Friday Fun: Contemporary and Futuristic Homes

Glass seems to be the building element of choice for futuristic homes. Let’s just hope there’s no one waiting to cast any stones!

The mountain chalet updated in Colorado, from
It’s all about the views in this Brazilian home, from Casa Claudia.
High ceilings seem to be compulsory in modern houses, as in this Spanish house. From Casa Luxo.
Inverted clifftop house (bedrooms downstairs, living room upstairs) from
Another American extravaganza, from
Now we move onto futurism, from
More modest and sustainable: a container home. From

Friday Fun: The Windows Have It

You can’t get enough daylight in winter, especially if you are stuck in a basement office, so here are some houses that use windows in a creative way, to give you the illusion of more space.

Scandinavian, of course! From
Townhouse in Ghent, from
The mastery of Japanese narrowness. From
House in Rock Creek, US, from ArchDaily.
A Japanese house that gives me vertigo just looking at it, from The
The heaviest glass doors you can imagine, from


Friday Fun: My Favourite Kind of Houses

Just in time for Christmas, it’s only right to show my true colours and admit that, although I like bold architecture in public buildings, I actually dream of living in a Georgian or Queen Anne house. I love the symmetry and uncluttered look of that period. See if you agree with me…

Georgian house in Wiltshire, from Tripadvisor.
Highgrove House, also known as Prince Charles’ residence. From The Fuller View.
A modernised mews cottage, most probably, from House & Garden Magazine UK.
The French are pretty good at this kind of architecture too. From Periwinkleliving on Tumblr.
The Americans have adopted it, of course, in the Colonial Style. From Williamslove.blogspot
Another French version of it from further south in Provence. From

And finally, this is what a (wealthy) Georgian Christmas would have looked like:

From the Jane Austen Centre.

Friday Fun: The Architecture of Hundertwasser

Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser (literally ‘Kingdom of Peace Hundred-Waters’ – a pseudonym, his birth name was Friedrich Stowasser) is famous for his colourful paintings and architectural designs which seem to defy gravity and bring nature indoors. His humanistic approach to building (for instance: ‘everyone should be entitled to a window to lean out of and contemplate the world’, ‘corridors should be like paths through a forest’ and his distaste for the straight-edged ruler and ‘chicken or rabbits in a cage’ approach of functional architecture) is very inspiring. He was a provocateur and a rebel all his life. My parents used to huff and puff with disdain when they saw him being interviewed on TV in my childhood, but I was entranced. You can read more about his achievements on this excellent website. Here are some of my favourite examples of his work.

Block of flats in Darmstadt, from
The Hundertwasser House in Vienna.
Die Gruene Zitadelle housing estate in Magdeburg, from
School in Wittenberg, from


Kuchlbauer Tower at a brewery, from Touropia.
Incineration plant in Japan, from
Ronald McDonald House in Essen, from Touropia.
Spa resort Bad Blumau in Styria, Austria, picture by Anja Fahrig, 2010.
Another aspect of Bad Blumau, from