconic large trees on the site, this home uses traditional house proportions to blend with the near neighborhood. The balcony and roof reach into the trees making them integral tightly to the house, while The horizontal lines tie the house to the land.

Architecture: Tom Reisenbichler
Photography: Bret Janek

Beautiful weekend house in Colorado mountains


The client desired a beautiful weekend house in Colorado mountains, both elegant and functional, with minimally furnished interior, for his family’s weekend retreat. Detailing is distinctive and sophisticated. The exterior blends wood, stone, stucco, glass and steel, enhancing the contemporary design while still appearing at mountain home. Neutral, warm colors echo the environment and lend softness to balance the modern, clean lines. The lighting design is contemporary and bold, featuring fixtures by designers Jeremy Cole and Ingo Maurer, and others created by New Mood Design especially for the weekend house, such as the two-tiered foyer chandelier.

Architecture: New Mood Design
Photography: Darren Edwards

Ski resort in the Swiss Alps


The WhitePod Ski Resort is located in the Swiss Alps, 1700 meters above sea level in the small village of Les Cerniers and includes 15 original units in the shape of small geodesic domes or igloos. The unusual ski resort overlooks a beautiful Swiss valley and combines highly modern way of living with a traditional ideas. The cabins may look like typical ice homes, but in fact the units all feature a king-sized bed, a fireplace, a wide window for unobstructed views and plenty of comfort.

Elegant fairytale house in New Hampshire


This elegant fairytale house in New Hampshire is a good example of how surrounding nature can influence architecture and interior and moreover, can add value to design. The front facade is adorned with natural handcrafted stone, borrowing some of landscape’s natural hues. The small tower and the irregular roof embedded in the house remind us of the days when we imagined that the bedtime stories main characters lived in gorgeous, spacious castles with curvacious shapes and lovely towers.

Design: TMS Architects

Luxury house with stunning view in Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles


In this luxury house with stunning view in Hollywood Hills there are three contamporary bedrooms and four lavish bathrooms all following the elegant theme of using the highest quality stone, glass and steel, but the real charmer is the relaxing and amazing living room looking across Los Angeles. Also, the house has a spa and spectacular infinity pool offering mind-blowing views of the LA, floating stairs, disappearing walls of glass, state of the art lighting and cantilevered terraces.

Industrial architecture. Google data centers buildings.


Google data centers buildings are the excellent examples of contemporary industrial architecture, combining functionality, ergonomics and aesthetics. These buildings designed to minimize the environmental impact and have 50% less energy consumption than typical data centers. The main purpose of these modern data centers is to ensure secure functioning of such popular services like web search, Gmail, Youtube, Blogger, Google Drive and other Google products.

Photography: Connie Zhou

Contemporary house near vineyard, Stuttgart, Germany


This 6,650 square foot contemporary house near vineyard offers beautiful views over the stepped terraces of a hillside vineyard in Stuttgart, Germany. Inside and out, this contemporary house is characterized by interesting turns and curves, and so is the functional structure, organization of the views and indoor circulation of the house. Set of diagonal movements determines the direction of each curve.

A glazed double-height corner is the dining area, which opens up to picturesque views and frames the stepped vineyard hill which composes the backdrop to the home.

Architecture: UNStudio

Tulou ancient houses in China


In 2008 UNESCO recognized the old houses ethnic Hakka in China as an official World Heritage, noting the historical, cultural and architectural value of these amazing structures. Built in the period from the 12th to the 20th century, each of these buildings can accommodate up to 800 people, forming a city within a city. In Fujian, a large part of the coast of China, is located about 20,000 of these buildings. Also called Fujian Tulou, old houses are an important part of the history of this land, these structures protected local people against attacks of robbers. Typical Tulou ancient house has three to five storeys, surrounded by thick earthen wall - thickness of up to 1.8 meters in most buildings. The only entrance was protected by a wooden door and a 10 cm thick iron gates. At the roof level were arranged loopholes to repel enemy attacks. Aesthetically these old houses capture the spirit and beauty of the rural areas of China.

Beautiful luxury home, Malibu


This beautiful luxury home in Malibu spells out pleasant atmosphere and comfort. Integrated in a picturesque landscape, several steps away from Malibu beach, the home has 4 bedrooms and 6.000 square feet living area. The exterior of this beautiful home is particularly interesting with its natural stone finish, balconies and terraces. Most of the windows face a large pool with comfortable patio furniture. Owners and guests can enjoy magnificence views of the ocean while taking a swim or resting by the pool.