A+ Architecture: These Are the World’s Most Beautiful Modern Residences

These A+Award-winning architects employed stunning details to provide comfort, serenity and inspiration throughout each home.

Nathaniel Bahadursingh Nathaniel Bahadursingh

The results for the 7th Annual A+Awards are in, with both Jury and Popular Choice Winners across a myriad of categories now being celebrated around the globe. This year’s residential finalists were particularly notable for their diversity in location, form and use of materials, but all shared one thing in common: They employed ingenious architectural ideas and stunning details to provide comfort, serenity and inspiration throughout each home.

The Private Residential categories offered an incredible collection of innovative and unique homes at all scales, and gave a glimpse of key design trends in contemporary residential architecture. Multiple winning homes incorporate courtyards with a contemporary twist, while the use of natural materials inside is an ongoing theme among A+Award recipients. Meanwhile, framed views are ever-present, demonstrating the architects’ ability to place the beauty of the surrounding context at the heart of their designs. 

Below, we round up all the winners in the Private Residential categories, showcasing this year’s most cleverly detailed and beautifully constructed houses. This is what great residential architecture looks like today: 

Cloister House by Formwerkz Architects, Johor, Malaysia
2019 A+ Awards Jury Vote Winner in the Residential-Private House (XL >5000 sq ft) category

The Cloister House provides a large, communal space that simultaneously prioritizes privacy and security. Fortified concrete walls enclose the compound, and the spaces for communal living and entertaining are compacted to a third of the plot size. This leaves plenty of space for the back garden, pool, and an annex block which houses the private bedrooms. Courtyards are interspersed throughout the house’s grid-like layout, allowing free and organic living.

Quadrant House by KWK Promes, Poland
2019 A+ Awards Popular Vote Winner in the Residential-Private House (XL >5000 sq ft) category

The design of the Quadrant House was based on the desire for a home that reacts to its environment. The project’s standout feature is a kinetic terrace that was designed to move with the path of the sun. Depending on the season, it regulates the amount of sunlight entering the adjacent spaces, providing desired shade in the summer and allowing for more sunlight during the winter.

Casa La Quinta by PPAA , San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
2019 A+ Awards Jury Vote Winner in the Residential-Private House (L 3000-5000 sq ft) category

Casa La Quinta is a weekend house in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuanto. Functioning along the preexisting built context, there are no divisions or boundaries within the social space and the outdoor area. To work around its insular structure, three voids were repurposed in the form of patios, each with a different character and use.

Stone House in Cáceres by Tuñón Architects, Cáceres, Spain
2019 A+ Awards Popular Vote Winner in the Residential-Private House (L 3000-5000 sq ft) category

Tuñón Architects were A+ Popular Choice Winners for this boxy, stone coated home. It has a simple, square floor plan of 17 meter sides, in which each of the four facades is perforated by three windows that provide views of the exterior landscape. Nine cubic spaces of 4.2 meter sides divide the interior space each serving different domestic uses. The central square houses a gorgeous staircase, and we love the adjacent pool that lies right outside.

St Andrews Beach House by Austin Maynard Architects, Victoria, Australia
2019 A+ Awards Jury Vote Winner in the Residential-Private House (M 1000-3000 sq ft) category

Akin to a club house, the St. Andrew’s Beach House expresses freedom and fun through its unique and playful design. Nestled in a remote, wild bushland within Victoria, Australia, this circular, two-bedroom beach shack is shaped in response to the encompassing views and the simplification of the interior spaces. The cylindrical form means there are no corridors and, thus, no wasted space. A spiral staircase at its central core allows for greater amounts of light and air to permeate the outer spaces, creating an open and relaxed atmosphere.

Pátio do Meco by Fábio Ferreira Neves, Sesimbra, Setubal, Portugal
2019 A+ Awards Popular Vote Winner in the Residential-Private House (M 1000-3000 sq ft) category

Keeping the original identity of a preexisting mid-twentieth century house and barn, Pátio do Meco is defined by a new rebuilt house and an extension composed of minimal and abstract structures. The complex presents a combination of old and new elements that are reflective of the surrounding region, such as the well, roof tiles, shading reeds and original stonework. New constructions are located where old ones once were, promoting links with the area’s original character.

Shell House/The language of forest by Tono Mirai architects, Japan
2019 A+ Awards Jury Vote Winner in the Residential-Private House (S <1000 sq ft) category

Jury winner Shell House/The Language of forest blends seamlessly into its environment having been made with local wood, clay and traditional construction techniques. It is a small villa with an organic, circular shape; one side features a large opening to take in sunlight and heat, while there is an earth wall on the opposite side. Through its material make up and form, the Shell House effectively integrates with the surrounding forest.

Private House “Can Canyís” by Caballero+Colon, Balearic Islands, PM, Spain
2019 A+ Awards Popular Vote Winner in the Residential-Private House (S <1000 sq ft) category

Located on a steep and rocky hillside, Can Canyís looks like a pile of large-scale LEGO bricks. Every interior space in the house features magnificent views on the local bay. The design of the interior plan maintains the sculptural form of the four stacked volumes, while cleverly accommodating the internal spaces and their needed uses. No space is compromised and the exterior form is aesthetically striking from street level.

Oculi House by O’Neill Rose Architects, New York City, NY, United States
2019 A+ Awards Jury Vote Winner in the Residential-Residential Interiors category

Responding to the troubles brownstones face in providing dispersed daylight the ineffective, standard methods used to remedy this, the Oculi House brings daylight into and through the heart of the home. Two elliptical oculi fill the attic space, allowing light to flood down the stairs where it combines with light provided by the foyer and rear openings. The oculi reflect an intersection between digital and handmade, a relationship that is also evident in the stone wall at the kitchen.

Y/A/O Residence by Octane architect & design, Bangkok, Thailand
2019 A+ Awards Popular Vote Winner in the Residential-Residential Interiors category

Given complete freedom over the house’s design, Octane architect and design pursued a style of personal interest, where external walls and their ceilings converge at oblique angles. Rather than simply serving a decorative purpose, this architectural style was pushed further to impact the interior form and function of the space. It has been used to serve different functions in the three main parts of the buildings, allowing unique experiences and perspectives within the house’s varying spaces.

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