24 photos of the most beautifully designed homes ever built

ShutterstockCasa Batlló by Antoni Gaudi.

Shelter is one of the basic human needs.

The best homes turn that need into art, whether it’s an opulent French palace or a minimalist Midwestern country home.

Here are a selection of the most beautiful homes ever built by some of the most masterful architects who have ever worked.

Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí's Casa Batlló stands in the middle of Barcelona.

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It's a psychedelic 1907 restoration of a 1877 building. The interiors have Gaudi's signature sense of flow.

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As do the stairs.

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The atrium.

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And even the stegosaurus-style roof.

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Completed in 1964, Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater stands 50 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

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And promptly built a new house AROUND it, using corrugated metal to create atrium-like indoor/outdoor spaces.

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Austrian architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser thought that the 'straight line was a godless line,' so his works, like the Hundertwasser House in Vienna, are full of topsy-turvy geometry.

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While no longer a private residence, the Palace of Versailles is probably the most opulent home ever built.

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Started in 1639, Louis XIII and Louis XIV were men of fine taste.

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Especially when it comes to mirrors.

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