From Spain to Japan and California to New York, the ten best houses covered by Architectural Record this year bring elegance and innovation to the art of residential architecture.
Scroll through the slideshow to see images of our top picks, and click the name of each home to read the article for more information on the architects' inspiration, process, and specifications.
10. Los Limoneros
Gus Wüstemann Architects
A pristine, thick-walled house in southern Spain affords privacy yet openness through its interplay of void and mass.
Photo © Bruno Helbling
Beverly Hills, California
Making the most of rugged topography, an elegant compound gently spills down a slope and carves a courtyard out of the terrain.
Photo © Joe Fletcher
8. The Lightbox
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Point Roberts, Washington
Designed for an architectural photographer, a house in the woods has an innovative spirit and a modular concept that enables Modernism on a budget.
Photo © Nic Lehoux
7. Balint House
Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
Gentle curves and almost seamless surfaces give a Mediterranean house an enigmatic allure, with spaces that flow indoors and out.
Photo © Diego Opazo
Jim Jennings Architecture
A simple modernist free plan, organized around outdoor spaces, integrates lessons of the past.
Photo © Joe Fletcher
Peter Pichler Architecture
A pair of attached houses that reflect their Tyrolean setting make the most of little space.
Photo © Oskar Da Riz
Raphael Soriano/Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects
A photographer's midcentury house, little changed over the decades, is sensitively restored for a young family.
Photo © Iwan Baan
Taichi Mitsuya & Associates + UNEMORI ARCHITECTS
A Japanese architect stacks the atelier and dwelling of a local artisan to mesh with the urban environs.
Photo © Shinkenchiku-sha
Unstudio nestled a home into its natural setting while admitting light and views to the interior.
Photo © Fedde De Weert
Pound Ridge, New York
A house wrapped in a sophisticated skin makes the most of a site with challenging topography.
Photo © Peter Aaron/Esto