Paris-based Corpus Studio came up with a design concept which looks resolutely contemporary but yet totally in tune with the timeless beauty of the surrounding countryside.
This petite mountain abode designed by Rapin Saiz is a good example of how great design can turn even the smallest spaces into the most charming homes.
The Norwegians' love for the great outdoors is matched by their fondness for the great rustic cabin. This example in Norway is an unusual showcase of cabin style.
Renovating a derelict farmhouse is not a project for the faint-hearted. It takes real skill and dedication to understand the local vernacular and reinterpret it for contemporary living.
Those who have misgivings about living in bungalows (a principally British affliction) should take a close look at this stunning rural retreat, which showcases the allure of single-floor living beautifully.
The brief for Austin Maynard Architects is to extend and update a Victorian style weatherboard cottage in Melbourne in order to create a modern family home fit for both work and relaxation.
Captain Kelly was a well known mariner and adventurer who made numerous discoveries around Australia and New Zealand in the 19th century.
When asked to design a vacation home at a beautiful location in the Rockies, the team at Skylab Architecture adopted the humble triangle as the key design feature to great effect.
If the greatest trick of the devil is to convince the world that he does not exist, then perhaps the cleverest trick of the architect is to make a building disappear.
This small house by Satoshi Kurosaki is a masterclass on how to maximise light and openness in a hemmed-in urban plot.
Japan has long been a playground for residential architects, who have to be extra creative in order to squeeze the maximum amount of space into restricted plots.
The residents of this house in the Anhui province of China may think of themselves as recluses, but there is no chance of staying out of the spotlight with a home as beautifully harmonious as this.
If cleanliness is next to godliness then simplicity must be the favourite companion of the design gods.
Clerkenwell may now be synonymous with architects and furniture showrooms, but beneath this genteel veneer lies a deep industrial heritage with brewers, jewellers and printers once jostling for space around its narrow streets.
It is a dream of many to have an urban abode surrounded by nature, a circle which is squared beautifully by Melbourne-based Zen Architects.
If architecture is about creating grand design statements, this extraordinary family house in Vienna certainly succeeds in projecting its style and personality.
The shores of Lake Michigan are not part of the prairies, but this distinctive house designed by Desai Chia Architecture and Environment Architects certainly evoke the spirit and grandeur of the great plains.
Container conversions are nothing new, but few are as stylish and luxurious as the ones from Australia-based Contained.
Fantasy homes require architects with imagination and daring, qualities which French architect Cyril Lancelin clearly has in abundance.
Seatle-based architects Olson Kundig is renowned for their designs of palatial residences.
Somewhere in the wilderness of northern Norway an architect's fantasy rural retreat takes shape in the form of a glass and concrete structure as stark and beguiling as the surrounding landscape.
Unlike the rickety and ramshackle nature of most tree houses in the popular imagination, this charming abode in a heavily forested area outside Cape Town follows a rigorously geometric arrangement but still manages to blend perfectly into its woodland surroundings.
Those who have misgivings about living in bungalows are sure to change their minds after seeing the Light Corridor house by Australian architects Figr.
As spring turns slowly into summer, our thoughts drift to lazy days by the water, perhaps with a drink in hand and a barbecue sizzling nearby.
An industrial style building may not appear to be a natural fit for a rainforest location, but this stunning house in Kuala Lumpur by Design Unit architects shows how industrial style features can work in harmony with nature.
White boxes might be a cliche for modernist houses, but when placed against the clear blue skies and emerald waters of the Mediterranean, the appeal of a dazzling white villa is easy to understand.
Nestled in a forest clearing in Sant Cugat del Vallès, north of Barcelona, is a remarkable house which looks sculptural and futuristic in equal measures.
The skiing season might be over, but that doesn't stop us from dreaming about the perfect mountain escape, especially if the chalet in question is as stylish as this.
"Industrial style" conjures up images of loft apartments, exposed brick walls and perhaps a few concrete accessories.
Discerning tourists have long flooded to the Broads, a network of picturesque lakes and waterways in Norfolk and Suffolk.
The desire to leave a mark in the world is part of human nature.
The renowned Treehotel in Sweden has just added the 7th room to its eclectic collection of treehouses.
At first glance this unusual structure in a suburban plot on the outskirts of Madrid looks more like an industrial installation than a family home.
As we freeze our socks off in the frigid northern European winter, our fantasies turn to the sunny shores of Australia with its promises of sun, sand and beautifully designed houses.
After the excesses of Christmas, wouldn't it be great to start the new year in a state of zen?
Fed up with city life? Long for an escape to the rural idyll but can't quite afford a country mansion?
Concrete and wood are great design bedfellows, as this slick and serene house in Bregenz by Dietrich Untertrifaller Architected illustrates.
It is rare to find a contemporary house as in tune with its surrounding landscape as the Haus am Weinberg, designed by architects UNStudio.
Those who fancy a water feature in their backyard should take a closer look at the Newberg Residence designed by Cutler Anderson Architects, winner of the American Institute of Architects 2016 Housing Award for excellence in housing design.
If the greatest trick the architect ever pulled is to make a building disappear, then Kois Associated Architects must be master magicians of the trade.
If your idea of sustainable living conjures up images of ramshackle farmhouses with free roaming pigs and disproportionately large wind turbines you should take a look at this futuristic villa designed by Paul de Ruiter Architects.
Perched on a rocky outcrop on the eastern coast of Taiwan overlooking the Pacific Ocean is a low slung villa which combines a strong masculine design with naturalistic touches which fits in with the landscape perfectly.
The Netherlands is famous for its flowers and also for its great design, so it is perhaps appropriate that Amsterdam-based UNStudio would design a house in the province of North Holland that somewhat resembles a flower.
As summer approaches our thoughts drift towards the sea, with fantasies of lazy days at our own retreat on the beach.
Dutch houses are renowned for their large windows which maximise sunlight in their often deep and narrow interiors and which also reflects the Dutch people's spirit of openness and transparency.
Plywood is often seen as a cheap and cheerful material, beloved of design students and a staple of DIY projects.
They say people who live in glass houses should not throw stones, even though glass used in modern buildings can probably withstand a fair few rocks given advances in material technology.
Container houses are not uncommon but few are as stylish as the RDP House in Pichincha, Ecuador.
The architects at Marc&Co have designed a bijou studio nestled in a sub-tropical garden in Brisbane which shows how to combine the work environment with the great outdoors.
Many houses promise green living but few live up to expectations; the Hillside House just outside San Francisco, designed by SB Architects, is a rare exception.
India is a kaleidoscope of colours, shapes and patterns.