Pump House: weekend retreat for a couple and their horse


What began as a wish for a shed to house a water pump and farm equipment ultimately evolved in to a self-sufficient, no frills, just nature weekend retreat for a couple and their horse. Situated close to a dam, the idyllic uncomplicated home celebrates simplicity in form and materials. Continue reading


Artist’s Building: Summer Cabin, Swedish Island

As I write about this island cottage that is just a short boat ride from Stockholm, there are eight inches of snow on the ground outside my home. Designer Carouschka Streijffert’s summer cabin makes me feel a bit warmer with its unencumbered light and I can almost feel the balmy breezes off the water. Continue reading


Mendocino County House: Woodsy Cottage in the Redwoods


It is always refreshing to find a cottage in the woods that uses modern materials in sophisticated current ways. This two bedroom cottage in the redwoods of Mendocino County, California, was designed for two readers who wanted the home to feel like an outdoor porch. Architect Cathy Schwabe succeeded in creating that as well as giving the home a tree house vibe. Continue reading


Village House: five to one summer home

Located in Sjaelland, Denmark this 110 sqm summer home presents an unusual complex of five interconnected gabled cabins. A five-fingered plan organizes the program: the cabins overlap one another to create a central living area that opens out to a series of wooden outdoor decks. The living room, kitchen and dining area occupy three of the cabins, while the fourth contains a master bedroom and the last one is reserved for two smaller bedrooms. Continue reading


Lake House in Graz: Clear Intentions

There’s a sense of purity and clarity and ease in the form of this house on the shores of Lake Graz in Austria. It’s as if the owners insisted on leaving all their cares behind, along with material frivolity as well. The nine meter in length rectangular home nestles at the base of a hill and reaches for the lake. Crisp and even wooden deck boards prevent the home from diving in yet redeem themselves through their open air dining room. And they cleverly store a canoe underneath on the lake side. Continue reading


Poplar Garden House: Summer Living in The Netherlands

Near the center of the Dutch city of Groningen, the Tuinwijck allotment, or community, gardens allow small buildings for garden storage or for summer living. Architect Haiko Meijer of Onix designed this seasonal home for his family. Continue reading


Dutchess County Residence: a black steel-framed guesthouse

A single-story building, designed by Allied Works, appears to float among lush vegetation and trees. The volume serves the purpose of a guesthouse, as a part of a larger site plan that includes an art gallery and a private residence, spread out on 450 acres of meadow and forest in Dutchess County, NY. Continue reading


Ermitage Cabin: A tiny back-to-black retreat

Get ready to discover a precious architectonic pearl hidden on the island of Trosso, Sweden. Ermitage is a tiny wooden cabin with only 20sqm, designed by French studio Septembre, that conceals a wonderful nature-lover retreat: a sauna and bedroom/living room perfect for two! Continue reading


Tea Houses: three teas = three houses

In Silicon Valley, California there’s a complex of three small buildings situated among ancient oak trees, each one with its own purpose. As a whole, this unique project reflects quiet and peace – a pure connection with nature completely safe from everyday distractions. Once again Nature has inspired the birth of an exquisite piece of contemporary architecture. Continue reading


Waldhaus Cabin: timeless architecture

A small cabin in Leipzig, Germany demonstrates the modern approach of Atelier St to architecture’s traditional values. Waldhaus is located in a dense pine tree forest, along with several other cabins, respecting the traditional use of flared pitched roof form and dark wood exterior. Waldhaus evokes a timeless presence, while inside, modern interiors are stripped down to minimal essentials. Continue reading