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Valley House

Plan Bureau architects conceptualized a home that brings the mountains to the valley. Inspired by the unpredictable and irregular mountain peaks and valleys, this is an original and powerful approach. A small square foot print defines the ground floor living spaces. This lower cube acts as a pedestal for the rectangular plan forms of the bedrooms above. Continue reading

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Panorama House

On a stunning site with forests and valleys and grassy marshes, taking advantage of all of them is key. Blouin Tardif Architecture-Environnement did just that by flipping a traditional cottage. By placing the private sleeping quarters on the ground floor, daily living spaces enjoy the splendid natural views. Continue reading

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Off-grid Retreat

This cabin is sustainable in style and systems. Midland Architecture designed a 900 sq.ft. getaway located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Nearly touching the seven-acre lake, it rests at the base of never ending rolling hills and woodlands. Continue reading

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Tiny Retreat

Approached to design two mountain retreats for skiers outside of Sarajevo, Fo4a Architecture extracted ancient traditions in to a tiny modern shelter, just 24 sq.m. In homage to the cherished and now rare Bosnian village, the contemporary wood framed building represents the typical old home structure. Continue reading

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Roy-Lawrence Residence

Outside of Sutton, Quebec, there is no shortage of natural beauty. Signs of the Swiss immigrants who took up residence in the 1930s dot the landscape with traditional chalets. Chevalier Morales Architectes used those iconic elements as the foundation for this 276 sq.m. contemporary home. Continue reading

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Garage pavilion

This transformation is a glowing example of honoring the past while embracing the present. Graypants transformed this post World War II garage overlooking Puget Sound in to an extroverted modern pavilion. Continue reading

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Topanga Cabin

Who doesn’t dream of building their own tiny woodland getaway? This dreamy cabin in Topanga Canyon, California, was designed and built by designer Mason St. Peter. The whole venture was sparked by an invitation to his friends’ cabin on the property and the prompting of the property owner to build a day use studio out of leftover and available materials. Continue reading

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La Luge

This secluded weekend retreat in Quebec is all about enjoying the area’s winter sports. YH2 Architecture took cues from its log cabin ancestors in clarity, warmth, and materials to create a modern getaway for all group sizes. Continue reading

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Box House

The Box House is a cube of 6 meters built out of local Australian hardwood. The retreat was designed by the late Nicholas Murcutt Architect, prior to his forming Neeson Murcutt Architects Pty Ltd with his wife Rachel Neeson in 2004. On a rural site with no services, south of Sydney, the challenges of budget and location did not allow for site visits prior to design. Working only from the artist clients’ wish list, photographs, and a site survey, the cube was chosen for its capable refinement. Continue reading

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Thurnbichlweg Chalet

An Austrian chalet comes with very high standards for idyllic locations, spectacular scenery, and charming, comforting interiors. This renovated chalet, by Bernd Gruber, excels at all three through respect for the original structure, the perfectly balanced use of natural materials, and the contrast between tradition and modern design. Continue reading