With its photovoltaic panels and stylish balcony screens, Sierra Bonita apartments embody a quintessential 21st-century building. The building’s east-west orientation also takes advantage of daylight which reduces power consumption.
5. Gomez Residence
This single-family residence covers an area of just over 4,300 square feet. Its contrasting black-and-white color scheme highlights the home’s masculine design elements. This is further emphasized by the stainless steel accents and staircase. The living room is also peppered with floor-to-ceiling glass panels which maximize the natural light. While the kitchen counters are a striking contrast of wood and stainless materials.
6. Ber House
Midrand, South Africa
Elegant. Minimalist. Iconic. These three words perfectly describe this home. Crisscrossing steel bars make up a large expanse of its walls which is highlighted at night by strategically-placed lights. The interior architecture is characterized by different elevation levels for each space. Its gorgeous surrounding landscape neatly wraps up the house’s aesthetics.
7. Hillcrest House
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Deviating from the signature materials of modern cubic buildings, Hillcrest House trades concrete for laminated wood. And we dare say they made the right decision. The elegant mix of wood and glass panels softens the sharpness of its cubic design. It makes the house less imposing and more “homey” but with a touch of chic minimalism.
8. Hironaka House
Hironaka House is undoubtedly one of the most famous houses in Tokyo. It has already been featured in various architectural magazines around the world. And we can understand why.
Aside from an all-white facade, the tree branches used as decorative posts in the house has an interesting backstory. They were the same trees that stood in that very same property for 35 years. Instead of discarding it, the architect decided to incorporate it into the overall design which adds an exotic “zen” ambiance to the interior.
9. The Cleft House
New Delhi, India
Covering a narrow area beside a busy city road, this house’s impressive facade never fails to mesmerize passersby. A spiral staircase dominates the space stretching across four levels of floors. The bedrooms on each floor level utilize natural daylight with floor-to-ceiling glass walls on the exterior corners.
10. Ipes House
Sao Paulo, Brazil
This remarkable house is revolutionary in every sense. It uses exposed concrete, a technique that many builders considered virtually impossible years ago. The handmade ripped texture in its wooden facade took expert craftsmanship and hours of painstaking labor. A low-ceilinged first floor and radical use of materials in the upper floors make the topmost structure look like it’s floating. It also boasts of pivoting panels as the main entrance which opens entirely to the front garden.
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