The Most Drool-Worthy Homes Of The Week, 12/10/2014
Another great week, another new chance to ogle a fresh crop of jaw-dropping interiors and exteriors around the world. This time around, mirror-clad French country homes, innovative round residences, and a supremely sexy safe house.
West Virginia, USA
Clocking in at under 1,000 square feet, this one-story nature retreat is settled in the densely forested West Virginia hills, and even incorporates a few living trees—which puncture through the floor—in its design. The serenity extends even further with a rock staircase entrance that'll take you inside from the sparsely-trodden path that surrounds the home.
This newly rehabilitated estate has been outfitted to function as an exhibition area for the French contemporary art scene, with plenty of wide open gallery space to showcase rotating collections. It is itself a work of art, however, as its exterior's been clad entirely with mirrored surfaces, creating a visual oasis that's nearly camouflaged by its surroundings.
From the same team that's been making superb industrial black steel furniture and appliances for decades, this pre-fab "shelter" allows you to set up a minimalist country home wherever you can manage to move it. At just under 600 square feet, it vaguely resembles a cargo container. And while there's a modest walled-in section, you'll want to be comfortable being on display wherever you put it, as its mostly windows, and even the bedroom ceiling is a giant skylight.
Perched high up in the Sierra Nevada range, this contemporary take on the traditional mountain home marries mid-century modern form with the rustic vibes you'd expect to find off the beaten path, much like a log cabin that spent time marinating in Frank Lloyd Wright's head. It gets its name from the way the master bedroom wing "takes flight" off the land, not that you'd ever want to leave considering the airy, cedar-clad interior, and unbeatable views from every angle.
Forget every stereotypically dull condominium complex you've ever seen, because soon you may be able to downsize to one of these strangely inviting wheel-shaped pads. The housing project, which is still in development, is designed to maximize both efficiency of space and the natural surroundings, thanks to each residence's loft-like layout and giant windows that span from the first to third floors.
Joe McGauley is a senior editor at Supercompressor and would absolutely live in a mirrored mansion.