In Vienna, a dazzling penthouse by Delugan Meissl has boldly inserted itself between traditional rooftops of the city’s Wieden district like a recently landed alien intruder. The “culinary cockpit” (a.k.a. the kitchen) stands at the center of the apartment on a raised platform. A long, white slanted counter contains hi-fi speakers and a BUS-system panel of 18 buttons for controlling lights, curtains, heating, ventilation, etc. Photo by Hertha Hurnaus.
In Sweden, the 13-by-13 foot Mirrorcube tree house, a reflective glass cube built around the trunk of a pine, blends into the surrounding forest so well that the architects plan to cover it with a transparent ultraviolet film to alert flying birds so they won't smash into it.