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

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.

Beautiful modern home in San Francisco Bay Area, California

In this beautiful modern home in San Francisco Bay Area, California there are 4 bedrooms and 5 and a half bathrooms. Inside, the luxury home shelters a collection of rooms: kitchen, dining and living, fitness room, steam room, sun room, guest suite and library. Decks and terraces, as well as perfectly designed interior spaces capture beautiful bay views at day and lights of Sausalito at night time, impressing guests and owners with a breathtaking scene composed of city’s skyline, stretches of water and green hills.

2-storey modern home in Ontario, Canada

A 2-storey modern home in Ontario, Canada, is composed of a monochromatic palate of concrete, stucco, anodized siding, brick and a mix of transparent and opaque glass. The street face limits views into the home, providing privacy through the use of an interior large concrete wall and a frosted glass. In contrast, the rear exterior allows light to flood the inner space and provides expansive views.

Design: Guido Costantino
Photography: Peter Sellar

Tropical house design, Rio de Janiero, Brazil

This tropical house design was inspired by Indian architecture in Brazil, perfectly suited for the humid and hot climate of Rio de Janeiro. One of the most important element, the roof protects from the sun all the enclosed areas of the house as the open areas, acts as a big leaf. These in-between open areas represent the point of the design. These areas are the social spaces, where the owner and his guests spend most part of the time.

The generous heights of the roof, up to nine meters, allow the trade winds to pass perfectly through the house, providing passive cooling and natural ventilation both to the open and enclosed spaces. The architects see it as an eco-efficient low-tech design, where it has the most impact, the idea of the architectural design.

Architecture: Mareines + Patalano

Private study library in the woods

Private study library in the woods

An elegant and pure Platonic cube here matches the harmony of the structure's purpose and form, in both metaphorical and programmatic terms. The second floor is entirely open and is a working private study library. The sliding windows open on all four sides to create an atmosphere of an aerie in the woods. The first floor, which is completely closed, is contains book stacks for library.

Architecture: Peter Gluck and Partners
Photography: Paul Warchol

Villa in Stockholm archipelago, Sweden

Villa in Stockholm archipelago, Sweden

Situated atop a rocky headland on a natural plateau, the villa enjoys beautiful panoramic views across the Baltic Sea bay and the setting sun.
The creative idea behind the project was to create a concentrated and clear form in marked contrast to the Stockholm archipelago natural landscape. The presence of a limestone and concrete building, abstract for this location, also increases the experience of the local rich shades of nature.

Behind the villa's clean lines hides an advanced technological systems. Air-conditioning or district cooling is pumped into the in-house units through the rock shaft, so air-conditioning is generally free of charge. Heating for the hot water, outdoor pool and floors is produced by a heat pump. Tap water is taked from the bay and treated in a desalination system. All engineering units are operated by a smart monitoring and control solution, controlled by owners via a mobile handset or the internet.

Architecture: John Robert Nilsson Arkitektkontor

Beautiful home in Singapore

Beautiful home in Singapore

Amazing views towards the Singapore city from Siglap Hill inspired this beautiful home design. Family and master spaces are placed on the third level which has the most magnificent views. Dining and living rooms are situated on the second level, connected with terraces and verandahs that flow upwards and fold into the home's roof form with deep roof overhangs for efficient sun shade and channeling the fresh breeze through the whole space in the house.

Architecture: Aamer Architects
Photography: Patrick Bingham-Hall