8 Sophisticated Rooms Around the World

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October 10, 2013
From a tiny glass house in Belgium to a serene 17th-century oil mill converted home in Italy, these eight modern homes have been thoughtfully designed from the inside out.
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  Layer by layer, a crumbling 18th-century flat in the middle of Barcelona finds new life at the hands of architect Benedetta Tagliabue. Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.

    Layer by layer, a crumbling 18th-century flat in the middle of Barcelona finds new life at the hands of architect Benedetta Tagliabue. Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.

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  This living room is lit by three protruding skylights angled to catch morning and afternoon light. Photo by Raimund Koch.

    This living room is lit by three protruding skylights angled to catch morning and afternoon light. Photo by Raimund Koch.

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  Surrounded on all sides by a sweeping Canadian hayfield, the 23.2 House is an angular ode to rural life. Photo by Jason Schmidt.

    Surrounded on all sides by a sweeping Canadian hayfield, the 23.2 House is an angular ode to rural life. Photo by Jason Schmidt.

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  For Felix Claus, a 1930s rental apartment is more than an idyllic pied-à-terre—it’s an architectural gem that requires reverence and careful tending. Photo by Hotze Eisma.

    For Felix Claus, a 1930s rental apartment is more than an idyllic pied-à-terre—it’s an architectural gem that requires reverence and careful tending. Photo by Hotze Eisma.

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  The acclaimed Italian designers Ludovica+Roberto Palomba carve a serene retreat out of a 17th-century oil mill in Salento, filling it with custom creations and their greatest hits. Photo by Francesco Bolis.

    The acclaimed Italian designers Ludovica+Roberto Palomba carve a serene retreat out of a 17th-century oil mill in Salento, filling it with custom creations and their greatest hits. Photo by Francesco Bolis.

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  After purchasing a revered archetypal lake house designed by American architect Richard Meier, a retired couple launches into the home’s second renovation in 35 years. Photo by Dean Kaufman.

    After purchasing a revered archetypal lake house designed by American architect Richard Meier, a retired couple launches into the home’s second renovation in 35 years. Photo by Dean Kaufman.

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  In a Melbourne suburb, a family of four redefines “interior design” with a private house that doubles as a public art gallery. Photo by Dianna Snape.

    In a Melbourne suburb, a family of four redefines “interior design” with a private house that doubles as a public art gallery. Photo by Dianna Snape.

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  For this tiny house in the Belgian forest, a little extra square footage comes in the form of a glassed-in addition with a stellar view. Photo by Frederik Vercruysse.

    For this tiny house in the Belgian forest, a little extra square footage comes in the form of a glassed-in addition with a stellar view. Photo by Frederik Vercruysse.

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