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Designwatch: The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes Season 1

We watched The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes (Netflix) focusing on houses built in challenging surroundings and how they were designed to respond to these environments. Here is what you need to know:



What is it about: Documentary mini series, presented by award-winning architect Piers Taylor and actress and property developer Caroline Quentin. There’s good chemistry and the two bring unique expertise to the table. The first series focuses on 4 houses per episode, that were all built on simile yet challenging surroundings: built into the side of a cliff, nestled in a forest, perched at the top of a mountain or hidden under the earth.

We enjoyed: Mesmerising images of rare architecture projects. At most cases, the charm leads the presenters to overlook obvious practical issues. Caroline’s joyful authentic laugh. Real “behind-the-scenes” stories /construction nightmares. The presenters don’t take themselves too seriously, have fun, know what they are talking about and appreciate architecture.

Interesting trivia: Undergound houses episode features a house on Antiparos island, Greece. Designodom celebrates that.

Photo Credits: Ktima House by Camilo Rebelo and Susana Martins in Greece , S01E04, Τhe World’s Most Extraordinary Homes, Netflix

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