Dezeen's Top 10 Houses Of 2014

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We’ve published hundreds of weird and superb residences on Dezeen more than the past year, from super-skinny city houses to wintery chalets, underground bunkers and revamped farmhouses. Architecture editor Amy Frearson picks her favourites.


Property for Trees, Vietnam, by Vo Trong Nghia Architects

This loved ones property on a hemmed-in plot in Ho Chi Minh City is produced up of 5 concrete boxes with trees growing on the rooftops. Vietnamese firm Vo Trong Nghia Architects wanted to offer you the residents a “tropical lifestyle” in the city.

Locally sourced bricks are left exposed internally and the only windows face inward to a secluded courtyard. Find out more about Residence for Trees »


Home in Fontinha, Portugal by Manuel Aires Mateus

Architect Manuel Aires Mateus designed this hilltop house to combine the seclusion of a classic courtyard residence with the elevated position of a lookout tower.

Like a lot of modern Portuguese houses, the building is produced up of clean white volumes, but it also appears to have 1 of its corners missing. The curved recess creates a partial arch that forms an entrance to a living area. Find out a lot more about Residence in Fontinha »


Casa Meri, Chile, by Pezo von Ellrichshausen

Behind the yellow-dyed facade of this wooden property in rural Chile, architect duo Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen planned a strict grid of 10 identically proportioned rooms, all lined with untreated pine.

Glazed doors punctures all 4 facades, allowing every room to open out to the landscape, and each internal wall has a central doorway so that every single area is connected to all these adjacent to it. Uncover out more about Casa Meri »


Haus Fontanella, Austria, by Bernardo Bader Architects

1 of the most standard houses in our leading 10 is this picturesque Alpine chalet in western Austria. Bernardo Bader Architects utilised concrete to give the property a firm footing on its hillside website, whilst the primary structure is constructed from locally sourced pine and spruce.

“Our use of the wood was related to how it would have been years ago – basic, very first-hand and rough,” stated Bader. Uncover out a lot more about Haus Fontanella »


Imai residence, Japan, by Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

Can anybody reside comfortably in a property that is just 3 metres wide? That was the query prompted by this incredibly narrow residence in Japan by Katsutoshi Sasaki.

There was no room for corridors, so the interior is arranged as a straightforward sequence of rooms, one particular soon after yet another. Find out much more about Imai property »


Cat Hill Barn, UK, by Snook Architects

The 1st of three renovations in our leading ten is Snook Architects’ sensitive overhaul of an 18th-century barn on the brink of ruin in northern England.

A rebuild of the internal structure, including new pegged oak trusses, creates a modern day residence featuring a double-height kitchen. Other information contain exposed brickwork, a stone fireplace and a poured-concrete floor. Uncover out a lot more about Cat Hill Barn »


House Bruce Alexander, Australia, by Tribe Studio

Tribe Studio’s renovation of a residence in Sydney created it ideal for cyclists. Thanks to a pulley technique installed within the atrium, residents can winch their bicycles up out of view.

“The client’s short was for a low-energy loved ones property with space for their art and bikes,” explained the architects. Windows in the upstairs bathroom provide a sneaky view of the suspended cycles. Uncover out a lot more about Property Bruce Alexander »


Bunker Pavilion, the Netherlands, by B-ILD

This fundamental residence was when a wartime bunker but had been defunct because the end of Planet War Two. Belgian studio B-ILD converted the nine-square-metre space into a holiday house, where guests sleep beside raw concrete walls and house comforts are decreased to the bare essentials.

“We decided to maintain the interior stark, since we only wanted to foresee the fundamental demands for guests,” architect Bruno Despierre told Dezeen. Uncover out a lot more about the Bunker Pavilion »


Residence of the Infinite, Spain, by Alberto Campo Baeza

Described by architect Alberto Campo Baeza as “an acropolis in stone”, this seaside home in Cádiz, Spain, features an expansive roof terrace that is 20 metres wide and 36 metres deep. It stretches out towards the coastline and features an integrated swimming pool.

“We have erected a house as if it were a jetty facing out to sea,” stated the architect. The whole structure was constructed from travertine stone, in reference to Cádiz’s Roman heritage. Find out a lot more about House of the Infinite »


Jellyfish Property, Spain, by Wiel Arets Architects

Our best 10 is completed by yet another Spanish residence – this concrete residence in Marbella by Dutch office Wiel Arets Architects features a rooftop swimming pool that be viewed from underneath by means of a glass floor.

The inside of the pool is also visible from the kitchen via a big internal window. Uncover out a lot more about Jellyfish Property »

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