Bet Your Courtyard Doesn't Have Its Own Gondola

Who needs Venice when you have a gondola in your courtyard? This modern concrete home in Bangladesh has a serene lagoon in the atrium, making it the kind of place you'd never want to leave.

The tall, temple-like structure is an airy retreat from the outside world. Living there would be like having your own tropical escape in your home. And the pool in the middle isn't just eye candy — it also helps push hot air out, cooling things off on the inside. From the minds of Shatotto Architects, the multi-level, open ceiling opens up the place for air and natural light, and the boat makes it easy to get from the living room to the pantry as fast as possible. Now you just need someone to row it for you. [HiConsumption]

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