A fusion of modern and Andalusian architectural influence comes together to create this pristine Mediterranean villa, which is surrounded by a lush green landscape. Created by AMES Arquitectos, Villa Victoria is highly finished to offer its residents an enviable lifestyle. Airy vaulted ceilings, a plethora of indoor and outdoor water features, a picturesque courtyard and manicured gardens add to the peaceful ambience of the modern home. Whilst rustic stone walls shape the home exterior, the interior is a smooth scene of white rendered walls, contemporary furniture pieces and chic decor accents. An open plan living space and games room proves perfect for entertaining guests, whilst bedroom suites are secluded and serene.

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Time for something a little different. Unique architecture leads to unique experiences, and whilst material possessions come and go, it’s the special moments in life that we recall most fondly. This inspiring collection of six incredible feats of architectural design, visualised by Thilina Liyanage, stand like huge pieces of art in the landscape that one can enter, inhabit, and fall in love with. Come travelling with us to experience an extraordinary beach bar that swims through the sands, a majestic safari observation deck inspired by the animals, a striking cabana, a sensational hotel with a futuristic feel, a peaceful set of coastal villas and a magical lakeside eco lodge.

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Ventilation is key in super hot climates, which is exactly why the perforated cobogo block was dreamed into existence back in the 1920s. Based on wooden muxarabis, these are an inheritance of Arab culture, and so make a poetic twist in this monolithic elevation redesign in Funaitees, Kuwait. Created by Bab.nimnim Design Studio, the 400 square metre Cobogo house contains a luxurious interior, with an uplifting range of accent colours and modern art. The construction openings throw beautiful light play over a myriad of unique area rugs and double height crisp white walls, whilst the open interior spaces enjoy a second layer of privacy behind added screens.

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Approximately 5600 square metres of land in Bandung, Indonesia, became the build site for this luxury family home. Architectural firm Andramatin, known for their clean and modern approach to architecture, designed the IH Residence in solid volumes of raw concrete and vast plains of glass. A huge structure with abundant functions was realised, whilst the vastness of the landscape was retained. It follows the nature of the elongated and sloping site with a long indented footprint, centrally positioned to facilitate cross-ventilation from the town’s cool and crisp climate. Plentiful terraces, balconies, and wide pools around the perimeter bring balance to the building’s dominating mass.

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Brutalist architecture has come a long way since its original peak back in the late 1950s to 60s. Back then, institutional buildings and social housing projects projected a cold and austere nature that became associated with totalitarianism by the late 1970s, and so fell out of favour. Now we’re seeing an exciting comeback of reinforced concrete and steel exteriors, cast in modular volumes to build great hulking triumphs and unique private residences. Brutalism (coined from a play on the French ‘béton brut’, meaning ‘raw concrete’) is graphic, geometric, and toys with the negative space, all of which make it incredibly appealing to the minimalist mindset of today.

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