103 Exterior Apartment Design Photos And Ideas

Designed in the 1950s by British firm Chamberlin, Powell, and Bon, the Barbican Estate in East London is one of the largest examples of the brutalist style. Construction extended through the ’70s, and the complex was officially opened by the Queen in 1982. Today, it remains highly coveted for its unique aesthetic and convenient location.
The herringbone pattern in the screen casts a play of shadows depending on the time of day.
The privacy screen is composed of timber battens painted black and mounted on a steel frame.
Tsai Design intervened with a rear extension that contrasts with the heritage front. Now, the owners can enjoy the deck off the lower-level workshop. Above that, a privacy screen conceals a second-floor deck off the new principal bedroom.
The original building has a Victorian-era street-facing facade, which was retained in the remodel.
A massive oak tree is the focal point of the communal entry courtyard. The apartments were originally designed by Harwell Hamilton Harris for Thomas Cranfill, an English
professor at The University of Texas at Austin courtyard.
The mezzanine has rooftop access through large, south-oriented glazed doors. A steel awning offers shade to the mezzanine level during summer months, and the inside face is clad with plywood to visually extend the interior space outward.
Julie and Kevin Seidel were looking to create a salon as much as a home when they renovated a former tire warehouse in the SoMa section of San Francisco.
This eye-catching villa in the Netherlands, designed by Next Architects, proves that you can go big and go home as well. While some homes feature hints of color, the Villa van Vijven structure garners well-deserved attention thanks to its warm orange facade that is meant to mimic the tiled rooftops of Holland’s country buildings. The orange of the exterior also carries over into the communal entrance beneath the building, offset by natural elements such as stones adjacent to the entryway.
The sunshine-yellow spiral staircase stands out against the pale tone of the brick facade.
The brick-clad rooftop apartment on Mile End Road in East London features a vibrant yellow spiral staircase that links the upper and the lower terrace.
The apartments are located in a building in Old Montreal that dates from 1895. The renovation was complicated on many levels, as the building code has a number of requirements that are hard to accomplish in a 125-year-old structure.
A variety of planters, boxes, and hanging vines add greenery and softness to the exposed concrete structure.
Designed by Heller Manus Architects, 181 Fremont Street is located in San Francisco's newly coined 'East Cut' neighborhood and soars 700 feet tall.
A look at the exterior, which also plays with light, shadow, and negative space.
The eight-story apartment tower's glass and concrete facade lets in copious natural light.
A contemporary apartment tower rises behind the restored townhouse at 55 Monterrey Avenue in Mexico City's Colonia Roma neighborhood.
Alex Gil and Claudia DeSimio created a duplex in an apartment building where they’d been renting for years in Brooklyn, New York, and set to work gutting the interior and adding a new rooftop addition clad in panels of Cor-Ten steel.
Walden 7 is one of Taller de Arquitectura’s pioneering housing projects, designed to address the problems of modern city living—in particular, how to balance communal spaces with privacy. Located just outside Barcelona, the complex features five interior courtyards and 446 residences spread across 18 towers of 14 stories each. The towers are modular, but they are arranged in an organic, unsystematic form and connected via communal spaces and bridges to create distinct identities.
The cross laminated timber (CLT) and steel structure was prefabricated, speeding up the building process to just three weeks.
The project's prime, corner lot real estate dictated the organization of the separate living quarters. The main house's driveway and entryway, for example, are located on Maude Street, giving permanent residents a sense of privacy.
Spacious windows and a slotted facade provide curbside appeal at every angle.
Maude Street House by Murray Legge
With four levels and five private terraces, the penthouse cantilevers over Beekman Place in Manhattan.
The five floors beneath the penthouse comprise three private residences, each of which retains the hallmarks of Rudolph's signature style.
The Apartment by Tina Seidenfaden Busck is located in the charming Christianshavn district of old Copenhagen and has uninterrupted views overlooking the canal and the spire of Our Savior’s Church.
Balconies on the south facade.
One of the project's goals is to revitalize the community.
The apartment takes the form of a singular prefab structure.
Each unit has 11.5-foot-high ceilings, expansive floor-to-ceiling windows, and outdoor terraces.
The apartment building has an organic curving form.
The 73,195-square-foot prefab building hosts 66 new apartments.
A cobblestone street in Sambuca, Sicily
The Nate exterior.
The surrounding hills of Montmartre inspired the alternate tread staircase that SABO introduced to the young fashion designer’s apartment.
Two formerly separate levels are linked and combined into a double-height volume in this 1,464-square-foot apartment in Barcelona, Spain.
Walden 7's unsystematic layout offers an alternative to conventional apartment blocks.
Diagonal cuts are mirrored across the facade, creating a rhythmic pattern of material and void.
Circulation platforms weave above the open courtyard space.
Large cuts in the outer walls of the shipping containers create a geometric pattern of glazed openings. At night, the openings create a patterned facade that is both solid and transparent.
The two building masses join like a hinge at the narrow end of the site. The solid masses are broken only by the exterior circulation routes. The complex name, DRIVELINES, is painted onto the end facade.
The buildings create a pedestrian-friendly experience by placing retail on the main floor, where it is easily accessible to passers-by.
The project's industrial character ties in nicely with the surrounding infrastructure and architecture.
The residential building blends in with the urban fabric of the changing downtown neighborhood.
The ring-shaped building was formerly the BBC Television Center. A refurbished Helios statue stands in the courtyard.
Hirata has used a system of organic layering to create a series of three-dimensional spaces, while also integrating apartments and galleries within the structure's five levels.
The home located at 56 Willow Street is a pet-friendly property, and has additional storage in the basement, as well as a part-time superintendent that looks after the co-op building.
A narrow creek was carved into the edge of the rock wall to “extend nature into the site.”
Flooded with natural light, Makers Row is a new mixed-use building in Northeast Portland that combines 19 apartments with ground-floor commercial space in a highly energy-efficient envelope.
The building, constructed in 1948, was designed by architect A. Rollin Caughey.
The protected balcony allows the owners to enjoy the sunshine with just the right amount of shade.
Barcelona-based architecture firm Ribas & Ribas shaped the hotel's modern checkerboard exterior in a way that echoes the surrounding marinas and natural landscape, while Baranowitz +Kronenberg designed the hotel's interiors to be an homage to the island's legacy as a decadent, bohemian holiday destination with maritime roots.
The entrance to the apartment after the renovation.
The traditional facade does little to hint at the apartment's modern aesthetic.

Zoom out for a look at the modern exterior. From your dream house, to cozy cabins, to loft-like apartments, to repurposed shipping containers, these stellar projects promise something for everyone. Explore a variety of building types with metal roofs, wood siding, gables, and everything in between.