There are moments when each of us needs some time alone.
Then we close our eyes and get carried away to a secluded corner where nothing breaks the silence except the surf or the rustling of leaves.
10. Dugout house in Texas, USA
Embedded 6.5 feet (2 m) in the ground, this house looks like a simple dugout from the outside. Inside, however, it has everything for a comfortable life, even a small pool in the backyard.
9. Bungalow under pine trees in British Columbia, Canada
Unusual planning and green moss on the roof help this house completely merge into the landscape.
8. Houses on top of a shopping mall in Hunan, China
This shopping mall with houses on its roof is located in a city of 4 million people with little free space. That’s why architectural solutions here are sometimes a bit nonstandard.
7. Canyon mansion in Utah, USA
This house was built in 1986 by a married couple whose dream was to live in a quiet place.
6. Villa Vals in Vals, Switzerland
The reason behind the idea of an underground villa was a local law: the authorities forbade erecting a high building since that would spoil the landscape. That’s why the architect decided to build a house in a cave.
5. Cliff house in Coquimbo, Chile
This submarine-looking house has two levels, one of which is underground.
4. Lake chalet in Hordaland, Norway
The main goal of this project was a full integration with the landscape, and the architects did their best to achieve it.
3. Desert oasis in California, USA
This weird house resembling a heap of dead leaves from afar is located in a Californian desert.
2. The Mirrorcube hotel in Lapland, Sweden
The outer walls of this building are faced with glass and coated with a layer of infrared film so that birds can recognize it as an obstacle.
1. Penthouse in a rock in Beirut, Lebanon
Initially, no one believed in the idea of a house built into a rock, but the project attracted lots of potential investors after a photo of it was put on the Web. It was ultimately taken by a Lebanese real-estate agency.
Bonus: Cliff Retreat project
Despite what your imagination might have told you, this is but a Photoshopped image by VisualizingArchitecture.com’s Alex Hogrefe. In 9 steps, he explains how he crafted the design, paying special attention to the crashing waves and fog.