Despite becoming known as a place for tweens to post pictures of themselves doing ‘duck face’, or for yet another platform for people to share their lunch on, Instagram is actually a great resource for anyone building their own home.

Prepare to be inspired by these accounts belonging to architects from across the globe. Okay, so you probably won’t be adding that infinity pool or multiplex cinema to your home anytime soon, but it doesn’t hurt to dream does it?

1: Camillo Botticini: camillobotticini

Alps villa – foto Galeazzi

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Italian architect Camillo Botticini designs striking geometrical buildings both for residential and corporate clients. His feed features a combination of his own work and the cities and landscapes that inspire him.

One for: anyone who loves contemporary design as much as they do Italian Renaissance buildings


2: Mcclean Design: mccleandesign

Born and bred in Dublin, Paul McClean swapped the historic winding streets of the Emerald Isle for the shining cosmopolitan climbs of Los Angeles. His practice excels in producing slick modern homes designed to maximise views of sunny California. Expect edgy contemporary homes with an “if I won the lottery” price tag.

One for: those who frequently find themselves California Dreaming


3: SAOTA: _saota

SAOTA, based in Cape Town, is a large practice with an international portfolio. Their residential projects are amongst the most awe-inspiring on Instagram, but they aren’t just about luxury lifestyle — these guys like to share pics from their social and community projects too. Expect dream homes set in epic landscapes, plus the odd group photo.

One for: anyone who likes to balance their material goals with their social conscience


4: Jackson Clements Burrows: Jcbarchitects

Aussie architects Jackson Clements Burrows love a detail shot, making for a feed that shows a great building really is the sum of all it’s wonderful parts. Their projects demonstrate a playful use of form and materials, whilst responding to the local vernacular. JCB’s Instagram account shows off the range of projects they have worked on, from individual residences, to inner city apartment complexes and downtown restaurants.

One for: lovers of urban design


5: Studio MK27: studiomk27

Have a nice weekend! Ramp House | photo: @fernandogguerra

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Marcio Kogan of Studio MK27 (based in São Paulo, Brazil), is the son of well known Brazillian engineer Aron Kogan. His engineering heritage shows in his work and subsequently his news feed — this guy really loves a cantilever. Don’t let the weird baby doll that crops up on the practice’s social media accounts and website (we still haven’t got the bottom of what it is) put you off, as Studio MK27 are a pretty big deal in the world of design. Studio MK27 have begun designing furniture and sanitaryware in the last decade, adding to their growing portfolio.

One for: people who love proper architecture, but from an architect who doesn’t take himself too seriously


6: Bates Masi + Architects: batesmasi

Bates Masi + Architects LLC has been designing schools, homes, hotels and restaurants from their base in New York for over 50 years. They are known for their unique take on modern architecture that uses a signature palette of industrial and natural materials.

One for: Corten and timber cladding obsessives.


7: Hyde + Hyde Architects: hyde_architects

Our California house at dusk #architecture

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Husband and wife team Kristian and Kay Hyde founded their practice in South Wales in 2006. Sustainability is at the fore of their designs, but style is never compromised and their projects would look just as fitting in the Californian hills as they do in the dramatic Welsh countryside. Their feed is a medley of dramatic landscapes and evocative architectural shots — infact the whole thing rather appropriately has a hint of the whole Hinterland aesthetic* to it.

*For those who do not know, Hinterland is what is described as a ‘Celtic noir’ police detective TV series set in North Wales.

One for: Those who like striking buildings set in front of stormy skies, with the odd landscape shot thrown in


8: Ramon Esteve: ramon_esteve

Spanish architect Ramón Esteve’s distinctive homes are usually built from a limited palette of materials, including wood which he uses to bring warmth to hard, concrete frames. He sees water as another ‘building material’ — initially that may sound pretentious but most of his projects feature water to great effect, reflecting light and visually lengthening or widening a space. His Mediterranean coastal homes really are the dream.

One for: Fans of infinity pools and beach houses complete with immaculately presented, posing couple


9: Fran Silvestre Arquitectos: fransilvestrearquitectos

PROJECTS. House on the cliff. Casa del acantilado. “Considering the steepness of the land and the desire to contain the living area on one storey, a three-dimensional structure of reinforced concrete slabs and pieces that adapt to the land’s topography was chosen, thus reducing earthworks to a minimum.” “Dada la fuerte pendiente de la parcela y la voluntad de desarrollar la vivienda en una sola planta, se opta por una estructura tridimensional de pantallas y losas de hormigón armado que se adapta a la topografía, realizando el mínimo movimiento de tierras posible.” #FranSilvestreArquitectos #AlfaroHofmann #houseonthecliff #calpe #altea #valencia #spain #architecture #arquitectura #archidaily #architect #arquitecto #design #mediterranean #white #blue #bluesky #light #minimal #building #lifestyle #archilovers #architecturelovers #instagood

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If you physically recoil at the sight of clutter then Fran Silvestre’s Instagram feed will be a haven of calm for you. His homes are simple, spacious and striking, with clean lines and white rendered walls that mimic the traditional whitewashed homes of southern Spain (where the practice is based). The practice’s photographer is a big fan of the ubiquitous ‘blurred homeowner walking through the room’ shot.

One for: People who love homes that look like they are taking the dress code for a white party to the extreme


10: Signature Custom Homes: signaturecustomhomes

Signature Custom Homes is just that — signature homes, custom built for Australia’s most esteemed clients. All of the projects on this feed have been designed with a specific client in mind, and the result is a real smorgasbord of interior styles. There are exterior shots of the homes too, but the majority of posts are of luxury living spaces and statement entrance halls.

One for: Those who love a luxe interior

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