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Stunning houses in the Architizer A+ Awards showcase

The Architizer A+ Awards showcase some of the most unique houses and architectural buildings in the world and this year’s finalists in the large, single family house category are nothing short of stunning.

The five finalists include some of the most unique family homes in the world including a Brazilian mountain getaway and an incredible California beach house.

Here are the finalists that the public can vote for until the 21st March:

JN House, Itaipava – RJ, Brazil

JN House

Situated in the mountains of Petropolis, approximately an hour and a half away from the hustle  and bustle of Rio de Jeneiro, JN House perfectly integrates architecture with nature in this stunning, single-storey dwelling.

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Featuring state of the art technology throughout, a large swimming pool and stunning views of the surrounding landscape, JN House is a great family getaway to share with friends.

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La Muna, Aspen, CO, United States

La Muna

Situated in the ultra-exclusive region of Red Mountain in Aspen, Colorado, La Muna has been fully renovated to create a rustic ski chalet. Clad in reclaimed wood, stone and weathered steel and copper, this house was created to have a minimal impact on the natural resources while effortlessly blending into its surroundings.

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La Muna features solar panels to provide the energy needed for electricity and hot water, while the large panels of insulated glass provide a connection to the outside and offer spectacular mountain views.

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The Cresta, California City, CA, United States

The Cresta

The Cresta is a 5,300 sq foot home entirely cast out of concrete and situated in La Jolla, California. This three-storey building is accented by floor to ceiling glass and large open expanses leading to the outdoors; this creates the feeling of space while providing spectacular views of the surrounding area.

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A swimming pool located at the front of the house creates the perception that the building is floating and the thermal mass of the concrete coupled with the solar panels on the roof supply nearly 100% of the homes required power supply.

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Vault House, Oxnard, CA, United States

Vault House

Situated on the beachfront in Oxnard, California, Vault House features an array of stacked, unidirectional rooms encompassed into a rectangular form. Each vaulted room defines a function of the house and flows from the main living area.

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With ocean views to the west, street views to the east and windows that provide stunning views of the horizon, Vault House maximises the visual connection of inside and out.

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Villa Kogelhof, Zeeland, Netherlands

Villa Kogelhof

By using several techniques and building materials, Villa Kogelhof has been designed to be energy neutral. The villa features two floors, one underground and one floating above ground, the latter offers incredible views of the surrounding area and has an uncompromising glass box design.

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The underground portion of the villa features parking for 6 cars, storage areas, a bathroom and workspace that looks out over the pond, whereas the top floor features an open plan living area and subtle glass room dividers.

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The Architizer A+ Awards are now in their second year and is the largest architectural awards program in the world, with over 60 categories and over 200 judges.

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