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Clear Lake Cottage: a true state of bliss

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In Ontario, Canada a family of five required a four-season retreat to replace an existing 1950’s small structure. Placed near a quiet lake in-between pine trees and rocks, Clear Lake Cottage seems to conquer the highest prize that a building can achieve: a perfect blend with its natural surroundings. Continue reading

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Diogene Cabin: a tiny minimalist cabin

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A Greek philosopher once said that luxury definitely wasn’t the real thing to be accomplished on Earth, and to prove his theory, Diogene chose to live in a modest getaway home barrel… Nowadays, Diogene is the name of a modern cabin designed as a weekend home, a workplace or a retreat from the outside world. In Weil am Rhein, Germany there’s a small wooden cabin with room for just a single person – zero chance for any kind of company – this is the perfect spot for those who seek solitude and introspection. Continue reading

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Soleta Zero Energy One House: perfectly in tune

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An innovative Eco home prototype is waiting to be discovered in Bucharest, Romania. Soleta Zero Energy One is a multi-use building for its versatile design: a small, single-story volume with a total floor area of 48sqm can be used as a weekend cabin, an office or even as a permanent home. The form of Soleta resembles the archaic shape of nomad tents – a modern manifest of persistent values in architecture. Continue reading

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Mod Cott On The Lake: Eco-friendly guest house

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In Texas, a small guest house features a unique mixture of steel and wood combined with low energy off-the-grid elements. This Eco-friendly weekend cabin is located on the outskirts of a dense forest near Lake Buchanan, firmly attached to its natural environment. Predominantly oriented to the south, the cabin’s galvanized metal exterior is punctuated by storefront windows that frame outstanding views to the south, east and west. Continue reading

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Guest House: a perfect spot for refuge

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In Michigan, a tiny wooden volume serves as an extension for an existing house and its function couldn’t be more obvious: Guest House. A small two-story building with 42sqm was erected to provide a private space for visitors and also a study area for the owner. A special conceptual detail creates a distinctive mark on this compact unit: Guest House is rotated 90 degrees over its foundation points, generating suspended corners floating just above the grassy ground. Continue reading

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Tutukaka House: ode to mother nature

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The North Island of New Zealand is definitely one of the most amazing places in the world to have a weekend cabin. Tutukaka House is located north of Ngunguru, a coastal settlement in Northland, NZ. This single-story house certainly complements its surroundings, featuring an entirely wooden structure with a black-stained facade that erupts quietly from the surrounding natural context. Continue reading

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Alpine Cabin: a camouflaged refuge for snowboarders

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Standing 1300m above sea level, among pine trees and snow, Alpine Cabin is a camouflaged building located in an extreme natural context in Port Hardy, Canada. Its main purpose is to serve as snowboarders refuge, a place where the most adventurous can freely experience living in the snowy wilderness. Continue reading

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Villa Wallin: a northern sun-lovers getaway

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An enigmatic black gabled house appears to float on the island of Yxlan, Sweden: it’s called Villa Wallin. This single-story summerhouse with only 108sqm of constructed area is placed on a wooden pedestal or a continuous deck surrounding its perimeter… A lovely element reserved for the sun-loving dwellers of this small getaway home. Continue reading

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Barache Residence: green fields and fresh air

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In Auvilliers, France there’s a discrete country house for those who sympathize with green fields and fresh air. Barache Residence seems to be placed on site like a wild flower that spontaneously sprouts from a fertile soil without disturbing the natural context around it. One single volume with a symmetrical pitched roof reminds the local traditional barns. Even the access from the road is quite similar to the ancient ones: an earthy path leads up to the front door that can hardly be perceived on the red cedar facade. A mysterious welcome sign is presented to all visitors that can’t anticipate the internal configuration of this modern weekend home. Continue reading

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Nakai House: a small Indian marvel

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Let me introduce you to a very special cabin built for a Navajo woman by a group of eight architecture students from the University of Colorado in the Utah desert, USA. This unusual constructive process reveals how sometimes less can be the ultimate more! Guided by a senior tutor, this courageous team of future architects rewards us with an outstanding achievement: a successful blend between traditional Navajo values and modern technologies. Continue reading