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Woodsy Beach House in Whitstable, England

This small getaway home is a handsome addition to the rows of beach houses in Whitstable, England. Slightly elevated on galvanised steel stilts, the structure is close to the seaside and ready for the water. The exterior is clad in cedar shingles and the interior is lined with sawn softwood. The sea is readily visible from the front porch and glass wall, while the country is waiting behind the back ...

Temporary Housing Beyond Tents and Hotels

Designed by B-and-Bee, this stacked bedroom structure was recently used at Gentse Feesten in Belgium. The honeycomb system stands up to four pods high, housing 50 people on 100 square meters of land. The bottom levels are reachable from the ground, and industrial stairs provide access to the top roosts. Clad in larch wood, the pods can be entered through fabric-covered doorways. Inside, the furnishings are sparse; there are just ...

German Family Home with a Porsche Room

The T-Bone House Space Sculpture by Coast Office Architecture is an eccentric family home in the countryside of in Stuttgart, Germany. Built among an orchard, the Rems Valley home prioritizes the garden view, introducing glass-walled rooms on two levels and on either side of the construction. These rooms shine with contemporary elegance, thanks to details such as brown slate flooring, seamlessly built-in cabinets, and button tufted fabric wall panels. Each ...

Sustainably Designed New England Island House

The Island House by Peter Rose + Partners is composed of four structures: a vacation home, a garage, a storage shed, and a boathouse. Built on the island of Chappaquiddick nearby Edgartown, Massachusetts, the holiday residence offers unadulterated views of Nantucket and Cape Poge Bay. Letting nature take precedence, the architects redrew the road so that any traffic would be out of sight. Shaded by locust trees, the house is ...

Green Roofed House in the Hills

Built into the hillside of Cap-à-l’Aigle, a village of Charlevoix, Canada, the Malbaie V Residence by MU Architecture is a boxy two-story house with a 100% green roof. The verdant feature insulates the home, regulating temperature rise and loss in the summer and the winter. It also adds to the heightened naturalism of the design, symbolically mirroring but visually contrasting with the regionally-sourced red cedar exterior. On the ground floor, ...

Simple Living: Cabins by the River

CabanasNoRi by architect Manuel Aires Mateus is a two-cabin property in the village of Comporta, Portugal. The small cabins reuse wood from old fisherman’s huts and maintain the rustic quality of their origins. Left raw and topped off with pitched roofing, the buildings are quite traditional. Interestingly, the private and public spaces are divided between the two structures, so that the den and kitchen are in one cabin and the ...

Element House by MOS Architects

Designed by MOS Architects, The Element House is a modular housing prototype that promotes a “new ecology” – a growing and changing environment that depends on the resident’s needs. The prefab housing is built around a modular element, and its shape is derived from the Fibonnaci sequence – a descriptor of developmental patterns in living organisms, or “nature’s numbering system.” The goal of the Element House is to operate independent ...

One Man Sauna in Germany

Not your grandpa’s sauna. The One Man Sauna stands on an abandoned factory site in Bochum, Germany. The Modulorbeat design is a stacked tower of concrete shaft mine components. Inside, the industrial building contains a plunge pool, a sauna, and a meditation room with a skylight. The three spaces are connected by a ladder; even relaxing is a workout. Photography by Roman Mensing

Rambla Beach House in Chile

LAND Arquitectos’ Rambla House stands on a rocky beach in Zapallar City of the Valparaíso Region of Chile. The coastal dream home offers a full view of the Pacific Ocean and begs the family to play outside on the deck and in the private pool. Glass walls encase the kitchen and dining room, and experiencing nature is an everyday part of living in the home. At the same time, the ...

Unfolding Brick House

The Unfolding House by architect Jae Heon Jeong is made up of a main, gabled volume and a  secondary, flat-roofed volume. The two buildings “unfold” or open up to connect with one another and link both indoor spaces to the courtyards and the mountainside view. The exterior of dark brown brick and zinc panels draws in the eye while retaining a classic appearance fitting of a South Korean country home. ...