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.
Small can be exquisitely beautiful, as this writer's cottage at the end of a suburban garden shows.
On a quiet residential street in the Japanese city of Utsunomiya sits an unexpected house.
Architectural practice Mima has designed a modular house which is truly at one with nature.
Nestled in the woods outside Austin in Texas, not too far from the Colorado River, is a stunning house remarkable as much for its sculptural presence as for its eco-credentials.
Schoorl may sound like a misspelt educational institution but is in fact a picturesque village nestled amongst the largest sand dunes in the Netherlands.
You may be forgiven for thinking this is a preview of the villain's lair in the next James Bond movie, but this is in fact a family house which boasts remarkable environmental credentials as well as striking good looks.
Nestled in the forests on the outskirts of Mexico City is an extraordinary house that is thoroughly contemporary yet completely at one with nature.
Barn conversions rank high in many people's dream of country living and this remarkable conversion in Kent by architects Liddicoat & Goldhill reminds us why.
In a highly urbanised country like Japan it is a dream of many to be able to live in the countryside.
Should one live by the sea or in the forest?
Japanese architects (and their clients) have a well earned reputation for producing adventurous designs for residential buildings.
This house in Lorne in Australia by Whiting Architects sure makes a bold statement.
Elena Chiavi, Ahmad El Mad and Matteo Goldoni have created a poetic floating pavilion in Valletta, Malta.
This delightful weekend retreat is located in a leafy village in the East Bohemia region of the Czech Republic.
In the Far East, bamboo has been used as a building material for millennia, much praised for its strength, versatility and sustainability.
Regular readers may think we are obsessed with industrial style lofts, but in fact we are also partial to small but perfectly formed abodes.
People often complain about modern houses being little more than sterile white boxes which fail to blend into their surroundings.
The Indemann Watchtower is a 118-foot high robot-shaped viewing platform in the former mining district of Inden in Germany.
This exceptional house in Sonoma, California was designed by WOJR for two artists who use the house as their residence as well as their studios.
The completion of the Millennium bridge in 2000 seems to have kicked off a renaissance of bridge-building across the Thames in London.
As winter advances our thoughts turn to snow and the pleasures of being ensconced in a warm, inviting mountain lodge with picture postcard views.
Vejle is a town at the mouth of the Vejle fjord in Denmark, and jutting out into the fjord from the front of the harbour is this remarkable kayak club designed by Copenhagen-based Force4Architects.
For many people (usually men, admittedly), a car is his most treasured possession.
Regular readers of this blog may accuse us of being obsessed with industrial style loft spaces.