If you’re dreaming about moving into – or building – a new home, why settle for the same cookie-cutter architecture that you’ve seen time and time again? How about getting inspired by our 5 picks for homes with breathtaking architecture. These residences stand apart from the rest thanks to creative aesthetics and unique ways in which they blend with their surrounding properties.

1. King Residence by JFAK

Located in sunny Santa Monica, California, it’s only logical that the King residence should have an exterior that is as bright and fresh as its neighborhood. Its sweeping, angular outer walls show off planks of alternating white and crisp chartreuse. A large porch, yard, and span of windows face the street, welcoming interaction from the tight-knit community all around. See more of this casually cool home here.

2. Altamira Residence by Marmol Radziner

Another California stunner, the Altamira home is a remarkable blend of contemporary design and organic inspiration. Designed to fit in seamlessly with the earth around it, the home features walls, paths, and other structures rising out of the land. Its stony exterior is complemented by an interior full of natural wood and rock textures. View more photos and details here.

3. The Brain by Olson Kundig Architects

The most contemplative of minds can find a place for focus in this Pacific Northwest retreat. The Seattle, WA home is immersed in lush greenery, which is contrasted by its statuesque concrete block structure. Floor-to-ceiling windows and a mezzanine allow for plenty of light and a view of the forest. The interior features unique industrial elements, including a fireman’s slide pole for a quick and fun downstairs transition. Want to see more? Go here.

4. Lion’s Bay by Wiedmann Architectural Design

Created by Vancouver’s own Wiedmann Architectural Design, the Lion’s Bay home is a great example of how you can get a streamlined, contemporary design without getting too boxy. The attractive exterior flaunts glossy wood and charcoal-colored columns, while the interior hosts many relaxing luxuries, such as an indoor-outdoor pond. Get a glimpse of the rest of this home’s design here.

5. Emerald Lodge by Living Radius

With all of the sprawling wilderness that British Columbia has to offer, it would be unthinkable for us not to mention a cabin-style home. Another Vancouver architect, Living Radius, has found a way to make classic cabin life absolutely luxe. Rich wood columns hold up a glass-walled terrace, which provides a stunning mountain view. Its interior open planning makes it even more spacious, mirroring the freedom of the great outdoors. Go here to see even more of this local beauty.


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