Finalists:Spain: Villa Nurbs by Enric Ruiz-Gel Founder of Barcelona's Cloud 9 studio, architect Enric Ruiz-Geli treated this strikingly unconventional house, situated in Girona's suburban Empuriabrava, as art. Villa Nurbs sits on a raised platform, with white Corian and inflatable plastic roof panels upstairs. The pod-like family house has living spaces, guest rooms, a sunken garage, a spa and a courtyard pool. Chile: Casa 11 Mujeres by Mathias Klotz When invited to design a vacation house for a family with 11 daughters, Chilean architect Mathias Klotz welcomed the challenge. Located on a steep cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, north of Santiago, this concrete-based holiday home is spread across three levels, with bedrooms, entertainment and guest spaces all enjoying sea views and natural light. Austria: Haus Holzinger by Wolfgang Tschapeller Wolfgang Tschapeller's Haus Holzinger in Austria's St Andrä-Wördern is part modernist, part deconstructivist; a rectangle that rises up on slender steel legs. A huge slab of folded cast concrete gives a double-height kitchen and living space, punctured with jagged windows. Inside, faceted walls bulge and fold to create rooms that jut into the volume of the box. USA: Dutchess Guest House by Allied Works This guesthouse by Portland-based Allied Works is located on a creek edge in New York State, part of the larger Dutchess County Residence. The house, hidden in a mature forest, features floor-to-ceiling glass walls and wooden interiors. A steel frame and four delicate cantilevered volumes enclose the living spaces and bedrooms.
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