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

Most Expensive House in China

Wealthy Chinese can afford to buy a house they like in any corner of the world, from Melbourne to Vancouver, but this time all eyes are on this magnificent example of low-rise architecture in traditional Chinese style on the lake Dushu in Suzhou in a hundred kilometers west of Shanghai. House with 32 bedrooms and 32 bathrooms, is announced as the most expensive house in China and offered for sale by Sotheby's for 1 billion yuan (about 150 million dollars). House name is Taohuayuan and means "utopia" or "peaceful prosperous land" and looking at these photos it is easy to understand why. Magnificent foggy ponds, a huge swimming pool, a solid wine cellar and wonderful views of the picturesque lake, all this corresponds to a sense of quiet confidence, symbolically reflected in the name of this beautiful home.

The total area is ​​6730 square meters (72441 sq ft).

Beautiful Sculptures by Philip Jackson

Philip Jackson is a renowned sculptor with an outstanding international reputation.

His ability to convey the human condition through skilful use of body language is legendary, producing figures both imposing and operatic in their narrative and presence, which are recognizable worldwide. Powerful and beautifully sculpted, Jackson's meticulously precise posturing of each piece creates an overwhelming sense of drama. Whether with the prestigious, figuratively detailed public monuments and statues for which he is often commissioned, or his hauntingly elegant and theatrically enigmatic gallery sculptures, Philip Jackson's work is truly awe inspiring - it never fails to move people.

Born in Inverness, Jackson now lives and works in West Sussex. He was appointed Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in the Queen's Birthday Honours list 2009.

My sculptures are essentially an impressionistic rendering of the figure. Where you see the figure seemingly grow out of the ground, the texture resembles tree bark, rock, or lava flow. As the eye moves up the sculpture, the finish becomes gentler & more delicately worked, culminating in the hands and the mask, both of which are precisely observed & modeled. - Philip Jackson

House Around a Tree by A.Masow Architects

Aibek Almassov from Kazakhstan, the founder of the design studio A.Masow Architects, has created this beautiful house around a tree design. The main highlight of this four-level house is a glass wall just around a fir-tree. This impressive twelve-meter transparent building project is created to bring together the elements of contemporary design and natural beauty, enabling people to take some time to have a rest from the tense bustle of the city life.

The project has been already set up but the house hasn’t been built because of the absence of investors. After a while, almost all mass media – from local magazines and newspapers to internet publications – became interested in this futuristic house design. Even well-known channels have found A.Masow Architects to learn more about this great project. Finally, designers have realized that this project should be built without any doubt. Aibek Almassov stated many times that this house was not so difficult to build; the most difficult was to find really interested investors. At this time, he has two interested men and one of them directs the manufacturing of glass panels. So, A.Masow Architects is going to cooperate with him as soon as possible.

The architect says that the main idea of the project is to build a house, where everyone feels oneself comfortable, being able to escape from the noisy city and stay alone with his thoughts, since the house combines strict style of the metropolis and all environmental delights – beautiful high trees, fresh smell of fir-trees and silence.

An internal spiral staircase of the four-storey cylindrical construction symbolizes the stages of spiritual purification which can accompany a person who is alone with nature and oneself.

The basis of this transparent house, where the tree grows, is a metal framework resting on three pillars. The trunk and branches are passed through circular apertures of different diameter in the ceiling between floors.

The largest cut-out is done at the level of the fourth floor, where the upper branches of tree is. Thanks to the transparent walls, a unique all-round view opens there and evokes sensation of immediate presence in the forest.

There is also a container for the rainwater. The water there is being constantly cleaned and can be used for various needs. Ventilation provides air-filling for all levels of the cylindrical home.

Particular attention was paid to the fact that the house is not harmful to the environment. Glasses of the last two floors are covered with a layer of semi-transparent solar panels that provide electricity to the house.

Aibek Almassov wants everyone to visit such a house around a tree to prove that thirty-five square meters are not destroyed by his group, because there begins a new life with quiet mornings, tranquility and health.

Architecture A.Masow Architects
Project Tree in the house
Year 2013

Casa Acantilado - Beautiful House on the Cliff by GilBartolomé

A brilliant house, that resembles in its appearance something that has come from old pages of a fairy tale, is designed by GilBartolome’ Architecture Bureau. This beautiful architecture merges organic forms with dynamic modernity. Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, it is located in Granada, Spain. This extraordinary project has got the name Casa Acantilado or Cliff House.

As the construction of this house had been started in Spain during the 2014 financial crisis, the group decided to avoid an expensive factory production and costly machines and save money. It was decided push the matter through the long hours of labor work on the project.

According to architects, the design and construction of the house were a real challenge: areas with a slope of about 45 degrees were considered to be very complicated.

The mansion seems to be buried into the mountain and hidden under the smooth curves of reinforced concrete sheets and hundreds of streams made of zinc plates. The architects have chosen this solution not only because effective appearance (like a mansion that is turned into a sea castle), but also it is much more saving for this area. The building has all interior spaces arranged on two levels, so that the optimum temperature is maintained everywhere throughout the year. This gorgeous mansion was created especially for a young Spanish couple. While building a house, architects from GilBartolome’ tried to fit it right into the surrounding landscape as accurately as it was possible.

Taking into account the slope of area, the internal layout of this Beautiful House on the Cliff has got two levels and its location inside the rock allows using the underground heat more efficient.

The Casa Acantilado is dug into the hillside that allows maintaining in it a constant temperature of the earth (approximately 19.5 degrees). Living spaces are covered with double-curved roof, which lines interact with the geometry of the mountain’s surface. This shape has not only an aesthetic function, but also directs inside the building the air flows reaching from the Mediterranean Sea.

GilBartolome’ Bureau states that architecture of this Beautiful House on the Cliff shows the whole landscape geometry, creating an intentional ambiguity between the synthetic and the natural. In general, the house is very similar to the dragon’s face with eye-windows and a scaly head.

Of course, the main thing in this project is the figured wavy roof that shines in the sun during the whole day. Its "scales" are made of galvanized sheets on special technology. The roof is based on retaining walls, lagging apart on 14.5 meters without additional supports. Thanks to this constructive solution, the first floor that is divided into several thematic zones can be used also as a spacious room for major parties. The complex and dynamic form of the roof creates an unusual interior, which the authors describe as modern cave in the style of Gaudi.

There is a spacious living area in the Casa Acantilado, where more than sixty-five guests can be seated. Only 150 square meters takes the lower level. Moreover, forming a small terrace, the house is located in such a way that it seems to be a hillside. Thanks to this, it is created a unique feeling that there is a breathtaking theater on the picturesque horizon. Most of the space is located in the open air, and even the pool was equipped on one of the terraces.

Organic shapes of the Casa Acantilado are visually highlighted and quite impressive. It must be stated that even the furniture was designed specially by the architects request for this unique home. They state that all house furniture was manufactured using the preplanned machines. But, nevertheless, the workers were given the opportunity to make a contribution to the project. There is also handwork in furniture parts design. This allowed employees to consider their work to be special in the Beautiful House on the Cliff.

This gorgeous house shows that everything is possible in performing a house design and that the designer and the consumer both have an opportunity to get a high quality product at an affordable price.

Architecture Pablo Gil and Jaime Bartolomé, GilBartolome Architects
Project Casa acantilado (House on the Cliff)
Year 2014
Location Salobreña, Granada, Spain
Photography Jesus Granada

Creative Ideas for Reading Nooks

A place for reading is an integral part of life, both for work and leisure. Here it is possible to relax, forget about vanity and disconnect yourself from external irritants. So, this means that it is necessary to choose a zone where it is most quiet and cozy.

Books create a special atmosphere in an interior. For this reason, there has to be an own quiet nook (even if it is very small) to relax in the house. Let's dream about the most convenient places for reading.

Window still

A good lighting in your place for reading, is an essential condition for spending a long time with your favorite book. It is better to give preference to an area near window. Although this place seems to be simple, it is especially popular today. The combination of natural light with the wonderful scenery behind window will perfectly remove stress and help to relax, giving positive emotions. Use decorative pillows for comfortable staying on a window sill.


Peace and quiet, convenient chairs with a soft back and armrests. It would be good enough to hang a picture with a beautiful landscape on a wall; it will only add the harmonious atmosphere. Add a fluffy carpet or a knitted rug and here you are on the way to the ideal reading nook.

The attic floor

It is also an excellent place for reading. Getting originality of an interior, there can be added a high floor lamp, a cache-pot, a little table or a shelf to store all books.

Sure enough, it is possible to read in a bed and on a sofa. But there is a set of the elements capable to bring any interior concept to perfection. Here you can escape the real world and calm yourself after a hard working day.

WaterNest 100 - Beautiful Floating House Design by Giancarlo Zema

Beautiful Floating House Design

If you prefer to contemplate with not only green lawns but also expanses of water from the windows of your house, you will surely enjoy WaterNest 100. It is a charming eco-friendly floating mini-home. Being designed by Giancarlo Zema, this eco-house is equipped with solar panels that offer you a good chance to live in harmony with nature.

Eco-friendly features

It is made of environmentally friendly materials. According to the architect, this construction is up to 98 percent recyclable. The house can be mounted in any large and quiet water pond.

Few numbers to surprise you

The floating house, with an area of more than 95 square meters, has a cocoon shape. The height of the ceiling is up to four meters, and its diameter is twelve meters. The curved structure of the body is made of laminated veneer lumber and recycled aluminum materials. On the rounded wooden roof an array of photovoltaic panels is mounted. It has a total area of 60 square meters being capable to produce up to 4 kW of electricity per hour. Large windows and balconies around the house allow guests to enjoy freely the views of the water.

Consider the variants for house planning

The "Floating Nest" can be a good option for becoming a family one, because the designers have taken care to provide enough building microclimate supplies. Developers have created a complex system of internal air conditioning and micro-ventilation. This allows you to categorize this floating structure as an economical ecosystem with low impact and low power consumption.

WaterNest 100 also boasts of the flexible interior design that can be easily changed according to the needs of its residents. For example, if a floating house isn’t considered to be used as a dwelling, it can be also fit for an office, a home cabinet, a lounge bar, a restaurant, a store or even for the exhibition hall.

Compare all pros and cons

Thus, we see that there are advantages and disadvantages in the construction of the house on the water. Pros: it is an environmentally friendly home, energy consumption goes through solar panels, the house has enough space for a four member family or you can use it for any commercial purposes. The only minus is that you should build it in a quiet place - a river with a low water flow, a lake, a bay. And also you need a warm climate.

Giancarlo Zema has tried to express his vision of environmentally friendly house where everyone could find his peace of mind, living there with his family or creating there a unique atmosphere of a cozy restaurant.

Design: Giancarlo Zema
Area: 95 sqm
Year: 2015

Awesome Bathrooms and Awesome Showers

 Awesome Bathrooms and  Awesome Showers

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

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.

Exceptional Luxury

Chalet Zermatt Peak is a landmark chalet in one of the most desirable locations in the world. Set into the side of the mountain, it offers unrivalled panoramic views across the village and to the Matterhorn. No expense has been spared in creating Zermatt's ultimate and most luxurious chalet.

An Exclusive Location

The iconic Matterhorn towers over the picturesque village of Zermatt, which remains one of the leading ski destinations in the world. The appeal of Zermatt lies in the array of exhilarating sport and mountain activities on offer, coupled with the quality of amenities available in the village. Zermatt is as much about rest, relaxation and good times as it is about breathtaking ski runs and snowboarding.

Individual Design

Floor to ceiling windows maximise the views over the village and mountains. Internally, the chalet offers five bedrooms all with en-suite showers / bathrooms and dressing areas, luxury open-plan living and dining areas and a fabulous wellness, boasting a stunning indoor / outdoor jacuzzi, gym, sauna and steam room. There is also an external cooking and dining area, ski room and walk-in wine cellar.

Private tunnel access with electronic security doors and video entry security system, Ski room with feature storage and a walk-in wine cellar with floor to ceiling glass walls.

Main Entrance

• Entrance area and ski room with ambiance lighting, digital surround sound TV, feature storage and heated boot warmers

• Walk-in wine cellar with floor to ceiling glass wall and an extensive collection of fine wines and champagne

• Open plan designer finish with natural, locally sourced Zermatt stone flooring and bamboo feature wall combined with silver birch features

• Designer hand carved Matterhorn waterfall feature

• Nussbaum (walnut) floating wood staircase with designer glass, steel and quartz crystal central column

• Lift with granite stone flooring, wood and mirror clad panelling which provides access to all levels

• Spiral wood and stainless steel staircase to gallery bedroom


• 5 bedrooms, all with en-suite designer bathrooms

• Nussbaum (walnut) solid wood flooring, Brazilian stone, Italian marble and porcelain flooring

• Digital surround-sound for TV and music

• Seating and dressing areas with high speed wireless internet

• Each bedroom has either a private terrace or balcony with designer seating and bio-fire coffee tables

• Gallery bedroom with glass roof, offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, and stars by night


• En-suite shower rooms and toilets

• Designer bathrobes and luxury linen

• Porcelain floors throughout

• Designer chrome fittings with thermostatically controlled showers

• Chrome, heated towel radiators

• Private Jacuzzi in master bedroom

• Heated mirrors, shaving points and in-built hairdryers

Dining Areas

• Designer feature chrome, glass and nussbaum (walnut) extensive dining table with seating for twelve people

• Sculptured leather and chrome dining chairs

• Feature display side unit with integrated bar

• Extensive handmade Murano crystal chandelier over dining area

• Tree stem champagne buckets


• Spacious, fully fitted luxury kitchen with an extensive range of Gaggenau and Miele appliances

• Designer integrated, glass panelled feature lighting

• Nussbaum (walnut) solid wood features and flooring, Brazilian stone and Italian marble throughout

• Open plan kitchen with integrated feature breakfast bar

• A second outdoor, all weather kitchen for year round al-fresco dining can be found on the external terrace

Living Rooms

• Nussbaum (walnut) solid wood flooring, Brazilian stone and Italian marble

• Digital surround sound for TV / video and music

• Double-height exposed timber ceiling

• Office / Library / Study area with TV computer, Wii and extensive book and DVD library

• Ergonomic De Sede moving sofa to take advantage of all aspects of living area

• Designer feature coffee table with bio-fire and open natural log fireplace

• Extensive balcony and terrace with unrivaled panoramic views over the village of Zermatt and to the Matterhorn

• Ambient lighting design incorporating handmade murano crystal light fittings and floor lighting alongside feature candles


• Bespoke internal / external jacuzzi

• Bio steam room with healing crystal and quartz clad walls

• Dry Finnish and wet Swedish sauna options, with horizontal larch timbers

• Fully fitted outdoor entertainment area with al-fresco dining facilities

• Sliding doors expanding the wellness and terrace area

• ESPA products used throughout wellness

• Bose indoor / outdoor surround sound music system

• Self contained kitchen area with Nespresso coffee making facilities and water supplied daily

• Relaxation area with designer chaise-longue seating

• Italian Nero Assoluto granite flooring, black polished spandeck ceiling, beige Italian Gialo natural modular stone work walls

• Designer stone and stainless steel water feature

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.

Description from architects:

Several generations of the owner’s family enjoyed seaside vacations in their weathered, wooden cottage in Crystal Cove, just north of Laguna Beach, California. When the lease with the State of California recently expired, the owners purchased a property within the Strand at the Headlands, a few miles south in Dana Point. Seeking to re-establish their familial base, the owners requested a relaxed family beach house accommodating three master suites for parents and grandparents, as well as a suitable environment for children, grandchildren and friends. The parti reflects the program through a composition of three diaphanous pavilions around a central, unifying courtyard. This courtyard is concealed from the street and entered discretely through a pivoting wood door revealing a covered passageway along a stone wall leading to the entry. This sequence of movement from street to inner sanctum creates an atmosphere of mystery and heightens the sense of arrival, while also revealing the ocean view sequentially. A series of overlapping reflecting ponds contained within the central courtyard instill a sense of meditation and retreat where one can contemplate the ocean and sky.

Architecture Horst Architects
Location California, United States
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.

The client is a businessman in the agricultural manufacture sector (pigs rearing, chicken eggs). His wife learns design at the art college and a furniture design is a subject of her interest. A three member family cantilever house was built on the slope of Minija valley. The idea for the design was a shape of a huge fireplace logs or an image of Noah‘s ship for the family and all their animals and belongings, for moving from the city.

Architecture G.Natkevicius and partners
Project UTRIAI
Area 424 sqm
Year 2006
Location Vezaiciai, Lithuania

Beautiful 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 offer shelter from the weather, which can be especially severe on this side of the island.

There are private rooms on the upper-floor, that are more protected and enclosed. The architectural typology follows and adheres an almost classical Scamozzi and Palladian central plan design, with two lateral wings enclosing one area for the kitchen and double height space on living room.

Architecture Bernardo Rodrigues Arquitecto
Project Flight of Birds
Location Ribeira Grande, Portugal
Year 2010
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.