Somewhere I Would Like to Live

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A cave-like sauna and a Brutalist cemetery take centre stage in this week's off-beat selection of enviable abodes

Concrete House, by Wespi de Meuron
Situated on a steep slope in St'Abbondio in Switzerland, Wespi de Meuron's Concrete House is somewhat chameleonic in nature – a strong and heavy structure which somehow sits gently in its surrounding environment. The building's floor-to-ceiling windows and its irregular position allows light to flood into the house, adding a sculptural element to its geometric external shape.

Grotto Sauna by Partisan Projects
It's obviously not ideal as a year-round habitat, but who wouldn't jump at the opportunity to spend some quality time in a sauna like this one? Dubbed Grotto Sauna, and built by Toronto-based architecture firm Partisans, this waterside cave, rendered in cedar wood, sits perched on the edge of an island in Georgian Bay, Ontario and boasts the perfect blend of traditional and contemporary techniques.

Casa Na by Shuji Hisada Studio
A small farming village in Japan's Shiga Prefecture frames this pure exercise in architecture by Shuji Hisada Studio. The residence was designed for a young, middle-class family looking to create one harmonious space, rather than forging a home out of many separate sections. The attention to detail in the wood finish unifies the rooms, accentuating and the clean lines of the interior and creating a peaceful and cosy atmosphere.

Brion Cemetery by Carlo Scarpa
The Brion Cemetery, located in San Vito d'Altivole near Treviso, Italy, was first conceived by Onorina Tomasi Brion, the widow of the founder of the Brionvega, as a final resting place for her husband and their future descendants. A Brutalist temple to the afterlife, it was built over the course of ten years by architect Carlo Scarpa as an extension of the municipal cemetery.

Nitze IT HOUSE by Taalman Koch
The IT HOUSE is a customisable modular system created by Taalman Koch to change the archetypal notion of what a building should be. This one, located in California, is part of a large network of modular abodes and demonstrates another fine example of sustainable architecture.