‘The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes’ On Netflix Will Give You Major Wanderlust
With all the buzz about “Queer Eye,” you may have missed another reality show on Netflix that also provides happy vibes when you need a break from the reality of 2018. The BBC’s “The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes” will give you a taste of the coolest architecture around the world, with drool-worthy shots of scenery surrounding these buildings.
It’s in the spirit of “The Great British Bakeoff,” with jolly music playing in the background and a host with a plummy English accent guiding you through the different houses. Each episode (and there are only four in the first season) focuses on a different theme. The first season includes mountain, forest, coastal and underground homes.
In case you’re worried about your wanderlust exploding into a vicious green monster, the light tone of this show keeps the bitterness of some wide-eyed travel shows at bay. It’s the kind of thing you can watch when you don’t have a big trip coming up for a while but you want a taste of travel in your day-to-day life. The houses are just that pretty, but also unattainable. The homes in this show cost millions and millions of dollars, so you can’t even be jealous. You can only marvel.
Hosts Piers Taylor and Caroline Quentin do all the tours and then interview the creators of the properties. Taylor is an architect and Quentin is listed as a “property enthusiast,” which is an accurate description for how joyously she scampers from room to room in the homes the show features.
Unlike a lot of architecture shows, don’t expect baroque carvings or colonial columns. “The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes” highlights newer styles, usually with a focus on blending the houses into the natural landscapes around them.
Ready to watch and be convinced all architecture should try to mimic the mountains, forest, coast or earth around it? You can find the first season on Netflix and the second season on the BBC.