- Rosie Flanagan
As the year winds to a close, it’s time to celebrate the architectural sites around the world that you enjoyed most; our top five stories illustrating both a desire for a simpler life in the countryside and dreams of a more decadent style of living.
In 2018, architecture took us to places as wide-ranging as the woodlands of central Mexico, the coast of Japan and islands off islands in Canada. We’ve documented strangely surreal garden pavilions in America, rooftop pools in Portugal, secular retreats in the UK and treehouses strung between ancient oaks in France. In the round-up that follows, we’ve collected our five most popular stories from 2018; from a cabin in the Swiss Alps to a most decadent mirrored toilet block on a Norwegian highway, here are the places you loved most this year.
Designed for an art collector and their substantial collection of work, this open plan home in Brazil has a unique feature; a swimming pool whose sides form the walls of the lounge room. Of this aquatic feature, the architect notes, “to a certain extent, I think I ended up providing the home with another work of art!”. Find the full article here.
Oslo studio Morfeus Arkitekter has completed a mirrored toilet block on the Norwegian coastline of Andøya, a magnificent rest break for road trippers passing by. Situated in one of the northern island’s ‘18 Scenic Routes’, the new rest area is positioned close to the water’s edge alongside a road that separates the jagged mountain peaks in the east, from the wide ocean to the west. Find the full article here.