With its brick-and-sandstone facade and intricate iron details, an 1880 bungalow in Adelaide, Australia, looks like a beautifully maintained relic of the 19th century. Photo by James Knowler.
Inside, however, the home's abstract accents and glass walls are as modern as its exterior is traditional; it's a surprising combination of preserved history and progressive design. Photo by James Knowler.
From the street, it would be easy to assume that Mike McDonald's home is merely one of Oakland, California's, many restored Victorians. Photo by Jason Madara.
The reality is much more complex. McDonald was faced with the challenge of preserving a home that dates back to the 1890s, while making it structurally sound enough to live in. His solution was to lift the entire house off the ground so he could rebuild its foundation; while he was at it, he updated the interior, making it clean and modern. Photo by Jason Madara.
Don't be fooled by the demure 20th-century charm of this San Francisco home; its mint-and-white exterior hides an adventurously modern addition in the back—the result of its latest renovation. Photo by Sharon Risedorph.
From bright furniture to glass partitions to a geometrical, terraced porch, each detail of the home's addition is another point of contrast with its facade. Photo by Sharon Risedorph.
It would be difficult to find a better example of the stereotypical farmhouse; a three-building summer retreat in Sweden comes complete with A-line roofs, wooden shingles, chunky chimneys, and red walls with a white trim. Photo by Åke E:son Lindman.
But unlike its exterior, the vacation home's interior has been redesigned for the 21st-century. Wood floors and furniture tie into the overall rustic aesthetic, but the chalkboards on the island and the blue wall of the kitchen are two notable components of its modern bent. Photo by Åke E:son Lindman.
Blue from top to bottom, the Geometrie Bleu vacation home in Canada's Magdalen Islands stands out as an adventurous update of a typical rural home without leaving old architectural styles behind. Photo by Matthew Monteith.
The home takes its experimental design further on the inside, though; a sleek wooden island and a set of elegant chairs contrast with the traditional look of exposed rafters. Photo by Matthew Monteith.
An 18th-century flat in Barcelona had a palpably imposing historical beauty even before it was renovated, but its exterior looks more like a tourist attraction than a private home. Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.
Architect Benedetta Tagliabue wasn't intimidated by the grandeur of the crumbling flat when she decided to save it. She started to make her home's interior completely modern, but told the decorating crew to stop before they finished painting over the walls completely when she was struck by the bold contrast between original stone and an unfinished layer of paint in her living room. Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.