Set on a hill overlooking Lake Lugano in Switzerland, the Comano Villa uses a vast expanse of second-floor glass to maximize the views. The main building is composed almost entirely of black-stained concrete, which was cased in rough-grained wooden boards to provide added texture. Wooden floors add a touch of warmth, both downstairs — where you'll find several bedrooms, baths, and a sitting area — and up. The latter holds the dining area, kitchen, living room, and master bedroom, all connected by a lake-facing terrace that runs the length of the dwelling.
Alessandro Crinari / Attilio Panzeri & Partners
An award-winning renovation of a Spitalfields property, the Huguenot Physicians House restores this early Georgian home to its former glory. The changes start at the top, as the building received a new mansard roof that now holds the master bedroom. The facade turns back the clock to 1725, with a wooden entrance and decorative brickwork above. Inside, both found and reclaimed items help give the rooms the proper sense of character, while windows at the rear bring in natural light and allow views of the fern garden.
Alexander James / Chris Dyson Architects