The silhouette of House in Los Vilos, Chile, by Office of Ryue Nishizawa

Dezeen's top 10 houses of 2020

Next up in our review of 2020, we recall 10 of the most impressive and unusual houses featured on Dezeen this year, including a sculptural Chilean residence and a reconfigurable home in Tokyo.

An aerial view of House in Los Vilos, Chile, by Office of Ryue Nishizawa

House in Los Vilos, Chile, by Office of Ryue Nishizawa

An undulating, board-marked concrete roof shelters this Chilean house that Pritzker Prize-winning architect Ryue Nishizawa positioned beside the Pacific Ocean.

Its sculptural form mirrors the contours of its rocky site and the dips in its undulations are used in place of partitions, segmenting the dwelling into three distinct areas.

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An aerial view of The Red Roof, Vietnam, by TAA Design

The Red Roof, Vietnam, by TAA Design

TAA Design's innovative design for The Red Roof house in Vietnam landed it the title of Rural House of the Year and Architecture Project of the Year at the Dezeen Awards 2020.

It is distinguished by its bright, stepped roof that incorporates large planters used to grow vegetables for the local community, which the Dezeen Awards jury described as a "humble gesture that has a very powerful reach".

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The exterior of the Bumpers Oast house, UK, by ACME

Bumpers Oast, UK, by ACME

Over 41,000 tiles were used to clad Bumpers Oast, a quirky house that ACME designed to evoke hop-drying kilns found throughout the Kent countryside.

It comprises five tall towers, each filled with large, round rooms. At their peaks are dramatic cone-shaped sleeping spaces enveloped by plywood shingles and lit by openable skylights.

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A courtyard inside Casa Mérida, Mexico, by Ludwig Godefroy

Casa Mérida, Mexico, by Ludwig Godefroy

This concrete house occupies an 80-metre-long site in Mérida, Yucatán, and was designed by Ludwig Godefroy to pay homage to the city's Maya heritage.

Among its key features is its long, fragmented layout that is interspersed with outdoor spaces. This references a Sacbe, an ancient Mayan road system, while naturally ventilating the interiors.

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The glass walkway in Landaburu Borda house, Spain, by Jordi Hidalgo Tané

Landaburu Borda, Spain, by Jordi Hidalgo Tané

Jordi Hidalgo Tané embedded a spacious concrete annexe within the hillside when renovating and extending Landaburu Borda, an old Spanish dwelling overlooking the Navarra mountains.

To ensure it is subordinate to this dramatic setting, the extension follows the contours of the site and is accessed via an understated glass corridor that extends from the house.

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The front facade of Mole House, UK, by Adjaye Associates

Mole House, UK, by Adjaye Associates

Adjaye Associates overhauled a derelict dwelling in London to create the textured, bunker-like home and studio of artist Sue Webster.

It has multiple entrance routes and a concrete basement, introduced by Adjaye Associates as a nod to the building's weird past that involved its former owner, the infamous Mole Man, illegally digging a network of tunnels beneath it.

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House with a greenhouse in the Czech Republic by RicharDavidArchitekti

House with a greenhouse, Czech Republic, by RicharDavidArchitekti

A polycarbonate greenhouse containing a sea of cacti crowns this single-storey home, completed by RicharDavidArchitekti for a family living in the town of Chlum.

Its eaves overhang a timber terrace that folds around the dwelling to provide access into each of the rooms, as well as panoramic views of a surrounding orchard.

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The scaffold facade of Daita2019, Japan, by Suzuko Yamada

Daita2019, Japan, by Suzuko Yamada

Suzuko Yamada enclosed the front of this Tokyo house with an adaptable scaffold of steel pipes into which a series of platforms are slotted.

Designed to support the changing needs of the owner, this structure can be reconfigured by simply by clamping or unclamping different pipes, or expanded with additional elements including rails for drying clothes.

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The exterior of House in Samambaia, Brazil, by Rodrigo Simão

House in Samambaia, Brazil, by Rodrigo Simão

A huge scooped roof sits atop this stripped-back home that Brazilian architect Rodrigo Simão built in Samambaia for himself, his wife and children.

Floor-to-ceiling windows frame its tactile interiors that are open in plan and filled with recycled elements, an exposed white-painted steel structure and board-marked concrete.

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The tower of La Torre Bianca, Italy, by Lorenzo Grifantini

La Torre Bianca, Italy, by Lorenzo Grifantini

A cluster of white high-ceilinged volumes and a 12-metre-high tower define La Torre Bianca, a pared-back Italian dwelling designed by Lorenzo Grifantini for himself and his family.

The volumes are unified by a low-lying boundary wall that offers the family privacy and conceals a large open courtyard that contains a pool and an outdoor dining space.

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