Africa: Karen and Richard Barrow’s waterfront apartment in Cape Town, South Africa, was created by Cécile & Boyd’s. The firm used many furnishings of their own design for the project, including two custom-made sectional sofas, a wood-and-metal coffee table, a collection of glass vases, and the brass floor lamps. The two natural leather chairs are from B&B Italia.
Antarctica: Resembling a space station from a vintage ‘60s sci-fi film, this shipping-container creation by Germany’s BOF Architects inhabits a coastal hillside on the very bottom of the globe. Built to house researchers from India in Antarctica, this structure is easily removable to lessen environmental impact.
Asia: In the Southeast Asian city of of Jakarta, architect Ahmad Djuhara is on a one-man crusade to blow away the conservative cobwebs of the city’s dowdy suburban architecture. His work combines the influence of minimalism with local craft techniques to create bright and open spaces.
Australia: In costal Victoria, Australia, architect John Wardle created a beach house that opens right up to the seascape. The home is filled with high-design pieces like the living room's yellow Bend sofa and Husk chairs, both by Patricia Urquiola, while windows let in grand views of the Southern Ocean and the property's lush landscape.
Europe: In the Spanish city of Barcelona, a crumbling 18th-century flat found new life at the hands of architect Benedetta Tagliabue, who had the construction crew leave the demolition unfinished, allowing original details like Roman-style arches and patterned tiles to show through in the new, modern apartment.
North America: Just south of North America's most populous city, Mexico D.F., two brothers collaborated to create a peaceful family vacation house for less than $70 a square foot.
South America: With rooms laid out like wide-angle film stills, this relaxing São Paulo home provides a retreat from Brazil's largest city.