Home is where the heart is, and it helps if you have a grand vision and a huge cheque to pull off stunningly beautiful home designs. These people did, and came out with some of the most inspiringly beautiful homes in the world:
1. Ridiculous Luxury
Location: Altamout Road, Cumballa Hill, South Mumbai, India
Owner: Mukesh Ambani
Point of pride: Most expensive home in the world
Known as the ‘first billion-dollar home’ and costing twice as much, the Antilla in Mumbai was inspired by the luxurious Asian-themed Mandarin Oriental hotel in New York. Nita Ambani, wife of the owner Mukesh Ambani, was said to have been so impressed by her stay in the hotel that she wanted to live in a residence just as grand.
The Antilla is 27-story tall and features unique fixtures and pricey fittings that resulted in a USD 2 billion bill, mostly to architectural firm Perkins & Will and international hospitality designers Hirsch Bedner Associates of, among other projects, D.C Trump hotel fame.
2. The Minimalist Metal Box
Location: Schuytgraaf, Arnhem, Netherlands
Owner: Unspecified single family
Point of pride: Its elegant minimalist-yet-striking design
If opulence isn’t your thing, try out this modern, rectangular spectacle. Built with an imposing black-and-grey metal exterior and contrasted with an airy white, wooden interior, this home was built by Danish firm Boetzkes | Helder for a client who wished for a modern house with a loft-like living space.
The exterior also features unique colour-changing expanded metal sheets that gleam beautifully in different lighting.
3. The Nature Retreat
Location: Mill Run, Pennsylvania, USA.
Owner: Originally of Edgar J. Kaufmann Sr. and wife Liliane Kaufmann’s family, for use as a weekend home. Currently maintained by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
Point of pride: American National Historic Landmark; and it’s built over a natural waterfall!
Recognised by Time Magazine as famed American designer Frank Lloyd Wright’s ‘most beautiful job’, the Fallingwater was built in 1935 over a waterfall in rural Pennsylvania. So evocative and impactful was this stunning piece of architecture that it was designated a house National Historic Landmark in 1966. Adjusted for inflation as of 2017, the house would have cost USD 2.7 million to build and USD 15.9 million to restore.
Fallingwater’s marvel and beauty come from its strategic, organic design that deftly and harmoniously integrates architecture and nature – from the seamless melding of glass and rock to the incorporation of a natural water and earth features within the living area. The home was, after all, built as a retreat for its owners to escape the hustle and bustle of urban life surrounded by the natural world.
4. The Urban Rainforest
Location: Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Owner: Leong Yew Kooi and Lau Pei Yan
Point of pride: An urban oasis among regular Malaysian bungalows
For something a little closer to home, look no further than this urban rainforest tucked away among the affluent neighbourhood of Damansara. Developed and designed in 2010 as a private urban residence of one Mr. Leong Yew Kooi and wife Lau Pei Yan, Cocoon 17 reminiscent of the ‘kampung’ house, blending nature with architecture with minimal scarring of the Earth.
The living space is insulated by local flora – palms, fruit trees, and other Malaysian rainforest staples – while remaining luxuriously modern and airy. It features an energy-efficient glass-and-steel design incorporating various water features, avenues for natural lighting and ventilation, and minimal disturbance to flora and fauna, providing a true oasis in the heart of and urban jungle.
5. The High-Flying Luxury
Location: Jalan Sultan Ismail, Laman Sentral Berjaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Owner: You can buy a unit, or fork out RM 10,000 a month for a rental
Point of pride: Luxury and prestige in the heart of KL
Property is all about location, and among the most scenic and desirable in Malaysia are ones that overlook the iconic Petronas Twin Towers in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Located a brisk walk away from the towers – and other businesses, amenities, and luxury shopping outlets – is the Ritz-Carlton Residences. With a going price of nearly RM 3 million for a 1, 163 square feet unit, the condo boasts elegance, prestige, and privilege – things you can expect from a residence serviced by international luxury hoteliers.
The property was developed by the Berjaya Corporation Berhad together with contractor VINCI and architects DPA Amenities include quality designer fittings and appliance, private lifts for residences, a fitness centre and spa, and a Sky Lobby featuring an outdoor garden and pool. The view of the Twin Towers at night is an added plus.
A beautiful house can be a forest retreat, an opulent megamansion, or a quant metal box. What makes it truly home is your personal touch. Have a fantastic vision to build your perfect residence? Get in touch with a renovation experts on Kaodim to help fulfill your dream today!