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Rooftop Pools, Melting Façades, Rugged Landscapes: Our Most Popular Projects Of The Year

James Bartolacci James Bartolacci

2013 has been an exceptional year for projects on Architizer. Jumpstarted by the groundbreaking buildings that took home A+ Awards, architects submitted an outpouring of striking and innovative structures, helping them gain exposure for their amazing designs across the world. And 2013 seems to be the year for residential buildings, as our nine out of our ten most popular projects of the year were homes.

Our most popular projects spanned a range of sizes, materials, and forms: from rugged exposed concrete to warm reclaimed wood, from homes on cliff sides to ones in the middle of cities. From these ten projects we see a noted effort by architects to be ever more sensitive of the environments and landscapes in which they design, with rooftops being embraced as a useable, functional space. As 2013 comes to a close, our ten most popular projects of the year has us eagerly anticipating what’s to come in 2014.

10. M4-House by Architect Show co., Ltd, Sasebo, Japan

Rich red cedar grains, sharp black angles, and smooth interior textures come together in a house that evokes the elegance of traditional Japanese design.

9. Villa Amanzi by Original Vision, Phuket

A cliffside setting overlooking the Andaman Sea, projecting cantilevers inspired by modernist design, and oh, that pool! Need we say more?

8. Car Park House by Anonymous Architects, Los Angeles

No, this isn’t a scene from the next James Bond movie, it’s a real house—a cubic concrete form complete with sweeping views of LA-LA-Land and a space to park your Porsche on the roof, of course.

7. From The Knees Of My Nose To The Belly Of My Toes by Alex Chinneck, Margate, UK

A surreal installation that creates a grand brick façade delicately slipping away to reveal a crumbling structure that has stood vacant for 11 years—speaking to the social issues hidden behind Margate’s otherwise opulent architecture.

6. Clear Lake House by MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects, Parry Sound, Canada

MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects’ designed this simple tent-like cabin made of sleek dark-stained wood on the edge of Canada’s Parry Sound. With a sleeping loft created by the roof peak, the Clear Lake House proves you can have a cabin that’s both contemporary and cozy.

5. Daeyang Gallery and House by Steven Holl Architects, Seoul

Steven Holl’s design for a living and gallery space is an experiment based on the “architectonics of music.” What’s most exciting about Holl’s design—which won an A+ Award—is the open-air reflecting pool situated in the center of the plan, of which the rust-color geometric forms seem to elegantly float around.

4. AV House by BAK Arquitectos, Mar Azul, Argentina

Perhaps the AV House’s resounding popularity comes from its simplicity. Made of only concrete and glass, the forested home is composed of horizontal slabs oriented to their surroundings, while its slightly sloped plan assists in rainwater drainage.

3. Dolomitenblick by Plasma Studio, Sesto, Italy

Another A+ Award winner, the futuristic Dolomitenblick apartment building echoes the rugged typography of the alpine Dolomites, and boasts some of the most stellar mountain views in Italy.

2. House In Travessa Do Patrocínio by Luís Rebelo de Andrade, Tiago Rebelo de Andrade, and Manuel Cachão Tojal, Lisbon

Embracing the environmental and aesthetic benefits, the façade of the House in Travessa is cloaked entirely in a living green wall, bring nature to its urban Lisbon neighborhood. And with a slender pool placed covertly on its rooftop deck, we can see why its our second most popular project.

1. The Pierre by Olson Kundig Architects, San Juan Island, Washington

And now, the most popular project of 2013—a rugged home that seems to effortlessly blend into its surrounding rocky landscape on San Juan Island. The Pierre is situated deep into its site, portions of rock outcroppings were excavated, which was crushed into an aggregate for the natural stone floors. With rough materials, a green roof, and a site-specific program, Olson Kundig’s beautiful, organic design was an A+ Award finalist, and your favorite project of the year!