2015 is already off to an impeccable start, so keep those good vibes going and ogle some of the greatest interiors and exteriors around the world. In this year's inaugural roundup you'll find domed home/studio hybrids, a drive-through house, and an unworldly Ecuadorian escape.
This Chinese Festival Is Like 'Frozen' Come to Life
Spain Built to serve as both a home and studio for a local artist, this unique concrete canopied structure functions like an inverted cave. It sits on eight angled arms, positioned strategically so that each shields a distinct area of the three-story living space from the the hot sun at particular moments of the day.
Casa Los Algarrobos
Puembo, Ecuador Tethered to a steep slope in the Ecuadorian countryside using eight 60-foot interlocking steel beams along the x, y, and z axes, many of the rooms in this 9,000 square foot spectacle (featured in the above main photo) are enclosed with enormous glass panels. That, plus a series of reflecting pools installed on the roof of each level gives the effect that the whole place is floating delicately on a cloud.
Moose Road Residence
California, USA Taking advantage of three notable vistas in the area (Eagle Rock, a mountain range, and vineyards) this minimalist steel-stilted modern Northern California home splinters out to into three distinct areas, each oriented toward the view of one in particular. And it's not unrealistic to contemplate building something like this yourself, considering this place was finished for under $190 per square foot by using mostly off-the-shelf materials.
Tasmania, Australia Sporting a distinct trio of gabled roofs, this modest modern farmhouse features a treed courtyard and open-concept living area with floor-to-ceiling glass walls overlooking a panorama that includes a clean view of the sea and cliffed coast of Tasman Island.
Overijssel, Netherlands An unobtrusive addition to a cul-de-sac in the Dutch countryside, this one-story brick home is uniquely bisected by a drive-up car port that separates the living space from a storage and hobby area. It may not look like much from the street, but the other side is nearly entirely glass, with a wide wooden patio that spans the length of the building to easily duck inside and out when the weather makes it worthwhile.
Joe McGauley is a senior editor at Supercompressor. If given the chance he would most certainly turn the two tallest steel beams on the Ecuadorian home into a giant slingshot.