Top 10 houses of 2018

As the year draws to a close we revisit the best projects that have come across our desks in last 12 months. Kickstarting our Best of 2018 series, we reveal our pick of the top houses of the year.

The Glass House by OFIS Arhitekti

Glass and mirror aren't typically the most dersert-appropriate material choices. OFIS built the prototype for a glass manufacturer seeking to test out the structural and thermal capibilities of its product. The windy, hot conditions of the Gorafe desert in Andalucia, Spain, are the testbed for the performance of triple glazed that offer 360° views of its surroundings. 

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Casa Plana by MK27

Never neglecting to capitalise on the "fifth facade", MK27 installed solar panels, skylights and a lawn on the broad flat roof for this house it designed in Porto Feliz, Brazil, making it a continuation of the property's landscaping. 

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Yuyao Treewow Tribe by Monoarchi

Traditional bamboo construction techniques are given a contemporary form for this tiny house with an undulating roof in a bamboo forest in China's Zhejiang Province. 

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Swiss House Rossa by Davide Macullo and Daniel Buren

A billboard for contemporary colour trends, this collaboration between the artist Daniel Buren and Davide Macullo sees the wavey walls of this house in Lugano, Switzerland, acts as a "living sculpture" with a two-toned facade of Millennial pink and Neo mint.

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House in a Garden by Gianni Botsford Architects

A giant copper hood descends over this landlocked house in London's Notting Hill neighbourhood, disguising activities in the glazed living space, and belying the subterranean layers below that host a swimming pool and bedrooms. 

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Takuru House by Jose Cubilla

Red vaulted roofs are made from earth excavated from the site of this Paraguayan home, where 85% of the materials were sourced directly from the plot in a bid to keep costs and the impact on the environment to a minimum. 

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House A by Whispering Smith

The clean lines and simplicity of material palette offer a welcome respite from the bombardment of everyday life to architect, Kate Fitzgerald. Concrete, tiles, luxurious textiles are combined to create a utilitarian yet comforting enviroment. 

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Casa la Quinta by PPAA Pérez Palacios Arquitectos Asociados and Alfonso de la Concha Rojas

Patios containing a rockery, pool and hammock are secluded away from the hubbub of the street at this house in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, offering its residents a peaceful oasis in the heart of the city. 

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Casa Cercal by Atelier Data

Half-buried in the rolling plains of Alentejo this bright white holiday home hides its real scale, which centres around a large open-plan living space that adjoins a terrace and pool taking in the bucolic setting. 

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Vivienda CM by Además Arquitectura

The archetypical gabled dwelling is updated with a skin of travertine stone and an array of window types that overlook beautiful grounds near Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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