Francesco Ceccarelli, an architect in Bologna, lives in a one-room apartment that used to be a garage. It takes a lot of work and creativity to turn old, seldom-used buildings into modern homes.
Designer Zhesya Mikhailova and her husband live smack in the middle of Saint Petersburg’s historic center. Here they found their apartment in a listed 19th century building and complemented it with modern furnishings.
Two Paris architects turned an old fisherman’s house on the Breton island of Belle-Île-en-Mer into a well-lit, generously-proportioned home. They used a mix of traditional and modern materials.
This villa combines traditional finca elements with contemporary architecture. It’s in one of Ibiza's most exclusive residential areas and has a fantastic view of the neighboring island of Formentera.
Many dream of owning a house on Germany's northernmost island. But they don't come cheap! We visit a thatched property on Sylt in the sand dunes.
A house that respects natures and whose shape accommodates the surrounding pine trees – that's the Casa Levene in a forest near Madrid. The architect wanted to cut down as few trees as possible when building it.
At first glance, the house designed by Portuguese architect Manuel Aires Mateus looks unfinished. That’s on purpose! This holiday home is meant to be open and to allow an unimpeded view of the landscape.
Ülar Mark's weekend home is a far cry from modern minimalism. Located on the Baltic Sea coast in Estonia's Lahemaa National Park, his renovation of a listed captain's house is an ode to the joys of decorating with color.
Tove Feldt and Hagbard Kramer spend a lot of time in their secluded weekend home in Ravika on the Lyngen peninsula. The wooden house is perfectly adapted to its location.
Uwe Schulz-Ebschbach has built his dream home, which he calls the “Neuschwanstein of the North”. With an artificial mountain and grotto and an ark, his property is a combination of a Baroque castle and a fairy-tale park.
Harald Windler has a floating dream-house on a popular Berlin lake.The amenities include a sauna, jacuzzi, and sun-deck. And its modern architecture is a departure from typical houseboat styles
On first glance, it looks like a construction site. But it’s part of a modern villa. In Paphos on Cyprus, architect Andreas Vardas has built a home using 360 concrete pipes.
Danish designer Michala Wiesneck lives in a handsome old apartment. When it comes to interiors and fashion, her style is "Bohemian chic."
A Victorian terraced house in London is not usually spacious. So the Macintosh family decided to convert two of these houses into one. The result is a spacious and beautiful home in the heart of the British capital.
Living in boxes: a house near Prague is made up of 24 cubes. Together, they provide 114 meters of living space inside a custom-built steel frame. Lots of glass allow plenty of light for the family of four.
This designer Norwegian house was completed in just a few days. The building materials came mainly from Norway which meant that the delivery distances were short. The design is characterized by the use of local wood.
Swedish architect Tommy Carlsson set out to design homes that are affordable for average earners and came up with the 'Happy Cheap House'. A family from the outskirts of Stockholm shows us around one of these homes.
They dot the southern Italian countryside: trellis - traditional, dry stone huts with a conical roof. These world heritage sites also make unique homes.
Living in a Nazi-era bunker - that sounds like heavy concrete, heavy history and little daylight. But in Munich, one has been transformed into a modern building.
Architect Massimo d'Alessandro has coverted a former stable into a loft in Rome's Trastevere district. The bedroom is a bit like a tree house, suspended above the main room.
Ian Harding has renovated a 400-year-old fisherman’s house in Cellardyke, Scotland, adding on a modern wing designed to harmonize with the original structure. The project has earned him several architecture prizes.
When their second child was born, Nina and Jacob Salo knew they needed more room. So, with the help of two architects, they used the generous loft space above them to create a flat fit for a family.
Allan Spiegel has built his family a home in a Stockholm suburb -- with his very own hands and a little help. He designed it to blend in to the rocky wooded hillside site.
A light-flooded house that no one outside can see into: that was Jesús Izquierdo’s vision. And he realized it in the “House of Stars” in a village near Cádiz in southern Spain.
London’s Spitalfields district was once notorious. Jack the Ripper pursued his victims here. Now, it’s one of the British capital’s most coveted residential addresses. We look around a renovated 18th-century house.
Danish interior designer Lene Halse Hornemann has converted a former clinic into a chic and easygoing family home. Using a nuanced palette of gray, she's created a space that's surprisingly warm and welcoming.
A straightforward passive house wasn't challenging enough for architect Manfred Lux. So when he designed his family home near the Bavarian city of Augsburg, he built it in the shape of an octagon.
Near Budapest, an architect and a photographer have conceived a modern wooden house that takes only two days to build. Open, sunlit, and spacious, it fits in its natural surroundings.
A Finnish architect has built his dream house amidst nature. Marco Casagrande’s home sits among cliffs and pine trees. He’s made it look like a stranded ship that has found a safe haven in this place.
Danish fashion designer Michala Wiesneck’s protected old apartment might be described as "Bohemian chic" – as could many of the designs she creates at home in her studio.
A Berlin architect has converted an old factory building into a home for himself with as little effort as possible. He calls the project the AntiVilla and underlines his reputation as an architectural enfant terrible.
Álvaro Leite Siza, son of the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Álvaro Siza designed a monumental residence in Porto. With a blend of soft and modern elements, it’s an oasis of calm in the city.
Architect Arthur Pichler has built the first passive house in Italy's South Tyrol region. It doesn't require any additional energy sources for heating or cooling.
Architect Marcus Matthias has built his dream urban home in Berlin – a townhouse that is both relatively close to the center of town, and also right by the water.
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