Living in a modern era, we've seen our fair share of modern houses, which are typically characterised by a minimalist design style. If you’re on a journey to find the great examples of modern houses, we've selected some for you below.
Summit House, the United States
Situated on a hill slope, the Summit House was built in 2011 by Whipple Russell Architects. It's 890 sqm of ultra modernity nestled in nature. The grey and white colours on the facade continue indoors, creating a calm environment through neutral hues.
Inside, the Beverly Hills home features floor-to-ceiling energy-saving glass walls fitted with computer-controlled smart shades, and a bowling alley! As with most contemporary residences, the design is dominated by clean lines and this time, a floating staircase in an open-plan layout for visual connectedness.
Aculco House, Mexico
The Aculco House is fit for those who desire to detach from the perplexity of life, since this countryside house is tucked away northwest of Mexico City and is built on a sloped terrain surrounded by nature. The roof is also sloped, making space for a mezzanine inside this relatively compact house at 90 sqm. A stunning space that maximises views of the beautiful surrounding, this great hideaway house is made of block walls of quarry stone from the area, earthen floors, local timber and glass.
It’s also one of the best samples of modern homes that applies minimalism style enchantingly. Inside is a bedroom, a living and dining area, a small built-in kitchenette and on the opposite side, a couple of leather armchairs facing the fireplace for lounging.
Casa Delta, Brazil
Making our way to Latin America, here’s a modern home and a tropical wonder, Casa Delta. Designed by Bernardes Arquitetura, this sprawling house rises up through its surrounding green forest reserve on the coast near Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Sitting on around 1000 sqm of land, the seaside retreat house has a wooden-clad facade that double as sun shade. A large staircase takes you to the first floor where the common areas are shaded by a canopy that extends to the edge of the pool. The subtle slope of canopy tricks the eye with the swimming pool becoming one with the wide, turquoise ocean.
The house is comprised of five bedrooms on the ground floor all connected to a veranda with breathtaking view.
Fitzroy Park, the United Kingdom
In a landscape of ferns and mature trees, Stanton Williams built a modern and stylish house to replace a 50's house while maintaining its immersion in the green, tranquil atmosphere.
At this Northern London home, dark grey timber walls are juxtaposed with the patina of the limestone-clad facade. A minimal bridge was carefully built around existing greens to connect the old structure with the new, where a double-height living room. Gorgeous chandeliers hang gracefully, adding a rustic flair to the house.
The house relies on natural ventilation and proper insulation achieved by the design. Skylights bring in daylight while sliding glass doors help blur the line between the nature outside and indoors.
The Wall House, Portugal
Planning a modern house like the Wall House might be tricky, but José Guedes Cruz, César Marques, Marco Martinez Marinho of Guedes Cruz Arquitectos accomplished the mission just alright. The Wall House portrays a modern and luxurious architecture, which brings concrete, glass, and water together in an open-box layout incredibly.
Fronted by a concrete facade layered by wood coverings, this over 1,000-sqm castle in Lisbon provides privacy for the residents and protection from strong Atlantic winds. However, the most appealing feature is obviously two glass-bottomed-pool bisecting each other on two different levels.
Sky Garden House, Singapore
Spotted on the Sentosa Island, the Sky Garden House or Meera House resembles one of the best attractions in the country, Gardens by the Bay. The four-storey house has a garden on all levels. What's more exciting is an expansive swimming pool that is visible from the basement inside the house through a large window.
With a 852 sqm area to work with, Guz Architects included large shaded areas in most rooms, saving energy during daylight hours. To help curb Singapore's tropical heat, the design allows the sea breeze to flow inside the house for added ventilation. Connecting the interiors are meandering staircases clad in honey-coloured wood that matches the rest of the house.
St Andrews Beach House, Australia
This 2019 A+ Awards Jury Vote Winner in the Residential-Private House category is packed with character. The Euclidean form residence is located on a remote bush site in Victoria, obtrusively bewitching with timber features on both interior and exterior architecture. The unique design by Austin Maynard Architects features a spiral staircase and railings to escalate the depth of the tiny spaces and allow the occupants to be seamlessly connected between the open-plan social areas on the ground floor and the casual bunk room tucked upstairs.
Modern City Villa, Cape Town
The picturesque residence is nestled in Camps Bay, a place you could find yourself in the poshest holiday resort-styled suburb of Cape Town, South Africa. It displays a large open space allowing natural lighting through the modern house exterior characteristic: large reflective, glass wall. The living room is no less interesting as medium tones furniture mostly incorporate the space, to say nothing of open access to the lounge area that features an infinity pool overlooking the Twelve Apostles mountain range as well as the sparkling Atlantic Ocean.