Aptly named for a cross-shaped home, the Four Corner Villa offers different yet purposely defined views seen through full-length windows or doors at every end. It's set on a island in southern Finland, and has neither electricity or running water, with only wood-burning stoves for heating. The exterior is treated all black, which helps contrast not only with the snow outside but also the light-treated wood paneling inside, which can be seen in the living area, kitchen, bedroom, and sauna. A testament to minimalism, not only in architecture, but as a way of life.
Kuvatoimisto Kuvio Oy / Avanto Architects
Defined by three concrete boxes stacked atop one another, the Golf House provides a striking contrast with the Buenos Aires course on which it sits. The middle floor is an open space that contains the kitchen, dining, and living areas, with an open space below the latter serving as a covered carport. The bottom floor sits perpendicular to the middle, and houses guest bedrooms and baths, while the master suite sits along the same axis at the top of the structure to maximize the views. Floor-to-ceiling windows on the upper levels let in plenty of light, and provide access to the multiple decks that provide ample outdoor living space.
Daniela Mac Adden / Luciano Kruk Architects