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The future is now: luxury mansions with avant-garde twists

3 December 2023
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In a world where architectural innovation knows no bounds, the future is unfolding before our very eyes. Welcome to a realm where opulent living takes on a whole new dimension, where luxury mansions have transcended the ordinary and ventured into the avant-garde.

From a curvaceous villa inspired by dragon skin texture to a fascinating sci-fi residence designed by the renowned architect Zaha Hadid, these dwellings are not mere abodes; they are architectural masterpieces that bridge the gap between the present and the future.

The Sleeper (Sculptured) House in Colorado, US

Price: approximately $1.3 million

When architect Charles Deaton envisioned the "Sculptured House" perched on Genesee Mountain near Denver, Colorado, he aimed to break free from the angular conformity of traditional homes. Emphasizing the importance of organic, non-linear living spaces, he boldly stated, "People aren't angular, so why should they live in rectangles?" The result, a 7,500-square-foot, three-level dwelling, defies convention with its gracefully curving design. Its origins were more sculptural than architectural, and its unique form earned it the fitting name "Sculptured House." This architectural wonder, created in 1963, had the limelight moment when it appeared in Woody Allen's 1973 film "Sleeper." Subsequently, in 1999, software millionaire John Huggins acquired the house for $1.3 million. The residence boasts five bedrooms, five bathrooms, a four-car garage, and a media room. Perfect place to get lost for some time and connect with nature.

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The Hollywood villa in Marbella, Spain

Price: approximately $3.3 million

This Marbella villa encompasses 5,382 square feet of internal space and sits on a spacious 32,292 square-foot plot, featuring four bedrooms and bathrooms. Its unique white organic architecture elegantly integrates with the natural landscape, creating a futuristic masterpiece amidst the lush green surroundings. Nestled within the private, gated Monte Mayor estate, just a short drive from Marbella, this dwelling offers tranquillity and seclusion. Providing breathtaking vistas of the Mediterranean Sea, it harmoniously blends with the indigenous environment while being conveniently located near a variety of golf courses and upscale shopping options in Puerto Banús. The south-facing living areas are bathed in natural light, and a sequence of infinity terraces offers serene outdoor spaces for relaxation. Whether one opts for a refreshing swim in the outdoor pool seamlessly extending from the house or simply reclines on a sun lounger nearby, this villa is the epitome of refinement and sophistication.

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Capital Hill Residence in Moscow, Russia

Price: approximately $140 million

The Capital Hill Residence, a masterful creation by the Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, seamlessly intertwines with the Barvikha Forest's natural beauty near Moscow. In line with Hadid's avant-garde approach to architecture, she once challenged the client, Vladislav Doronin, with the question: "You realize you have to be above the trees?" This question laid the foundation for the house's unconventional design, which comprises two distinct components. One gracefully embraces the forested landscape, while the other appears to "float" 22 meters above the ground, affording Doronin the solitude he desired along with awe-inspiring views. The centrepiece of this architectural feat is the master suite, delicately perched on a slender concrete column, aptly described as "extraordinary" by design enthusiasts, providing the ultimate immersion in nature.

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A wave-like futuristic house design in Granada, Spain

Price: approximately $1,834,777

Poised majestically on a cliff in Salobreña, Spain, this residence is a true visual delight, marking the renaissance of artisanal architecture. Comprising three bedrooms and bathrooms, the house encompasses 2,691 square feet of interior space. Located on a coastal plot spanning 7,804 square feet, just an hour's drive south of Granada, this unique site presented a formidable challenge with its steep 42-degree slope. Architects Jaime Bartolomé and Pablo Gil embraced the challenge, driven by the owner’s vision of a home that would capture the awe-inspiring vistas of the Mediterranean Sea. The project demanded an amalgamation of intensive craftsmanship and innovative engineering, embodying the fusion of aspiration, talent, and unwavering dedication. The house unfolds across two floors, with a spacious living area gracefully following the natural contours of the hill, culminating in a cantilevered terrace housing a pristine swimming pool. Inside, the open and airy space sets the stage for sophisticated entertaining, seamlessly connecting with the captivating landscape that surrounds it.

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Dupli Casa in Stuttgart, Germany

Price: not disclosed

​​The double house crafted by the visionary German architect J.Mayer, stands as an architectural wonder that embraces a futuristic vision of luxurious, spatial sophistication. This sculpted residence exhibits sinuous contours, seamlessly melding with the landscape to create a sense of continuous, fluid space. Rooted in the "family archaeology" of a pre-existing house from 1984, the Dupli Casa embodies a modern architectural masterpiece by echoing the footprint and history of the former structure through duplication and rotation. Elegantly elevated, it forms a semi-public space on the ground level, striking a balance between discretion and connection to the surrounding environment. The villa's façade skillfully blurs the boundaries between indoor and outdoor realms, offering magnificent views of Marbach's old town and the enchanting Neckar Valley. Dupli Casa adapts harmoniously to its environment, celebrating the beauty of nature.

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Got inspired by these futuristic mansions? Here are some tips for you on how to re-create such extra-terrestrial ambience at your place without crashing the walls and trying to give your house the shape a UFO ship:

Minimalism: Embrace clean design by reducing visual noise and focusing on simple lines and geometric forms. Use furniture and decor with sleek, uncluttered aesthetics.

Console FOREST & GIACONIA 01
Console FOREST & GIACONIA 01
$1,850
Armchair B&B ITALIA Mart
Armchair B&B ITALIA Mart
from $1,204
Armchair VISIONNAIRE Khamma
Armchair VISIONNAIRE Khamma
from $1,519

Metallic Accents: Incorporate metallic finishes like chrome, stainless steel, or brushed aluminum to give a modern, high-tech look.

Desk VERSACE
Desk VERSACE
$3,025
Rack Amore
Rack Amore
$396
Coffee table MINOTTI Benson
Coffee table MINOTTI Benson
$1,210

Space illumination: Use innovative lighting designs, such as LED strips, neon accents, or hidden lighting, to create a futuristic ambiance.

Desk lamp Tarciso
Desk lamp Tarciso
from $141
Ceiling lamp BOMMA Dew Drops
Ceiling lamp BOMMA Dew Drops
$176
Ceiling lamp Quimas
Ceiling lamp Quimas
from $139

Futuristic Furniture: Invest in furniture with unique, modern designs, like ergonomic chairs, pod-style seating, or modular furniture systems.

Corner table BD BARCELONA Explorer
Corner table BD BARCELONA Explorer
$562
Sofa VISIONNAIRE Ca Foscari
Sofa VISIONNAIRE Ca Foscari
$17,295
from $5,189
Executive chair VERSACE VG12
Executive chair VERSACE VG12
from $770

Floating and Levitating Elements: Include floating shelves, decor elements, or even levitating planters to give a sense of weightlessness and technology.

Figurine Kavaletto
Figurine Kavaletto
$232
Painting CHRISTOPHER GUY Tordu
Painting CHRISTOPHER GUY Tordu
from $495
Ceiling lamp Piaceri
Ceiling lamp Piaceri
$354
$213
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