Southeast Asia is famous the world over for its fabulous weather and laid back lifestyle, but it is also increasingly becoming an architectural hub, where cutting edge new homes are being built every day. The rich history of the region, which is home to some of the oldest civilisations on earth, as well as several of the world's majors trading hubs, has led to a confluence of styles from India, East Asia, Europe and the Middle East, resulting in a wholly unique style all its own.
Whether it's modern inner city apartments, beach bungalows, or traditional suburban homes, Southeast Asia has proven time and time again that it has something new and interesting to say, and we think it's time we listened! Today we're going to look at some fantastic homes that prove just how ahead of the curve our local homify experts are when it comes to designing exquisite homes in this beautiful region.
This fantastic detached condominium in Bowmont Gardens, Singapore, has a fairytale atmosphere that really sets it apart from the rest of the homes on the street. With geometric latticing backlit with a warm glow from inside, it reminds us of a magical and mysterious forest.
This detail, which provides privacy while also allowing plenty of natural light in, stops at the upper floor where it becomes the bannister for a fabulous bedroom balcony. We just wish more homes were this creative!
This is an amazing example of just how far architecture and landscape design have come, not just in Southeast Asia, but worldwide. Located in beautiful Singapore this stunning construction blurs the line between home and garden, covering every exterior surface with greenery for a look that is quite simply astonishing. Even the roof is covered in grass!
The multiple levels reflect nature, and mean you can catch the sun at any time of the day, or alternately hide away in the shade when it's too hot. All we can say is WOW.
You'll find this mansion tucked away in the seaside hills of Phuket, Thailand, where it makes no sacrifices on luxury while remaining completely private. Built into the hillside to prevent street views, this multi-storey masterpiece features a floating pool that looks right into the ocean, creating a seamless blend when viewed from the balcony.
The rooms feature glass walls to allow for maximum sunlight, and to take advantage of the fantastic seaside vistas. A truly opulent home that exceeds all expectations of what's possible in the world of architecture.
This fabulous Malaysian home has everything you need to get through those tropical summers. The house curls around a patio and pool area, perfect for entertaining on a balmy evening, and it even includes a covered gym for keeping that summer body in shape!
The sparse furnishing and decoration leads our focus to the house itself, which as we promised, is yet another innovative design, with the single storey rumpus room serving the much larger building on the left.
This amazing concrete home is perfect for the hot climates of Singapore, with a design that incorporates several outdoor areas. Featuring a sheltered outdoor staircase protected from the elements by a wooden lattice that allows plenty of airflow, the home also has a protected back porch, perfect for the rainy season. The large glass front of the living room is hidden from the street by the front gate, while the upper level features a unique pattern of offset windows in a clever blend of design and functionality.
This spectacular design, dubbed the Fish House by designers Guz Architects, is the perfect way to end our journey. Making the most of its fabulous seaside environment, the private pool looks like an extension of the crystal blue ocean beyond. With an impressive elevated living room shaded from the summer sun by an extended roof with a lively hardwood ceiling, this design also boasts a patio area and a gorgeous garden. This really is an exquisite spot to take in those breathtaking views.
Well we think we've proven that Southeast Asia is leading the way when it comes to creative and avant-garde architecture. For a look at what's happening further east check out this minimalist Japanese home!