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

  • Four Corner Villa

    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.

    Photos: Kuvatoimisto Kuvio Oy / Avanto Architects

  • Golf House

    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.

    Photos: Daniela Mac Adden / Luciano Kruk Architects

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