Located near the shores of Lake Geneva, this distinctive three-floored urban retreat is the Ultima Geneva Grand Villa. Measuring 2,000 square metres, the property boasts an impressive master bedroom with a private terrace, seven more double bedrooms, a home theatre, and a wellness area that includes a sauna, hammam, Jacuzzi, and a well-equipped gym. There is also a huge 10-car garage and a separate villa on the property where guests can enjoy an extended stay. The luxury villa looks out onto rolling views of manicured lawns and a lush green grove. Huge terraces accommodate comfortable outdoor living areas around not one but two outdoor swimming pools.

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On a beautiful green belt conservation area in the UK stands a wonderful 150 square metre lakehouse, created by architects Hamish & Lyons. The team were given the challenge to redevelop three disconnected flood prone outbuildings as add-on living space for the existing house. Emphasis was initially placed on the needs of the homeowners’ five boys, ages 5 to 15, though the final inspiring design magnetises in the whole family. Glass walls openly connect each new space with nature and tranquil waters, as well as uplifting daylight and tactile natural materials. The buildings are lifted high and dry above the swelling lake, which allows the residents to enjoy extended swimming underneath.

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This amazing 640 square metre lakeside guesthouse is a brutalist masterpiece by architects Nikken Sekkei, located in Japan. The concrete house was designed to unfold as a continuous spiral that would reveal more of the changing lakeside view with each step taken. It’s not only the magnificent view that envelops this lake house, but the blissful sound of the rippling water’s edge right up against the home’s deck. Humidity and thermal radiation are carried into the spiral in varying degrees, so that guests can discover atmospheres they find most comfortable. Wide-open panoramas of garden touch interior spaces to build deep connection with nature in all of the guesthouse’s unique living areas.

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