Five Eye Catching Residential Designs That Are Turning Heads

From hostels to multi-family and single-family dwellings, we look at five of the newest designs pushing the envelope.

By Jeff Vasishta April 12, 2017
Images by Steve Troes Fotodesign via Designboom

C’Mon Everybody Do The Conga!

Luxembourg, a small country with a big role in the European economy, is known for many things—food, hiking, being multilingual. Architecture, until now, has not been one of them. A new multi-family housing complex by architects Metaform is turning heads. The design—angular and metallic—has more panels than a United Nations conference. The 15-unit-building turns conventional multi-family housing on its head. All the units are linked in a conga type fashion that accommodates both the curvature of the lot and the sloping gradient. Green rooftops add some natural elements and stop the design from being too clinical.

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Micro Rooms & Ancient Traditions

Concrete rooms and micro hostels might not be everybody’s idea of comfort but Chinese architect Zhang Ke is a man on a mission, fitting in a hostel into one of Beijing’s ancient hutong neighborhoods. The close quarter rooms project at angles into a central courtyard. The 30-square-meter hostel is part of Ke and his Beijing studio’s SAO/standardachitecture team’s continuing Micro Hutong Renewal project, which aims to highlight the use of these historic courtyards which are gradually being demolished.

Paint It Black

Good luck finding this place on a dark night with faulty streetlights. American studio TakaTina has created a simplistic family home on the outskirts of Tokyo, featuring bright white interiors, in direct contract with the solid black exterior. It was inspired by the client’s previous Brooklyn loft apartment. The property, severe, stark and minimalist from the outside hardly blends in to the local neighborhood, but rather stands defiant and alone.

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“Rejecting the outside scenery while creating an introspective micro-cosmos filled with natural light and wind became the main concept of this house,” said the architects. As if you didn’t know.

The White House Comes To Oxford

Known as the City of Dreaming Spires, residents in Oxford England might wake up and wonder if they’re still dreaming when they see American architect Richard Meier’s first UK project perched on a hill overlooking the countryside. Started in 2007, the project known simply as the Oxford Residence has taken a decade to complete and has just been shortlisted for a RIBA Regional Award. The 82-year old architect was inspired by traditional English manor houses but this modernist structure with its light color and straight lines seems more suited to the Mediterranean.

“Specific to the site of the house and the related buildings, the design seeks to integrate the landscape and views as part of its identity, bringing a natural balance between building and landscape,” said project architect Kevin B Baker.

Stonewall Goes To Seoul

You could be forgiven for wondering if you’re looking at front or back of this building. The entire exterior of the property, known as The Deep House is on a slope. Adding to the confusion are the limestone louvres and boxy windows. giving the property, which was designed by local studio Poly.m.ur to house three generations of the same family, an industrial feel.

The building sits in a scenic preservation in the foothills of the Bukansan mountain. The reason for the angular design is due to the local planning authority’s height restrictions of eight meters. A loophole that meant the height could be increased to 12 meters if the pitch of the roof was angled at a ratio of 1:3. The vertical stone louvres serve a purpose too. They prevent the house from overheating, and also blend in with the natural scenery and make reference to the neighboring tile-covered residences — which may lead their neighbors to ask, “What’s wrong with tiles?”

Jeff Vasishta



Jeff is a writer, husband and father but not necessarily in that order. As a music journalist he counts Prince, Beyonce and Quincy Jones amongst those he’s interviewed. He's also owned and flipped homes in Brooklyn, NJ, CT and PA.
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