8 Home Exteriors That Will Leave You Awe-Struck | NONAGON.style
8 Home Exteriors That Will Leave You Awe-Struck

8 Home Exteriors That Will Leave You Awe-Struck

Because first impressions count

Written by –
Jess Ng
on February 23rd 2018
Born and raised in the UK, Jess is NONAGON’s resident historian turned marketer turned writer, drawn to Hong Kong by the lure of dim sum breakfasts and bustling city life. A foodie who loves to cook, food occupies 70% of her brain 90% of the time. When not eating, Jess can typically be found buried in a book or obsessing over making NONAGON’s Instagram #feedgoals.

I know that we’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but does that old adage still ring true when it comes to houses? Let’s hope not, because I’m about to round up eight breathtakingly enchanting home exteriors that are guaranteed to leave you awe-struck.

House in Ourem

Where: Ourem, Portugal

Design: Filipe Saraiva

Awe-Inspiring Home Exteriors: Child's play-inspired Portuguese home facade | NONAGON.style

Inspired by the stereotypical house shape found in childhood drawings the world over, the exaggerated wood structure and bold black concrete panels of this Portuguese home stand out for all the right reasons. Inside, a warm minimalist aesthetic ensures a tonic of simplicity to the drama of its memorable facade.


See the Ourem home tour here.

Terraces Home

Where: Vietnam

Design: H&P Architects

Exterior of rooftop terrace in Vietnam | NONAGON.style

This urban city home incorporates elements of the famous Vietnamese terraced rice fields in an effort to give its owner the garden space they craved. This combination of architecture and greenery is known as ‘agritecture’, and it works to spectacular effect here to create a green oasis right in the heart of the city.


See the Terraces home tour here.


Where: Sandhornoya Island, Norway

Design: Hjertefølger Family and Solardome

Awe-Inspiring Home Exteriors: Solar globe home facade under the Northern Lights | NONAGON.style

Set underneath the celestial glow of the Northern Lights, homes don’t get much more magical than this mesmerizing solar dome greenhouse. The actual home is an eco-friendly cob house made from a mixture of clay, water and straw. The surrounding solar dome acts as a protective barrier, sheltering the home from high winds and cold temperatures.


See the Solar Dome home tour here.

Cabin Ustaoset

Where: Norway

Design: Jon Danielsen Aarhus

This cabin in Norway is inspired by the traditional gapahuk | NONAGON.style

Perched on the foot of Hardangervidda, one of the greatest mountain plateaus in Norway, this pine-clad cabin is serious rustic goals. The wall of floor-to-ceiling glass windows adds a contemporary edge to the traditional cabin in the woods.


See the Ustaoset home tour here.

La Fabrica

Where: Barcelona, Spain

Design: Ricardo Bofill

Awe-Inspiring Home Exteriors: Brutalist cement factory turned architectural design studio | NONAGON.style

Regardless of your personal feelings towards brutalist architecture, one thing’s for certain: it always makes a statement. And Ricardo Bofill’s cement factory turned brutalist architectural wonderland is no exception. Whilst the inside opts for a medley of dreamy romanticism and stark minimalism, the exterior of this family home meets design studio remains true to its stark industrial origins. It’s at once desolate, beautiful, and exquisitely intriguing.


See the La Fabrica home tour here.


Where: Umbria, Italy

Design: Special Umbria and S.P.R. Studio

Outdoor dining area with hanging garden | NONAGON.style

This pretty as a picture 17th century Italian farmhouse fulfills all my country house dreams, and then some. Set in the idyllic Umbrian hills, the facade oozes traditional charm. Step inside the arched glass doors though and you’ll find a contemporary (and fully air conditioned) family home fit for a modern lifestyle.


See the Bella Umbria farmhouse tour here.

Ocean Eye

Where: Costa Rica

Design: Benjamin Garcia Saxe

Incredible rooftop captures rainwater for use in daily activities | NONAGON.style

Talk about indoor-outdoor living! This oceanfront beach house is completely exposed to the elements of nature, allowing for an unrestricted connection to the mesmerizing outdoors. Strategically placed floor length overhangs provide shade for the day, whilst the open corridors and terraces provide unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean ahead.


See the Ocean Eye home tour here.

Masseria Moroseta

Where: Puglia, Italy

Design: Andrew Trotter

White courtyard in this eco-friendly farmhouse in Puglia, Italy | NONAGON.style

There’s something almost surreal-looking about this eco-friendly Italian masserie farmhouse. Tucked in among the beautiful hilltop villages of Puglia, its white stone facade and sandstone accents allow this minimalist hideaway to blend in perfectly with the traditional farmhouses of the region.


See the Moroseta home tour here.

For more awe-inspiring browsing make sure to check out our round up of accidental Wes Anderson interiors. Our selection of the most unique Airbnb rentals is also great for fueling wanderlust and enchantment aplenty!


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