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Masters of the House

A residence designed by one of the world’s leading architects may be the ultimate expression of couture living. These five stunners prove that an architect’s vision is a thing to behold—and an even greater thing to own.

Alberto Rubio’s Bird House is an inspiring seaside retreat.

Lurin, St. Barts, French West Indies
Price Upon Request
THE LOWDOWN With a prime location atop Lurin’s Lotissement Andres neighborhood, this singular residence has no shortage of light, air and ocean views. Designed by François Pécard, the villa reflects the architect’s appreciation of the island’s traditional whitewashed houses that are open to tropical breezes. The thick walls and hipped roofs of the main house give way to a spacious terrace with a lava rock-lined infinity pool and garden pathways that lead to the bedroom pavilions, each with its own deck and plunge pool.
THE STATS Four bedrooms and four baths on 3.2 landscaped acres
THE LAST WORD Expect the finest touches throughout, from Gaggenau appliances in the Italian glass kitchen to furnishings by Catherine Pawson, wife of top British architect John Pawson.
CONTACT Sibarth Real Estate, 590.590.29.88.91 

Majorca, Spain
THE LOWDOWN Architect Alberto Rubio’s Bird House seems almost built without walls. Like a bird’s nest perched on the cliffs of Port d’Andratx, a popular resort town, the home features the architect’s signature arcing roofline and undulating lines. A neutral palette defines the multilevel, 5,800-square-foot house, which uses natural materials and even incorporates large rock formations. From the open-plan living/dining room, a stepped terrace with built-in seating leads to the infinity pool and the Mediterranean.
THE STATS Four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a gym and sauna, and a self-contained guest suite on .37 acres
THE LAST WORD A top-tier sound system fills the house and outdoor areas with music, making the residence perfect for entertaining.
CONTACT Modern Homes Worldwide,

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
THE LOWDOWN For this 8,000-square-foot waterfront home, architect Russell Hollingsworth took his cue from nature and designed a concrete structure that offered expansive views via glass walls and indoor-outdoor living spaces. Topped by a copper roof, the striking property, which boasts a state-of-the-art energy system, manages to blend into the landscape. A separate studio functions as an office or guesthouse.
THE STATS Four bedrooms, six full baths, a home theater, lap pool and hot tub on .32 acres
THE LAST WORD Car collectors will swoon for the 10-car garage and custom automobile elevator.
CONTACT Ann Green, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, 604.922.6995,

Sun Valley, Idaho
THE LOWDOWN Following the hillside with its three stepped-back levels, this Marmol Radziner home was created with locally sourced stone and fir, making it rest all the more serenely in its site. Roof decks, patios and glass windows open the 8,700-square-foot house to the natural world, while inside, a gourmet kitchen and adjacent great room make the ultimate family hangout area. The architects also created built-in furnishings, making this a truly comprehensive and custom design.
THE STATS Seven bedrooms, six full baths, a four-suite guest wing, a media room, a gym, a spa and a meditation room on .58 acres
THE LAST WORD Hike nearby trails in the summer or ski Dollar Mountain in the winter—this is a year-round retreat.
CONTACT Christie’s International Real Estate, 212.468.7140

Fort Washington, Pa.
$13,950, 000
THE LOWDOWN Limestone and oak marble mark this Raphael Viñoly-designed home close to downtown Philadelphia. The architect created three wings with floor-to-ceiling windows to maximize views of the dramatic Belgium stone courtyard and the verdant landscape surrounding the 40,000-square-foot house. Built for entertaining, it also provides the perfect retreat: The master suite features a private staircase that leads up to a tower offering 360-degree views of the property.
THE STATS Eight bedrooms, a double-height living room, a 4,000-bottle wine cellar, pool and a pool house on 30 acres
THE LAST WORD Adjacent lots with additional homes and potential can also be purchased to expand the estate.
CONTACT Christie’s International Real Estate, 212.468.7140