I'm always intrigued by houses with an inner yard since it means you don't have to worry about children being snatched off the street as they play, nor would you have to worry as much about letting a toddler out.
And if there were no high-rises alongside, you could have your light and privacy both. No windows made pointless by curtains kept shut all day.
Eggo House -- Designer: A69 Architects, Image Credits: Ester Havlová
Das Park Hotel Austria
These are supposed to be cool in the summer but not warm enough in the winter. I wonder if setting them into a hillside would keep the temperature the same year round. And I wonder if you could make a house out of setting several of them into a crescent shaped hill.