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.
Where: Ourem, Portugal
Design: Filipe Saraiva
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.
Design: H&P Architects
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.
Where: Sandhornoya Island, Norway
Design: Hjertefølger Family and Solardome
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.
Design: Jon Danielsen Aarhus
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.
Where: Barcelona, Spain
Design: Ricardo Bofill
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.
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.
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.
Where: Puglia, Italy
Design: Andrew Trotter
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.
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