If homes have spirit seasons, this modern residence in Antwerp, Belgium, would easily be fall. Designed by DDM Architectuur, the House BRAS sits on a verdant plot of land, surrounded by trees whose leaves create a technicolor backdrop come autumn.
At once monolithic and graceful, the stone and glass house sprawls into a zig-zag across the site, creating plenty of opportunities for sight lines to the surrounding property, including a glass-smooth pond. Encased by floor-to-ceiling windows throughout, the home provides a picture frame effect no matter where you are.
The ground floor is split among a pool and sauna hall, a main living area with a sprawling open kitchen, and a bedroom wing with culminating in an epic double height music room. This wing has a second floor, where a master suite comes with roof terrace, courtyard, and library overlooking the atmospheric music room.
The dramatic entrance, a ramped passageway that appears to cut through the pond, also provides access to a subterranean level containing mechanical rooms and a garage. Not too shabby.