Seaside House

Overlooking the ocean in Kanagawa, Japan, the Seaside House uses a linear layout to maximize views. Minimal in form and color, the stark white reinforced concrete structure stands out from its more traditional neighbors. The lack of roadside windows provides the interior with privacy, while also directing full focus toward the water. Each room contains a floor-to-ceiling glazed wall, providing both undisrupted views of the sea and access to a cantilevered deck with a full-length swimming pool.

Photos: Shinichi Ogawa & Associates

  • Hornbill House

    Located on a 135-acre tea and coffee plantation in southern India, the Hornbill House isn't short on spectacular views. The bungalow sits on the edge of a waterfall, overlooking a valley, mountains, and the fields below. Each of these scenes is put on display throughout the home, ensuring each room has its own unique view. To blend in the with the rocky landscape. the exterior is covered in a stone facade, while mud bricks provide a warm hue for the interior to compliment the reclaimed wood and bamboo furniture. A ground floor balcony allows guest to catch glimpses of the native wildlife which includes monkeys, bison, and over 250 species of birds.

    Photos: Vivek Muthuramalingam / Biome Environmental Solutions

  • Safe House

    During the day, the Safe House looks like any modern residence — a cube structure with loads of glazing — but at night it transforms into a concrete fortress. Like something taken straight from The Purge, the home is surrounded by a solid barrier that also transforms into a holding pen for guests before they're granted entrance. All windows are protected by movable shutters, while the south wall is concealed by a roll-down gate which also doubles as a projection screen. When it's safe enough for a swim, the pool pavilion is accessed by an electronic drawbridge.

    Photos: KWK Promes

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