A far-reaching water feature flows through Preston Hollow House, where it washes away the borders between inside and out. The slender stream trickles through the home, interrupted only by terrace walkways and a soothing waterfall beside the entryway, before concluding at a large swimming pool. Designed by Specht Architects, this 8826 square foot home in Dallas, United States, also features a remarkable floating pavilion roof design. The flat canopy appears to levitate weightlessly over the main living spaces and peripheral terraces. Corrugated concrete walls solidly shield the residence from the busy street, making nearby houses imperceivable. Sliding glass panels create open, light-filled rooms with wide views of plant-filled courtyards.

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Beautiful views of Table Mountain, sweeping blue skies and the twinkling city give this fabulous modern home its distinctive essence. Created by architectural firm SAOTA, the luxury family home is located on Signal Hill, Cape Town, below Lion’s Head. This spectacular location has shaped a home design with many windows to take in the majestic panorama. An inverted pyramid roof creates a clerestory window around the upper level, capturing additional views that would have been forgotten. Glimpses of the sun, silvery moon, and bright stars paint a peaceful connection with nature. Living spaces are placed on the top floor to take advantage of the outlook, whilst bedrooms, workspaces, a gym, and cinema make up the remainder of three levels.

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Abstract, linear volumes stack to form a crisp modern 4266 square foot home for a family of five in Bangalore, India. Created by Crest Architects, the unique angular form stands out sharply against a grey, densely populated metropolis. Clean white concrete and rich wood cladding encase a dwelling based upon the ancient architectural science of Vaastu, which embraces the benefits of nature. The interior spaces are simple, spacious and designed around two landscaped courtyards, each with skylights that flood sunlight into the openly interconnected floors of the house. The natural greenery brings a valuable piece of the outdoors inside of the introverted city abode, with trees that draw the eye upward through the impressive void.

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This unconventional apartment design, situated high above the city of Kyiv, Ukraine, features large family oriented spaces that serve multiple functions. Designed by HD m2, each of the two reception rooms contain creative all doing layouts, where family members can come together and hang out, whilst engaging in different activities. We’ll take a look at an open plan kitchen diner and lounge combination that contains a relaxing day bed and hammock window nook, and a separate formal dining room that’s lined with a long laid-back sofa. We’ll keep to the open concept in a master bedroom that melds fully with its ensuite, and a cool kids’ room with a net play loft.

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In the very center of Chelyabinsk, Russia, just a few minutes from Revolution Square, we visit a polished city apartment in the desirable Freedom Tower complex. Visualised by Anova Interior Design, this 114 square metre concept explores a high contrast decor scheme. Light frothy champagne tones are challenged by darker tonal elements that bring warmth and maturity. Modern lighting takes on a huge role within the polished contemporary scheme, creating a magical glow that builds an atmosphere of anticipation. Sleek yet uber comfortable modern furniture adds layer upon layer of luxe throughout the apartment, fashioning a welcoming haven away from the speed of the city.

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