There is no denying the influence architecture has on a city's identity and culture (and, perhaps, vice versa). It can tell stories — with every architectural style an essay to a particular time and place, every design a reflection of a certain region, and every material or color a mirror to the mood of a community. This relationship between place and space truly is fascinating, which is why, today, we've decided to travel to 10 different countries for a closer look into the home designs making waves there at the moment.
An answer to India's scorching heat, this house is designed with large doors and floor-to-ceiling glass windows that allow the cool breeze to flow in and out. The garden and large trees also provide that much needed shade on extremely hot days.
An award-winning project from Polish firm Reform Architects, the use of mirror for the exterior walls gives this ambitious project the illusion that it is floating in the middle of the forest.
This German home is the perfect balance between the old and new combining the good ol' traditional Drempel home design with clean and striking minimalist interior.
Located in Russia, this contemporary two-storey home beautifully combines glass and dark wood, the latter used to counter the cold during the winter season. The yellow lights are also a nice touch for adding warmth to freezing nights.
Stone-clad houses are common in the English countryside, but what sets this beautiful country home apart from the rest is its subtle nod to contemporary design: a glass wall on one side that gives passersby a little peek of what's inside.
Viewing the façade, there is more to this Spanish villa than meets the eye. While it may look like a one-storey stone house, this home actually features two floors design with ultra-modern interior. Don't believe us? Take a tour of this property here.
With its mountain backdrop and beautiful vineyard, this two-storey wooden home from Northern Italy truly is the best representation of a home being at one with nature!
You could say that this Dutch home's pièce de résistance is its exceptional roof. Through its design, it is not only able to provide the interior with enough natural light, but also allows for a natural flow between the outside and the inside.
This home is the epitome of Brazilian laidback lifestyle with its bright orange hue and wonderful open-air patio decked with the wooden benches, the hanging mats, the bamboo roofs — ingredients for that perfect siesta!
Built next to an old stone house, this modern Portugal abode strikes the perfect balance between the old and the new. Both buildings – both the modern and the old – are connected by a glass travertine.