Dezeen's top five houses of February 2023
A mirrored villa in Belgium, a demountable house in the UK and a "truly ordinary" home in Vietnam feature in Dezeen's top five houses of the month for February.
A pair of rammed-earth villas in Costa Rica and a fortress-like home in Portugal round off the list of Dezeen readers' favourite houses published in the past month.
This is the latest roundup in our Houses of the month series, which collects five of the most popular residences featured on Dezeen every month from all around the world.
Here are Dezeen's top five homes of February 2023:
Achioté, Costa Rica, by Formafatal
This pair of villas is located within the Costa Rican jungle, 300 metres above the Pacific Ocean.
Rammed-earth walls and a steel frame support a concrete roof, with wall-to-ceiling glazing giving expansive views of the surrounding landscape.
Beli House, Belgium, by Studio Okami Architecten
Informed by an experimental 1960s villa that previously occupied the site on the outskirts on Antwerp, this concrete house was clad in mirrored panels to hide it within the surrounding woodland.
"The mirrored box disappears due to the reflection of the forest, allowing the villa to maintain its slick horizontal bungalow-like appearance," said Okami Architecten founding partner Hans Vanassche.
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Nest House, UK, by Studio Bark
This wooden bungalow was designed by Studio Bark using its modular U-Build system and constructed on a farmstead in Herefordshire, UK, by students enrolled on the practice's No Building As Usual (NBAU) programme.
Built for a retired couple, the single-storey house was built with a timber frame and reusable foundations so it can be demounted at the end of its life.
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Forte House, Portugal, by Pema Studio
Set behind the retained facade of a former house on the site, the form of this blocky, white-rendered home in Santo Tirso, Portugal, was informed by the idea of creating a protected fortress.
"The house is designed in a complex balance between the creation of a dense and closed fortress and the reinterpretation of the typical patio house, looking for a protected oasis in its intimate relationship with the sky," said Pema Studio.
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Thuan House, Vietnam, by MIA Design Studio
Local architecture practice MIA Design Studio designed this house for a family of four in Phan Thiet, Vietnam, to be a stripped-back and "truly ordinary" home.
Built from modular elements to allow for future expansion or adaption, the home has an exposed steel frame that gives it an industrial character.
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