From a highly modern cross-shaped home carved into a massive boulder in the Saudi Arabian desert to a glass box constructed on the edge of a Canadian cliff, these incredible…
From a highly modern cross-shaped home carved into a massive boulder in the Saudi Arabian desert to a glass box constructed on the edge of a Canadian cliff, these incredible homes seem to be livable works of art. Design Limited Edition looks at 5 incredible homes that coexist with nature in a big way.
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Mill Run, Pennsylvania
Frank Lloyd Wright is definitely one of the architects who pioneered the notion of incorporating cool dwellings into natural landscapes. The tranquil Fallingwater residence in Mill Run, Pennsylvania, established a serious case for living in nature, and many architects have followed in Wright’s footsteps since the house was built in 1935.
Palm Springs, California
Though there are mid-century modern residences all around the world, Palm Springs has the largest collection. Named for the Palm Springs local who designed it, American architect Albert Frey, the home served as his long-time residence. He built it out of the hillside on the western end of Tahquitz Canyon Way. Frey House II, as the name suggests, was the architect’s second house in Palm Springs, and he moved in when it was completed in 1964.
With a contemporary bridge in mind, Milad Eshtiyaghi designed this bright white home above a chasm separating two cliffs in Vancouver. Unlike a traditional two-story house, this one has air flowing between the levels, which are accessible via an elevator and a set of exterior stairs. As for the aqua-colored glass, that’s a rooftop pool.
British Columbia, Canada
Milad Eshtiyaghi, an Iranian architect, created the Mountain House between four pre-existing trees on Quadra Island, a picturesque piece of land off Vancouver’s eastern coast. Though the sophisticated house in the mountains has several levels, it is well-organized: there are special places for the parents and others for their son and his family, and the two are linked by a leisure area.
Milad Eshtiyaghi, an Iranian architect, has proved that she is not frightened of heights with her several residences in the air. This building, hanging off the edge of a cliff in Mendocino, was specifically designed to give the residents a touch of fear and a lot of excitement. She confesses that even in a home like this, there is a sense of peace since it is so connected to nature. She utilized a cable system to keep it from falling over the cliff: the raised cables support the weight of the house, while the lower ones withstand lateral and upward winds.
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