Another saucy week, another brand spankin' new chance to ogle and fawn over some of the greatest interiors and exteriors around the world. This time around we've got star-shaped compounds, modern winter escapes, and solariums of the future.
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Bolzano, Italy Smack in the middle of an apple orchard and surrounded by the Dolomites, these sleek, luxuriously modern vacation condos take in sweeping views of the area from their individual cantilevered terraces, and are completely mirrored on one side, so as to blend in clandestinely into the natural landscape. Much like the NSA HQ, except way less frightening.
The Photon House
Anywhere Developed in response to scientific data proving the positive effects of natural light on health, well-being, mood, and behavior, these 485 square foot greenhouse-like structures are fashioned from curved UV-blocking glass panels so as not to interrupt 360-degree views (or fry you alive), and provide the opportunity to live day-in and relatively day-out in the open. If you're less than thrilled to be on display 24/7, you can also opt for sections made from glass that can switch between transparent and opaque.
Colorado, USA Set on an idyllic 24 acres that sit 9,500 feet up in Aspen, this L-shaped, two-level retreat enjoys spectacular views of the Rockies from its floor-to-ceiling windows and wraparound patio. The inside's set up for the ultimate leisurely weekend with a warm and cozy library, spa-quality bathrooms, and even a room specifically built for meditation. Namaste, indeed.
Timisoara, Romania This black and white suburban beauty looks fairly average from the street, but reveals its true colors in back. The central living space—the living room—looks out onto its meticulously manicured landscape, complete with infinity pool, Bond-worthy cabana, and elevated patio.
Barcelona, Spain This odd but awesome, lopsided, asterisk-shaped studio/private residence is divided into five distinct long and narrow areas–each with floor-to-ceiling windows—that spider out from a central atrium, and create geometric patios in between. To avoid the segmented nature of the space seeming at all restrictive, each section's ceiling is lofted 30 degrees upward.
Joe McGauleyis a senior editor at Supercompressor. He'd require a ritual soak in sunscreen if he lived in a Photon house.