Yup, this is the photo-list of top 50 modern house designs ever built. Some of those homes are seriously popular on the internet which is just another proof of how incredible they are and another reason for you to check them out. Take a look!

Of course, all of those modern house designs are chosen according to my personal taste, so you don’t have to agree about being the best part, because, as everybody else of course, you have your own taste in modern houses. But after you see those photos below, I expect you to at least admit that those homes are truly incredible pieces of modern architecture. 😉 Btw. you might want to take a look at the 30 modern entrances later as well.

Location and modern house designs

What makes these modern house designs so special and different from others? Well, one of the criteria was location of the house, which often plays important role in the way house is designed. For example, houses designed by SAOTA, are almost always built somewhere on a cliff, high above the ocean, or down on a rocky beach, giving its residents an opportunity to enjoy in breathtaking views or relaxing sounds that ocean waves make while crashing into the rocks below the house. Nature will always have huge impact on the house design.

House size

Next, size of the house. Common opinion among people is that house has to be huge or expensive to be beautiful or amazing. This is really, really far from being true. You will notice I picked some pretty small houses (in comparison to others) for this list. For example, this minimalist house and this creative home. Good architects and their clients who have taste and style will together create gorgeous modern house designs, no matter how big the house is at the end.

Architectural style

Speaking of style, this brings us to the next criteria. Style in architecture. This is another thing strongly related to someone’s personality, but you have to admit, when someone has style, this is obvious to everyone. I think architects and owners of those homes have amazing style in architecture and this is one of the reasons why I put those homes on the list.

“The wow factor” of modern house designs

When we take all criteria described above, we get one and only, “the wow factor”. When you see modern home and its design, you’re either impressed, or not impressed. This can be described as “the wow factor”, and, at the end, this is the main reason why those homes are on this list. All of them attracted my attention, got me all interested and left me impressed, which made me put together this list of top 50 modern house designs at the end.

Let’s take a look!

Modern front facade design

Front facade is probably the most important part of every house design. Since it is facing public area, it is essential to make sure that the house blends well with the surrounding and fits in the neighborhood in general. These two houses, designed by Antoni Associates (you can read more about this modern mansion here) and Martin Friedrich Architects, are great examples of elegance and overall sophistication of modern house design, especially when it comes to front facade.

Beautiful front facade as part of modern house design
© Elsa Young and Adam Letch
Minimalist modern facade as part of modern house design
© Derek Swalwell

Exterior house design facing the backyard

Even though front facade is of somewhat greater importance when it comes to a house design, the backyard facade is far from being unimportant. Next two modern houses are perfect examples of exterior house design facing the backyard where modern house design is complemented with terraces, swimming pools and gardens. You can read more about Double Bay residence and its amazing house design here.

Stunning modern facade as part of house design
© Zhao Qiang

Green roof as part of modern house design

Green roofs are often being used as a key element in sustainable housing. Besides being good for the environment and your home’s overall sustainability, they also add value to a visual appearance of the house. Singapore’s Sky Garden House designed by Guz Architects shows an outstanding green roof being part of the modern house design.

Modern home design with green roof
© Patrick Bingham Hall

Big modern house design

Wider Los Angeles area, especially Hollywood, Bel Air and Beverly Hills are packed with breathtaking modern mansions. While big modern houses might not be everyone’s cup of tea, they can be really interesting and impressive pieces of architecture. Just like this modern mansion on 1232 Sunset Plaza Drive.

Huge luxury California Home
© The Agency

Small house design

Some people simply prefer smaller houses instead of big imposing mansions. An no one can blame them since small modern homes often really do look more charming and beautiful than large houses. Shakin Stevens House designed by Matt Gibson Architecture + Design is one of them. Small house design based on minimalism and “less is more” approach can do wonders.

Small minimalistic home
© courtesy of Matt Gibson Architecture + Design

Modern desert house design

Even though life in desert sounds really uncomfortable and one cannot help but wonder why would anyone want to live in a desert, this interesting modern residence designed by assemblageSTUDIO shows that it’s possible to be surrounded with nothing but rocks and sand and still enjoy in comfortable living space. This modern desert house design features a lot of innovative ideas and solutions for living in desert environment, you can read more about it here.

Large modern home in the desert
© Bill Timmerman

Modern villa design

This incredible modern villa designed by MM ++ Architects is part of small real estate development called Oceanique Villas, located in Phan Thiet, Vietnam. The residence features modern villa design with an incredible terrace, swimming pool and indoor outdoor connection – everything one could dream to have while living on a beach.

White modern facade on a modern house design
© Hiroyuki OKI

Walkways with staircases as part of modern house design

Next set of photos shows that modern house design includes more than just facade. Walkways and paths, as well as front yards are equally important for the house’s visual appearance as the facade itself. First project; Concrete House II by A-cero shows something really incredible – staircase leading to the house completely covered with grass. Second project; Summit House designed by Whipple Russell Architects features gorgeous walkway with lit up staircase leading to beautiful modern entrance. Third project; Sarbonne Road residence designed by McClean Design presents curved outdoor staircase with glass banister which truly complements this modern house design.

If you want more walkway ideas and inspiration, feel free to check out our article covering only front walkways and path designs!

Black home and grass stairs
© Luis H. Segovia
Modern facade at night
© Whipple Russell Architects
Elegant luxury modern home
© Hilton&Hyland

Extreme shape of modern home

Modern home in the desert

Modern home in South Africa

Modern home and swimming pool

Modern home with the ocean view

Amazing home and swimming pool at night

Small modern home

Minimalist white facade

White facade at the sunset

Stone house and swimming pool

Small modern swimming pool

Modern dark and bright facade

Modern white home and swimming pool


Modern entrance and facade

Modern home withoutdoor fireplace

Large Bauhaus home

Concrete and stone modern facade

Tropical swimming pool and home

Futuristic modern home

Green vegetation all over the home

Modern home in Thailand

Large outdoor fish tank and moden home

Elegant black facade

Futuristic modern home

Interesting contemporary home

Modern facade and outdoor fireplace

Modern house design at night

Large swimming pool and stone facade on modern home

Small black modern home

Interior and terrace designed by SAOTA

Modern glass facade

Minimalist pavilion house

Contemporary facade at night

Outdoor living space and modern home

Modern house design

Modern white facade and car

Large swimming pool and modern facade

Black home with blue lit swimming pool

Modern home with stone facade

“L” shaped house design

The City Villa is stunning modern home designed by ARRCC office. Due to “L” shaped house design, owners are able to enjoy in central courtyard, which houses gorgeous swimming pool, without the interruption of their privacy. The house also offers an incredible unobstructed views of the city below.

Modern house design of the City Villa by ARRCC
© Adam Letch

Modern villa Roca Lisa by SAOTA

Round modern villa design by 123 DV Architects

Beautiful modern home by Nico van der Meulen Architects

The SU house is modern villa designed by Alexander Brenner architects, situated at the edge of a forest in the south of Stuttgart, Germany. Read more about this modern villa here.

Modern villa by Alexander Brenner at night

THAT house is beautiful contemporary home built around the concept of open house design. It is designed by Austin Maynard architects and located in Australia. Read more about the open house design and this modern home here.

Open house by Austin Maynard Architects

SAOTA designed an amazing modern home that highlights one interesting feature – wooden facade. Take a look how this simple element created coziness and intimacy for its residents.


Wooden facade by SAOTA
© Adam Letch

Another great idea how to make your home modern is to simply add modern extension to the existing home. Take a look how Chen + Suchart Studio renovated an existing tudor house and turned it into beautiful modern home.

Backyard of renovated modern house by Chen + Suchart Studio

Alright, now let’s hear what you think about those homes. Do you find them impressive as much as I do? Do you think architects deserved some kind of award? Which one of all 50 designs would you pick as the winner? Please, let me know in the comment section below, after which I recommend you to check out 20 small bedroom ideas, even more amazing than this list. 🙂

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