5 Exceptional Buildings to Note on World Architecture Day

Design is about more than just interiors. On this year’s World Architecture Day, we are celebrating eight exceptional architectural marvels in different parts of the world. Send us your favorites to [email protected]


Herradura Golf Club Grand Villa

Bolivar Arquitectos designed this expansive 17,600-foot villa that manages to fit well into the landscape against which it is set. Careful geometrical designs and the use of few materials helped to achieve this result. The villa is located at Herradura Gold Club, Monterrey, Mexico. The grand design serves a gated community really well.


Britain’s 70s Inspired MK Gallery Addition

Designed by 6a Architects, MK, named after Milton Keynes, is 50 miles from London and one of the most attention-grabbing buildings. 6a architects have built a name for themselves designing contemporary galleries. The MK Gallery was added to an older structure designed in the 1990s by Andrzej Blonski Architects. The gallery now has 5,400 square feet of floor space.


MoDus Architect’s TreeHugger

Located on the border of Italy and Austria, the TreeHugger is actually an imposing poured-concrete structure fashioned around a pre-existing tree. Designed by MoDus Architects, the visitor center which measures 4,600 square feet won in an architectural competition by the Bressanone Tourist Association and the City of Brixen. A sunlit interior courtyard illuminates employees’ offices on the upper floor.


Vaughn McQuarrie’s New Zealand Residential Project

Designed by Vaughn McQuarrie, this home in New Zealand resembles the popular glass box look with its sharp corners. Peekaboo slot windows allow occupants to enjoy a view of Lake Wakatipu from within the structure, and expansive glass windows bring the outdoors in. Pine plywood surrounds the home patterned after the old mining huts of New Zealand.



AlterStudio Architecture’s Texas Family Home

Carved out of Indiana limestone, this family home in Texas adorned with a vertical stripes motif that creates interesting shadows in the cool of the day. The home sits on top of a transparent ground floor and overlooks a courtyard built from cobblestone. A fringe of indigenous gray rocks, wildflowers, and cacti sprout up from the cobblestone entryway to the two-story home.



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