Another glorious Wednesday, another capitalized opportunity to scope out standout interiors and exteriors around the world. This week, we check out a church-inspired Swedish villa, life under a dome, and an ambitious floating house coming to a future near you.
Gaoming, China Created as a place of respite for the brilliant designers behind home furnishings brand Timothy Oulton, this self-supporting, pillar-free structure is overwhelmingly tranquil thanks to the meticulous arrangement of light and furnishings, as well as the bamboo tunnel and lychee garden you must pass through to enter. You'll feel even better, too, when you realize just how little energy it uses compared to a normal, walled home.
Mölnlycke, Sweden This Scandinavian summer home outside Gothenburg features a standalone gabled roof area that its designers refer to as "the church." However, it is less a place of worship and more a temple to the magnificent views of the idyllic, secluded lake it overlooks.
Vrhovlje, Slovenia Another remarkable entrant into the tiny house movement, this 990-square-foot pad contains two modest bedrooms on the second level, as well as a gorgeous open-concept setup on the main floor complete with a kitchen, dining area, and a surprisingly spacious living room overlooking a nearby valley.
The Dune Villa
Utrechtse Heuvelrug, Netherlands Blending right into the landscape, this masterful mid-century modern spread was inspired by a trio of architectural icons, including Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Peter Zumthor. It takes advantage of the sloping nature of the plot it's set upon by using the higher elevation to partly support upper levels, leaving a multi-tiered and maze-like footprint with interesting details round every corner and staircase. Though its most notable feature is easily the indoor/outdoor swimming pool.
Anywhere One way to deal with the scourge of rising sea levels, this modern conceptual house boat integrates fantastic design with innovative infrastructure to create a self-sustaining habitat that can function as easily on land as it can in water. The narrow rubber-coated wood setup features three sizable stories, with the uppermost serving as a substantial garden to grow food. The outer walls are also equipped to support solar panels to generate both electricity and hot water throughout.