Agata Toromanoff's new Lannoo book Edgy Architecture unveils spectacular gravity-struck homes

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Some architects would like a challenge.

A new coffee table book has the & # 39; edgiest & # 39; houses of the world public – striking houses located in some of & # 39; s most treacherous places.

Studied in cliff views, steep mountain slopes, and other unlikely plot locations, these head-scratching architectural wonders defy logic – and gravity.

The book – Edgy Architecture: Architecture in the Most Impossible Places, by Agata Toromanoff and published by Lannoo – contains beautiful photographs of slender abodes and explanations of how and why they were built.

From the Qiyun Tree House of China, with a set of box-like structures that sit right next to each other, until the aptly named House On The Cliff in Alicante – which looks like something from a James Bond movie – these buildings, designed by some of & # 39; most famous architects of & # 39; e world, be guaranteed to watch.

Scroll down to see the home design at its most extreme.

The Nariga House is located in a mountainous area in northern Mexico and studded on a steep mountain side. It gives the residents 360 degree views of the beautiful surroundings

The beautiful Nariga House peaks above the lush vegetation and was designed by P + O Arquitectura to respect the local wildlife and leave the ecosystem untouched - the reason why the architects decided to raise it so high 39; a mountain floor

The beautiful Nariga House peaks above the lush vegetation and was designed by P + O Arquitectura to respect the local wildlife and leave the ecosystem untouched – the reason why the architects decided to raise it so high 39; a mountain floor

The beautiful 11-meter-high Qiyunshan Tree House in China is a higgledy-piggledy mishmash of boxes. Designed by Bengo Studio, it includes a number of & # 39; sensing spots & # 39; that do not offer views of the surrounding mountains

The beautiful 11-meter-high Qiyunshan Tree House in China is a higgledy-piggledy mishmash of boxes. Designed by Bengo Studio, it includes a number of & # 39; sensing spots & # 39; that do not offer views of the surrounding mountains

The Qiyunshan Tree House is made with natural materials - mostly wood and glass - to blend with the surrounding forest

The Qiyunshan Tree House is made with natural materials – mostly wood and glass – to blend with the surrounding forest

Villa Escarpa in Portugal's Algarve region steps out and balances in one way or another over a steep platter covered with beautiful flowers

Villa Escarpa in Portugal's Algarve region steps out and balances in one way or another over a steep platter covered with beautiful flowers

The designer of Villa Escarpa had only a small plot to work with and wanted to maximize the space - he couldn't go over or behind so he went outside. The property offers beautiful views of the ocean

The designer of Villa Escarpa had only a small plot to work with and wanted to maximize the space – he couldn't go over or behind so he went outside. The property offers beautiful views of the ocean

The YA house, designed by Kubota Architect Atelier and set in Japan's Hyogo Prefecture, is a sleek, elegant affair with sharp streaks that don't spike from a slope in a mountainous area

The YA house, designed by Kubota Architect Atelier and set in Japan's Hyogo Prefecture, is a sleek, elegant affair with sharp streaks that don't spike from a slope in a mountainous area

The YA house was designed with light in mind, with the designers who do not want to illuminate the property naturally. A mixture of concrete and glass has been used, whereby the concrete elements are apparently floating in the air

The YA house was designed with light in mind, with the designers who do not want to illuminate the property naturally. A mixture of concrete and glass has been used, whereby the concrete elements are apparently floating in the air

The sunflower house of northeastern Spain features a cube-like design of Cadaval and Solà-Morales and is intended to reflect and mesh with its rocky, cliff location. Each & # 39; cube & # 39; is positioned to maximize views

The sunflower house of northeastern Spain features a cube-like design of Cadaval and Solà-Morales and is intended to reflect and mesh with its rocky, cliff location. Each & # 39; cube & # 39; is positioned to maximize views

Each of & # 39; cubes of & # 39; e Sunflower houses in traditional living space. There is a bathroom, bedroom, kitchen and living room

Each of & # 39; cubes of & # 39; e Sunflower houses in traditional living space. There is a bathroom, bedroom, kitchen and living room

The beautiful Two-In-One house in Norway houses two families and includes a basement apartment. Designed by Oslo-based Reiulf Ramstad Architects, the building is intended to give the illusion of uniformity, although it is split inside

The beautiful Two-In-One house in Norway houses two families and includes a basement apartment. Designed by Oslo-based Reiulf Ramstad Architects, the building is intended to give the illusion of uniformity, although it is split inside

The Two-In-One House sits atop a steep slope and is covered with vertical cedar panels, along with other materials that can withstand Norway's snow conditions

The Two-In-One House sits atop a steep slope and is covered with vertical cedar panels, along with other materials that can withstand Norway's snow conditions

On a slope on the edge of Barcelona stood X House, pictured, designed by architects Eduardo Cadaval and Clara Sola-Morales. It is designed to offer views of the mountains and the sea

On a slope on the edge of Barcelona stood X House, pictured, designed by architects Eduardo Cadaval and Clara Sola-Morales. It is designed to offer views of the mountains and the sea

Image Villa Anzére is a property embedded in the side of a Swiss hill. The design is based on a traditional Swiss chalet and the terrace on each level has views of over 4000 peaks, including the Matterhorn

Image Villa Anzére is a property embedded in the side of a Swiss hill. The design is based on a traditional Swiss chalet and the terrace on each level has views of over 4000 peaks, including the Matterhorn

The image of Konieczny, pictured, lies on a slope in & # 39; middle of mountain ranges in Poland. It was designed by architect Robert Konieczny and it is described as looking like & # 39; a bunker & # 39; and & # 39; a piece of rock rolling up the hill & # 39;

The image of Konieczny, pictured, lies on a slope in & # 39; middle of mountain ranges in Poland. It was designed by architect Robert Konieczny and it is described as looking like & # 39; a bunker & # 39; and & # 39; a piece of rock rolling up the hill & # 39;

This property, called Villa in Kaiko, is a vacation home overlooking the ocean in Atami, Japan. The book describes it as a & # 39; highly expressive structure with a zig-zag facade & # 39;

This property, called Villa in Kaiko, is a vacation home overlooking the ocean in Atami, Japan. The book describes it as a & # 39; highly expressive structure with a zig-zag facade & # 39;

This house, called Casa Del Acantilado (Cliff House), is located in Granada, Spain, and was inspired by the architect, Gaudi. The book describes it as & # 39; one of & # 39; the most extraordinary houses ever built & # 39;

This house, called Casa Del Acantilado (Cliff House), is located in Granada, Spain, and was inspired by the architect, Gaudi. The book describes it as & # 39; one of & # 39; the most extraordinary houses ever built & # 39;

This home is located on a cliff on & # 39; the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia, on & # 39; a mountain edge of & # 39; e cliff. It is described in the book as & # 39; visually beautiful & # 39;

This home is located on a cliff on & # 39; the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia, on & # 39; a mountain edge of & # 39; e cliff. It is described in the book as & # 39; visually beautiful & # 39;

The aptly named HillSide House in California is a three-level residence that looks like a modest size from a street-level view. It actually stretches up a steep hill and has balconies, terraces and balustrades in abundance

The aptly named HillSide House in California is a three-level residence that looks like a modest size from a street-level view. It actually stretches up a steep hill and has balconies, terraces and balustrades in abundance

The HillSide House is designed by Zack de Vito, with energy efficiency and sustainability at heart. The house uses a hi-tech solar system and a window arrangement implemented to reduce the need for indoor lighting

The HillSide House is designed by Zack de Vito, with energy efficiency and sustainability at heart. The house uses a hi-tech solar system and a window arrangement implemented to reduce the need for indoor lighting

The House On The Hill in Alicante was designed by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos and embedded in a deep slope, overlooking the Mediterranean

The House On The Hill in Alicante was designed by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos and embedded in a deep slope, overlooking the Mediterranean

The House at & # 39; e Cliff is hung over the contour of & # 39; a hill, explains the book, with the protruding part resembling a binoculars.

The House at & # 39; e Cliff is hung over the contour of & # 39; a hill, explains the book, with the protruding part resembling a binoculars.

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