Step into the world’s most beautiful private abodes
Across small cottages and lavish villas, beach houses and forest refuges, discoverthe world’s finest crop of new homes. This cutting-edge global digest features such talents asShigeru Banand Marcio Kogan alongside up-and-coming names likeAires Mateus,Xu Fu-Min,Vo Trong Nghia,Desai Chia, andShunri Nishizawa. Here, there are homes in Australia and New Zealand, from China and Vietnam, in the United States and Mexico, and on to less expected places like Ecuador and Costa Rica. The result isa sweeping survey of the contemporary houseand a revelation that homes across the globe may have more in common than expected.
Among guava trees and abandoned forts inWestern Indiais a sanctuary designed for and by Kamal Malik ofMalik Architecture. The House of Three Streams is a sprawling spectacle with high ceilings, verandas, and pavilions, perched atop a ridge overlooking two ravines. A medley of steel, glass, wood, and stone, the house weaves along the contour of the landscape, almost as an extension of the forest. Encina House byAranguren & Gallegos, an elegant, sloping structure reminiscent of a gazebo, similarly inhabits its surrounding vista. Ensconced in a pine forest north ofMadrid, the lower level is embedded in rock and connected to the upper by a natural stone wall.Shinichi Ogawa’s Seaside Houseis an immaculate two-story minimalist marvel inKanagawathat overlooks the Pacific. Its living area spills onto a cantilevered terrace and infinity pool, almost dissolving into the ocean as one seamless entity. In Vietnam, Shunri Nishizawa’s House inChau Docexudes tropical sophistication with exposed timber beams, woven bamboo, plants, concrete panels, and inner balconies and terraces. Its corrugated iron panels act as moveable walls and shutters, ushering in views of surrounding rice fields.
These homes—along with more than 50 others—are each remarkably distinct in design. They all, however, toe the line between inside and outside, each one symbiotic with its surroundings.
Philip Jodidiostudied art history and economics at Harvard and editedConnaissance des Artsfor over 20 years. His TASCHEN books include theArchitecture Now!series and monographs on numerous major architects, includingNorman Foster,Tadao Ando, Renzo Piano,Jean Nouvel, andZaha Hadid.
Homes For Our Time. Contemporary Houses around the World. 40th Ed.