From post-modern fantasy to Bauhaus brilliance, don't miss this week's offering of sumptuous abodes from the Barcelona architecture collective
In the Peruvian capital of Lima, in a residential upper-class area, stands a building that boasts the perfect combination of exquisite geometry and 1980s style. Built by American architectural firm Arquitectonica between 1983 and 1985, the Mulder House's playful aesthetic belies a very smart planification, composed of two main axes that divide the space.
This sculptural piece of architecture by Simon Ungers and Tom Kinslow is more than a just big 'T' in the middle of a forest. Commissioned by writer Lawrence Marcelle in the early 90s, the prefab structure contains both a house and a huge library, specially created to hold Marcelle's collection of 10,000 books. Its sublime panoramic views and exceptional location – a mere three-hour drive from New York city – make T House a magical place to read and think.
Casa Vergara, Jose Andrés Vallejo
In his creation of this domed residence in Colombia in 2011, architect Jose Andrés Vallejo employed the superadobe system – a sustainable construction technology developed by Iranian-born American architect Nader Khalili – breathing avant-garde life into ancient techniques. Earth or concrete, tubular bags and barbed wire are the three key building elements of the superadobe, reducing the impact on the environment and allowing for the creation of more flexible and organic architectural structures.
This centenary house, renovated by the young design genius Guillermo Santoma, is an oneiric explosion of colour located next to the mountains of Barcelona. Full of love and singularity in every detail, the tempting design makes you feel like you're living in a timeless dream.
Hagerty House (1938) is one of the most iconic abodes in the world. Not just because of Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer, the two great minds behind the project, but also because it was the first architectural commission Gropius undertook in the United States, becoming a key symbol of his work. Located close to Boston, this summer home for the Hagerty family saw the Bauhaus style given an American spin.