Welcome to our weekly property digest, where we bring together the best homes for sale and rent across the world. This week, we have an architect’s floating home in the UK’s Oxfordshire and a modern lakefront home in Copenhagen among our discoveries.

The Tapp House in Oxfordshire, UK

Photography: The Modern House

4 bedrooms; 1,863 sq ft; £1.1.95m via The Modern House
British architect David Tapp designed this modernist Oxfordshire property in 1969 as his own home. The rural Tapp House has a raised living room that appears to float above the landscape, capturing views of the Chilterns’ wooded hills via its glazed front. The countryside property was built in Henley-on-Thames using prefabricated timber modules and many 1960s features are still intact. See side the modernist UK property.

A former architect’s studio in Copenhagen, Denmark

An architect's studio is now a modern home on Lake Gentofte's shores following a gentle renovation to polish its historic bones
Credit: Adam Schnack

4 rooms; 85 sqm; 6.365m DKK via Adam Schnack
Historic bones have been polished at this former architect’s studio on the shores of Lake Gentofte in Copenhagen. Updated minimalist interiors celebrate the heritage of the modern lakefront cottage which dates back to 1795. The Copenhagen property was given an award-winning renovation by architects Edith and Ole Nørgård in 1960 who used the building as their studio for decades. Take an online tour of the historic home.

Kabëk cabin in Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica

Image: Úbáli Tropical Living

1 or 2 bedrooms; POA via Úbáli
This customizable prefab home was inspired by Costa Rica’s Talamanca mountains. The Kabëk cabin by Úbáli has a flexible footprint that allows it to adapt to rough terrain and a sloping roof and bank of windows that allow light to flow throughout its open-plan living space. International delivery is available and would-be owners can book a two-night trial of a Kabëk located in Costa Rica’s Puntarenas Province via Airbnb from £75. Get a closer look at the prefab home.

Saint Helena in Byron Bay, Australia

Photography: Joints In Byron

Sleeps 2; from £296 per night via Airbnb
This Byron Bay beach home has steel-framed doors and polished concrete flooring. The industrial-themed New South Wales holiday home’s interiors are a soothing mix of white and muted tones, contrasted by black steel, natural woods and rattan furniture. Saint Helena opens up onto a shared outdoor space with tropical plants and trees. See more of the Byron Bay holiday home. 

A converted distillery in Österlen, Sweden


20 rooms; 8,500,000 kr via Bjurfors
This 1907 distillery in Sweden’s Österlen was active for 70 years before becoming a workshop and garage, and then later being abandoned. Its current owners purchased the expansive Österlen property in 1997 and turned it into hotel and restaurant Ravlunda Bränneri. It currently offers nine rooms for rent, a restaurant and cafe, and an events hall.

A modernist home in Mount Martha, Australia


6 bedrooms; 14,164 sqm; POA via Taylor and Co Realty
Architect Karl Fender designed this modernist home in Victoria, Australia, which has been carefully restored by the current owners. Built in 1973, Fender House has huge walls of glass overlooking three acres of private bushland in the Mornington Peninsula’s Mount Martha, about an hour’s drive from Melbourne.

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