contemporary stone houses

A perfect blend of refined architectural design and rustic charm, contemporary stone houses offer the best of both worlds. This page features a curated selection of designs completed by renowned architecture firms and up and coming architects from all over the world. However different they may be, all of these dwellings have something in common: they have natural stone walls. Textured, with small or large blocks, painted or left raw, these houses put the natural material in the best light and highlight its features by placing it alongside contemporary elements or using it to create elegant designs.

When it comes to contemporary stone houses, designs vary widely; from reconditioned and tastefully modernized farmhouses in the Italian countryside to modern barns that put the traditional agricultural buildings in a new perspective or minimalist dwellings that blend into natural settings.  Some houses create a bold contrast between old and new. Corrugated metal appears alongside solid stone walls. Concrete floors complement the beautiful textures of stone and establish a dialogue between natural and man-made elements; between rustic and urban.

Built in natural landscapes or rural areas, many contemporary stone houses use the building material as a connection to the local setting. Sourced from quarries close to the building site, preserved as part of the walls of old buildings, or even reclaimed from ruins, stone blocks give contemporary dwellings more character. Anchored to their context, new, modern homes and weekend retreats become comfortable shelters that both celebrate and rejuvenate their surroundings. While they become a part of the landscape, they also make their mark on the land as a testament of masterful architecture.

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    A minimalist holiday home and separate guest house built on a Greek island. Built on…

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    A courtyard house built at the heart of a working farm in the Scottish lowlands….

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    A contemporary beach house inspired by Mallorca’s vernacular architecture. Built on a gently sloping street…

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    An architectural project that explores the essence of a Mediterranean Levantine house. Located among the…

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    A modern house partly built within the ruins of a stable in the Italian Alps….

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    A farm building from 1810 transformed into a warm house that celebrates its past. Located…

  • Around the World

    A modern retreat built within a restored 16th-century farmhouse in Tuscany. Located in Radda, in…

  • Around the World

    A relaxing retreat built among pine and oak trees on the banks of the Tagus…

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    A traditional house from the 18th century transformed into a modern dwelling. Dating back to…

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    A contemporary house built in a nature reserve in Mexico. Built with great respect for…

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    Partially buried inside a rocky hillside, this house draws inspiration from cave dwellings. Located in…

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