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Cliffside Home on Gambier Island

Built on the cliffs of Gambier Island, this sleek house is a getaway home for a Vancouver-based family of four. The rustic design by McFarlane Biggar is off the grid and only accessible via the water. Although a cabin in location and function, the house is contemporary in style. The exterior is made of cement board, wood, and insulated glass, and the glass walls and the deck look out over ...

Treehouse Djuren by Baumraum

The Treehouse Djuren was created by Baumraum in Northern Germany. An egg-shaped pod, the design stands on four steel legs and balances the two-terrace stair against a forked oak tree. The naturalist-futuristic design is clad in wood and zinc and varnished with white gloss around the two elliptical windows. Ideal for relaxing and listening to whitechocolatespaceegg, the treehouse provides 360-degree views of the surrounding forest and two ergonomic benches upholstered ...

House on a Dune in the Bahamas

House on a Dune is a seemingly traditional beach house on Harbour Island in the Bahamas. Built by architect Chad Oppenheim, the vacation home is a timeshare between the architect and the clients and their respective families. The unusual agreement was reached after months of negotiation, guaranteeing that the multiple users maintain privacy during their separate getaways. One look at the view reveals why Oppenheim wanted in on the project. ...

Toro Canyon Getaway Home in Santa Barbara

An escape from Los Angeles, this Bestor Architecture home is hidden away in the mountains of Santa Barbara, California. The site is located near Montecito and faces the quiet side of a national park. Clad in Alaskan cedar wood, the home has a natural yet polished look that complements the backyard pool and garden. The house itself is broken up by three courtyards which provide sunlight, ventilation, and wind buffering. ...

La Cabotte Vineyard by H20 Architectes

Tucked among vineyards and forest, La Cabotte is a grape-loving destination in the Bollène commune of France. The central building was designed by H20 Architectes in order to provide spaces for a wine tasting room, a workers’ washroom, and an office. To accommodate the three functions, the design is split into a star-plan with three branches. Each branch opens at a point that highlights the hillside landscape. Outside, the headquarters ...

Norwegian Home Built on the Cliffs

This Schjelderup Trondahl Architects construction can be found in Holmestrand, Norway, on the cliffs separating the urban and residential neighborhoods. The spacious home is clad with heartwood fir that is finished with a Norwegian adaptation of Shou-Sugi-Ban, a Japanese wood preservation technique. The moody gray exterior matches the surrounding landscape. Lightening up the look, the interior shines in white, lined with oiled poplar plywood and ash floorboards. The matching built-in ...

Quebrada House in Chile

A tonal cabin in the woods, the Quebrada House can be found in in Curacaví, Chile. The UNarquitectura home stands on diagonally angled pilotis and looks out over the trees and creek. The blackened pine exterior echoes the darker shades in the surrounding terrain. Meanwhile, the white interior stands out against the black walkway. A glass wall in the living room makes these contrasts transparent and connects the home to ...

Casa Till on the Cliffs of Los Arcos

Built into the cliffside of Los Arcos, Chile, Casa Till is a small and eco-friendly house by WMR Arquitectos. The single-story construction was made from locally sourced pine by local workers. An environmental powerhouse, the home runs on solar and utilizes every inch of its structure. The design boasts roof access, a wrap-around porch, and sliding glass doors that make the stunning view visible even from interior. The timber roofing ...

Harmonia Apartment in São Paulo, Brazil

The Harmonia Apartment was created by the WHYDESIGN collective for a young couple from Brasília. Amid the bustle of São Paulo, Brazil, the renovated flat offers a serene space with a cozy interior and a furnished balcony. Monochrome soothes the eye, blending the gray brick wall with the concrete spiral staircase in the den and connecting the green wooden terrace to the plants outside.

Our Top 10 Summer Homes

Wish you could live outside of the ordinary for the season? We sure do. Looking through the GBlog archives, we collected ten summer homes with excellent features, including in-ground pools and open-air living rooms. Some of GBlog’s most popular escapes, these favorite hot-weather hideouts will help you dream away. 1 – The Whangapoua Sled House by CCC Architects Find the Whangapoua Sled House nearby the shores of New Zealand’s Coromandel ...