9 luxe homes that feature totally shocking design

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No matter the style, interior design and architecture are industries where experimentation is a must. For instance, when midcentury modernist architect Frank Lloyd Wright debuted his iconic Fallingwater house in 1936, the world was shocked. After all, it is a fully livable, beautifully designed residence that Wright constructed over a flowing waterfall. Since news of Wright’s masterpiece spread throughout the world, architects and interior designers have paid tribute to the American genius with equally—if not more—shocking design. 

And, like Wright, they’re experimenting with water in more ways than one. From a Le Corbusier–inspired skylight turned rooftop pool to a hidden arcade in the basement of a neoclassical-style Houston mansion, these radical spaces are proof that architects and designers are flexing their creative muscles. Here, AD surveys nine homes around the world with jaw-dropping interior design elements that would make Wright proud.

1. Ios, Greece

Jeremy Austin

For his family’s home in Ios, Greece, Angelos Michalopoulos designed a series of marble pools carved into the natural rock formations scattered across the shores of the Aegean Sea. Not to mention, each of the pools was handcrafted by local sculptors without any industrial machinery. Michalopoulos was so pleased with the design, that he replicated it at his sumptuously outfitted hotel, Calilo. 

He notes, “This design approach allows guests to experience a harmonious bathing and lounging experience. They almost become part of the rock formation and natural landscape while benefiting from the rocks’ healing energy. It’s also highly sustainable with minimal waste: The pool water is sourced directly from the sea to both eliminate water consumption and avoid taxing the already overburdened freshwater supply.

2. Seattle, Washington

9 luxe homes that feature totally shocking design

Aaron Leitz