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MK House

With a design from a former understudy of Vincent Van Duysen, the MK House imbues an Antwerp townhouse with a charming yet austere interior. Warming touches like wooden herringbone flooring and exposed wooden beams mix with stark white walls and dashes of stone and marble — used most conspicuously on the kitchen cabinets — to create an inviting atmosphere. Large banks of windows allow plenty of natural light to pour in, while the owners' collection of artwork helps give the neutral palette a touch of added personality.

Photos: Julien Claessens & Thomas de Bruyne / Nicolas Schuybroek Architects

  • Laives Mountain Retreat

    Overlooking Italy's Adige Valley, the Laives Mountain Retreat uses minimalist design to highlight its expansive views. The home is braced by an old stone retaining wall, leaving the back of the ground floor's master bedroom, bathroom, office, and sauna buried masked by the hillside. Aside from a kitchen island, the second-story living area is nearly bare to keep the space free from obstructions and distractions. This makes way for the nearly 360-degree views of the vineyards and Tessa mountains, provided by the steel and glass facade.

    Photos: Laura Egger / Modo Studio

  • Mount Macedon House

    Placed on the side of its eponymous mountain in the Central Highlands region of Victoria, the Mount Macedon House builds upon the landscape, rather than adapting it to fit the home. The corten-clad portion of the building, necessary to meet brushfire screening codes, holds the three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Floor-to-ceiling glass encases the open kitchen and living room, with screening around the outside providing some privacy and letting in natural light without obscuring the views, best taken in from the rooftop deck.

    Photos: Dan Farrar / Field Office Architecture