Veiled in the elegant splendour of nature, this beautiful villa is the majestic home of a three-generation family unit. Designed by Nghia-Architect, delicate curtain creepers fall around the edges of lengthy terraces, creating stunning pockets of peaceful privacy. A contrast of cool concrete and warm wood flows from the modern home exterior into contemporary living spaces. Long skylights bring sunlight flooding in to blur the boundaries between interior and outdoor space. Circular light wells perforate concrete overhangs on the veranda to allow trees to push through towards the sky. Floor plans and a video sneak peek of this fabulous family home are included at the end of our tour.

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Negotiating the challenging, sloped terrain, this modern home design in Santa Maria Da Feira, Portugal, is arranged to prioritise beautiful open views and a peaceful connection with the garden. Created by architectural firm Atelier Lopes da Costa, the luxury house is focussed principally toward the south, where it embraces an outdoor swimming pool and an attached sundeck on two sides. The elbow that links the two oblique volumes of the home is a glazed corridor, which bridges the dipped, grassy garden beneath. The south/north-oriented slope of the site produces a false basement, which pockets a cosy TV lounge and covered parking spaces between the support areas.

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Resting gently upon the undulating green terrain of Bragança Paulista in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, this luxury home design respects its locality. Created by architectural firm Yuri Vital, the 693 square metre house was designed as a perfectly linear volume, which drinks in both intimate and far-flung views of the beautiful valley ahead. A board-formed concrete exterior textures the modern home exterior, along with huge expanses of wood-slatted window shutters. Cantilevered volumes float lightly between oblique structural walls at each side of the house. Elegant support columns meet the grassy ground or sink delicately into the water mirror that rounds the front of the property.

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With privileged views over the ria shore in Aveiro, West Portugal, this modern coastal house is designed to accommodate a multigenerational family. Children, parents and grandparents can come together in the connected, social living spaces, whilst also being able to find peaceful seclusion in more private rooms. Created by architectural firm Atelier Lopes da Costa, the house structure is sharp and compact with a pitched roof. Contemporary wood cladding and contrasting white render break up the solid facade to create a more dynamic finish. Protruding balconies on the first floor are light in impact, with clear glass balustrades affixed so that the owners can soak in the tranquil panorama.

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Perched on the hilltops of the town of Nosara in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Charred Timber House absorbs uplifting views of the Pacific Ocean and of a dense green landscape. Designed by Studio Saxe, the 515 square metre family home features an exterior of charred teak wood and black framed windows. Two extended horizontal roof planes provide protection from the natural elements, whilst also promoting a connection with nature by forming wide and welcoming terraces. The outer environment inspires an interior that is decorated with natural wood and dark, matte materials. Living spaces are open plan and airy, with full focus placed on the special views that are pulled in through floor-to-ceiling walls of glass.

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