When we think of geometry we are instantly transported back to math class and our distaste at having to learn all the different angles that make up a polygon. However, it may be more useful than we believed back in our youth, serving as inspiration for some of the most awe-inspiring homes around the world.
We’ve rounded up the 5 best geometric homes, using shapes to create sculptural art pieces.
Hidden in the forest, just outside of Madrid, sits a geometric meditation retreat. The two-story Penelas Architects designed residence is made predominantly of glass to take advantage of the beautiful natural surroundings.
Although it has strong lines and an industrial feel, the house has been designed to work with nature rather than against it. It has been creatively built to promote tree growth., allowing them to flourish through the terraces and cantilevers in specially created gaps.
There is a terrace that projects to look over a stunning waterfall. You can then follow a series of staggered steps around the house to reach a relaxing upper level garden.
This three-tiered octagonal home in Mills Valley, San Fransisco is a dimensional masterpiece. Designed and owned by architect Bill Cullen, the residence took inspiration from nature:
“By geometry we trace the beauties of nature. By it we discover how the universe evolved.”
You are welcomed into the home by seemingly levitating steps above a flowing koi pond. This Zen atmosphere is carried through the rest of the design. The three octagonal podiums rise from the ground, topped with rooftop terraces and architectural gardens.
Cullen’s affection for geometry did not stop with the exterior of the home. He etched hexagrams and other mathematical symbols into the living room floor.
Next in the line-up is this ring-shaped lake house. The house has an opening in the centre that reaches up from the ground floor, exposing the sky above.
This sustainable design encapsulates all the rooms within the width of the ring, around an interior courtyard. Within the courtyard there are stairs that take you up to an observation terrace, offering breathtaking views of the lake surrounds.
This sustainable design takes advantage of the sun’s movements throughout the day, achieving even temperature distribution through a roof clad in solar panels. The unique shape of the home reduces wall area and facilitates a communal environment.
This futuristic home in Singapore melds contemporary architecture with geometric lines. It’s known as the ‘Diamond House’ due to its multi-faceted facade made from wood and striking glass panels. The geometrical influence is visible in its impactful first impression, all the way down to the smaller details such as an angular courtyard garden and chrome sculptural elements.
As a perfect complement to the futuristic exterior, the interior takes a minimalist approach to decor. The glass and wood carry through to the materials within the home, optically enlarging the area and allowing streams of natural light.
Resting on the edge of Bukhansun National Park in Seoul, this stunning home is known as the ‘Blooming Origami House’. It’s a polyhedral marvel designed by IROJE KHM Architects. The exterior takes influence from the surrounding mountains, featuring sharp shapes that protrude upwards. From above it looks much like a blooming flower.
Nestled within the home are two interior courtyards. The inhabitants can feel immersed in nature all from the privacy of their own home. Lush trees, plants and grass are featured throughout different parts of the home, making the home a complete oasis.
Author: The Shutters Dept