Top Architecture and Design Trends Coming to Life


We all have an idea of what we want our ideal home to look like. In terms interiors, decor, and location, we can usually let our imagination run wild. However, when it comes to breaking the old standards of architecture and creating some of the most innovative homes in the world, we should rely on the pros.

One common theme we find throughout boutique home properties is that they are intricately interesting and display generous amount of character, showing our keen eye for new architecture and design trends. As we begin to see an increase in the use of repurposed materials and more conceptual creations such as floating homes, it is important to notice the rise of such trends and where they ultimately take us. Here are some of our favorites architectural innovations:


Mirror Houses Tyrol, Italy


Surrounded by apple orchards and stunning views of the Tyrolean Dolomites, this dramatic pair of houses inhabits a beautiful landscape just outside the town of Bolzano. Designed by local architect Peter Pichler, the futuristic duo actually blend rather than compete with the natural environment. Closely connected but slightly articulated in height and length, the mirrored exteriors mask the western façades, reflecting the nearby Mendel mountains with graceful curvilinear contours and towering cantilevered roof lines.


Cruz Alba, Melides Portugal


Completed in 2014, this striking home was conceived and designed by architect Manuel Aires Mateus in stunning contrast to the steep and scenic topography of the Alentejo region’s Serra de Grandola valley. Designed as one seamless space, the courtyard and terrace are settled into the hillside around a central terrace that functions as a common area accessible from every room. Strongly characterized interiors and exteriors flow seamlessly throughout creating a bright and open modern habitat that is light, airy and dramatically engaging. A perfect example for architecture and design trends these days.


Glass Cubes, Silves Portugal


A bold and dramatic statement on simple living and design, the architects have created a completely new and inspired approach to vacation style. Created using new and alternative materials, this is a great re-imagination of space and architectural design methods. Developed as a mobile lifestyle concept, it is an imaginative and elegant transformation. With one central glass cube that houses the bedroom, kitchen and dining area, the overall footprint expands seamlessly out beyond the deck and into the gardens and pool areas.


Areias do Seixo, Santa Cruz Portugal


Geometric and bold in structure, this concrete and glass creation is infused with natural light and features an expansive collection of 14 rooms, 1 townhouse, 4 villas green and 1 villa blue, all designed with an inspired and eclectic selection of handpicked decor. Dramatic and elemental, this boutique hotel is one of the finest examples of stylish elegance and architectural excellence along with a deep environmental conscience.
Sea Cabins, Manshausen Island, Norway


Situated at the water’s edge overlooking the spectacular scenery of Norway’s Steigen archipelago, this striking collection of cabins was commissioned by renown Norwegian polar explorer Børge Ousland in partnership with architect Snorre Stinessen. Inspired to design a unique exploration and adventure resort, Ousland purchased the fifty five acre island of Manshausen in 2010 creating a vacation destination and concept that combines the rugged adventure of the arctic and the striking artistry of modern design.


Treetop House, Mal Pais, Costa Rica


Set above the jungle canopy with sweeping 180 degree views of the mountains and the Pacific, this beautiful home is comprised of a trio of “pods” that form a modern and eco-friendly treetop habitat. Designed by Costa Rican architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe the home has been shortlisted for “House of the Year” by World Architecture News, awarded five Costa Rican Binneal awards and has been featured in Inhabitat, Dezeen, Design Boom, World Architecture News and Su Casa Magazine. Architecture and design trends at its best.


Desert Gold, Death Valley, California


Set in splendid isolation, the home was commissioned by the owners and desert aficionados as a unique retreat. Designed by German architect Peter Strzebniok (nottoscale, San Francisco), the partially prefabricated home is a prototype, constructed in sections and brought to the site to be assembled. Comprised of two complete units, the interlocking sections are slightly raised above the earth, forming a geometric installation of clean lines, and energy efficient wood paneling systems designed with dramatic gold color washes.


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