Discover these unique, award-winning self build projects from every corner of the globe. 

Villa Varoise self build project in south of france - grand designs

Image: John Horner

When it comes to inspiring self build homes, there's a whole world out there to explore. Take a look at three shining examples from the last year, each awarded Best of the Best in the Architecture Masterprize Awards 2020. 

Villa Varoise, NADAA 

Villa Varoise self build project in south of france - grand designs

Image: John Horner

The striking, angular façade of this home created by Boston-based firm NADAA in southern France, lead by architect Nader Tehrani, feels monumental and monolithic, but by carving a walkway, leading through to a central courtyard with a pool, it offers both openness and privacy. 

Villa Varoise self build project in south of france - grand designs

Image: John Horner

This design is adapted to the site’s sloping terrain, and while it offers a relatively solid wall to its neighbours, on the other side it opens up with bountiful glazing overlooking the countryside. 

Terreno House, Fernanda Canales Arquitectura

TERRENO HOUSE - unique self build project in Mexico - grand designs

Image: Fernanda Canales Arquitectura

Located on the plateau of a mountain outside of Mexico City, this design by Fernanda Canales Arquitectura seeks to make the house disappear into the wild landscape. 

brick interior of unique mexican self build home with sky light - grand designs

Image: Fernanda Canales Arquitectura

While the design is enclosed around a central courtyard, it has allowed nature inside, connecting it the environment, with a series of patios transitioning between the domestic spaces and the nature outside of the walls. 

interior of unique mexican self build home - grand designs

Image: Fernanda Canales Arquitectura

The home is spread across one level, with statement vaulted ceilings defining the interiors, created to resemble the forms of the mountains. 

Triangle Rectangle House, Architect-K 

Inspiring self build home in republic of korea - grand designs

Image: Architect-K

With a brief to create a private space for the owner of Triangle Rectangle House, Republic of Korea-based Architect-K's home design doesn't give much away from its exterior perspective. Instead, the building is arranged around a central courtyard, bringing light into the centre of the home. 

Inspiring self build home in republic of korea - grand designs

Image: Architect-K

Expanding on the circulation space around the courtyard, Architect-K's Kichul Lee created individual apertures out into the calming central space, as well as through the skylight.

 Inspiring self build home in republic of korea - grand designs

Image: Architect-K

The controlled light through the gaps in the house's 'hard outer shell' as described by the architect, creates delicate and dramatic changes of the light according to time of day. 

  

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