1. Bishop Rock.
This light house is so far from shore that visitors often stayed the night and a caretaker would have lived there permanently.
The light house began construction in 1847 but was swept away by the ocean before it could be completed. It was reconstructed and completed in 1858.
2. Paro Taktsang.
A Buddhist temple built into a Himalayan mountain side, this incredible building, which would have been home to dozens of monks, was built in 1692.
The temple is 3 kilometres above sea level.
3. The Chess Pavilion.
A humble little structure built to honour the view above the clouds, this tiny little building is one of the most difficult to reach.
4. The Holy Trinity Monastery.
This Greek temple has 400 metres of steps carved out of the rock face. Reaching the building means climbing through boulders and mountains, but the location is worth it.
5. Hermitage of San Colombano.
This astounding building was built in 1319 and sits 120 metres high, built into the rock face of a valley. Imagine what the builders went through to get it up there.
6. Stockholm house.
Deep in the forests and mountains of Sweden, this is a beautiful, simple house. If you could stand the cold weather, this would be the ideal place to sit back and take it easy.
7. Drina River House.
Built by leisurely swimmer looking for a place to rest, this amazingly isolated building started from a shack and became increasingly large and detailed.
8. Cliff House.
A steel and glass structure built in the most unlikely place: the side of a cliff. The modern materials makes this sturdy and reliable.
The views from this location are like no other.
5 Inspiring Design Trends for Australian Homes
Small is convenient and stylish
Minimalism is a trend that has taken over home architecture recently. This trend is driven by the current high prices of land pricing and the environmental cost of large homes. Also, the idea of living more simply without compromising quality of life is promoted by minimalism. In accord with this fad architects are needing to factor in the use of space and ease of living when designing homes.
Welcome back nature
The idea of bringing the garden inside the house has come to life in the last few years in forms of rooftop gardens, fern walls and interior design features that celebrate nature. Indoor garden elements bring in a less structured approach to design with a fresh and natural atmosphere.
The trend has been encouraged by largescale projects such as 2009 New York High Line elevated park and the latest Seoul Sky Garden project in South Korea.
Above ground pools
Above ground pools have become common recently in city houses, often around the same size or slightly larger than an inflatable pool. These pools are more design orientated than practical, with the purpose to provide a view of water from the kitchen or living area. They tend to vary in size, with some being big enough to swim laps in while others being only waist-deep in water.
For a long time now kitchens have been designed to be an open space in the centre of the home, with easy access from any room in the house plan. This is changing as more people are taking on the idea of a hidden kitchen called a ‘prep kitchen’. These small tucked away spaces allow for food preparation, necessary appliances and the mess of cleaning up to be hidden from sight. This idea allows for the ‘on display’ kitchen to follow a minimal design and be more of a social area in the house for when having guests.
Energy efficient homes
The ideas of energy efficiency and ecological design have found their way into modern architecture building and design. These homes do not only have a lighter ecological footprint, but they are trendy and in fashion at the moment.