“The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”

Paradise invariably means something, or somewhere, different to us all; however, the overriding consensus of ‘paradise’ usually leans towards the Tropics. But if your idea of paradise does not centre around the images assigned to sun then having a quick flick through Living Under the Sun, the latest book from Gestalten, will soon make you think otherwise.

By encompassing an eclectic range of tropical interiors and architecture, the new book displays how luxurious, or in fact simplistic, living in such a dream-world would look like. Ranging from inner-city retreats to the customary clean-lined villas, the publication features the very best examples of contemporary design in the world.

They say ‘if you can visualise the whole of paradise with the eye of belief, you may understand the utter majesty of everlasting beauty’, and in this case “Living Under the Sun” portrays how we have embraced the tropical 'beauty' through architecture. Whether it be the Santa Domingo house in Coraline, a marine stone harvest-clad house, the House Cast In Liquid Stone in the Indian Highlands or the Paraty House by Studio MK27 in the heart of the jungle – they all represent the architectural approach to aesthetic design and the environment. In intricate and somewhat eclectic detail, “Living Under the Sun” portrays how modern architecture has grown to complement rather than intrude upon the relics under the sun. And in doing so, the spatial language, responses to the mercurial climate and innovative technological are all perfectly illustrated across the 304-page book.

From Latin America to Australia, “Living Under the Sun” represents the life we all wish to lead; a carefree, relaxed way of life, that until now felt like a distant dream.

Take a look at a few of our favourite snaps from the book in the image gallery below and head to the Gestalten website to purchase yours today.