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Best Houses of 2019

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More than 5.000 architecture projects were published in ArchDaily this year.  Year after year, we curate hundreds of residential projects, and as we know our readers love houses, we compiled a selection of the most visited residential projects published on the site. 

Set in various locations around the world, in urban, rural, mountain and beach landscapes; a variety of structural designs, from traditional masonry to the most technological prefabricated systems; from small dwellings to large houses and materials such as concrete, wood, and bricks as the most used. We also found their design and typology solutions were very much aligned with their specific settings and all of them share a strong dialogue between the house and nature, whether it is its direct surroundings or the introduction of green into a more condensed urban setting. 

This selection of 50 houses highlights the most visited examples during these twelve months and, according to our readers, were the most attractive in innovation, construction techniques, and design challenges. Check them out below:

The World's Most Influential Events and Awarded Architecture in 2019

2019 has been a very fruitful year in architecture, unveiling projects, discourses, and careers that cover most of the multiple layers, interest, and fields related to this discipline, and highlighting how relevant it has become to our societies —from the Pritzker Prize 2019 awarded to Japanese architect Arata Isozaki to the revealed theme of the Venice Biennale 2020. Take a look at the main architectural milestones of this year across the globe.

Recacha House / Studio Wet

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© Fernando Alda

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  • Architects: Studio Wet
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2019

Office within a Block / Sol89

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Córdoba, Spain
  • Architects: Sol89
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 250.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2019

Hotel Conil / Kauh Arquitectos

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Conil de la Frontera, Spain
  • Architects: Kauh Arquitectos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 495.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2019

Balcony House / LSD Architects

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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
  • Architects: LSD Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 250.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

Mendes da Rocha and Al Borde among Winners of the XI Ibero-American Architecture and Urbanism Biennial (XI BIAU)

In Asunción (Paraguay), the XI Ibero-American Architecture and Urbanism Biennial (XI BIAU) have presented the winners of the Panorama de Obras section (Projects Panorama) of this contest edition, "all faithful to the spirit of the XI BIAU: living, the inhabitant," according to the organization.

Among 997 proposed works throughout Latin America, 17 architectural works —predominantly public projects— built in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Spain, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Uruguay and Venezuela are the winners of the XI BIAU.

Black House / LSD Architects

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Hermosa Cóbano Beach, Costa Rica
  • Architects: LSD Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 1937.5 ft2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2016

The Chapel House / Ignacio Hornillos

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Madrid, Spain

Colono Shop / SERRANO + BAQUERO

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No Footprint House / A-01

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© Fernando Alda

© Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda + 33

Ojochal, Costa Rica
  • Architects: A-01
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 150.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

Amaya Apartment / Ventura Arquitectos

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Tulum, Mexico
  • Architects: Ventura Arquitectos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 1790.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2019

Vibia Showroom / Francesc Rifé Studio

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Types of White: the Work of Fran Silvestre

There are many kinds of white, all have no color but they are very different from each other: some silent, others deafening; there is the white of absence and also the one of eloquent presence; neutral white is very common, which one day may be painted with other tones; but there are also things born to be white, which could not be of any another color. Fran Silvestre’s architecture is composed of few essential signs, lines, planes and volumes thought and built with great geometric control.

Casa Borrero / Studio Wet

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Alosno, Spain
  • Architects: Studio Wet
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2019

ToHA Office Development / Ron Arad Architects

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Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
  • Architects: Ron Arad Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 53000.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2019

The Importance of Communication and Context in Enrique Sobejano's Work

Past, Present, Future is an interview project by Itinerant Office, asking acclaimed architects to share their perspectives on the constantly evolving world of architecture. Each interview is split into three video segments: Past, Present, and Future, in which interviewees discuss their thoughts and experiences of architecture through each of those lenses. The first episode of the project featured 11 architects from Italy and the Netherlands and Episode II is comprised of interviews with 13 architects from Spain, Portugal, France, and Belgium.

Konigshof rendering. Image Courtesy of Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos Montblanc exterior view. Image Courtesy of Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos Espacio Andaluz de Creación Contemporánea. Image © Roland Halbe Arvo Part Centre. Image © Roland Halbe + 41

House in Chiclana de la Frontera / Sursuroeste arquitectos S.L.P

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Chiclana de la Frontera, Spain