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The Weekend Series: house porn – you know you want to look

The Weekend Series: house porn – you know you want to look

With all the talk of declining housing affordability and how we’d be able to own the house of our dreams if we just stopped eating smashed avocado, this story might be like rubbing salt on open wound. While we are inclined to agree, we choose to sprinkle like salt bae and deal with our increasing house envy the only way we know how – by spending hours looking at some of the world’s most beautiful homes. There are thousands of architecturally stunning homes all over the world, but we’ve picked five of our most lust-worthy properties that have us contemplating entering the lottery every week.


Cave House, Spain
This architectural marvel is located in the foothills of Sierra Morena on the fringes of the Spanish town of Córdoba. The foundations of this structure were originally built as a shelter for livestock, but have been fleshed out with a few extra walls and concrete flooring, using the rocky outcrops as natural walls. The brown of the stone is offset by bright and clean white tones, complemented by marble flooring, glass openings and handcrafted wooden furniture.
Image: David Vico

twe-sv-houseSV House, Italy
Overlooking a valley on the coast of the Orobic Alps in Italy, the SV House is a Rocco Borromini-designed abode that has been constructed on the remains of a rustic house. Boasting unbeatable views from its western-facing windows, the structure is also remarkable for its simple design. Two stone walls are connected by a reinforced concrete slab, while the second floor, roof and façade are made from brushed larch wood. The space is divided into a ground-floor kitchen and first place area, a first floor bedroom and bathroom and an impressive master bedroom on the upper level.
Image: Marcello Mariana

twe-sirdalen-houseSirdalen House, Norway
We sure do love our mountainous hideaways. The Sirdalen House in Norway has been partially built into the mountain on which it sits, offering stunning views of winter vistas from the house’s front-facing floor-to-ceiling windows. Constructed from sturdy concrete, the house manages to convey warmth with smooth yellow lighting and wooden furnishings, and boasts two living rooms, two bedrooms, kitchen, dining room, garage and a sauna (!). If you can stand a bit of cold, the Sirdalen House would make for a magical winter getaway.
Image: Lise Bjelland

twe-floating-houseFloating Farmhouse, USA
This simply enchanting abode was originally a 200-year-old farmhouse, which has been refurbished by self-taught architectural designer Tom Givone. Situated on the western edge of the Catskill Mountains, the 19th-century homestead has been given a new lease on life thanks to Tom’s methodical labour, which has resulted in the building being given a new wing, semitransparent façade that matches the original 1820s farmhouse roof, kitchen, custom woodwork constructed from pine trees found on the property and a porch that is cantilevered over a stream that runs through the property.
Image: Mark Mahoney

Queenstown River House, New Zealand
A little bit closer to home is this uber-chic house designed by Kerr Ritchie architects. The Queenstown River House holds prime position on one of the few waterfront locations on the banks of the Shotover River. Built with quality and sustainability in mind, the Queenstown River House has been designed to make the most of the stunning views while also incorporating the best mod-cons available. The interior features oak flooring, tongue and grove ceilings and bespoke joinery, spread across dual master bedrooms, TV rooms and designer kitchen.



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