Even those who wouldn’t consider themselves design enthusiasts have to admit that contemporary architecture is pretty easy to identify. No matter the style or location, residences built recently tend to feature anything from curved lines and unconventional volumes to asymmetrical shapes and open floor plans. And one aesthetically charged element that’s popping up in homes built within the last several years is a clear and intentional desire to defy gravity. From Melbourne, Australia, to Waccabuc, New York, architects are challenging Sir Isaac Newton’s discoveries in a big way.
These nine homes bring a whole new meaning to our general understanding of a balancing act, so we decided to take a closer look. The ingenious architects who brought these daring structures to fruition may not have designed the most practical homes, but they’re providing proof that contemporary architecture knows no bounds.