Another big week, another chance to ogle some of the greatest interiors and exteriors around the world. This time around we've got tranquil forest retreats, a whitewashed lair, and the greatest volcano observation deck this side of Mount Vesuvius.
This Chinese Festival Is Like 'Frozen' Come to Life
Bétera, Spain Set near a posh golf course outside Valencia, this stark white concrete aerodynamically curved home feels like the sort of place you'd expect someone from the year 2200 to build as their country getaway. That, plus the half-moon pool out back add up to one outrageously sleek retreat.
Krk, Croatia Popping out of the rural landscape on a Croatian island, this wildly geometric abode is set on a steep cliff, with a floorplan that resembles a stacked series of puzzle pieces. Inside, the huge windows offer sweeping views of its radical cantilevered swimming pool and the coast.
The Ravine Guest House
Toronto, Canada Next time you host overnight guests, imagine being able to put them up in style like this. The modest crash pad—fashioned with smoked glass and timber—is tucked into the heart of a lush wooded area, and is set up like a calming spa, complete with a well-manicured mini pond and outdoor grill. If it were yours, though, you'd probably have a hell of a time getting anyone to leave.
Quilotoa Observation Platform
Cotopaxi, Ecuador If you're going to go look at the crater of a beautiful South American volcano, you'll want to make it this one. From the all-glass walls to the natural wooden amphitheater-style seats, it's the perfect awe-inspiring design for an awe-inspiring view.
Larvik, Norway Beyond the wild angles and incredible lighting design, this place is also notable for the fact that it's engineered to produce more energy than it uses. The project was a collaboration between the architecture firm Snøhetta and an energy research center, and is complete with unique eco-friendly details like a sloped solar paneled roof, passive sun shades, and a geothermal well. If this is what going green looks like, we're all in.
Joe McGauley is a senior editor at Supercompressor, and would do very bad things in exchange for the Balint House.