9 Luxe Homes That Feature Totally Shocking Design

From a Le Corbusier–inspired skylight turned rooftop pool to a hidden arcade beneath a mansion, these architectural masterpieces show the power of creativity. Here, we show you 9 luxe homes around the world with jaw-dropping interior design elements that are shocking, as well as inspiring!

Ios, Greece

Photo: Jeremy Austin

Angelos Michalopoulos designed a series of marble pools carved into the natural rock formations scattered across the shores of the Aegean Sea for his home in Ios, Greece. Each of the pools was handcrafted by local sculptors without any industrial machinery, and Michalopoulos was so pleased with the design that he replicated it at his sumptuously outfitted hotel, Calilo.

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Seattle, Washington

Photo: Aaron Leitz

Designed by AD100 architect Olson Kundig for a thermodynamic engineer and inventor, the Seattle residence is as much a stunning house as it is a working laboratory. The double-height living room is cantilevered by a single 30-foot-tall steel pipe that houses a Rumford masonry fireplace, making it feel both rugged and polished.

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Miami Beach, Florida

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On Miami Beach’s Palm Island, Choeff Levy Fischman created a mesmerizing 460-square-foot floating atrium within a midcentury-inspired home. With the foyer on one side and the ocean-facing living room on the other, the unique atrium—complete with oversized sandblasted limestone blocks seemingly hovering above a shallow pool of water—is the home’s pièce de résistance.

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Marina Del Rey, California

Photo: Roger Casas

Alexandra Loew agreed to update a Michelle Ertzan–designed mansion in Marina del Rey, but she knew it wouldn’t be easy. While the exterior was as elegant as any 1960s Parisian Le Corbusier project, the interiors, replete with a few tacky extravagances, were in dire need of a facelift. One such unexpected amenity was a 10,000-gallon shark tank. The result is this stunning living room as seen above!

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Houston, Texas

Photo: Julie Soefer

“The client wanted to stay true to the French chateau feel,” Newberry Architecture design associate Elizabeth Echols explains. But this Houston home isn’t just a Provençal-style castle: It’s an ode to industrialism. “He wanted to bring in some inspiration that he remembers from several buildings he admired in Louisiana, where he and his wife once lived.”

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New York City

Photo: Scott Frances

Zaha Hadid Architects outfitted a penthouse in the instantly recognizable 520 West 28th Street, with its iconic curved hand-brushed and tinted windows. In the penthouse’s bedroom, the architects opted for a demure feel, prioritizing the view and giving the massive window pride of place. With no overhead fixtures, the primary source of light—aside from the sun streaming through the windows—is an architectural LED system built into the wall behind the bed, creating a sultry feel.

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Tuscany, Italy

Photo: Courtesy of Gori & Yoon Architecture

For a villa in a small town nestled within the Tuscan hills, Gori & Yoon Architecture looked to Italian architect Carlo Scarpa. “We wanted to give new life to the staircase, which could be useful not only as a link between the upper and lower floors, but perform some other kind of function,” the team admits. Enter: the bar, built into the stairway and decorated with a single Oluce lamp.

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Encinitas, California

Photo: Rancho Photos

AD100 architect Wallace E. Cunningham’s four-bedroom Crescent House, which appeared in an episode of Westworld, is built around a circular terrace that opens onto a crescent-shaped infinity pool overlooking the Pacific. The architect’s appreciation of such simple materials as glass and concrete is quite evident in the guest suite, which boasts a glass wall that looks out to a gravel courtyard and one of many outdoor decks. 

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Miami, Florida

Photo: Craig Denis

In an oceanfront Miami mansion, the homeowner took down the wall that separates the living space and the bedroom and replaced it with a $1.5 million, 800-pound black Pagani Zonda R. Only 15 are produced each year, and this one is exceptionally special. After all, it is hard to miss among the sleek furniture and muted palette.


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