Money can buy your luxuries that are impossible to indulge in otherwise. While most of the millionaires splurge on jets or go shopping in Paris and Milan, others try to make their ‘humble’ abode as unique as they could.
From a clifftop house to residing under the roof of a Boeing 747, these are the ultimate ultra-luxury homes that only money can buy:
Casa Brutale – OPA
Casa Brutale was a mere concept. The architect wanted to exercise his creativity. Yet, the majestic beauty of this architectural idea immediately caught the eye of a rich CEO who immediately fell in love with it.
The firm was awarded the contract to transform this design dream into a reality.
The exquisite concrete and glass abode will be completed by 2018.
The home will sit just on the edge of a cliff in Beirut.
The interior of the home is a perfect sight with a rooftop swimming pool and thick concrete slabs.
The huge glass front affords an unbeatable view of the countryside.
The glass pool roof reflected on the inside creates a mesmerizing effect.
Shelter – Vipp
Vipp’s Shelter, priced at a hefty US$585,000, negates the very meaning of the word shelter. The ready-made shelter has been designed using black steel and glass.
The sleek design reflects class and elegance. Vipp’s Shelter measures 55 square meters.
It includes a dining area, kitchen, and living space, a bathroom, and a loft bedroom.
The glass ceiling of the bedroom is perfect for star-gazing.
The firm that fabricated the stylish home explained its inspiration for the Vipp’s Shelter:
“The shelter is a finished product inspired by large volume objects such as planes, ferries and submarines, where every single screw serves a purpose.”
SkyHouse – David Hotson
The SkyHouse has been designed on the top four floors of a skyscraper. The David Hotson designed SkyHouse lies in the Lower Manhattan.
The house offers an astounding view of the landmarks in the vicinity including the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Empire State Building.
The most incredible aspect of the design of the SkyHouse is the climbing column and 24 m slide.
The reflecting stainless steel tubular slide begins in the attic of the SkyHouse.
It runs through the attic, vines about the tall column and shoots past the guest room and allows you to slip through a glass window over the stairs or move beyond and slide off into the entrance gallery of the SkyHouse.
747 Wing House – David Hertz Architects
747 Wing House is the most unique home you would come across. The residents of this house live under the roof of the wings from a Boeing 747-200.
The owner of the 747 Wing House wanted a floating curved roof. The architect firm of the house, David Hertz Architects, is famous for using recycled materials in its designs.
The firm actually purchased an entire plane to construct the 747 Wing House.
Once the wings had been used to model the roof, lots of other parts from the Boeing 747 were left over. However, nothing was thrown away.
The skylight of the 747 Wing House has been refashioned from the cockpit windows. The fire pit has been remodeled from the engine cowling, while guest house roof was designed using the first class cabin.
Villa Gug – Bjarke Ingels Group
Villa Gug is the perfect house to show off the enviable car collection of an enthusiastic collector.
Set in the beautiful rural region of Ålborg, Denmark, the villa is being constructed by the Bjarke Ingels Group.
The looping driveway is the absolute garage which serves as the ultimate showroom as well.
The driveway opens into the house enclosed by a solid concrete wall that ensures privacy.
A huge glass façade runs through the house offering gorgeous views of the private garden as well as the garage.
Fall House – Fougeron Architects
Fall House aims to be another spectacular addition to the Big Sur coastline of California.
The home not only incorporates the green technology but is green in the literal sense as well. The roof and southern wall of the Fall House come in contact with the sea air, thus, they have been designed using copper.
The northern facade is made entirely out of glass and offers sensational sea-view.
The design of the Fall House sought to retain the natural beauty of the coastline. Thus, the open design of the house allows natural ventilation while the water supply is augmented by a local stream.
The Fall House is kept warm in the cold weather by the radiant hydronic heating installed under the floor.
Newberg Residence – Cutler Anderson Architects
The unique design of the Newberg Residence won it a mention in the AIA’s 2016 Housing Awards. The most distinctive aspect of this house is that it has been placed as a bridge over a large pond in Newberg, Oregon.
The design of the house seeks to blend it in with the environment. The house can be reached via a short walk through the forest. Newberg Residence includes a kitchen, dining room, and master bedroom as well as a guest house.
The lounge leads the visitors to the house onto the pond and allows them to dive into it.
Ancient Party Barn – Liddicoat & Goldhill
The Ancient Party Barn is located in the UK and has been modeled using a group of 18th Century agricultural buildings. The building underwent extreme renovation.
The entire oak framing of the structures was removed, repaired, and put back in the Ancient Part Barn.
The purpose of this painstaking exercise was to retain the untouched-aura of the house.
The huge insulated shutters fitted in the Ancient Party Barn open up to a large glass covered area that leads outside the house.
Another exclusive feature of the house is the shading which is actually an aircraft hangar door imported from the US.
Flexhouse – Evolution Design
Flexhouse has recently been completed on the side of the Lake Zurich in Switzerland. The glass house is a wonderful example of the contemporary architecture.
Apart from its stunning design, the structure is also energy-efficient.
The Flexhouse comprises of three stories and a basement. The structure is almost entirely glazed. The glass style is complemented by a vivid white ribbon-like expanse running throughout the house.
The upper levels encompass two bedrooms and bathrooms. A studio offers 180-degree unhindered view of the beauty of the Lake Zurich.
The house relies on the geothermal heat pump to keep the house warm or cool via the thermally-activated concrete flooring.
The glass is triple-glazed and reinforced with external blinds to diminish the heat gain.
House on the Cliff – Gil Bartolomé Architects
The House on the Cliff is situated in the majestic hills of Granada, Spain. The GOT fans will recognize the surrounding area as the setting where some of the scenes of the series were filmed.
The House on the Cliff has been designed to appear like a dragon looking out to the sea.
The house has a curving, scale-like roof and the design has been inspired by the Spanish architectural giant Antoni Gaudí.
The House on the Cliff is actually built into the cliff whereby an interior temperature of 19.5 degree Celsius is maintained in the house without any air-conditioning, even during the burning heat of the Spanish Summer.