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 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
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 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 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
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
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
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 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;
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 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.
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