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MASTERS OF THE HOUSE Residence designed by one of the world’s leading architects may be the ultimate expression of couture living. These five stunners prove that an architect’s vision is a thing to behold—and an even greater thing to own. Majorca, Spain $13,322,980 THE LOWDOWN Architect Alberto Rubio’s Bird House seems almost built without walls. Like a bird’s nest perched on the clis of Port d’Andratx, a popular resort town, the home features the architect’s signature arcing roo ine and undulating lines. A neutral palette defines the multilevel, 5,800-square-foot house, which uses natural materials and even incorporates large rock formations. From the open-plan living/dining room, a stepped terrace with built-in seating leads to the infinity pool and the Mediterranean. THE STATS Four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a gym and sauna, and a self-contained guest suite on .37 acres THE LAST WORD A top-tier sound system fills the house and outdoor areas with music, making the residence perfect for entertaining. CONTACT Modern Homes Worldwide, 44. 0.20.7095. 8701,modernhomesworldwide.com Lurin, St. Barts, French West Indies PRICE UPON REQUEST THE LOWDOWN With a prime location atop Lurin’s Lotissement Andres neighborhood, this singular residence has no shortage of light, air and ocean views. Designed by François Pécard, the villa re ects the architect’s appreciation of the island’s traditional whitewashed houses that are open to tropical breezes. e thick walls and hipped roofs of the main house give way to a spacious terrace with a lava rock-lined in nity pool and garden pathways that lead to the bedroom pavilions, each with its own deck and plunge pool. THE STATS Four bedrooms and four baths on 3.2 landscaped acres THE LAST WORD Expect the finest touches throughout, from Gaggenau appliances in the Italian glass kitchen to furnishings by Catherine Pawson, wife of top British architect John Pawson. CONTACT Sibarth Real Estate,590.5184.108.40.206, sibarthrealestate.com Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada $17,309,643 THE LOWDOWN For this 8,000-squarefoot waterfront home, architect Russell Hollingsworth took his cue from nature and designed a concrete structure that o ered expansive views via glass walls and indoor-outdoor living spaces. Topped by a copper roof, the striking property, which boasts a state-of-the-art energy system, manages to blend into the landscape. A separate studio functions as an o ce or guesthouse. THE STATS Four bedrooms, six full baths, a home theater, lap pool and hot tub on .32 acres THE LAST WORD Car collectors will swoon for the 10-car garage and custom automobile elevator. CONTACT Ann Green, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, 604. 922.6995, sothebysrealty.com Sun Valley, Idaho $8,575,000 THE LOWDOWN Following the hillside with its three steppedback levels, this Marmol Radziner home was created with locally sourced stone and r, making it rest all the more serenely in its site. Roof decks, patios and glass windows open the 8,700-squarefoot house to the natural world, while inside, a gourmet kitchen and adjacent great room make the ultimate family hangout area. The architects also created built-in furnishings, making this a truly comprehensive and custom design. THE STATS Seven bedrooms, six full baths, a four-suite guest wing, a media room, a gym, a spa and a meditation room on 58 acres THE LAST WORD Hike nearby trails in the summer or ski Dollar Mountain in the winter—this is a year-round retreat. CONTACT Christie’s International Real Estate, 212.468.7140, christiesrealestate.com Fort Washington, Pa. $13,950, 000 THE LOWDOWN Limestone, oak and marble mark this Rafael Viñoly-designed home not far from Philadelphia. The architect created three wings with floor-to-ceiling windows to maximize views of the dramatic Belgium stone courtyard and the leafy landscape surrounding the 40,000-square-foot house. Built for entertaining, it also provides the perfect retreat: The master suite features a private staircase that leads up to a tower offiering 360-degree views of the property. THE STATS Eight bedrooms, a double-height living room, a 4,000-bottle wine cellar, a pool and a pool house on 30 acres THE LAST WORD Adjacent lots with additional homes and potential can also be purchased to expand the estate. CONTACT Christie’s International Real Estate, 212.468.7140, christiesrealestate.com
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