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Globe Trotting: For $2M, California Midcentury Modernism ... in Britain

Photos via The Modern House Built in the late 1960s by British architects Peter Foggo and David Thomas, this secluded one-story house in England looks like a long-lost brother of California's famous "case study houses," glassy, rectilinear abodes designed by...

Globe Trotting: Hugh Grant Once Lived in this Blingy London Penthouse

This London penthouse with a wraparound roof deck belonged to Hugh Grant between 2002 and 2003, otherwise known as the Love Actually era, and offers a chandelier in nearly every room, including the kitchen and foyer. Naturally for a...

Globe Trotting: $22M Buys a Philippe Starck-Designed Beach Villa in Thailand

Photos via Luxury Villas and Homes via WSJ Located at the tip of the Yamu Peninsula in Phuket, Thailand, this massive beachfront villa is a collaboration between French design ace Philippe Starck and luxury hotel specialist Jean-Michel Gathy. Blending contemporary...

Globe Trotting: England's Wentworth Woodhouse, the massive estate...

England's Wentworth Woodhouse, the massive estate author Jane Austen found inspiration for Pemberley, the fantastic estate of Pride and Prejudice's Mr. Darcy, is now on the market for $11.1M. It's twice as large as Buckingham Palace, houses the same number...

Globe Trotting: England's Wentworth Woodhouse, the massive estate...

England's Wentworth Woodhouse, the massive estate where author Jane Austen found inspiration for Pemberley, the fantastic estate of Pride and Prejudice's Mr. Darcy, is now on the market for $11.1 million. It's twice as large as Buckingham Palace, houses the...

Globe Trotting: Ivy-Covered 1530 Estate in London Gets Points for Wallpaper

This delightful 16th-century Tudor mansion north of London is currently owned by the film and television composer who scored the cult film Dr. Strangelove. Fittingly, the recently-listed £3.995M ($6.366M) ivy-covered estate is...

Globe Trotting: Tour a Japanese Home Cool Enough to Save the Cubicle

We may be pretty much over the very open workspaces that came after the cubicle, but few would call for their return (despite their very well-meaning roots). Of course, leave it to cutting-edge Japanese architects to take the form.....

Globe Trotting: Tadao Ando is Now Mixing Concrete and Thatched Roofs

Photo by Fernanda Romandia via Wallpaper The Mexican-born painter Bosco Sodi spent years petitioning the minimalist Japanese starchitect Tadao Ando, who won the Pritzker Prize in 1995, to design an art studio for him. He sent him a series of...

Globe Trotting: St. Lucia's Lovingly Preserved Great House Dates Back to 1895

Photo via Crosby Doe Associates High up on a hill in St. Lucia's capital city of Castries, the stately Belmont House doesn't have the "luxury resort"-type amenities (read: infinity pools and 13,000-square-foot yoga studios) found in certain celebrity Caribbean outposts,...

Globe Trotting: Sunken Floors Hide This Concrete Dwelling from the World

Photo by Koji Fujii via Design Boom Upon closer inspection, this seemingly simple three-story concrete home by Japan's Takeshi Hosaka Architects reveals a delightfully expectation-thwarting design. But maybe "reveals" is the wrong word. By placing the floors of the home...

Globe Trotting: Porous Puerto Rican Hotel Believes It's a Coral Reef

From afar, it's hard to tell what El Blok, the reinforced concrete marvel of a Tropical Modernist hotel, really is. Could it be a very sexy car park? Or perhaps it's an office building for a corporation run by...

Globe Trotting: Pirates Once Raided This Impossibly Idyllic Swedish Manor

An avenue lined with apple trees. Grazing horses. A 12th-century church right next door. It is hard to believe that this $3.46M yellow manor just outside of Stockholm, Sweden, was once the...

Globe Trotting: This Concrete Cabin Cleverly Masquerades as a Wooden One

Photo by Daniela Mac Adden via Dezeen The boilerplate complaint that arises most often in discussions of concrete-heavy buildings is how out of context they tend to look, in seemingly every context save that of the Soviet apartment block. To...

Globe Trotting: Tourists are Terrified of the Eiffel Tower's New Glass Floor

Photos via Getty Images This week, Paris' iconic 1,063-foot iron-lattice tower unveiled four viewing sections with see-through glass floors. The new floors, only on the first level for now, are part of a...

Globe Trotting: This Kooky Japanese Home Had a Lot of Fun With Windows

Photo by Yoshihiro Asada via Dezeen Over in Shiga, Japan, this pile of monochrome boxes is actually a delightfully trippy home with windows meticulously placed to frame the house's views. Designed by Japanese architect Kouichi Kimura, the Scape House...

Globe Trotting: A 58-year-old man in China just...

A 58-year-old man in China just won the sandcastle game by covering his traditional-style beach home in hundreds of thousands of shells. The story goes that Xiao Yongsheng wanted to rebuild his humdrum house but was aghast by the prices...

Globe Trotting: Famous French Director's Quirky Circular Home Asks $9.34M

Photo via Rightmove French director Claude Lelouch—whose 1966 film A Man and a Woman won two Oscars — has just listed his personal estate in Deauville, France, an odd 5,920-square-foot pile that kind of looks like the UK's Shakespearean Globe...

Globe Trotting: AMC's Got Nothing On India's Rad, Splashy Movie Theaters

Photo by Haubitz-Zoche via Design Boom Like the Indian houses that inspired the neon insanity that is Memphis, many of India's movie theaters are downright phantasmagoric. They really make your average Megaplex seem, well, even more drab and suburban than...

Globe Trotting: These Smurf-Blue Boxes House a Brazilian Alcohol Museum

Photo via Dezeen The city of Salinas, Brazil, now has a Smurf-blue museum devoted entirely Cachaça, one of the most popular distilled spirits in Brazil, known as abre-coração (heart-opener), água-benta (holy water), and bafo-de-tigre (tiger breath), among other colorful nicknames....

Globe Trotting: For a Plain Brown Box, This Home Has Some Serious Views

Photo via Dezeen Surrounded on three sides by traffic and close by neighbors, the Great Ocean Road House in Fairhaven, Australia, relies on a bunch of clever little design tricks to block outside distractors and instead focus on the home's...

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