Made of pale concrete and black-framed glazing, Ghost House’s gridded facade is reflected in still pools of water, giving it an otherworldly appearance when viewed from afar.
Nestled in rice fields on Bali’s south coast, this concrete house has double height glazing, open plan rooms and lofty ceilings that make the most of its island setting.
Architects Patisandhika and Dan Mitchell were moved by the work of modernist architect Ray Kappe to include exaggerated geometric forms in the house’s design.
Built for an architect and a rabbi living together on the Isle of Skye, Black Shed’s simple design and bleak setting are perfect for residents who have a self-professed “academic interest in melancholy”.
Black tin protects its gabled frame from the elements, while inside Douglas fir has been used to create a cost place to look out upon the landscape.
When architect Takeshi Hosaka needed to build himself and his wife a new house in Tokyo, he created a house measuring just 31 square metres.
A funnel-shaped roof brings light into the interior spaces and gives the narrow spaces high ceilings. At the front, a sliding door opens the house to the street and welcomes neighbours in for a chat.
PAA Arquitectos built this 90-square-metre getaway with minimal interiors and large windows for two brothers.
Stone from local quarries was used for the slanting frame and left untreated for a natural finish. Wooden panels cover the window and door openings while the owners are away.
A contemporary twist on the log cabin is Pavilion House in Portugal. Set in a vineyard, the timber house sits on top of an old stone wine cellar.
Inside is just one single room with a kitchen and bookshelves hidden behind folding wooden screens. A double bed folds down from the wall to face a small balcony with views over the landscape.
Named for it’s skinny width, 3,500 Millimetre House is a wedge-shaped structure with a facade of perforated steel and polycarbonate.
Every inch of the house is designed to be useful, with storage hidden in the stairs and walls and built-in furniture that serves more than one purpose.
Based on Californian ranch houses from the 1920s, Mirage is a house and art project completely covered in Mirrors.
Previously installed in a desert setting, architect Doug Aitken rebuilt it in the mountains, where visitors can enjoy the changing seasons reflected in its walls.
Layers of rammed concrete were used to build this house in Australia that conceals a lush planted courtyard at its centre.
The only openings on the exterior walls are thin arrow slits, with natural light reaching the interiors through an L-shaped internal garden that’s open to the sky.
This house in rural England is made from a series of connected pavilions that have concrete walls inset with flint stones.
Sliding doors inside allow the residents to close off parts of the house when they’re not in use, or open them when their extended family comes to stay.