Hytte Ustaoset, Norway, by Jon Danielsen Aarhus
Hytte Ustaoset, Norway, by Jon Danielsen Aarhus

Ten self-designed homes that reflect the unique styles of their owners

Following the popularity of a riverside house that an architect and designer built for themselves in Australia, we've rounded up 10 other original self-designed homes by architects and designers from around the world.


Home Farm by John Pawson

Home Farm, UK, by John Pawson

Home Farm is the clutter-free second home of John Pawson, the British designer best known for his minimalist style.

Built within a 17th-century farming complex in the Cotswolds, the dwelling is fitted out with limited furniture and a deliberately simple material palette of pale lime plaster, elm and concrete.

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House in Samambaia by Rodrigo Simão Arquitetura

House in Samambaia, Brazil, by Rodrigo Simao Arquitetura

A large, sweeping rooftop shelters the stripped-back House in Samambaia that Brazilian architect Rodrigo Simão designed for himself, his wife and children.

Floor-to-ceiling windows wrap its exterior and frame its tactile, open-plan interiors, which feature various recycled elements and an exposed structure of white-painted steel pipes, beams and board-marked concrete.

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House in Tokiwa by Makoto Suzuki

House in Tokiwa, Japan, by Makoto Suzuki

Makoto Suzuki designed the fragmented House in Tokiwa to facilitate communal living – accommodating living spaces for himself, an office for his wife, a remote retreat for his father and a studio for the sculptor Takenobu Igarashi.

It is made up of individual blocks that are interlinked and unified by the same vertical timber cladding, which Suzuki left unpainted to mimic the trunks of the surrounding trees.

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Ceiba House by Jorge Ramirez

Ceiba House, Mexico, by Jorge Ramirez

Ceiba House is the 1930s family home of Jorge Ramirez, which he refurbished and extended with a white rooftop yoga studio for himself and his wife.

Located in Aguascalientes, the small home retains as much of its existing detail as possible, including weathered mud-brick walls, crumbling render and a small courtyard with a ceiba tree after which the house is named.

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Cabin by Jon Danielsen Aarhus

Hytte Ustaoset, Norway, by Jon Danielsen Aarhus

Framing the view of the nearby lake was the priority of Jon Danielsen Aarhus when designing his family's remote timber cabin, located on the mountain plateau Hardangervidda in Norway.

The pared-back dwelling is otherwise built to merge with its natural setting, clad entirely in pinewood that will grey over time and mimic the colours of the surrounding trees and rocks.

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Alex Michaelis house in London

Blythe Road, UK, by Alex Michaelis

Alex Michaelis' self-designed sculptural brickwork house in London slots into a long, narrow site that was previously occupied by a disused garage.

Complete with rooftop gardens and a swimming pool, the design is Michaelis' "contemporary take on Corbusien modernism" and intended to offer a "unique and unparalleled experience of city living".

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Dodge House by Leopold Banchini and Daniel Zamarbide

Dodge House, Portugal, by Daniel Zamarbide and Leopold Banchini

Daniel Zamarbide's Lisbon home is fronted by an opaque facade that opens unexpectedly into a bright, full-height living space, overlooked by staggered glass-walled rooms.

Its distinctive stepped section squeezes a kitchen, bathroom and three bedrooms into a footprint of less than 40 square metres and is designed to maintain a visual connection throughout the home.

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House in the City by Ryosuke Fujii

House in the City, Japan, by Daisuke Ibano, Ryosuke Fujii and Satoshi Numanoi

A stack of staggered white boxes makes up Daisuke Ibano's House in the City, which he built for his growing family on a compact site hemmed in by other buildings in Tokyo.

This characteristic form reflects its unusual interior layout, where the rooms are arranged as one "helical continuous space" without doors to help maximise light and space.

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La Pedrera by Alejandro Sticotti

Le Pedrera, Uruguay, by Alejandro Sticotti

Le Pedrera is a coastal holiday home that architect Argentinean Alejandro Sticotti designed for his family using textural board-marked concrete and weathered-wood cladding.

The interiors were designed largely by his wife Mercedes, a graphic designer, and have a complementary material palette dominated by tactile wooden flooring, ceilings and furnishings.

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Basic House by Brownhouses in Bangkok, Thailand

Basic House, Thailand, by Korn Thongtour and Nartrudee Treesaksrisaku

An indoor garage containing a vast collection of cars is the centrepiece of Basic House, the "clean-cut" home of architects Korn Thongtour and Nartrudee Treesaksrisaku in Bangkok.

Developed with their studio, Brownhouses, the dwelling conceals all its storage behind walls to enhance the pared-back aesthetic and retain focus on views of the garage throughout the home.

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