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Somewhere I Would Like to Live

The brilliant architecture collective reveals their fortnightly selection of enviable abodes

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Sunnylands, A. Quincy JonesPhotography by Julius Shulman and Juergen Nogai

Sunnylands
This magical estate in Rancho Mirage, California, bears the signature of one of the most important architects in the world, A. Quincy Jones. Built as a winter retreat for the publisher and philanthropist Walter Annenberg and his wife, Sunnylands is an architectural jewel and, unsurprisingly, it has become a popular meeting spot for politicians, tycoons and other powerful guests from around the world.

Agustín Hernández Navarro House and Studio
Hidden in the woods of Las Lomas colony, close to Mexico city, is the amazing house and studio of Latin American architect Agustín Hernández Navarro. Adapted to the topographic characteristics of the land, the geometric shapes and the perfect design coexist with the natural environment, inspired by the physical structure of the surrounding trees.

La Muralla Roja
Situated in Calpe, a small seaside village in Spain, this masterpiece by Ricardo Bofill is an ode to constructivism. By combining the architectural legacy of Arabia with the geometric planification of classical Greece, Bofill created a breathtaking building where space seems to defy the impossible.

Arcosanti
When architecture merges with utopian ideals, places like Arcosanti are born. This experimental town, located high in the Arizona desert, is the brainchild of Paolo Soleri, its aim to create a harmonious society based on the concept of arcology (a vision of architectural design principles for very densely populated habitats).

Casa no Butantã
Winner of the Pritzker Award in 2006, Brazil's Paulo Mendes da Rocha is one of the most important urbanist architects of the modern age. His rational conception of space is typified by the Casa no Butantã– a building composed of two residences that he designed with João de Gennaro in 1964. The pure concrete volumes emerge from the natural habitat in which they are embedded, allowing light to permeate the vast glazing installations.

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