This house has a second roof whose ridge digs into the ground. Polish architect Robert Konieczny received a Design Award from Wallpaper Magazine for his “ark” in Brenna, Poland.
A vacation home in the Peloponnese, right on the shore. The designers wanted to use a natural color scheme -- including the blue of the sea, and the beige of the local sandstone.
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.
Eric Bensaïd had a house built that’s already full of stories. The interior’s retro-look comes from a colorful fusion of designer furniture and recycled materials. And the view of the Mediterranean is unbeatable.
Wood plays an important role in the home of the Edwards family: oak paneling in the entryway makes it seem like a walkable sculpture, guiding the eye as if through a tunnel to the outdoor area with a pool.
From the outside, the Chavannes' house looks quite traditional. Inside, however, the creative couple have constructed a unique home: colorful and almost magically decorated, yet functional at the same time.
Swiss architect Boris Egli has designed a home for himself and his family near Zurich. It features 58 glass panels. Although no room is larger than 15 square meters, the house still seems open and roomy.
German architect Peter Neufert aimed to take a stand against the dull and boring housing projects of the 1960s. He came up with radical designs that have really grabbed people's attention to the present day.
A house shaped like a pyramid can be hard to furnish, with all the slanting walls and dead space. Norwegian artist Birte Lohne shows us around her's, and reveals how she's made the most of it.
Peter Weiss has built a beautiful house in a remote and verdant valley in Iceland. The views of the mountains are spectacular.
Swedish architect Ia Hjärre has used her apartment in Stockholm to make a statement against modern black-and-white architecture. She lives there with her husband, two children, and a dog.
Dorota and Mariusz Szlachcic are architects in the Polish city of Wrocław. They now live in a dream-home that they designed themselves -- in a park that's just 15 minutes from the historical city center.
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.
Lithuanian architect Aidas Kalinauskas is a blues fan. He's built a house in a forest near Kaunas that's acoustically designed for blues music, where he and his family enjoy turning up the volume.
When Anna Gunnarsdóttir remodeled her bungalow near Rejkjavik, she opted to preserve its concrete exterior. The living space has big windows, and the garden features a typical Icelandic thermal bath.
Milan is a center for design. So it’s fitting for architect Giovanna Cornelio to live in a breathtakingly beautiful luxury apartment. What’s surprising is that it’s in a 1950s eyesore whose interior she’s redesigned.
Architect Ülar Mark's weekend home is anything but modern minimalism. His renovation of a captain's house lies on the Baltic Coast in Estonia's Lahemaa National Park. It's an ode to the joys of decorating with color.
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.
Tove Feldt and Hagbard Kramer spend a lot of time in their secluded luxury cabin in Ravika on the Lyngen peninsula. The wooden house is perfectly adapted to its location.
Jakob Bruntse and Johan Homgren had a weekend home built near Stockholm in the shape of a triangle, inspired by the surrounding grounds. The main room has glass walls almost all the way around.
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.
Anna Gunnarsdóttir has remodeled her bungalow near Rejkjavik, keeping the concrete look of the exterior. The living space has big windows, and the garden has a typical Icelandic thermal bath.
A sustainable house, built using traditional architecture, connected to the sea and nature: it’s a villa almost without corners, but with double walls that keep out the intense heat.
Austrian cabinet maker Ernst Thaler shows us around a centuries-old alpine chalet on Mount Katschberg. He lovingly restored the building after studying the construction methods used by the old mountain farmers.
There's a house in Poland that, according to architects, uses more concrete than any other private residence in Europe -- but it sure doesn't look like concrete. The facade seems like it was made of wood.
A cozy vacation home on the sea in Greece's Peloponnese region features the color-schemes of the surrounding landscape: the blue hues of the sea, and the beige tones of the local sandstone.
Architect Massimo d`Alessandro has combined two 1960s-era apartments into one. He's maintained the 60s character of his new home by using furnishing that dates back to that decade.
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.
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.
Neo-Baroque furniture and chandeliers in the living room, modern lamps, and colorful plexiglass chairs are the design components that make this house in Chania so unusual.
Italian architect Luciano Pia turned a dream of co-existing with nature into reality in Turin, Italy. We visit his project "Verde 25," where residents are surrounded by trees in middle of an urban setting.
A sustainably-built house, constructed in the traditional style, connected to the sea and nature. The house on the Mediterranean island has few right angles, and its double walls keep out the scorching heat.
A historical apartment with ethnic furnishings. The 100 square metre condo of artisan couple "Slavs and Tatars" is anything but dull. It’s fitted with a Moroccan door, and has Asian rugs.
This X-shaped house was built by architects Cadaval & Solà-Morales. It is located on the ouskirts of the Spanish city of Barcelona and offers great panoramic views.
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.
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.
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