Award-winning architect Piers Taylor and actress and property enthusiast Caroline Quentin explore a range of incredible architect-designed houses in extreme locations around the world. Whether built into the side of a cliff, nestled in a forest, perched at the top of a mountain or hidden under the earth, these homes connect to their environments in a spectacular way. Each episode is themed according to the houses’ environments — coast, forest, mountain and underground — with Piers and Caroline traveling to locations ranging from North America to Australasia to Europe. To explore how these dramatic designs function both as works of architecture and as real houses, they stay overnight, eat meals and spend time in the homes.
11 – 17 Nov: Episode 2 – Switzerland
Piers Taylor and Caroline Quentin head to Switzerland. They discover four extraordinary homes, built with great design and craftsmanship and set within stunning landscapes.
Episode 3 – Japan
Presenters Piers Taylor and Caroline Quentin head to Japan. They discover four extraordinary homes, built with great craftsmanship, combining high tech and a deep respect for tradition.
Episode 4 – USA
Piers Taylor and Caroline Quentin head to Florida, USA to see how this hotbed of modernism has delivered some of the most glamorous and beautifully designed homes they’ve ever seen.
Episode 5 – Spain
Piers Taylor and Caroline Quentin head to Spain. In a country renowned for experimental and fearless architecture they discover four bold and extraordinary homes.
Episode 6 – India
Presenters Piers Taylor and Caroline Quentin travel to India, where traditional architecture meets cutting edge design in stunning family homes.
Episode 7 – Norway
Piers Taylor and Caroline Quentin head to Norway to discover four extraordinary homes in a country where architecture is influenced by incredible landscapes and the extreme climate.
Episode 8 – Israel
Piers Taylor and Caroline Quentin head to Israel. They discover four extraordinary homes, designed to combat the heat and inspired by rich cultural and historical traditions.