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Inspired by the shape of a sea creature, this house will no doubt be a source of controversy – prominently placed at a high elevation to its surroundings, will it be beautifully integrated with or blight upon the rocky landscape?

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Architect Nick Tsontakis (via Dezeen) states of his work: “The overall form of the home is reminiscent of a manta ray – even though this was not intentional – and from the air the structure looks like it’s swimming on top of the mountain. I wanted to make the house design memorable and simple. It is organic, soft and liveable.”

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By wrapping the site, the designer exposes the resident to wonderful views out and down on all sides. It also provides a workaround for local ordinances that prevent people from building right up to the peak – no part of the home is closer than 20 feet to the top vertically.

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With six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, and a ten-car garage, this Arizona home will be huge, and not cheap either: the estimated price tag is 30 million dollars. If it does not look as big as it sounds, keep in mind: much of the construction will happen underground, including a 2000-square-foot entertainment space.