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Walden House

Annabelle Selldorf is far beter known for her public buildings — like the Neue Galerie in New York City and Le Stanze del Vetro in Venice — than for private residences, which is just one of the things that make Walden House so special. Set on 105 acres in the valley west of Vail, this 10,000+ square foot house is built around a separate courtyard, with more intimate rooms that you'd expect based on its size, thanks in part to large windows at every turn providing fantastic views of the surrounding mountains, and pocket doors that help to temporarily close off certain areas from the rest of the house. In total, it has seven bedrooms, ten baths, a gym, and a professional-grade kitchen inside, with a chicken coop, greenhouse, two-bedroom, two-bath caretaker's house, and small pond outside.

Photos: Todd Eberle / Selldorf Architects

  • Kfar Shmaryahu House

    Placed on a hilltop in one of the oldest communities in Israel, the Kfar Shmaryahu House is a boxy, aluminum-clad ode to minimalism. The ground floor consists of the kitchen and an open living area which has large glass walls that offer easy access to the patio. Above, the top floor is separated into a metallic gray square of one bedroom and the natural aluminum casing of the master and two other bedrooms, all joined by a central corridor that encourages interaction between the family members. Otherwise, the interior is stark with natural finishes, allowing the owners' art and furniture to provide necessary splashes of color.

    Photos: de Lange Design

  • Red House

    Set in the western suburbs of Oslo, the Red House strikes a bold contrast with its surroundings. The home is set perpendicular to a nearby stream, and thus juts out of the hillside instead of sinking into it. The top floor is reserved for the owners, and houses the entryway, master bedroom, kitchen, living area, and covered terrace, while the lower floor is filled with children's bedrooms. The interior is surprisingly calm, compared to the bright exterior, and does a fine job of framing the views of the landscape outside.

    Photos: Nils Petter Dale / Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS Architects