When you hear the term “modern beach house,” do you immediately picture a quaint bungalow or cozy cottage sitting just steps from the beach? While this may be true for some people, today’s modern beach house is more likely to be quite large, constructed from concrete, and include wall-to-wall glass windows and doors that open directly up to the beach than anything else. And, it goes without saying, that the home’s interior will be just as spectacular as the exterior.
To give you an idea of what today’s modern beach house looks like, here are 10 of the best examples from all over the world. While some of the homes are residential, others are available for rent, giving you the opportunity for an amazing vacation.
Sky Garden House on Sentosa Island, Singapore
Designed by Guz Architects and built in 2010, the 4-level Sky Garden House features gardens and greenery on all levels, including the curved roof. The unique design is meant to help the homeowners withstand the tropical climate and reduce energy consumption by providing shade and enhancing cross ventilation. At the same time, the large glazed windows provide amazing views of the South Chine Sea and make certain the gorgeous home gets plenty of natural light.
Casa Las Lomas I-5 in Cerro Azul, Peru
Perched on top of a rocky hill, Casa Las Lomas I-5 was designed and built by Vertice Arouitectos in 2011 to provide panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean below. Constructed from concrete, wooden lattice painted white, and tempered glass, the 3-level home, which appears to jut out in different directions, features a sloped design meant to decrease the construction’s impact on the terrain. To provide shade on the home’s multiple terraces, some floors of the home overhang the one below. Of course, this does not prevent you from enjoying beach from almost every room in the house.
Nettleton 198 in Cape Town, South Africa
Designed by SAOTA and OKHA Interiors and completed in 2012, the exterior of Nettleton 198 was constructed using powder-coated aluminum, walnut timber, black marble, glass, and metal doors. Although it is hard to tell from the back of the home, it is actually an 8-level home that includes multiple sunbathing decks, a reflecting pool lined with a dark granite tile, and glass panel siding that can be used to open the home entirely up to the outside.
Casa Kimball in Cabrera, Dominican Republic
Designed by Rangr Studio and built in 2009, Casa Kimball is an 8-bedroom, 9-bathroom villa constructed from reinforced concrete and local coral stone. To keep the home cool without the use of air conditioning, the interior spaces merge directly with the exterior and the custom made hardwood windows made by local carpenters that pivot on automobile bearings, allowing them to be fully opened. The home, which offers every amenity you could possibly need or want, as well as a full time staff, including a world class chef and bartender, is available as a vacation rental.
Southern California Beach House
Designed by Richard Meier and Michael Palladino, the 4,280 sq. ft. Southern California Beach House was completed in 2001. Thanks to the glass walls and ceilings that were intended to create a seamless interior/ exterior experience, you can see completely through the home from the front yard. To give the home a modern look, the exterior is made of painted aluminum wall panels and plastered walls that are juxtaposed to the transparent glass. This allows for privacy inside, while still affording views of the Pacific Ocean without even opening the front door.
Casa Atrevida in Lima, Peru
Featuring an environmentally friendly design by Martin Dulado, Casa Atrevida sits in a private lush forest overlooking the mostly deserted shores of Preciosa Bay. Constructed from a combination of wood and bamboo, the 5-bedroom, 5-bathroom home is unique, modern, and earthquake resistant. The home is available as a vacation rental and includes a full service staff. Undoubtedly, this is the most unique modern beach house on this list. The year it was completed is not available.
Takapunga Beach House in Takapuna Beach, New Zealand
Built in 2013, the Takapuna Beach House was designed by Athfield Architects to allow the front yard green space to extend almost entirely through the home to the beach. The home sits on a concrete base and was constructed primarily from weathered hardwood paneling that was found in the area, as well as panels of weathering copper metal or brass. Though the home is small, it is estimated to be worth more than $8.5 million dollars, thanks to its unique design and prime beach location.
Iniala Beach House on Natai Beach, Phuket
Created by Joaquin Torres and Rafael Llamazares of A-CERO, the Iniala Beach House, built in 2014, features two shell shaped bungalows that are joined together by an open main living space that overlooks the Andaman Sea. The architectural firm also designed all the furnishings to ensure that curved lines played an important role throughout the villas. The house is actually part of a resort that includes 10 villas and an onsite restaurant.
Holman House in Dover Heights near Sydney, Australia
Designed by the Sydney architecture firm of Durbach Block Jaggers, Holman House was inspired by Pablo Picasso’s The Bather. Completed in 2004, the base of the 2-story home was constructed from rough stone to make it appear as if the home extends from the cliff it sits on almost 230 ft. above the beach. The curved home includes a kitchen and living that are projected out over the pool using four angled stilts and feature wall to wall windows for outstanding views of the ocean below.
AAK Villa on Amwaj Islands, Bahrain
Completed in 2016 and designed by Riyaz Qurasishi or MORIQ, AAK Villa is truly a modern beach house. Consisting of cubes randomly placed on each other with courtyards, cutouts, skylights, and bodies of water to fill the voids, this 3-story home’s design allows for completely unhindered movement and great views of the beach from almost every spot of the 10,516 sq. ft. home. As an added bonus, the home features all of the technological advances that the owners could possibly want.