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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. ...

Arcadia the Spirit Shelter

Neither a tiny house nor a treehouse, Arcadia the Spirit Shelter is a furnished backyard hangout for exploration and meditation. The Allergutendinge design can be assembled and reassembled in any place, allowing the users to define where or what Arcadia is for themselves. Furnished with a built-in bed, dining table, and storage, the little enclave is fine for a siesta or a half-day stay. The lightly decorated space is made ...

Singita Boulders Luxury Travel Lodge

The Singita Boulders Lodge in the Sabi Sand was recently renovated and restyled by architect Sally Tsiliyiannis of GAPP Architects & Urban Designers and the designer studio Cécile & Boyd. Found along the rocky banks of the Sand in South Africa, the updated resort and nature preserve is now closer to the river than ever, heightening the safari experience for travelers. Lushly decorated with an earthy palette and rustic furnishings, ...

Japanese Home Connected to Nature

The Krampon House in Hyogo, Japan is a two-story home by Shogo Aratani Architect & Associates. Clad in black, the striking home has a patio, a balcony, a living room skylight, and large windows on the second floor. The clear views and open-air spaces connect the home with the rocks and trees of the surrounding environment. Inside, wood is used for everything from the floor to the library at the ...

Czech Home Turns Its Focus to the Garden

The Chameleon House by Petr Hajek Architekti is a six-volume home in Praha-Lipence, Czech Republic. Built in the middle of a garden, the structure holds a single room in each of its protrusions, which are positioned to face the surrounding flora. Uniform in white, the glossy walls reflect the natural lighting. Within the home, there is a foyer, a living room, a master bedroom, a children’s room, a guest room, ...

Forest Retreat by Uhlik Architekti

This dark modern cabin was designed by Uhlik Architekti and built using materials and labor that are local to the Central and South Bohemian Regions of the Czech Republic. A rustic getaway, the lodging has one end on the ground and the other balancing on a boulder. The unusual angle modernizes the otherwise timeless design. Clad in charred wood, the facade is broken up by two large windows with external ...