Solar Egg Sauna

Located in Kiruna, Sweden's northernmost town — a village undergoing enormous change due to the needs of its economically-essential iron mining industry — the Solar Egg Sauna is meant to be a meeting place for townsfolk to discuss the future. It's clad in stainless golden mirror sheeting, with a multi-faceted form that lets it reflect all the elements that make up the town, like the land, mine, buildings, sky, sun, and snow. The interior is made of wood with pine panels for the walls and floor, a bench made from aspen, and a custom-made oven in the middle crafted from iron and stone.

Photos: Jean-Baptiste Béranger / Bigert & Bergström

  • Qiyunshan Tree House Hotel

    Located at the end of a windy drive in China's Anhui Province, the Qiyunshan Tree House Hotel uses a series of stacked boxes to offer 360-degree views of the surrounding forest. A total of 120 square meters of space is split between eight levels, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, an entrance hall, a living room, a viewing area, and a rooftop deck all linked by a central spiral staircase. Stark white walls and wooden plank floors keep the focus on the views, visible through the floor-to-ceiling windows found at the end of each separate volume.

    Photos: Chen Hao / Bengo Studio

  • East Trentham House

    Set in the Australian town for which it's named, the East Trentham House strikes a delicate balance between rustic charm and cool modernism. The exterior of the home is a simple monotone gray so as to not clash with the colors of the European garden, and wooden pergolas soften its form on either side. Inside, touches like hand-glazed bathroom wall tiles, scraped timber floors, and custom cabinetry lend it a welcoming feel fitting for its rural setting. The property is finished off with a simple darkly-clad barn that serves as a foil for the surrounding foliage.

    Photos: Dan Hocking + Adam Kane / Adam Kane Architects

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