When talking about a modern house it’s hard to avoid glass facades. The idea is to create an indoor/outdoor feel that is so important for popular mid-century modern Eichler and similar houses. Even if facades aren’t made of glass, big windows become an essential part of most modern homes.
Laidley Street Residence in San Francisco
Designed by Michael Hennessey Architecture this boxy residence with a glass facade is styled minimally to amplify natural light and open up to the park views. Sitting on top of a garage the two-storey building houses living spaces on the first floor and three bedrooms on the second.
Since its back also features glazed walls the living area has a continuous flow of natural light as well as views.
LSD Residence in Melbourne VIC, Australia
Davidov Partners Architects‘ LSD Residence looks representative of modern house design. Its concrete walls house glass cubicles filled with living spaces. Barely visible blinds allow for privacy as does an interrupted fence surrounding the property.
Stylish and minimal the interiors occupy 4,305 square feet (200 sq m) providing everything a mature couple needs and then some.
Un Patio House in Comuna de Ñuñoa, Santiago de Chile
A great example of a modern house is the Un Patio House by Polidura + Talhouk Arquitectos. Created out of two stacked blocks for public and private areas the concrete building has simple shapes and a glass facade.
Since the top block sits on two parallel walls that also act as a fence, it creates a covered pavilion where the living room and courtyard were located.
Alan Voo House in Los Angeles
Looking like a spaceship cabin Alan Voo House by Neil M. Denari Architects is actually a 1,000-square-foot (92.9 sq m) extension to an existing home. Its ground floor is almost entirely outlined with glazed walls while the top floor opens up to a green location with huge glass inclusions.
The house immediately catches the eye because of its futuristic shape, but it seems like the facade faces the backyard hiding the lower glass box ground from privy eyes.
Sirdalen House in Sirdal, Norway
Located in a steep terrain of Sirdal in Norway this modern house by Filter Arkitekter was made to blend with its environment. The architects chose concrete because of its staining properties. With time, they are confident, it will be covered with moss disguising most of the structure as part of natural landscape.
Featuring a glass facade the house was insulated using glass-master and adhesion details to avoid frames and sills that aren’t good for keeping temperatures stable within the house.
LSR113 in Thailand
Ayutt and Associates design have built an incredible modern house in Thailand with contemporary interiors and gorgeous architecture. Combining different colors and materials house’s glass facade doesn’t look as plain.
A beautiful monochromatic blue pool in the courtyard only amplifies the airiness of the house. Inside, smaller inner courtyards with trees and river rocks decorate the house echoing beautiful Thailand nature.
Aluminum House in Madrid
Located in Madrid it’s easy to see why the Aluminum House features so much glass. Surrounded with gardens and overlooking a huge swimming pool the building has to have a strong connection with the outdoors.
It certainly has plenty of privacy too where it’s needed, but the minimal design works so well with numerous glass inclusions.
Objekt 254 in Uitikon, Switzerland
This modern house Objekt 254 by Meier Architekten in Switzerland. Following the latest contemporary trends it combines black and white in its exterior along with clean lines and minimal details.
On the ground floor floor-to-ceiling windows are protected with blinds while the windows on the top floor employ majestic long curtains for increasing privacy.
House Quinta Da Marinha in Portugal
Fragmentos de Arquitectura built the House Quinta Da Marinha in an L shape enhanced with floor-to-ceiling windows. Encase in white and rusty red the house enjoys both privacy and environing views.
House’s shape allows to keep outdoor spaces like patios and a beach entry pool in privacy. In addition a rock garden surrounding the spaces further promotes the sense of seclusion from the street.
Modern House Designs With Screened Facades
Screens are great at not only increasing privacy of a modern house but also adding a decorative element to the often minimal interiors. Decorative screens light up at night providing an additional design element to a house.
PDR 385 in Praia D’el Rey, 2510-451 Amoreira, Portugal
Built in 2010 PDR 385 is a great example of how screens can be used to add contrast to a modern house. Sprawled across 6,458 square feet (600 sq m) the house features huge windows and a mezzanine in between residential rooms.
Echoing facade screens the ground floor is covered with wider wooden slats to increase privacy in the areas like kitchen and washroom.
Local Rock House on Waiheke Island, Auckland, New Zealand
This Auckland modern house by Pattersons is something else when it comes to modern architecture. Built with the local pyrite rock the house is comprised of black screened boxes lodged between its structural elements.
Its unusual form creates multiple levels of living space occupying 4,251 square feet (395 sq m). In the backyard the swimming pool is too finished with pyrite echoing the exterior and creating a coherent picture.
Box-Like Modern House Designs
Slice of the City in Japan
Slice of the City by Alphaville Architects is a box-like house in Japan that is practically fully enclosed. The windows cut inside the structure rather than facing outwards.
Thanks to the roof access there’s an outdoor lounge area in middle of the city that residents can enjoy when they don’t want to cocoon inside.
Little House With a Big Terrace in Tokyo, Japan
Another recent project from Japan is by Takuro Yamamoto. Intent on providing a spacious outdoor terrace, again in the middle of an urban space, the architects have divided the house into two blocks. One is filled with living spaces while the other is completely open.
On the ground floor the open space can probably double as a car port. And the upper terrace has a visual communication with the interiors through windows.
Y7-house in Omura, Japan
Yet another boxy building is Y7-house by Masahiko Sato. Designed to be as minimal as not to upset the surrounding natural landscapes the house consists of two blocks that include living areas and a garage.
One of the parts appears to be levitating above the hill, on which the house stands. This was done to avoid the destruction of the natural plot.
2996 West 11th, Vancouver
Located in Vancouver this modern house by Randy Bens Architect is a perfect alignment of the two Tetris figures. Ca you see them? Decorated with white brick and dark cedar the facade has a few windows and transoms to bring more light into the open plan interior.
Well-disguised from the street side the house includes a master suite’s roof deck and a nice waterless rock landscape in the backyard.
Box House II in Kuwait
Box House II by Massive Order fully deserves its name. Though designed with functionality in mind the house has a lot of glass and other elements that connect it with the outdoors.
Luxurious interiors boast contemporary materials and only a few elements and accents allude to the traditional style.
Feeling of Distance House in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
Tsubasa Iwahashi Architects take the box shape back to its basic appearance stripping away all detail. With a minimal facade and a single second-floor window the concrete house is supposed to create a sense of distance between each and every object in space.
Out the back the house opens up a little with a few more glass inclusions, but the plot fenced in a C shape provides more privacy to the enclosed dwelling.
Cinema House in South Korea
This South Korean house by UTAA has an interesting look about it. With its complex planning based on an uneven plot and the client’s specific needs the building turned out looking quite atypical.
Pulled inside for more comfort and privacy the house facade has multiple big and small windows as well as sliding glass door entrances. Balancing between the tasks of bringing in natural light and keeping the living and working quarters separate the architects managed to also make this modern house look intriguing.
Carapicuiba House in São Paulo, Brazil
Angelo Bucci and Alvaro Puntoni have designed a house in Carapicuiba, São Paulo that sits in a depression not visible from the street. Its shipping container-like top floor is connected with the main building with stairs and bridges.
Thanks to its hidden positioning the house can enjoy lots of glass walls that stay hidden from privy eyes.
A&N House in Granada, Spain
Looking unconventional with its monochromatic facade the A&N House by ariasrecalde is truly a piece of art. Its complex design accommodates the needs and desires of the clients. And the finishing touches like frosted glass windows make for an interesting modern design concept.
Modern House Designs With Pitched Roofs
Pitched roof houses are not only traditional but they are a symbolic representation of a living space. Sure, today houses look completely different, but some architects are still trying to do their own modern take on the classic shape.
L House in Łódź, Poland
moomoo Architects built the L House in the Polish city of Łódź back in 2008. Covering it with an insulating plastic material Thermopian the architects kept the exterior extremely enclosed.
A few skylights, windows and sliding glass doors allow to take advantage of natural lighting while the angular fence shields the opposite side of the house from anyone who wanders close.
House with Dormer Window in Gifu, Japan
Hiroki Tominaga-Atelier have rebuilt this house in Gifu Prefecture in Japan for an elderly couple. Combining both traditionally Japanese and European architectural elements the architects made sure the house gets enough sunlight all the while being removed from the edge of the road.
The house’s interiors are as minimal and light as its exterior. In the back it hides a small inner courtyard tucked away from the busy streets as well as fenced from neighbors.
Dr. House in Slovenia
Intriguingly named Dr. House this Scapelab project has an ambiguous shape that appears to be distorted. Located on the green hills of Slovenia the house built for the real local doctor certainly stands out with its metallic silhouette.
The house opens up to the outdoors with sliding glass doors. This allows the open plan living areas extend to the outdoor wooden terrace from which the residents can enjoy the gorgeous views of the locale.
Enough House in Canada
MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects‘s Enough House in Canada looks very traditional with its pitched roof and a chimney. Built for the firm’s architect intern the house that shares a plot with a 1830’s schoolhouse looks similar to the historic building.
While its exterior is clad in a rusty metal paneling, on the inside the wood dominates because of its affordability. A glazed living area opens up to a nearby pond and a country dirt road with miles and miles of pastures going in all directions.
House 36 in Stuttgart, Germany
House 36 by Matthias Bauer Associates in Stuttgart is a peculiar building with a pitched roof, but it’s far from looking conventional. Overlooking the city the house was built in a shape of some kind of a mountain crystal combining lots of angles made in concrete and glass.
Its glazed ground floor and big skylights along with round openings here and there balance privacy and lighting. And its wooden interiors make it more inviting and homely.
Lo Contador House in Providencia, Chile
Lo Contador House renovated by GNP Arquitectos is 60% a completely new structure. It may resemble the classic house shape with its pitched roof but the entire approach and execution are modern.
It’s not hard to see the original ground floor structure, but it might have as well been a totally new project. There is virtually no trace of traditional style left.
The Eyelid House in South Yarra VIC, Australia
The Eyelid House presented a lot of challenges to Fiona Winzar Architects. The extremely tight plot bordering a three-storey hotel called for really creative design solutions.
Using roof overhangs and clever positioning the architect managed to create a modern house that is not only practical for a family of five but also has an interesting aesthetic. Although its roof pitch is moved to the side the structure somewhat resembles the traditional house shape.
House in Yamasaki, Hyogo, Japan
Another modern Japanese house is a project from the creatives at Tato Architects. Located in Hyogo Prefecture where the sky is often overcast the architect wanted to make the house as light as possible.
To do that he built three house-like sheds on top of a rectangular foundation to accommodate a bedroom, a guesthouse, and a bathroom. All can be accessed from the inside through stairs and ladders. Interestingly, their light material allows natural light to travel in and out depending on time of day.
Wooden Modern House Designs
Modern house designs built with wood are still quite welcoming, but have a totally different aesthetic. Often shaped as barns and boxes they offer a quite peculiar charm.
CML House in Chile
CML House by Ricardo Torrejón and Arturo Chadwick is one of those that looks like a hybrid between a barn and a box. Textured wood allows it to blend a bit with its natural locale. And the metal-framed windows create a communication with the green outdoors.
On the inside the house is too clad with wood creating an inviting and warm atmosphere. Both the shape and material make for a very unconventional look.
Claremont Residence in Australia
Claremont Residence is a house for a modern dweller with a busy lifestyle. Keen Architecture designed it to take advantage of the plot as well as the views. The result is a very private abode with a core that has access to the outdoors outfitted to entertain guests.
Its modern steel-framed facade is hidden behind a louvre system with wooden shutters, all of which makes it stand out from the white neighboring homes.
Double Helix House in Japan
Japan offers yet another modern house design by Onishimaki + Hyakudayuki Architects. Located in a neighborhood filled with wooden houses the architects came up with an interesting facade wrapped in wooden blocks.
Contrasting with its white core where the living spaces are located the dominant wooden element offers terrace spaces and walking stairs.
House in Divčibare, Serbia
This modern house designed by the creative people of EXE studio is truly exceptional. Combining light and dark materials the architects accentuated the contrast between the modern (light) and traditional (dark) styles.
This was also done to insert the house into the rocky environment. The result is unexpected and quite intriguing considering its size.
House in Chiyosaki, Osaka, Japan
Modern wooden houses are a far cry from the cute country huts that mind may associate with a phrase ‘wooden house’. Designed by Coo Planning the House in Chiyosaki is a tall monolithic building dressed in wood with an open garage and odd-placed windows.
Occupying a street corner the minimal house repeats the angle maximizing the size of a small plot with multiple levels.
Urban Modern House Designs
By the way, because of a constant lack of space in the cities slim modern houses are becoming more and more popular. Vertical square footage gives more space to city dwellers and close proximity to businesses provides them with more convenience.
Nest in Nagoya, Japan
APOLLO Architects have created a Nest in Nagoya, Japan. That’s how they called a modern house built on a 355-square-foot (33 sq m) plot and featuring three levels of living space. The steel structure itself is a bit larger than that thanks to the broadening top floor.
In spite of numerous floor-to-ceiling windows the house keeps its privacy with thin screens and blurred glass.
Black Mass in San Francisco
Black Mass is the work of Stephen Phillips Architects. Located in San Francisco the contemporary house shares the Linden Street with Victorian and Edwardian structures. Its black exterior makes for a stark accent among lighter neutrals.
A modern duplex has tremendous windows that open up to the street views. Complete with numerous glass transoms the house is filled with sunlight in every room.