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Seven Gardens House

Sculpted into the mountains in the southernmost region of Spain, the Seven Gardens House is a true work of art. Modeled after nearby caves and grottos, its grey stone facade hugs the hillside, curving around the terrain to reduce impact on the surrounding landscape. The layout is constructed from a mirrored pattern, creating a series of sheltered terraces that lead out to seven outdoor gardens — a feature that lends to the home's name. Large glazed panels break up the otherwise cumbersome exterior to bring in views of the Sierra de Grazalema in the rear and the Atlantic Ocean ahead.

Photos: Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

  • Estrade House

    Set in the Laurentian Mountain region of Quebec, the Estrade House uses a natural palette to remain in sync with its lakeside surroundings. Clad in a mixture of stone, timber, and black cedar, the series of volumes flow down the natural slope of the terrain, creating an array of staggered outdoor spaces. Large rocks from the excavation were used in the landscaping to further blend the property into its environment. The exterior facade flows inward through the natural wood floors, walls, and ash-stained cabinets. Connected by a double-sided fireplace, the open living area is encased with glass, affording expansive views of Cabin Lake below.

    Photos: Ulysse Lemerise Bouchard / MU Architecture

  • Kekkila Garden Shed

    Combining a garden shed and a greenhouse, the Kekkila Garden Shed offers a visually pleasing workspace for the at-home gardner. The prefabricated design is made from Finnish pine and safety glass for a sturdy structure that can be assembled with nothing more than a screwdriver. A set of glass shelves allow light to travel down through rows of plants, while an automatic opener in the roof helps to control the internal temperature. For those of you who are lacking a green thumb, the shed can also double as a guest room with the best views in town.

    Photos: Arsi Ikäheimonen / Avanto Architects