2012 Year in Review: Best of Architecture + Interiors

From miniature to mansions, from residential to commercial, and from multiple continents, we’ve shared every type of architecture with you this year. Each one more spectacular than the last and with it’s own distinct qualities that show these particular designers really think outside the box. Keep reading to discover the most popular house…

10. Nettleton 199 by SAOTA and OKHA Interiors
Located in Cape Town, South Africa, this jaw-dropping home let’s you see directly through it – from the back yard you can see right through the house to the pool and then to the Atlantic Ocean. Completely dreamy…

9. Spa House by Metropolis Design
A mountainside guest house that’s meant for relaxing with its large infinity pool and underwater viewing room/spa where you can peep the people swimming.

8. Potts Point Apartment by Anthony Gill Architects
A tiny apartment gets a renovation to give the young child a space of its own, while still giving the parent’s a separate pullout bed that’s hidden in a partition wall/bookcase.

7. Curtain Door by Matharoo Associates
A massive door made of 40 sections of thick wood that feather out giving the appearance of a curve, much like a curtain would make.

6. Sweden’s Smallest Apartment
Proposed affordable housing for students in Lund, Sweden brings about this teeny, tiny cottage that comes complete with everything one might need while attending school.

5. Villa Amanzi by Original Vision Architecture
A multi-leveled, luxury villa in Phuket, Thailand that will knock your socks off, with traces of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water and the seamless way it seems to grow out of rock it sits on.

4. The Candy Room by Red Design Group
A candy store full of sweet goodness and one-of-a-kind design that has customers wanting to just hang out in the childlike space.

3. World’s Thinnest House: Keret House by Jakub Szczesny
This two-story, triangular shaped house is sandwiched between two buildings and would you believe that it’s only four feet wide?

2. LEGO PMD by Rosan Bosch and Rune Fjord
For every kid that grew up but didn’t want to, this office was made for you! Can you imagine working where there are endless LEGO bricks and a slide?

And the most popular Architecture post of 2012 was…

1. Micro Cabin in Finland
This small cabin in the woods of Finland overlooking a lake is exactly what the man who designed and built it was looking for – 146-square feet of space made from mostly recycled materials and a tight budget.

Which one would you want to live in?

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.