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Aleks Jan 24, 2010 8:52 AM

Amazing Homes Thread
Searched, couldn't find one. I think it's time we get a thread for awesome houses. We have them for bridges, skyscrapers, but no homes? Come on you guys!


Like in a dream, live in the most expensive apartment in Dumbo Brooklyn – The infamous “Clocktower” apartment complex is selling its top floor triplex penthouse apartment. ($25 million )

The apartment has a great history of once being a factory, and it is also very unique! Check out these pictures of the “Clocktower” penthouse apartment that were published in the New York Times this week.

more pictures at
could you imagine owning this house? it would be like a dream come true!

photoLith Jan 25, 2010 12:23 AM

That is amazing!!!!!!!

killaviews Jan 25, 2010 3:14 AM

Yeah, that is sick. One of the best Penthouses I ever seen.

LMich Jan 25, 2010 5:13 AM

Is the clock still operational? I do hope they switched its components over to more modern ones, because the sound of the functioning clock would drive me crazy!

jtk1519 Jan 25, 2010 10:21 AM

This has always been one of my favorite homes. It's located in Victoria B.C. and for sale through Sotheby's for around $17.5 million USD.

hammersklavier Jan 25, 2010 2:17 PM

Only homes up for sale?

Because this is the most amazing home of all time!
Sourced mainly from here.

Bedhead Feb 9, 2010 10:26 PM

:previous: Looks like you stopped everyone in their tracks with that one, Hammersklavier!

If I could choose any house I've every seen to live in, it would be Vaux le Vicomte in France. Saw it on a school trip 21 years ago, still remember it vividly:
Julien Valle, L'Internaute
Eric Pouhier, Wikipedia
Panoramas, Flikr

M.K. Feb 9, 2010 11:13 PM

I ever wished a house like those, but the clock penthouse is really incredible for the through clock around. link link

Instead of using hood in this salloon i would prefer a 'porcelanato ceramic very big shinning white plates' all over. I don't like much hood inside a house. Just for some very old objects like a Lamp or old Clock for contrast, nothing more. Even if has few doors, could be in hard plastic white or alumninum. Hood brings much insects and do not hold good for ever.

Aleks Feb 9, 2010 11:28 PM

im not gonna lie, i think falling water is amazing, but its not incredible imo. from the outside its beautiful, but from the inside it does nothing for me.

rockyi Feb 10, 2010 12:02 AM


Originally Posted by Aleks (Post 4690681)
im not gonna lie, i think falling water is amazing, but its not incredible imo. from the outside its beautiful, but from the inside it does nothing for me.

I don't care for much of FLW's later interiors.

uaarkson Feb 10, 2010 12:58 AM

I can't think of anywhere I'd rather live than a penthouse in New York.

Aleks Aug 13, 2010 8:03 AM

La Baronia House
dRN Arquitectos
Quinteros, Chile


Aleks Aug 13, 2010 8:13 AM

The Fish House

The Fish House, located in Singapore, was designed by Guz Architects to feel at one with nature. The luxurious home features natural ventilation for Singapore’s hot and humid climate, a green roof with thin bendable photovoltaic panels that supply energy to the whole house, and large windows. The undulation of the curved roof mimics the ocean waves.


muppet Aug 13, 2010 3:30 PM


me I just want a little cottage somewhere urban.

A London mews house would be ideal - secret cobbled lanes, former stables, stoop to get in the door. 2 bedrooms, pricetag $12 million:,,,

SkyscrapersOfNewYork Aug 13, 2010 3:43 PM


Originally Posted by Aleks (Post 4945874)

i want this!!!! whats the price tag????

theWatusi Aug 13, 2010 4:04 PM

I don't care at all for Falling Water. This is more my style:

"The Breakers" Vanderbilt's Summer *Cottage*
source: wikipedia

spyguy Aug 13, 2010 6:26 PM

My dream home would be Norman Foster's villa on the Côte d'Azur:
Look at that view :slob:

All photos from Architectural Digest.

amor de cosmos Aug 13, 2010 8:42 PM

^ noice (as they say in Australia) here's the view from Hearst Castle:

...I thought it was farther inland. I read that it's about 8km from the ocean, but that must be 8km along a long windy road up into the hills.

The North One Aug 13, 2010 9:59 PM

OH MO GOSH!!!!!! :slob: :slob: :slob: :slob:

the home that the OP posted is AMAZING!!!!!!!! I would kill to live there (not really) but its still amazing!

The North One Aug 13, 2010 10:03 PM

ummmm, no offense but, i dont think i would ever want to live in falling water, its not that impressive and it looks extremely dated:yuck:

amor de cosmos Aug 16, 2010 4:14 AM


Never Never Land House by Andrés Jaque.
August 16th, 2010

Spanish architect Andrés Jaque has completed this house on a sloping site in Ibiza with a jumble of cascading terraces supported on stilts.

a few more pics here

M.K. Aug 16, 2010 12:10 PM

^this seems an industrial confusing house and maybe cold or shadowed in some way with those unuseble spaces, but in other hand, simple constructed, clean with materials, cheap and because this very interesting in other hand. Only this yellow does not fit in windows, but i could survive in it, even when maintanance seems very expensive for an easy going house with for good just few objects of furniture inside. At least an advantage not having those many objects inside barrock, neo-classic things of furniture like many carpets to be cleaned. So this minimum i liked, very functional to the daily use, but could be better, more comfortable inside like the marvellous inside appearance of Norman Foster house, even when i didn't liked the outside and the too deep place where is positioned without an infinity swimming pool in front. From Norman Foster house i like only the #2 and #3 photos showing the interior, the rest not. Too difficult anyway to get the coast without a panoramic elevator. Where the pool is on roof, imo should be the covered garage for maybe 4 cars on top of it.

amor de cosmos Aug 17, 2010 12:45 AM

how about this one

brickell Aug 17, 2010 1:16 PM

How long will it take for that thing to be covered in graffiti? I'd argue that's exactly the kind of building that deserves it for putting blank walls like that towards your neighbors.

M.K. Aug 17, 2010 6:07 PM

I in other hand think was a lovely house, very minimal of things to clean, practice to live good, very illuminated, modern etc. and etceteras. I would just prefer the chairs in kitchen with rollers, btw, i would buy office leather white arm comfortable chairs instead, to avoid risks on floor and sincerely pushing all time to go lunch and dinner sucks a while this heavy movement. And i would paint all outside of concrete in white oil painting against graffitti, insects, spiders, water infiltrations. Put lot of cameras registrating the vandalismus to call immediately police to have the drunk guys and girls punished, sending the bill cost of/to repair if happened and with maybe a 2m wall around for my privacy. But the rest is wonderfully ok. I love lab houses. So this is lovelly size, not too big, not too small some 200m² are already perfect for 2/3 rooms, 1 office, 1 salloon, kitchen and 2 baths, garage for 4 cars with lot of space, one of them my oldtimer Rolls-Royce Wraith for some Sunday rides, a small garden with palms, flowers, cactus and white stones, not too much to not pay much with gardening guys and security companies and a small hot tube jacuzzi pool water >25°C <35°C for barbicue, a marble table and sunshade together ontop with a small bar and the all a nice life of tranquility after the shit noisy and confusions in city are to relay a bit at night sundown or looking the stars'constellations, surely not in the neighborhood it is, but maybe the land prices are cheaper there. In this case pool has to be ontop and on front wall i would open big glass curtin windows with reflection mirrored glasses avoiding eyes intrusion. Beautiful Brutalist style house imo !!! And most important not at all expensive to construct, because is very simple and out of complicated decisions at all. ;) Dreams are personal dreams and no neighborhooder has to do a business to. No people there paid or helped with the costs, so own person privacy must be respected. If the law allow it there, so what's wrong, better than all similarities you see street per street down all around. This is just simple, good, modern, very clean, enough for a good relax at home, nice and cheap to mantain, so unique ! I am comfortable if had many here to watch and appreciate instead all those pointed roofs like of concept it is known as 'house' ->

Flamesrule Aug 17, 2010 10:38 PM

Wow, these are some wonderfully architectural designs of houses.

amor de cosmos Aug 18, 2010 4:13 PM

I've seen this one before but didn't know anything about it:


Constructed between two giant stones and linked with a concrete mix, the house is rumored to be inspired by the popular American Flintstones cartoon. Although quite unusual, the prehistoric-looking residence does feature some traditional components such as windows, a front door, and even a shingled roof. As you might expect, the house’s design attracts thousands of tourists each year.

RLS_rls Aug 19, 2010 2:06 AM

^That. Is. So. Cool.

Capsule F Aug 19, 2010 3:35 AM


Originally Posted by The North One (Post 4946532)
ummmm, no offense but, i dont think i would ever want to live in falling water, its not that impressive and it looks extremely dated:yuck:

I absolutely love Falling Water, I think it has the most beautiful natural settings, impressive engineering, classic awesome design, and I actually love the interior. It is stuck in a time I want to be in. It looks like the most relaxing place in the world.

KevinFromTexas Aug 19, 2010 6:13 AM

Falling Water for sure. It seems like it would be extremely relaxing. Basically, I love any home that brings the outdoors in. I love looking out a window and seeing a wall of green from the trees. I'm not real big on modern though. Some of it is too boxy and sterile. Warm and organic is better.

M.K. Aug 19, 2010 6:41 PM

I like also Water falls, passing through the entire house, but with small steps, to not disturb, otherwise is too constant noisy. Actually if some kind of small falling many steps water going like inside the house after small lake at the sitting room with white stones and some colored fishes among small bushes of bonzai stuff, why not, it could be the best sinergy with organized nature to relax and the fishes would not think beeing in a glass prison box. But of course the room must be big enough with some marble or clear ceramic floor. To step on without problems a kind of same level of glass covering the 'river' would keep the visual interface not disturbing our steps.

amor de cosmos Aug 19, 2010 7:26 PM

how about this one :D


Minimalist House / Shinichi Ogawa & Associates
Architects: Shinichi Ogawa & Associates / Urbanist Architect
Location: Okinawa, Japan
Site area: 211.59 sqm
Building area: 102.22 sqm
Total floor area: 102.22 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Shinichi Ogawa & Associates

M.K. Aug 19, 2010 7:30 PM

just miss the WC and Refrigerator, but for someone who is a traveller Business man, single to date a lot in girls' parents places and travel at least 85% of time, i think this minimal fits a lot. A new interpretation of container house. Why so much 'garden' then? For a motel seems ok.

amor de cosmos Aug 20, 2010 4:20 AM

more spam ;)


BL House / Studio Guilherme Torres
Architects: Studio Guilherme Torres
Location: Londrina, Brazil
Client: BL
Floor Area: 485 sqm
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Beto Consorte

M.K. Aug 20, 2010 12:00 PM

Those 60ies modernist houses are pretty common in Brazil in every city... Nothing much special on her. Try to find those Origami houses in Japan, they are nice. Even the house behind us here is in this direction... I don't like the revestiment finish of hood instead, would prefer Stainless Steel or even chromed panels with glass... but then my personal taste only.

Tony Aug 20, 2010 1:58 PM

I don't like to be secluded too much or out in the country so for me the one that really appeals the most is the Clock Tower loft. Second might be one of those coach houses in London, but I'd need to see the interiors.

But I do like some of the elements found in the Victoria B.C. home and Foster's villa.

Not a fan of the museum / grand hotel chateaus, wth are you suppose to do in a place like that other than play classical music and read all day?

HooverDam Aug 21, 2010 9:18 AM

Im not sure if its "amazing" but Ive always liked the Xeros Residence in the Sunnyslope neighborhood here in Phoenix. Its a neighborhood thats got a lot of wear and tear but does have potential, so Im glad such an interesting home was built there, its become something of a neighborhood landmark.

amor de cosmos Aug 21, 2010 4:27 PM

looks good to me :tup:

huggkruka Aug 22, 2010 5:32 PM

One of my favourite new houses, and one of the candidates of "Best house" in AR. "Love House" in Japan, home to one man and his bunny. Something like 30 square meters, no windows.
(Too small to make out are "rabbit way" and "rabbit space" on the ground floor)

Pics from and

I can't seem to find the cross section on the net, it has the rabbit drawn in!

photoLith Aug 22, 2010 6:08 PM

I personally think this is an amazing home, the Skinny House in Boston built in the late 1860s is supposedly the narrowest house in Boston.

HooverDam Aug 23, 2010 8:37 AM

^Wow both of those last two would be a gigantic pain to move in or out of!

Aleks Aug 24, 2010 2:22 AM

Douglass House
Richard Meier


The North One Aug 24, 2010 3:44 AM


Originally Posted by RLS_rls (Post 4952247)
^That. Is. So. Cool.

more like soooooo fugly, that home does not belong here.

Austinlee Aug 24, 2010 6:17 AM

Located in the borough of Bell Acres 20 miles northwest of downtown Pittsburgh is this gem at 137 BEECH RIDGE DR SEWICKLEY, PA 15143.

Constructed between 2001 - 2003, this 3 story home features 39,146 sq ft of finished living space. 12 bedrooms, 21 bathrooms (13 full, 8 half), 22 fireplaces & a 15 car garage. Marble was imported from all over the world in its construction.

The owner is a real estate developer in his 50's in the fast growing North Hills suburbs of Pittsburgh.

Statistics taken straight from the Allegheny County assessment website:
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Nouvellecosse Aug 24, 2010 12:09 PM

^ Looks more like a hotel or resort. Why would someone want to build a single home that big? Unless they have a really huge family. lol

brickell Aug 24, 2010 2:03 PM

Because their penis is metaphorically bigger than yours. They want to make sure every one on the block knows it.

navyweaxguy Aug 24, 2010 3:56 PM

^ eh I don't see any difference in building a $100 Million dollar house or buying a $100 Million dollar condo. To each his/her own.

If I had unlimited resources I would probably make up some kind of crazy house too.

This is an awesome thread, keep them coming!

theWatusi Aug 24, 2010 4:12 PM

PA Pride: I'm surprised the taxes on that house are "only" $18k. Around here, taxes on a house like that would be upwards of $100k/yr

amor de cosmos Aug 24, 2010 5:08 PM

the biggest private residence in the UK:
Video Link

more vids

M.K. Aug 24, 2010 6:50 PM


Originally Posted by Nouvellecosse (Post 4957814)
^ Looks more like a hotel or resort. Why would someone want to build a single home that big? Unless they have a really huge family. lol

Probably the owner still think it is not enough comparing how much zeros in the bank accounts are, but the owner prefered to be shy in neighborhood not to be comparable to what kings did the same to Palaces like Versailles, Ludwig to Neuschwanstein and many other impressive much more bigger castles around the world. Einstein explain: Everything is a relative question. If you had $ 1³ billion in your account and getting each day millions more, you really would not know to do, how to invest, even not knowing that a coke for you would be only some $ 3 because your references would be much higher and you would really not caring if your bills improve to some $ 10 thousand for each lunch somewhere in world that most of things would be only some cents. Of course i don't feel myself necessary comfortable in this palace, how big it is, but everbody is free to decide the privacy for eachself, if not disturbing the others and in 'laws'.

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