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Luxury Living: Modernist homes

From Lake Geneva to Miami Beach via the south of England, five eye-catching architect’s dreams inspired by light, space and line — all from Christie’s International Real Estate

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  • Cherry Hill Wentworth Estate, England

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Cherry Hill, a Grade-II listed, 1930s Modernist masterpiece, is set in more than 4 acres of landscaped gardens alongside the fourth fairway of Wentworth Club’s championship golf course, just 20 minutes’ drive from Heathrow Airport. The property has been superbly restored to its original luxurious and light-filled glory, with the addition of a new wing to the west of the house, a home cinema, a spa and relaxation suite and an indoor swimming pool. 

This modern home with 80ft of waterfront is notable for such contemporary flourishes as its frameless Italian doors, Poliform closets, and exposed concrete stairways with railings of glass. The building’s high ceilings and vast rectangular surfaces promote a clean and minimalist aesthetic throughout. There are seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms, plus a large pool with spa and water features.

Clean lines, sharp angles and gleaming use of glass and polished stone distinguish this Modernist gem on the shores of Lake Geneva. Its glass façade capitalizes on the breathtaking lake views, and a generous floorplan comprises some 1,300 square metres. A curved-glass elevator, embraced by a graceful winding staircase, leads to three en-suite bedrooms above.

Nestled in the desirable private gated community of Villalagos, The Zorzal, named for an indigenous bird, is a fanciful and tranquil contemporary villa that faces its own stretch of shoreline along the enclave’s Lago Norte. The villa’s horizontal, linear form lends a distinctive quality to the property, which exhibits a masterful use of concrete, wood and glass.

This architectural prize-winner is located in Bogotá’s most exclusive neighbourhood and is a testament to innovative linear design. The three-level home includes two amazing living rooms on the second level, each with a designer chimney, studio, an open-plan kitchen, and a stunning dining room. All the social areas overlook the deep green gardens that surround the estate, including century-old trees.